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Top News Links: Tuesday, May 20

Adtran unveils simplified business gateway

Adtran Monday announced the introduction of the NetVanta 6360 Carrier Ethernet Customer Edge IP Business Gateway. The solution collapses the functionality of a converged business-class voice gateway, an access router for data services and a Carrier Ethernet services gateway into a single platform. – Market Watch

Study: State pensions in jeopardy

A study says pension funds serving more than 335,000 Alabama state workers and retirees could run out of money in a decade if changes aren't made.  – AL.com

‘Secede’ billboard yanked by Lamar

The head of the Confederate League of the South says an advertising company has removed a highway billboard that advocated a Southern secession from the United States. The Interstate 85 billboard had the word "secede" in capital letters, along with the league's name and website. – AP/Fox News

‘Make It Rain’ has a higher lesson

Josh Segall laughs and pumps his fist when talking about the reaction to his company’s new video game, “Make It Rain: The Love of Money,” which recently hit No. 1 on Apple’s app store. But he’s not talking about all of the national attention or media interest in the surprise viral hit. – Montgomery Advertiser

Aerojet Rocketdyne, Dynetics join forces

Rocket propulsion company Aerojet Rocketdyne and aerospace and defense engineering services company Dynetics are teaming up to collaborate on new aerospace technologies and systems in Huntsville. – AL.com

SouthStar Properties acquired in Birmingham

Lawrence-Arendall-Humphries Real Estate, Inc. has acquired Vestavia-based SouthStar Properties, LLC, the companies announced. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Kim Mangham-Barelare, who founded SouthStar in 2009, will remain with the company. SouthStar has 26 agents. – AL.com

Scientists: No need to shop for Spam

Scientists at Coastal Carolina University expect no hurricane to make landfall on the East Coast or in the Gulf of Mexico this year. The forecast anticipates a “below to near normal” hurricane season in 2014. Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30. – Insurance Journal

Comcast wants Internet data limits

David Cohen, executive vice president of Comcast, says the cable giant wants to see "a usage-based billing model rolled out across its footprint" within five years. The aim is to set limits at a level where the average customer is not worried about the cap, perhaps enough to download 125 HD movies a month. – AL.com

Verizon expanding XLTE through state

Verizon Wireless has expanded its newest technology – known as XLTE – to Mobile and more locations in Alabama to boost 4G LTE network capacity and enhance high-speed services for customers. More than half of Verizon’s 4G LTE 500-plus markets have been enhanced with XLTE, with more scheduled. – Verizon news release

Help your favorite nonprofit with Regions

Regions is highlighting 19 nonprofits from communities throughout the Regions footprint as part of its What A Difference A Day Makes Contest, running through June 13. Each nominee receives 50 volunteer service hours from Regions associates and $500 just for being nominated. Vote for your favorite! – Regions news release

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