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Top News Links: Monday, June 16

Apple CEO tells NYT haunting tale

Apple's CEO and Alabama native Tim Cook, profiled in Sunday's New York Times, has a haunting memory of a day in Robertsdale 40 years ago that changed his life. It’s not a pretty story. – NYT

Chinese delegation scouts in Monroe

The availability of cotton, land and facilities lured a Chinese textile delegation recently to Monroe County for a tour of potential sites that could support more than 300 insourced jobs. "It really depends on which factory located there," said Ken Tuck, executive director of SoZo Group, the Hong Kong-based economic development consulting company that hosted the fact-finding visit. – AL.com

South Korea tops investment list

South Korea tops the list of countries that are home to companies announcing the most investments in Alabama last year. In 2013, foreign direct investment in the state from South Korea topped $507 million, more than any other country. That total spans 24 companies that also announced 1,128 new jobs here, according to data from the Alabama Department of Commerce. – AL.com

Huntsville hospitals, Sentara back RCO

Huntsville Hospital Health System and Sentara Health Plans have formed a joint venture to manage a Regional Care Organization that will serve more than 120,000 Medicaid recipients in northern Alabama when it opens next year. – Health Leaders Media

Pay Us or the State Jails You Inc.

A Montgomery woman tells The New Yorker magazine about her sad path to debt and incarceration, a story that includes disturbing revelations about the fast-growing “alternatives to incarceration” industry. – New Yorker

Business Alliance wins education grant

The Birmingham Business Alliance has earned a Lumina Education Attainment Award, a one-year $40,000 stimulus to increase regional higher education attainment. The award will support the BBA’s goals to increase the percentage of high-quality education credentials held in the community. – News release

UA tuition hike expected next year

The University of Alabama's finance committee has approved tuition increases that would take effect during the 2014-15 school year. In-state students at the University of Alabama and UAB will see an increase of $188 per semester, bringing them up to $4,913 per semester at UA and $4,640 per semester at UAB. – Alabama’s 13

GOP found vote fraud, party says

Alabama Republicans, who offered a $1,000 reward for substantiated reports of voter fraud in this month's primary elections, said last week they plan to forward credible evidence of wrongdoing to state prosecutors. Republicans argue that voter fraud is a central problem in U.S. elections. – Reuters

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