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Top News Links: Wednesday, Oct. 26

States seek dismissal of lawsuit tied to higher minimum wages

The state will argue to dismiss the federal lawsuit that seeks to repeal the state law that prevents Birmingham and other cities to set their own minimum wages in court Wednesday. The Alabama National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Greater Birmingham Ministries filed the suit in U.S. District Court in April, claiming that HB 174 is tainted "with racial animus" and that is violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. – AL.com

Auburn, Gulf Shores building new $12M facility

Auburn University and the city of Gulf Shores are partnering on a new $12 million college facility that will be anchored by veterinarian medical services. The new 25,000-square-foot building will also house programs related to organic horticulture, marine fisheries, specialty courses on unmanned aircraft systems, economic development research and 4-H extension. – Aviation Pros

Google Express open for business in Alabama

Google is bringing its new Express service to Alabama, giving residents another option for personal shopping for everything from toys to dry foods. The service works by a user logging on to Google Express' web page or opening the app, which is available for iPhone or Android phones. Then store employees pick and package the order and work with another one of Google's delivery partners, which include FedEx and UPS, who then deliver either overnight or within two days. – AL.com

Cost of Obamacare rising, but subsidies to rise as well

The cost of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is expected to rise an average of 22 percent in 2017, according to information released by the Obama administration Monday afternoon. Still, federal subsidies will also rise, meaning that few people are likely to have to pay the full cost after the rate increases to get insurance coverage. – APR

Polaris shares fall 3.2 percent after earnings report

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII) shares fell 3.2% during trading on Tuesday following a weaker than expected earnings announcement. The stock traded as low as $76.22 and last traded at $79.02, with a volume of 2,311,594 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $81.65. – Cerbat Gem

Alabama credit unions seeing growth in loans

Member-owned credit unions in Alabama have seen positive growth in the second quarter of 2016 as recently revealed by 2016 2Q Call Report data. Member business loans in Alabama grew by 10.3 percent in the first six months of the year, almost double the national average. Total loans in Alabama grew at 5.7 percent, exceeding the national growth rate of 4.6 percent. – News release

Moore case requires creation of ‘Special Supreme Court’

The Alabama Supreme Court will recuse itself from suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore's appeal of his ethics convictions, and defer to a special court to hear the appeal. A public lottery will be held in the Alabama Supreme Court chambers Thursday afternoon, where the names of seven justices drawn from a pool of retired judges will take place. – Montgomery Advertiser

Lawyer gets six-month term for scamming UA sorority

 A South Carolina lawyer has been given a six-month prison sentence after stashing hundreds of thousands of dollars in a shoebox as part of a scam involving a $14 million sorority house at the University of Alabama. – AP/WVTM

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