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Top News Links: Tuesday, May 27

Get ready for your closeup

Alabama is preparing for its role in the filming of “Selma,” a major motion picture focusing on Dr. Martin Luther King’s epic struggle to secure voting rights. The movie, backed by production companies affiliated with Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt and others, will be filmed in Selma and Montgomery this summer. – Made in Alabama

Sterne Agee changes leadership

Sterne Agee Group Inc., the Birmingham-based investment bank that Friday dismissed Chairman and CEO Jim Holbrook Jr. and at least two other top managers, has announced a new team of senior executives. Holbrook was replaced as chairman by Eric Needleman, previously an executive managing director in the firm's New York offices, the company said. – AL.com

Don’t mess with Harper Lee here

U.S. District Court Chief Judge William H. Steele, Southern District of Alabama, took just two days to rule that Harper Lee’s lawsuit against the Monroe County Heritage Museum for what she says is the unauthorized marketing of merchandise based on her 1960 novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” could be renewed. – New York Times

Alabama makes Top 10 Dumbest States

Alabama recently has been named the seventh dumbest state in America. In a list compiled by The Street, the site took a look at the level of education a percentage of the residents of each state achieves. As of 2010, per Infoplease.com, men with a BA make 60 percent more than their counterparts with a high school diploma, while the number is 56.6 percent for women. – AL.com

Hendricks-Berkadia negotiates sale

Hendricks-Berkadia, one of the nation’s largest multifamily investment banking and research companies, recently negotiated the sale of Harbor Creek, a 316-unit apartment community located just north of Atlanta in Canton, Ga. together with Brown Realty Advisors. – Hendricks-Berkadia News release 

Birmingham’s Moretti development filling

The Moretti, the $17 million apartment development just below Vulcan, has completed construction and is already 76 percent leased, officials say. – AL.com

DEA: ‘Spice’ sales fuel terrorism

Behind those packs of ‘Scooby Snax’ is an intricate drug-trafficking network, investigators say. The Drug Enforcement Administration has begun the second phase of a nationwide drug takedown called Project Synergy—and a specific raid in Birmingham had been given the code name Operation Red Tide. – The Daily Beast

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