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Top News Links: Thursday, July 19

Alabama payday loan rates tops in nation, study says

Payday loan borrows pay as much as $17.50 on a two-week payday loan, Pew study says. — Birmingham News

Ten, nine, eight….

Huntsville contingent from Stratolaunch Systems at forefront of rush to privatize space travel. — Bloomberg

Insurance interests and Obamacare

Health insurers may push Republican governors to adopt health care reform changes, analyst predicts. — MSNBC Bottom Line

Posco steel slab plant underway in Brazil

South Korean steel maker Posco, rumored to be in the market for ThyssenKrupp's steel operations in Alabama and Brazil, broke ground this week on its own $4 billion steel slab plant in Brazil. — Mobile Press-Register

Free speech or door-to-door sales?

Seventh Day Adventists go to court against city of Alabaster, claiming city ordinances violate their rights as a church. —  Forbes

Health South gets approval for Shelby County facility

HealthSouth plans to being work on 34-bed facility in Pelham after winning approval from state health planning board. — Shelby County Reporter

Crestwood breaks ground for imaging center

Crestwood Medical Center broke ground last week for diagnostic and imaging center in Madison. — Huntsville Times

Human tissue trafficking

Birmingham business under scrutiny in "seamy side of human tissue business." — NPR

Ice cream production moves south

Baskin Robbins closes unionized Canadian plant, laying off 80 workers and moving operations to Dean Foods in Alabama and to Nova Scotia to be closer to sources of raw ingredients. — Globe and Mail

Brighter numbers for Birmingham home sales

June home sales numbers improve for both volume and value from last month and last year. — Birmingham News

Safford farmer is state's nominee for award

Sam Gavhan, who's Safford farm raises catfish, beef and row crops, is Alabama's nominee for Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year. — Equities

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