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Top News Links: Tuesday, May 26

Bright House, Charter and Time Warner combine

Bright House Networks, Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable are joining to form one of the country's largest telecommunications companies. The formal announcement came this morning. Charter will buy Time Warner Cable and complete its purchase of Bright House Networks, first announced March 31. The Charter purchase of Time Warner Cable is valued at over $78 billion. Charter's deal for Bright House Networks is for $10 billion. Bright House Networks serves 2.5 million customers in Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Michigan and California. – MyNews13

Upside down flag T-shirt doesn’t fly

A controversial T-shirt design featuring an upside-down American flag was removed from an Alabama store after a complaint from a customer went viral on Facebook. An employee with the Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. location at the Tanger Outlets in Foley told the Daily News Monday a black A$AP Rocky-designed shirt was removed from the business after they received a complaint. – NY Daily News

Alabama’s coastal state mansion a $1M eyesore

With boarded-up windows, peeling paint and a rooftop tarp that flaps in the Gulf breeze, the beachfront retreat at the end of Gulf Way Drive is a $1 million eyesore in paradise. Odd as it may seem, this pricey dump is Alabama's coastal governor's mansion. And it has been falling apart for nearly two decades because of government inaction. – AP/Montgomery Advertiser

Julio Jones gets into restaurant business

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is getting into the restaurant business. Latitude 360 announced last week the former Alabama star would become a minority partner in plans to expand its restaurants into Georgia and Alabama. Latitude 360 has restaurants in its home city of Jacksonville, Fla., Pittsburgh and Indianapolis. – AL.com

Greenetrack supports idea of gambling vote

Herlecia Hampton, operational manager of Greenetrack Inc., commented in a recent news release about Alabamians and expanded gambling. “All we ask is to be afforded the same rights and protections given to the Native Americans in our state; the ability to rehire the hundreds of dedicated employees who have lost their jobs at our facilities; and the opportunity to fund our local charities and schools who have depended on our financial support for more than three decades.” – Greene County Democrat

Huddle House marks 50th with new restaurants

Huddle House celebrated its 50th anniversary with one of the chain’s strongest years of growth ever, signing 21 new franchise agreements, opening eight new restaurants, completing 41 remodels and adding four new company-operated restaurants through the acquisition of existing locations. The new signings include the first Huddle House locations for New Jersey as well as the addition of new restaurants in Alabama and eight other states. – Restaurant News

Credit reporting agencies agree to tighter reporting

Alabama and 30 other states reached a settlement last week with the three main credit reporting agencies — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion —to make a number of changes to their business practices. Under the settlement, credit reporting agencies have agreed to increase monitoring of data furnishers, to require additional information from furnishers of certain types of data, to limit direct-to-consumer marketing, and provide greater protections for consumers who dispute information on their credit reports. – AutoRemarketing.com

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