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Top News Links: Friday, January 19

Alabama cities and counties square off in Montgomery on tax

On one side of a looming showdown in Montgomery are Alabama's hundreds of cities. On the other side is the state's influential and politically shrewd county commission association. At issue is a potential wellspring of new revenue: taxes levied on online retail transactions. It's coming to a head with a bill in the Legislature styled SB130. In essence, the proposed legislation is all about online giant Amazon. – AL.com/WTVY

Birmingham misses being on Amazon’s top 20 list

Amazon said on Thursday that it had whittled the list of possible homes for its second headquarters to 20, including centers of technology like Boston and some surprise locations like Columbus, Ohio. The list of finalists leans toward locations in the Midwest and South and on the East Coast, and away from the tech-saturated hubs of the West Coast. – New York Times

Bombardier progressing with Alabama CSeries site plans

Bombardier has already made "significant" progress towards opening an Alabama CSeries final assembly site that will closely resemble the company's Mirabel assembly facility. "Bombardier… is moving ahead posthaste, obtaining regulatory approvals, conducting site visits and planning, consistent with antitrust law, for the operation of the U.S. [final assembly site]," says a Jan. 17 document filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). – FlightGlobal

Alabama One, CUMIS settle lawsuit for $2.25 million

The CUMIS Insurance Society agreed to pay $2.25 million to the $601 million Alabama One Credit Union to settle a civil lawsuit that claimed former executives allegedly violated both federal law and credit union policies by making business loans totaling more than $7 million on a sewer treatment plant that was worth $1.3 million. CUMIS provided the insurance bond policy to Alabama One in Tuscaloosa to cover loan losses. However, Alabama One sued CUMIS last year after declining to pay the credit union’s insurance claim because CUMIS was unable to confirm whether the allegations made by the executives were true. – Credit Union Times

Vulcan to merge forces with Birmingham History Center

The park and museum at the base of Birmingham's giant Vulcan statue is merging with the Birmingham History Center. Al.com reports that museum officials plan to exhibit an expansive collection of artifacts from Alabama's biggest city. The merger was announced Thursday at Vulcan Park & Museum. – AP/USN&WR

Limited-edition Coca-Cola can honors Tide championship

Coca-Cola is raising a toast to the University of Alabama as fans celebrate the Crimson Tide’s 17th national college football championship win. In honor of the University of Alabama and the dedicated Crimson Tide fans who cheered on their team to victory, Coca-Cola is unveiling a commemorative 12-ounce can. The limited-edition Coca-Cola can – available in six packs – features the custom logo commemorating Alabama’s 17th national football championship. – WHNT

Krebs Engineering names new manager in Georgia

David M. Roebuck, PE, CCM, PMP, LEED AP has joined Krebs Engineering Inc to lead its office in Columbus, Georgia. Roebuck has more than 35 years of experience as a professional engineer, program manager and construction manager with a wide range of infrastructure projects in the United States and abroad. – News release

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