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Top News Links: Wednesday, July 23

Margaritaville: What went wrong?

There's never been a casino with the name Margaritaville in Biloxi before and there won't be a casino like it again, at least the way rules are set up now with the Mississippi Gaming Commission. “You know, I think we're long past just building a casino and hoping people will come," says City of Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols. The casino opened two years ago touting the fun and excitement of the Jimmy Buffet brand but the name wasn’t enough. – WKRG.com

Your breakfast: A business war zone

Starved for growth at other mealtimes, companies like Yum Brands Inc., Burger King Worldwide Inc. and Kellogg Co. are battling to change how Americans start their day. But even as consumers back away from cereal to experiment with more protein-rich foods, their habits remain otherwise entrenched: most Americans still eat breakfast at home and follow rigid morning routines. – WSJ

Obamacare rulings ricochet around nation

Two federal courts issued dueling decisions today about whether the government can subsidize premiums for health insurance bought under the Affordable Care Act, bringing into question the future of President Barack Obama's chief legislative accomplishment. – AL.com

New vaping rule has little impact

An ordinance approved by the Mobile City Council Tuesday prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes, water vapor sticks and hookahs to minors will not impact most local businesses. The reason is because most businesses have self-regulated and never sold to minors. – AL.com

Beckoning wanderers in Florence

Tom Hendrix spent a quarter-century stacking eight million pounds of sandstone and limestone to honor a woman he never knew. In the autumn of his life, Mr. Hendrix now sees his Wichahpi Commemorative Stone Wall, a few steps from the Natchez Trace Parkway in northern Alabama, beckoning wanderers, spiritual leaders and artists. – NYT

Bear & Son a story about saves

Ken Griffey has saved a knife factory in Jacksonville, Alabama, from shutting down, not once, but twice. In the process he's proved that believing in people is as important as making a profit. – DailyFinance.com

State ranks 44th in overall child well-being

Demographic, social, and economic changes combined with major policy developments have affected the lives of the nation’s and Alabama’s children in both positive and negative ways since 1990, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 25th edition of its annual KIDS COUNT Data Book. Alabama ranks 44th in the nation in overall child well-being, the new book says. – Kids Count

Trustmark earnings up this quarter

Trustmark Corp. reported net income of $32.9 million in the second quarter of 2014, which represented diluted earnings per share of $0.49, an increase of 14.0% from the prior quarter and 6.5% from the prior year. – WSJ

Berkadia closes Lakeview land sale

Berkadia Real Estate Advisors, one of the nation’s largest multifamily investment banking companies, recently negotiated the sale of a 4.6-acre multifamily land site located at the northeast corner of Clairmont Avenue South and 34th Street South in the heart of the Lakeview District of Birmingham for $4.35 million. – News release

Net sales down for Lockheed’s MFC

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control’s net sales for the second quarter of 2014 decreased $152 million, or 7 percent, compared to the same period in 2013.  The decrease was primarily attributable to lower net sales of approximately $125 million for various technical services programs due to lower volume; and approximately $125 million for tactical missiles programs due to fewer deliveries. They operate in Pike County. – News release

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