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Top News Links: Wednesday, July 20

Mobile pledges $5.6M to get Walmart deal done

In a rare dance of governmental bodies, the Mobile City Council and the Mobile County Commission gave their approval Tuesday to a multimillion-dollar incentive deal for a new Walmart distribution center. The jobs, 550 full time in all, were seen as justification for a plan that sees the city and county committing $2.3 million each, with the county adding tax abatements worth millions more, and the state also providing millions in incentives and abatements. – AL.com

Yankees purchase Bear Bryant’s favorite snack brand

One of Birmingham's most iconic brands will soon be part of a Pennsylvania company. Hanover, Pennsylvania-based Utz Quality Foods has entered into an agreement to buy Golden Enterprises (NASDAQ: GLDC), Golden Flake's parent company. On every bag, Golden Flake boasts itself as "The South's original potato chip." Now, senior ownership will be in the North. – AL.com

Donald Trump now the official GOP nominee

Donald Trump formally won the Republican Party’s nomination to the White House on Tuesday, with support from a majority of GOP delegates who relished, at last, sharing a moment of unity ahead of the November election. – Miami Herald

Birmingham, Mobile near top of stressed cities list

Stress affects more than 100 million Americans and costs society more than $300 billion in annual health spending. But some U.S. cities deal with stress better than others. WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis to determine 2016’s most and least stressed cities in America. Detroit came out on top, but Mobile and Birmingham followed in the 2 and 3 spots, respectively. – Parade

Publix in Midtown finally gets City Council approval

After months of wrangling with neighbors and community activists, a new Publix grocery store will be built in Mobile's long-established Midtown neighborhood and in an area where its councilman sees a "food desert." The City Council unanimously endorsed the requirements needed for MAB American Management LLC of Charlotte, N.C., to begin the development of the grocery store. – AL.com

New home goods retailer opening in Huntsville

Furniture and specialty home goods retailer Conn’s HomePlus will open its first store in Alabama with a location in Huntsville, slated to open on July 30. Conn’s has more than 100 stores now in 13 states. The 48,000 square-foot Huntsville store at 6125 University Drive will create more than 25 local jobs. – News release

Opinion: Too much chest beating on auto sales numbers

The last thing the car industry needs after Volkswagen's dieselgate is another scandal that shakes confidence in automakers' conduct. Yet the Justice Department and SEC's investigation into Fiat Chrysler's reporting of U.S. vehicle sales threatens just that. – Bloomberg

Melting Pot to reopen Mobile location July 25

The Melting Pot Restaurants has announced the return of its Mobile location at 840 Montlimar Drive. This new company-operated restaurant location will create 65 new jobs for the area and plans to reopen July 25. – News release

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