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Top News Links: Wednesday, July 2

Mississippi to study online gaming

Regional casinos in some markets are seeing flat revenue and online gaming could be one unseen competitor. Mississippi, as of the 2014 session of the Mississippi Legislature, will launch a new task force to look at how online gaming works in the small number of states that have made it legal. – Clarion Ledger

Watch for your invite in the mail

Mercedes-Benz is set to bring its brand new MB Evolution Tour to the road this month, the company announced Monday. Alabama Shakes, Young The Giant and Mayer Hawthorne will each headline shows during the invitation-only, nine city U.S. trek, which launches July 24 in New York. – Billboard

Hyundai Sonata heats up June sales

Hyundai rode the new, Montgomery-made Sonata to another hot sales month in June. The company sold 67,407 vehicles in North America last month, a slight drop-off from the all-time sales record Hyundai set in May but still good enough for its best June ever. – Montgomery Advertiser

Quincy Compressor leaving namesake

Sources have told Quincy Journal that despite efforts from City of Quincy and Great River Economic Development Foundation in Illinois, Quincy Compressor officials are moving ahead with their plans to shutter the local plant and move all operations to Bay Minette. – Quincy Journal

Master strategist Artur Davis is back

Although former Alabama congressman Artur Davis is eying a run for mayor of Montgomery and already is discussing a platform that could focus on attracting defense contractors to the River Region and creating a separate city school system, some political analysts see major obstacles. – Montgomery Advertiser

Supreme Court may take up diesel case

The U.S. Supreme Court has added a bundle of new cases to consider in its fall term, including a battle between CSX Corp. and Alabama over a state sales-and-use tax that applies to rail carriers using diesel fuel but not other carriers, such as rail and water transportation companies. – Dow Jones

Technical jobs getting harder to fill

More than 40 percent of the jobs employers are seeking in the Birmingham metro area require the highest of skill levels, according to a new report from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. Filling jobs with expertise in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is getting increasingly difficult, it says. – AL.com

Sterne Agee clients learn of data risk

A laptop computer including some Sterne Agee Group Inc. clients' account numbers, Social Security numbers and other personal information has been missing since the end of May and the firm has offered some customers free identity theft protection services as a result, a letter to clients indicates. – AL.com

Japan automakers invest briskly here

Japanese automakers last year increased their employment and investment in the U.S., including their operations in Alabama. Data shows the companies raised investments in their 26 U.S. manufacturing plants to $40.6 billion in 2013, up from $35.4 billion in 2012, according to industry numbers. – AL.com

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