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Top News Links: Friday, June 26

U.S. Supreme Court upholds ACA

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld on Thursday the legality of tax subsidies for millions of Americans who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, sometimes called Obamacare. The ruling means 6.4 million Americans in 34 states will continue to receive the subsidies -- sometimes called tax credits -- that help pay for their health plan premiums under the health-reform law. – HealthDay/WSFA

More on what Google will do in state

Any time you do a Google search, navigate Google Maps or Earth, use Gmail or watch a video on YouTube, you're supporting a data center like the one to be built next year in Jackson County. As Internet connectivity expands throughout the world, the tech giant set out to open its 14th data center to keep up with growing demand. Google representative A.J. Jongewaard said the Stevenson/Bridgeport site had "the right combination of energy infrastructure and developable land" to meet Google's needs. – AL.com

Looks like a victory for VictoryLand

The state can't shut down a Macon County casino while letting similar businesses operate elsewhere, a judge ruled Thursday in dismissing the attorney general's attempt to seize more than 1,600 gaming machines and about $260,000 seized in a raid two years ago. While not ruling on the legality of electronic bingo machines at VictoryLand, Circuit Judge William Shashy said the state's action against the business violated the principle of equal protection under the law. – GulfLive

Alabama company wants to build tractors in Cuba

Cleber LLC is trying to become the first American company to set up a manufacturing operation in Cuba in more than half a century, with plans to build inexpensive tractors on the island for sale to local farmers. The Alabama-based company is seeking to build a small assembly plant in the Mariel Special Economic Zone, an area west of Havana with a new $1 billion deepwater port terminal where the Cuban government is trying to attract foreign investment. – Washington Post

Study: ACA didn’t increase involuntary part-timers

Last year, the Center for Economic and Policy Research put out a short report examining the changes in part-time employment over the first six months of 2014 compared with the first six months of 2013. The point was to see whether there was evidence of the negative effects predicted by Affordable Care Act critics in the form of an increase in involuntary part-time employment. While the analysis found no evidence of an increase in involuntary part-time employment (it actually fell sharply), it did find an increase in voluntary part-time employment. – CEPR.net

Grandbridge closes on $11.7M multifamily property deal

Grandbridge Real Estate Capital has closed an $11.76 million first mortgage secured by a 384-unit multifamily property in Kansas City, Missouri. Birmingham-based Grandbridge vice president Paul Harbor originated the transaction. Funding for the acquisition loan was arranged through Freddie Mac and featured a 10-year fixed rate term over 30 years with the first three years interest-only. – REjournals.com

Brasfield & Gorrie delivers MetLife tech campus

MetLife this week officially celebrated the grand opening of its Global Technology Campus in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. The new 26.5-acre campus represents a major investment in digital initiatives that will help MetLife transform customer experiences around the world. Serving as general contractor, Brasfield & Gorrie constructed this new facility for developer Highwoods Properties. – News release

Golden Construction tops off Montgomery project

Golden Construction will today celebrate the topping out of The Heights, a $28.4 million multifamily community in Montgomery being developed by StoneRiver Co. This four-story project consists of 164 one and two bedroom luxury units with 206,544 total square feet. The Heights will have some of the most scenic views of the Alabama River in all of Montgomery. – News release

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