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Top News Links: Thursday, July 28

Bentley says lottery will be on special session agenda

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he is calling a special legislative session for a state lottery. “We must once and for all solve problems that have held our state back for decades. The state of Alabama has not and cannot at this time pay for the most basic services we must provide to our people,” Bentley said in a video message released on his social media pages. – ABC3340

Meet the lawyers in upcoming impeachment throwdown

In the coming months in Montgomery, there’s going to be a legal throwdown, and you’re paying for it. Just a few days ago, lawyers for the respective sides were chosen in the battle to impeach, and possibly indict, Gov. Robert Bentley over allegations he used the power and benefits of his office to facilitate his alleged affair with a former top aide, Rebekah Caldwell Mason. – Lagniappe

Manufacturing sustainability summit set Aug. 18-19

The Summit for Sustainability in Materials & Manufacturing, Aug. 18-19 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, will educate manufacturers on effective ecological efforts, from global policies to small-scale tactics, to create more viable industry and a prosperous planet. Conference programming will focus on strategic resource management and address opportunities to implement cost savings due to sustainable practices. – News release

Mercedes put electric heavy-duty truck on calendar

Mercedes-Benz outlined plans to start selling an electric heavy-duty truck in about five years, a week after Tesla Motors' initial sketch on battery-powered commercial vehicles failed to impress investors. The Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck will have a range of about 120 miles per battery charge and capacity for loads of as much as 26 metric tons, parent company Daimler said today in a statement. The model, targeted for inner-city tasks such as supermarket deliveries, could go on sale by the start of the next decade, it said. – Automotive News

Redstone Arsenal braces for armored brigade rotation

The Army will soon begin heel-to-toe rotations of an armored brigade combat team in Europe and that means a lot of work for Redstone Arsenal's Army Materiel Command. The 4-star command that provides everything the soldier needs to operate at home and abroad will be heavily involved in the deployments. Major General Steven Shapiro, AMC Chief of Operations, says the plan has been in the works for nearly a year. – WAAY

Shoals jobless rate spikes to 7.3 percent in June

The Shoals unemployment rate jumped to 7.3 percent in June, a month that also saw its civilian labor force grow by nearly 600 people. The June rate is up from 6.4 percent in May, according to the latest figures from the Alabama Department of Labor. It is down, however, from the 8 percent mark in June 2015. – TimesDaily

Gas prices expected to drop in Alabama

The good news for drivers – and the bad news for the energy industry – is that the stockpile of summer gas is too high. It’s so high that bulk gasoline suppliers are abandoning summer blend production and starting to make winter-blend gas that they can’t sell until September, according to Gas Buddy. – Montgomery Advertiser

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