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Top News Links: Tuesday, June 18

Voting law changes struck down by high court

An Arizona law that required voters to prove citizenship before registering to vote was struck down yesterday by the Supreme Court; Alabama's voter law contains similar provisions. — The Hill

State health leaders unveil Medicaid map

Public comments will be accepted beginning July 1 on a new map dividing the state into five Medicaid service regions, part of the state overhaul of Medicaid that will be in progress between now and 2017. — Montgomery Advertiser/South Union Street

GE Aviation announces new plant in North Carolina

North Carolina beat out Alabama and several other states in a bid for a new GE Aviation plant to make ceramic matrix composites for jet engines; plans for the $126 million plant were announced at the Paris Air Show. — WHKP 1450 AM Radio Henderson County

How rocket engine design jobs effect Huntsville

A proposal by a the new Aerojet Rocketdyne to design rocket engines for NASA could bring more jobs to Huntsville, the Huntsville Times analysis reports. — Huntsville Times

Raytheon delivers first new missile to Navy

The first Standard Missile-3, made in Raytheon's Huntsville facility, has been delivered to the U.S. Navy. — Raytheon/4-Traders

Chinese businesspeople expected in Dothan

Dothan city officials promote upcoming visit by Chinese business owners, hoping such a partnership could bring new industry to their city. — Dothan Eagle

Birmingham officials nix train expansion

CSX Transportation's bid to expand new Cooper Green Homes was turned down the by Birmingham Housing Authority yesterday. — Birmingham News

Marengo officials launch business incubator

A new business incubator, designed to launch entrepreneurs and small businesses, will be developed in the Linden Armory, with a $250,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and Marengo County Commission funds. — WNCF-TV

GeoMet closes Alabama methane sale

GeoMet has closed the sale of all its Alabama coal bet methane assets for $62 million. — Oil & Gas Financial Journal

Tipton to lead Southern Research Institute

Southern Research Institute has selected Arthur Tipton as its new president and CEO; Tipton has been associated with SRI as president of Brookwood Pharmaceuticals and has also worked at senior levels with Evonik. — Wall Street Journal

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