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Top News Links: Monday, July 11

Shoe Station founder Terry Barkin dies in Mobile

When Terry Barkin found a building that had housed a tire store on Bel Air Boulevard in Mobile, he envisioned the perfect place to establish a new type of open-shelf, self-service shoe store. Thirty-two years later, the company he founded, Shoe Station, has 19 stores and employs more than 500 people in five states and is one of the nation's largest independent shoe retailers. Barkin died Thursday evening at Mobile Infirmary. He was 77 years old. – AL.com

Alabama contingent flies high at Farnborough

Gov. Robert Bentley addressed a group of Alabama economic development and community leaders this morning to kick-start the state’s job-hunting mission at the Farnborough International Airshow. The biannual event held near London is one of the most important events on the global aerospace calendar. – WLTZ

HealthSouth gets approval for Shelby County rehab hospital

HealthSouth Corporation today announced plans to develop a comprehensive physical rehabilitation hospital in Shelby County. The hospital will provide physical rehabilitation to patients who have experienced stroke, trauma, brain and orthopedic injuries or other major illnesses or injuries. – Yahoo.com

Laid-off Americans less willing to sign corporate gag orders

American corporations are under new scrutiny from federal lawmakers after well-publicized episodes in which the companies laid off American workers and gave the jobs to foreigners on temporary visas. But while corporate executives have been outspoken in defending their labor practices before Congress and the public, the American workers who lost jobs to global outsourcing companies have been largely silent. Until recently. – New York Times News Service

Imprisoned banker may have amazing story to tell

Eugene Gourevitch, a 39-year-old Berkeley-educated finance whiz, spends his days working in the library in a federal prison in Montgomery. He’s serving a five-year sentence for wire fraud related to insider trading. How Gourevitch ended up as an inmate is no run-of-the-mill Wall Street tale of a promising career gone awry. – Bloomberg

BFGoodrich plant expanding warehouse in Tuscaloosa

The already large warehouse at the BFGoodrich plant in Tuscaloosa is about to become a lot bigger. Michelin North America announced late last week that it will significantly increase the warehouse capacity of its BFGoodrich plant in Tuscaloosa by building onto the current warehouse located at the southeastern corner of the plant. Construction on the $8 million project begins in August. – AL.com

Prediction: Within a decade, no more bank branches

Thеѕе days, retail banking is going through аn unсеrtаin реriоd. Sоmе bаnkѕ likе Citigrоuр are tаlking lауоffѕ аnd brаnсh сlоѕurеѕ whilе оthеr banks are dоubling down аnd building nеw lосаtiоnѕ. Big bаnkѕ аrе rоlling оut futuriѕtiс brаnсhеѕ tо kеер up with the technology сutting-еdgе, but ассоrding tо finаnсiаl tесhnоlоgу experts, it'ѕ a mаjоr wаѕtе оf timе аnd money. Within a dесаdе, thе rеtаil bank brаnсh mоdеl will be dead. – Linked-In Pulse

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