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Top News Links: Tuesday, July 29

Mercedes Evolution Tour kicks off

The Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour kicked off at Terminal 5 in Manhattan late last week offering fun in heaping, boozy amounts. The tour promotes the new Mercedes-Benz 2015 GLA and all three floors were buzzing with attractions, including a live performance by Alabama Shakes, providing you had a ticket. – Haute Living

Telescope’s sun shield opens flawlessly

Engineers last week opened a five-layer sun shield the size of a tennis court meant for NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope at a Northrop Grumman facility in Redondo Beach, California. The shield will protect NASA's newest telescope from the temperature extremes of deep space when it is launched in 2018. ManTech International of Huntsville built the component. – AL.com

Dollar Tree, Family Dollar to combine

The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying. Dollar Tree said Monday it is buying rival discounter Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, significantly broadening its reach as it looks to fend off Wal-Mart, which has been stepping up its courtship of lower-income customers. – AP

Good People Brewing a Google success

Even in tough economic times, small businesses and nonprofits throughout the United States are benefiting from the continued expansion of the ecommerce industry, according to an annual Economic Impact Report released this week by Google. One such example: Good People Brewing Co. of Alabama. – Google

Remington wants clean, pristine look

Firearms manufacturer Remington may look to New York's Fifth Ave. Apple store for inspiration on the exterior design of its 843,000 square facility in Huntsville, said Remington VP of corporate finance and planning, Corry Doyle. "We're looking to take some inspiration there, with that modern, glass-enclosed look." – AL.com

Get ready to shop, tax free

Alabama's Tax-Free Weekend will kick off this Friday and end on Sunday. During that time, shoppers can purchase school supplies, clothing and computers without paying the state's sales tax on it, within certain guidelines. – ABC

Judge imposes no fines in union case

An administrative judge said Mercedes-Benz USA violated the rights of workers at its Vance plant who were seeking to convince other employees to form a union during off-time, but ruled in the company’s favor in other points of contention and imposed no fines. – Detroit News

PSC prepares to defend coal

President Obama's new proposal to fight carbon emissions and climate change is meeting heavy resistance in Alabama. The idea is to cut pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030. That could affect Alabama's $1 billion-per-year coal producing industry, and the jobs of thousands of Alabamians. The new regulations would sharply restrict pollution from coal-fired plants. – Alabamas13.com

Alabama among states with debt problem

In 12 states, including Alabama, more than 40 percent of residents with credit files have a bill in collections. That includes the District of Columbia, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia. – Washington Post

Free tax advice for Shoals

Mark your calendar and attend the Alabama Department of Revenue’s free New Business Workshop scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Shoals Chamber of Commerce, at the Shoals Center for Business and Economic Development at 20 Hightower Place in Florence. – Courier Journal

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