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Top News Links: Wednesday, June 29

PCI Gaming Authority expands to Louisiana, beyond

The Alabama-based Poarch Band of Creek Indians is expanding its casino business into Louisiana and Nevada. The band's PCI Gaming Authority has struck a deal to buy Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City, Louisiana, near Shreveport, subject to approval by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. At the same time, the band has entered a separate partnership in a new casino outside Reno, Nevada. – NOLA.com

State leaders call for open trade with Cuba

Elected officials and business leaders gathered Tuesday at a Mobile shipping terminal to call for open trade relations with Cuba – and to announce the launch of a new group to promote the issue. State Sens. J.T. "Jabo" Waggoner and Vivian Figures, as well as Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson, were among those on hand to establish the formation of the Alabama State Council of the Engage Cuba Coalition. – AL.com

SLS booster rocket fires up in ground test

The world’s most powerful booster that will one day propel NASA astronauts to deep space destinations including the moon and Mars was successfully ignited Tuesday morning during a ground test firing on a remote mountainside in Utah, that qualifies it for an inaugural blastoff in late 2018. – Universe Today

China threatens to fire back in steel tariffs war

China could file suit at the World Trade Organization in order to protect its steel industry, the Commerce Ministry said on Tuesday, after the United States said some steel imports from China were hitting U.S. producers. The U.S. International Trade Commission said last week that imports of corrosion-resistant steel from China and four other countries were harming U.S. producers, the final step in the imposition of U.S. anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties. – Economic Times

Study says doctors in South more accessible to marketing

Where a hospital is located and who owns it make a big difference in how many of its doctors take meals, consulting and promotional payments from pharmaceutical and medical device companies, a ProPublica analysis shows. A higher percentage of doctors affiliated with hospitals in the South have received such payments than doctors in other regions of the country, the analysis found. – DelawarePublic.org

Thousands in state eligible for VW compensation

Thousands of Alabama residents may be eligible for compensation from Volkswagen following a settlement over emissions fraud. Attorney General Luther Strange announced today that under the settlement, Volkswagen is required to repurchase or modify more than 4300 vehicles sold in Alabama. – WBHM

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