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Top News Links: Wednesday, Oct. 15

Longtime AEA chief Paul Hubbert dies

 Paul Hubbert, a two-time candidate for governor who transformed an association of school teachers into one of Alabama's most potent political forces, died Tuesday. He was 78. A spokeswoman for the Alabama Education Association, Amy Marlowe, said Hubbert died at a Montgomery hospital. He was hospitalized Oct. 6 for injuries suffered in a fall and his condition worsened, Marlowe said. – AP/News Courier

Mercedes recalls some C-class sedans

Mercedes-Benz USA is recalling more than 10,500 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans in the U.S. because the steering wheels may squeak and resist turning. "In Europe, two instances were found in which the steering coupling interlock on 2015 C-Class models was not in the correct locked position," wrote Donna Boland, a company spokeswoman, in response to a query. "We have no reason to believe that models produced here in the U.S. would be affected but, in an abundance of caution, we want to be sure.” – Edmunds

ServisFirst Bank picks OBS

Online Banking Solutions announced today that ServisFirst Bank, headquartered in Birmingham has chosen to upgrade its commercial online banking systems with three products from OBS: Business Online Banking Platform, Mobile Business Banking and Secure Browsing Technology. – BusinessWire

Legalizing same-sex marriage could profit state

Despite the prospect of same-sex marriage being met with opposition in Alabama, one group of scholars insists that the economic benefits of legalizing the controversial unions could add nearly $22 million to the state economy. – BizJournals

Firm suing state prisons over violence

In 2012, a handcuffed and shackled inmate at St. Clair Correctional Facility was punched in the head, face and ear and then stomped on by a correctional officer, according to a federal lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Corrections. The suit says the inmate, Joseph Shack, suffered from ruptured ears that lead to hearing loss, a fractured thumb, internal bleeding and fractured ribs. – Montgomery Advertiser

ADTRAN earnings match estimate

Communication network solution provider ADTRAN Inc. posted mixed financial numbers for the third-quarter of 2014. Earnings were on par with the Zacks Consensus Estimate while the top line significantly lagged the same. – Zacks.com

Birmingham in Top 10 for segregation

Birmingham has a long, messy history of being a city divided. Last year, Business Insider released data showing that Birmingham is one of the top 10 most segregated cities in the country. Professors at Florida State University analyzed 2010 census data and determined what percentage of one people group would have to move neighborhoods in order to eliminate segregation. Anything higher than 60 indicated very high segregation. – Yellowhammer

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