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Top News Links: Monday, June 23

Mercedes to increase auto production in Alabama

As the U.S. market for automobile recovers, automakers are quick to follow suit.  Mercedes-Benz, which makes cars and SUVs in Vance, said it plans new production levels "significantly above" previous levels. Mercedes currently makes about 185,000 vehicles annually. — Automotive News

No easy out for Blue Cross

Blue Cross Blue Shield has lost an opening round in a lawsuit by health care providers and insurance subscribers who claim the company violates federal antitrust laws. The insurer's motion to dismiss the lawsuit was denied by U.S. District Court Judge  R. David Proctor late last week. — WhatleyKallas PR

Bessemer pharmaceutical house key to ethics case

With his company apparently in the crosshairs of a grand jury investigation into legislative corruption, Tim Hamrick of American Pharmaceutical Cooperative Inc. talks about his company that works as a middleman between drug stores and drug manufacturers and says he has no knowledge of the scheme that caused Rep. Greg Wren to resign and has entangled House Speaker Mike Hubbard. – AP/AL.com 

Dexter Avenue properties key to Montgomery redevelopment plans

The City of Montgomery has sold four Dexter Avenue properties — including the site of Jefferson Davis' inauguration ball — to developers at a reduced price to jumpstart revitalization of the area.  — Montgomery Advertiser

Take this job…

American workers continue to be dissatisfied with their jobs, according to a new report from The Conference Board.  Only 47.7 percent say they're satisfied — up a trifle from two years ago, but nothing like the 60 percent rate of two and three decades ago. — Huntsville Times

Retirement paradise?

Alabama may be warm and sociable, but it's a bad choice for retirement — as are Florida and Arizona and neighboring Southern states — because of a lack of programs to assist elderly persons who need care, according to a survey by AARP. — Reuters

New CEO at Anniston's Stringfellow Hospital

Jay Hinesley has been hired as CEO at Stringfellow Hospital in Anniston, coming to the new post from a term as CEO of Cherokee Medical Center in Centre. — Anniston Star

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