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Top News Links: Wednesday, Nov. 18

BP considering sale of Decatur petrochemical plant

BP PLC said Tuesday it was exploring the sale of a petrochemical plant in Decatur as part of a restructuring of its petrochemicals business. The announcement comes a month after BP announced a third round of spending cuts and asset sales as it attempts to deal with extended period of low oil prices and raise cash to help fund its $54 billion U.S. oil spill settlement. – Reuters

Alabama-made Mercedes C-Class gets Kelley nod

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been chosen as one of Kelley Blue Book's Best Buys for luxury cars. It's the second consecutive year that the Vance-made sedan has earned the honor. Only 12 vehicle models received the 2016 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards, which are given to new model-year vehicles available in the U.S. market. – Tuscaloosa News

Blissfully unaware turkeys ready for holiday

A chorus of gobbles from 400 turkeys greeted the Hartselle farmer on an unusually warm mid-November day. For the past 15 weeks, Charles Ritch, with assistance from Sally, the trusty Great Pyrenees, fed and protected the turkeys from predators. Every day, Ritch and the farmhands moved the birds to green pasture, letting them develop naturally — the key to creating the tastiest meat. – Decatur Daily

McGlinchey Stafford opens Birmingham office

McGlinchey Stafford PLLC announced today the firm's expansion into Alabama with the opening of an office in Birmingham. This office is the firm's thirteenth nationwide, and represents the continued, significant expansion of the firm's service offerings to corporate clients across the Southeast and nationally. – PRNewswire

State ranked 29th in tax competitiveness

Alabama has the 29th most competitive tax code in the nation, according to the 12th-annual edition of the State Business Tax Climate Index released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation. The report measures how well-structured each state’s tax code is by analyzing more than 100 tax variables in five different categories, including: corporate, individual income, sales, property and unemployment insurance taxes. – News Courier

Beware El Nino, weather forecasters say

Alabama started November with wet cool weather; a good indication of things to come, meteorologists say. The abnormal warming of the Pacific Ocean, known as El Nino, is predicted to bring wetter, cooler and more unstable weather to Alabama and the South later this fall and winter. – Alabama News Center

Employee fatally shot at Birmingham security firm

An employee of an east Birmingham security company was fatally shot after a melee broke out at the office, according to police. Investigators say the whole thing started when someone else there got fired. The shot was fired at the I.P.E.S. Security business at the 9609 Parkway East center at about 5:30 p.m. – AL.com

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