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Top News Links: Monday, March 17

Mercedes will give customers more C-choices

Mercedes-Benz, the world’s third-largest maker of luxury cars, plans to add variants of the best-selling C-Class beyond sedans and wagons as it seeks to better target customers across the globe. The new C-Class will be assembled in four locations, including the factory in Tuscaloosa County. – Businessweek

Survey: Regions has top customer satisfaction

Consumers ranked Regions Bank as one of the top service experiences of any kind in the nation, according to a new customer satisfaction survey. – Montgomery Advertiser

State’s maze of liquor rules hurts business

Alabama has dry counties and wet counties, dry counties with wet cities, dry counties with “community development districts” where liquor can be sold and wet counties that are required to share revenue from alcohol sales with dry counties. Two lawmakers want to simplify things. – Anniston Star

UA’s new Digital Media Center unveiled

The grand opening of the University of Alabama's Digital Media Center last week was simultaneously a celebration of the new $14.6 million, 46,594-square-foot facility in Bryant-Denny Stadium and a discussion of the challenges and opportunities new professionals will face once they leave. – Tuscaloosa News

Suspensions lifted as fraud probe continues

Under legal pressure, the Alabama Credit Union Administration on Thursday lifted suspensions on three employees from the $608 million Alabama One Credit Union as it continues to investigate member claims of loan fraud. – CUtimes.com

Attitudes changing on Cuban trade ban

Business leaders, at least some in Alabama, foresee an end to the 50-plus year moratorium on unfettered commercial trade with Cuba. And they want to be ready when it happens. – al.com

Roberts Brothers win two advertising awards

Roberts Brothers has recently been honored with two awards at the annual American Advertising Awards. – al.com

Accounting firm opening new Birmingham office

1st Choice Advisors will offer Abila MIP Fund Accounting and other information technology services with the opening of a new office in Birmingham. T. Levi Jiles has come on board as their solutions & technical advisor and will head up the new office. – Sys-con.com

Dynetics to demonstrate at conference

Dynetics will demonstrate at Pathfinder 2014 how it is successfully delivering end-to-end unmanned aircraft systems solutions that advance UAS platforms for emerging missions, including technology insertion, existing system sustainment and mission planning and simulation. – Dynetics.com

Analyst says Southern Company worth 2nd look

Southern Company was the worst performer of its 30 largest U.S. regulated utilities peers in 2013 as investors feared cost overruns at its Kemper power plant project would hurt regulatory relationships and a still-weak economy weighed on short- and medium-term growth. But Morningstar thinks investors should consider the long-term view for this dividend stalwart. – Morningstar.com

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