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Top News Links: Thursday, June 15

Construction on third 20 Midtown building approved

The third and largest building in the 20 Midtown development got final approvals Wednesday to start construction. The third building will take up a full city block and have 246 apartments. Scott Bryant of Scott M. Bryant & Co. and Dick Schmalz of RGS Properties are developing the Publix-anchored project. The third building will feature an amenity deck on the fourth floor with a 25-by-85-foot pool, a putting green, several gas grills, bocce ball, a putting green, and a fitness center that's both indoors and outdoors. – AL.com

Craft beer to be showcased at investor forum

Alabama’s craft beer boom will be showcased next week at a conference that is expected to attract investors from across the globe. State business recruiters will be working the SelectUSA Investment Summit, which promotes foreign direct investment in the U.S. During the summit, held in the Washington D.C. area, they plan to serve several varieties of local craft beer at a reception for the conference participants. – Made In Alabama

Trucking companies fearing Birmingham blockage

Trucking companies fear driving time through Birmingham could double or even quadruple when the Alabama Department of Transportation closes the Interstate 59/20 bridges for demolition and replacement next fall. "In our business, time is everything," said Buck Moore, president of Birmingham-based Buddy Moore Trucking. "We have 11 hours a day we can legally operate a truck. If it takes one or two hours to get through downtown Birmingham, that is money. " – AL.com

Five Points South getting a new 17-story high rise

A $40 million, 17-story high rise apartment project is planned for Five Points South. The Opus Group, a Rosemont, Illinois-based developer, is planning the project. Myefski Architects is the architect on the project. The project will be located at 1001 20th Street, next to the former location of World of Beer and Magic City Brew.  The project will require demolishing The Break Pool Hall. – AL.com

Compass raises prime rate to 4.25 percent

BBVA Compass today announced it is increasing its prime lending rate to 4.25 percent from 4.00 percent, effective June 15, 2017. BBVA is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. – Stockhouse

Eating your taters fried a bad idea, says researchers

How your spuds are cooked is key to your health. People who eat fried potatoes two or more times a week double their risk of an early death compared to those who avoid them, a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found. Eating potatoes that have not been fried was not linked to a similar early mortality risk, the researchers noted. – CNN

Fed watchers think Yellen will win another term

The person most likely to be Federal Reserve chair when Janet Yellen's term expires in February is… Janet Yellen. So say Fed watchers polled by Bloomberg from June 5 to June 8. Yellen came out on top when economists were asked to rank the three most likely candidates for the central-bank post. – Bloomberg

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