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Top News Links: Thursday, June 19

C-Class production starts in Tuscaloosa

German automaker Mercedes-Benz commenced production of its C-Class sedan vehicles Wednesday at its plant in Tuscaloosa. Mercedes-Benz supply chain executive Markus Schäfer said with the successful start of production in Alabama, the company is expanding its C-Class capacities for the market launch in the U.S. and Canada during the fall. – ABR

Fed cuts $10B from bond-buying program

The Federal Reserve said growth is bouncing back and the job market is improving as it continued to reduce the monthly pace of asset purchases. The Federal Open Market Committee trimmed bond-buying by $10 billion for a fifth straight meeting, to $35 billion, keeping it on pace to end the program late this year. – Bloomberg

Life is like a six-pack of beer, Forrest

The new Carmike Cinemas theater being built in Montgomery will serve beer and wine, something the chain wants to do throughout the country. Carmike attorney James Pittman said the movie theater chain is making the move in part to help it compete in an age of streaming services such as Netflix. – Montgomery Advertiser

Foley adds e-cigs to city smoking ban

Soon it will be illegal to “smoke” e-cigarettes in a public place in Foley. The measure passed unanimously this week during a council meeting. Officials with the city clerk's office say the restriction is in addition to the smoking ban already in place. – UTV44

TVP acquires new media outlets

Tennessee Valley Printing Co., parent company of The Decatur Daily, has acquired four assets from two Guntersville companies. They are The Advertiser-Gleam from the Harvey family, of Guntersville, and The Lakeside Post, Lakeside Post Extra and www.thelakesidepost.com from The Mason Media Group LLC. – Decatur Daily

Mobile shipper gets high-tech fuel purifier

Poly Shield Technologies Inc. is installing its first DSOX-20 Pre-Combustion Desulfurization Fuel Purification System for LMS Shipping in Mobile. The DSOX-20 is a patent pending next generation technology that incorporates several new innovations from Poly Shield's first generation system, the DSOX-15. – WSJ

Huntsville’s Whole Foods dream comes true

 When Whole Foods Market announced last year it would open a high-end grocery store in Mobile, the company's South Region President Omar Gaye immediately got an email from his colleague Betsy Foster, who is a Huntsville native. Foster's email simply said, "Mobile? Why not Huntsville?" – AL.com

Austal harassment claims to proceed

Claims made by former employees that the shipyard at Austal USA was at times littered with racially hostile graffiti and nooses, amounting to a hostile work environment, were sent back to a lower court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta ruled Tuesday that seven of the 13 plaintiffs whose lawsuits were previously dismissed could proceed. – AL.com

Eternal Word denied on ACA protest

A federal judge in Mobile has dismissed a Catholic broadcaster's legal claim that requiring employers to include contraception in their health care coverage is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade acted Wednesday on the lawsuit filed by the Eternal Word Television Network, which has studios in a Birmingham suburb. The broadcasting group said it will appeal. – MSN

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