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Top News Links: Thursday, July 9

Is Polaris aiming to produce viable electric cars?

Polaris Industries has been manufacturing snowmobiles and all terrain vehicles for years, and in the minds of most Americans, that’s all it does. There will probably always be a market for powersports vehicles, but they’re usually used by their owners for utility or recreational purposes. What if Polaris is making moves to become a major transportation company, though? It might sound like a wild conspiracy theory, but it’s not exactly as crazy as it sounds. – CheatSheet.com

Dynetics’ new CEO is Dave King

Dynetics has a new chief after its former leader announced his retirement with the Huntsville engineering, scientific and IT solutions company. President David "Dave" King will take over former Dynetics CEO Marc Bendickson's position. Bendickson will serve as chairman of the board of directors, while former Executive Vice President for Defense, Space and Intelligence Greg Lester will replace King as president. – AL.com

The mystery that is Harper Lee

On the porch of the Meadows, a small, canary-yellow nursing home along the Highway 21 bypass in Monroeville, Ala., a security guard called Officer Matthews keeps watch. Sometimes he sits in a wooden rocking chair. His unstated but understood job: protecting Harper Lee from journalists. – Bloomberg

Blue Bell prepares to run production tests in state

Blue Bell Creameries said Wednesday that it plans test production runs at its Alabama plant as the company inches toward putting its ice cream back on grocery store shelves. Blue Bell notified Alabama health officials and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of its plans for its plant in Sylacauga, Ala. The company shut down production and issued a national recall after the company's ice cream was linked to 10 listeria illnesses in four states, including three deaths in Kansas. – AP/ABC

Creditors using social media to collect on bad debts

Lindsey Ellis had received phone calls from a debt collector when one of her acquaintances and a distant family member reported getting peculiar messages on Facebook. "Hey Girl," began a private message sent by Erika Edington Brinkley to Ellis's cousin’s ex-girlfriend and her brother-in-law's sister. Brinkley's profile identified her as a TitleMax employee based in Alabama. "I’m looking for her veh[icle]. She’s been hiding it for some months, never paid on it." – FastCompany.com

Rental tax regulation picks up powerful opponents

A letter delivered to Alabama Department of Revenue Commissioner of Revenue Julie Magee recently, co-signed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President Pro Tem of the Alabama Senate, the President Pro Tem of the House, and the then Chair of the Legislative Council, urged the commissioner to withdraw the proposed regulation and to allow the Legislature to study the issue as not within the jurisdiction of an administrative agency. – JDSupra.com

Going to Whataburger? Leave the gun home, please

Joining a growing list of companies, the Texas-based fast food chain Whataburger just recommitted itself to its anti-gun stance by reminding customers of its prohibition on customers open carrying in their stores. – Yellowhammer

VictoryLand wants its stuff back from the state

VictoryLand is asking the state to return seized gambling machines and cash as the Macon County casino looks to reopen. Lawyers for VictoryLand filed the motion Tuesday after a judge last month ruled against the state's 2013 effort to shutter the casino. – WVTM-13

Sanders Trust completes Texas Rehabilitation Hospital

The Sanders Trust (TST), a Birmingham firm that buys or develops medical properties nationwide, announced today that its newly completed Texas Rehabilitation Hospital, a $16 million facility in Arlington, Texas, is ready to admit patients. With 40 beds and about 48,000 square feet, the facility will treat patients who suffer from stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury or similar conditions, according to a news release from the firm. – AL.com

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