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Top News Links: Wednesday, June 14

Mo Brooks rendered aid at scene where lawmakers were shot

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was shot at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning by a gunman who appeared to have targeted members of Congress. Police in Alexandria, located just outside of Washington, D.C., said they were investigating a "multiple shooting" and a suspect was in custody. Wounded people were being taken to area hospitals for treatment, the police said. At least five people were shot, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), told CNN from the scene of shooting. – LA Times

German press notes Trump Effect on Mercedes

President Donald Trump's harsh criticism of Germany's trade practices is sowing concerns in rural, Republican Alabama, where Mercedes-Benz has been an economic engine for two decades. The big German carmaker since 1997 has manufactured cars in Tuscaloosa, a city of 90,000 in western Alabama previously known almost exclusively for being the home of the University of Alabama and its celebrated sports program. – The Local

Huddle House looks to double its Alabama footprint

Huddle House has targeted Alabama as a key growth market for the classic 24-hour diner chain. It plans to open about 100 new locations throughout the country in the next few years, and three of those will likely be in Alabama. If all of these locations open, that will double the number of Alabama restaurants the Atlanta-based chain has. There are 369 locations throughout the U.S., primarily in the Southeast, and 49 currently under development. – AL.com

Owa entertainment complex on track for its July opening

A long-awaited addition to the Gulf Coast is just weeks away from its debut as officials prepare to open the gates at Owa, a new “amusement and entertainment destination” located in South Baldwin County. The $240 million project — which includes the amusement park, a 150-room Marriott TownePlace Suites hotel, retail and dining spaces, and an artificial lake — is being developed by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. – The Pulse

Luxury condo development under way in Tuscaloosa

Demolition has begun for Westgate Residences, a luxury condominium development in Tuscaloosa next to Bryant-Denny Stadium. Demolition started with the Hillel house and will continue through the first phase of the Stadium Apartments. Spectrum Tide of Jackson is the project developer. – News release

Alabama’s catfish part of global aquaculture focus

Entrepreneurs, investors and some environmentalists are beginning to coalesce around aquaculture as a potential long-term solution to the depletion of the oceans and the world’s increasing appetite for this healthy protein. A 2016 report from the United Nations found that 31.4 percent of the world’s stocks were overfished and another 58.1 percent fully fished. – Bloomberg/ANC

Uber board member resigns after sexist remark at meeting about sexism

Uber board member David Bonderman, who spurred outrage after making a sexist remark at a staff meeting held subsequent to an investigation of sexual harassment at the ride-sharing company, resigned on Tuesday. At a company staff meeting, another Uber board member, Arianna Huffington, remarked that having one woman on a board often leads to more women joining a board, according to a leaked audio recording of the meeting, obtained by Yahoo Finance. Bonderman replied, "actually, what it shows is that it's much more likely to be more talking." – CNBC

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