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Top News Links: Wednesday, June 18

Mercedes celebrating new C-Class today

The Tuscaloosa County operation of Mercedes-Benz will mark a major milestone today as it celebrates the production launch of the redesigned 2015 C-Class. The new model, which also is being produced at Mercedes factories in Germany, South Africa and China, is the first sedan to be built at the Alabama plant. – AL.com

Not really an even trade

They gave us the Beatles and we sent them William Bell. The Birmingham mayor is in Liverpool, England this week to participate in an international business conference. Bell spoke at a conference of the International Festival for Business in Liverpool. He visited France earlier this month. – AL.com

Making Airbus seem not so French

Airbus Group's recent name change is enhancing how the weapons and planemaker is perceived, particularly among U.S. government customers, CEO Allan McArtor said Tuesday. “To be truthful, it was very difficult to explain European Aeronautic Defense and Space (EADS). It’s hard to build confidence in that brand.” – Today

ServisFirst offers 3-1 stock split

ServisFirst Bancshares, the holding company for ServisFirst Bank, Tuesday announced a quarterly cash dividend and approved a three-for-one split in common stock. The quarterly dividend of $0.15 per share pre-split is payable on July 15 to stockholders of record as of July 8. – PRNewswire

Alabama has weak tax-credit scholarships

Arizona and Florida have the strongest education tax-credit scholarship programs in the country while Alabama's law is the weakest according to a ranking released today by a school choice advocacy and research group. – Center for Education Reform

Birmingham council OKs veterans project

The Birmingham City Council Tuesday approved cash and tax incentives for a new parking deck and Veteran's Administration medical clinic on Southside. Graham & Company will develop and construct a new three-story VA primary care annex and an eight-story parking deck including 2,300 spaces. – AL.com

Alabama Medicaid rolls top 1M

The number of Alabamians on Medicaid has topped 1 million, officials of the state Medicaid Agency said Monday. The state's numbers show enrollment jumping by nearly 30,000 early this year as the Affordable Care Act came online and they contradict earlier reports showing Medicaid enrollment in decline. – Anniston Star

Alabama: Bad humans, great innovation

Well, that wasn’t quite it, but close. Alabama is still suffering human capital problems, but gets a better grade for productivity and innovation, says a new report from Ball State University. Our tax climate got a B- while we scored a B in “global reach.” – Ball State Center for Business and Economic Research

Feds say inflation rose in May

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers increased 0.4 percent in May on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday. The indexes for shelter, electricity, food, airline fares, and gasoline contributed to the all items increase, the largest since February 2013. – BLS

Alabama home to happy old folks

The Alabama Nursing Home Association and its member facilities are keeping their residents and families satisfied and engaged at a rate that exceeds the national average, according to a recently released 2013 data analysis report by National Research Corporation. – Virtual-Strategy.com

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