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Top News Links: Friday, July 15

Opinion: Four ways to deal with Medicaid crisis

Legislators don’t lack options to address a shortfall in the state’s Medicaid program. But what they do lack -- for now -- is leadership in the Alabama House and a certainty about whether the will exists among legislators to reopen the General Fund budget. Sen. Trip Pittman, R-Montrose, the chairman of the Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee, said last week that the majority wanted to find “consensus” before moving forward with a proposal. – Montgomery Advertiser

Trump looks to pick Indiana governor as VP choice

All signs yesterday pointed to billionaire Donald Trump selecting Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate — which would mark an unusually safe pick for the notoriously disruptive White House hopeful. “It’s probably the most conventional thing Trump has done since becoming a candidate,” said Chris Galdieri, a political science professor at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. – Boston Herald

Verizon looking to fill 60 jobs in Huntsville

Dozens of customer service jobs will be up for grabs next week at the Verizon Wireless call center in Huntsville. The telecommunications provider will host a job fair from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday on 475 Quality Circle in Thornton Research Park. Verizon is looking to fill more than 60 full-time Customer Service Representative positions for the campus, which is the company's state headquarters. – AL.com

Unionized Hyundai workers to strike in South Korea

Hyundai Motor's unionized workers in South Korea voted to go on strike for a fifth year in a row after wage talks broke down, adding to the automaker's troubles as it battles a sales slowdown. A prolonged strike could hurt sales of high-demand cars such as the Tucson SUV as the company heads for an expected 10th consecutive drop in quarterly profit in the April to June period. – Automotive News

Tech firm takes refurbished space as new HQ

Tall glass windows line the walls of a beautiful brick building located at 2515 Sixth Avenue South, which has been completely updated and remodeled for the headquarters of DataPerk, one of Birmingham’s fastest-growing companies, providing cost effective technology solutions to the Southeast’s leading organizations. – News release

PowerNet moves into new Huntsville facility

A Huntsville tech company is celebrating its move to a new Huntsville facility. PowerNet America held a ribbon cutting Thursday at its offices, located on Claude Circle. The small business focuses on a variety of tech services including cybersecurity, managed IT services and concierge CIO/CISO management. – WAAY

State Republicans get ready for convention

It's almost Republican National Convention time. Some delegates, including those on the Rules Committee, may already be in Cleveland for the event, but many more in the Republican Alabama Delegation have yet to head north. For Bob Baccus, it's no secret he's a Trump supporter. He also won a spot as a Trump delegate. – WHNT

Mercedes-Benz of Birmingham wins dealer honor

Mercedes-Benz of Birmingham, a luxury automotive dealer located in Hoover, Alabama, has recently been honored with the Mercedes-Benz Best of the Best Dealer Recognition Award for its exemplary performance in 2015. Distributed annually, the Best of the Best awards recognize the top fifteen percent of Mercedes-Benz dealerships nationwide. – Benzinga

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