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Top News Links: Tuesday, June 17

Rally protests steel import dumping

American steel workers, including those in the Birmingham area, face an uncertain future amid the dumping of steel imports in the U.S. market. That was the message at a rally held Monday by the Alliance for American Manufacturing at U.S. Steel Corp.'s Fairfield operations. An estimated 900 people turned out. – AL.com

Chinese firms get Airbus supply pie

Two Chinese suppliers in Tianjin, China have won contracts to supply the Airbus plant in Mobile when it comes online. Seven Industrial Co. will provide wooden box packages to the factory while Tianjin Saixiang Technology Co. will deliver transportation jigs and tools for the project. – Ecns.cn

Former Texaco CEO John McKinley dies

John K. McKinley, the chief executive officer who tried to resuscitate Texaco Inc. before a jury asked it to pay a then-record $10.53 billion in damages as part of a lawsuit that led to the biggest U.S. bankruptcy, has died. McKinley, 94, was an Alabama-educated chemical engineer. He died at his Dallas home. – Bloomberg

Alabama gets poor grade for tweets

States were recently ranked for what amounted to grade-level reading scores, based on their collective Twitter performance. Southern states in general did poorly, with Louisiana finishing last and Alabama finishing 6th from the bottom. Over 500,000 tweets were analyzed nationwide. – Movoto

Genomic medicine now has a center

The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology have created the UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine to accelerate discoveries in genomics and propel those discoveries into clinical practice. – UAB news release

Alabama at back of growth pack

Already one of the poorest states in the nation, Alabama’s economy is also slow growing. Alabama’s median household income was just $41,574 in 2012, among the lowest in the nation. Additionally, nearly one in five residents lived below the poverty line that year, more than in all but a handful of states. – 247WallSt.com

Obama to sign anti-discrimination order

President Barack Obama is expected to sign an executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The upcoming change comes as the Labor Department is moving forward with implementation of a previous Executive Order that will raise the minimum wage contractors must pay their employees to $10.10 per hour. – AL.com

Regions realigns to zone in on markets

Regions Financial Corp. said Monday it has realigned its business units and geographical leadership, creating a General Bank for businesses that serve retail, wealth management, and small business customers, and a Corporate Bank to serve middle-market and larger commercial clients. – BusinessWire

Medicaid agency crunching data

The Alabama Medicaid Agency, with the help of a federal grant, is now using SAS Visual Analytics to precisely integrate and view data on illnesses, treatments and costs, segmented by population and geography. SAS is based in North Carolina. – BusinessWire

McKinney joins BBA staff

Suzanna McKinney has joined the Birmingham Business Alliance as manager, Public Policy. She will be responsible for event logistics, committee management, legislative session support and young professional initiatives. – News release

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