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Top News Links: Friday, May 26

Trump: German automakers are ‘very bad’

President Donald Trump threatened to stop German car sales in the U.S. during a meeting with European officials in Brussels on Thursday, German publication Der Spiegel first reported. Trump said he would stop German automakers from selling "millions of cars" in the U.S., Spiegel reported, calling Germans "very bad." – Business Insider

Liberty National building may soon get upgrade

The Liberty National building's owners are in the process of breathing life back into the 80-year-old Birmingham building. A Delaware limited liability company called Liberty Redemption LLC is working with lenders, lawyers and renovation experts to revive the building, a representative for Liberty Redemption confirmed. – AL.com

Ivey fills Moore’s vacant judge spot with Sellers

Gov. Kay Ivey appointed Republican attorney William B. Sellers to the Alabama Supreme Court on Thursday, bringing the court back to its normal size after the ethics case against former chief justice Roy Moore. Sellers will fill the associate justice seat previously held by Lyn Stuart. Stuart was appointed chief justice after Moore resigned following his permanent suspension. Moore is now among the Republican candidates for U.S. Senate in Alabama. – AP/USN&WR

Montgomery to see first wave of info tech-certified professionals

The first group of classes for a Montgomery-area information technology training program will finish early next month, as 15 professionals will earn certification to work with military contractors. TechMGM is a program of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, the Alabama Community College System and the local IT industry. – AL.com

2017 may be the year of the ‘retail apocalypse’

Stores from HH Gregg and Payless to Sears and JC Penney have all announced they are either closing or shuttering hundreds of stores this year. The question is now - what retailer will be next? Business Insider recently used data from F&D Reports to determine which companies are most vulnerable to economic downturns that could result in massive closures or even bankruptcy. – AL.com

Troy poised to have Sunday liquor sales

 For people in Troy, having a glass of wine or beer on Sundays could soon be an option. Governor Kay Ivey signed local legislation that allowed the city council to set a special election for October 10th, to give residents a chance to vote on Sunday sales. “That date she signed is the date we’re authorized by legislature to have the election,” says Troy City Clerk Alton Starling. – ANN

Opinion: Medical research brings jobs, hope

Medical research means hope for millions of Americans and their families affected by a life-changing disease like Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cancer or heart disease — diseases that certainly have an impact in Alabama. As we look to the future, it is important for Congress to continue to fund the National Institutes of Health to provide for the critical infrastructure needed by our nation’s medical research enterprise. – Montgomery Advertiser

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