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Top News Links: Thursday, June 28

Supreme Court upholds bulk of health care reform

Most provisions of President Obama's health care reform package, including requirements for individuals to purchase insurance, were upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court this morning. — The Washington Post

Airbus flying into Mobile?

Mobile Press-Register says Airbus will announce Monday that it plans to build a new aircraft assembly plant at Mobile's Brookley Field.— Mobile Press-Register

Forty years in Alabama

Neptune Technology celebrates 40th anniversary of moving its water meter manufacturing business to Alabama from New York, and calculates that its 500-employee plant in Tallassee has generated $4.3 billion in revenues. — Montgomery Advertiser

City-county bankruptcy should be last resort, experts say

Municipal bankruptcy can bring years of financial repercussions, analysts say. — Reuters

Birmingham bus blues

Birmingham, in the heart of bankrupt Jefferson County, has been awarded federal funds to cover 80 percent of a new bus and train terminal downtown, but can't find the $6 needed in matching funds. — Birmingham News

Drought could lead to power woes

Falling river levels could cut utilities' ability to generate power in Alabama and Georgia, a water watchdog group warns, but utility representatives say they have plenty of power to meet demand. — WRBL-TV

Charter schools

Last session, Gov. Robert Bentley was a champion of charter schools, but he told education leaders this week that he will not renew that effort in the next legislative session. — Birmingham News

New life for old Redstone Arsenal buildings

Buildings at Redstone Arsenal, left empty when their tenants moved to Virginia due to BRAC changes, are undergoing complete renovations so they can house incoming programs.  — Huntsville Times

ProAssurance buying two new units

Birmingham-based ProAssurance, which provides coverage to health care professionals, announces plans to acquire companies in Virginia and Nevada. — Birmingham News

Cullman company assets purchased

RockTenn has completed purchase of corrugated packaging assets of MidSouth Packaging, with operations in Cullman and Mississippi. — Zacks

Securities watchdogs file suit against Falcone

SEC sues Harbinger hedge-fund manager Philip Falcone for misuse of funds; Birmingham's Harbert Management settles separated but related SEC complaint. — Bloomberg

Attorney sentenced for mortgage fraud

James Douglas, an attorney in Lee County, has been sentenced to 45 months in prison after being convicted of embezzling more than $2 million from his clients in mortgage transactions. — WLTZ

Landmark Boaz building burns

A 100-year-old building housing a jewelry store and Oddfellows hall burned Wednesday. — Sand Mountain Reporter

Legal dissent brings horde of dissenters

A dissenting opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Arizona's immigration law awakens a cloud of critique. — New York Times

APT leadership changes under scrutiny

Top journalism magazine considers the dismissal of Alabama Public Television leadership. — Columbia Journalism Review

Toyota sets trends in Mississippi

Toyota plant in Blue Springs, Miss., is a trend setter for the company and the industry. — Forbes

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