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Top News Links: Wednesday, Sept. 19

Vulcan shares rise as takeover moratorium closes

Shares of Vulcan Materials rose this week as the moratorium preventing a hostile takeover by smaller rival Martin Marietta Materials ended Sept. 15; analysts say Martin Marietta will need to offer a "more friendly deal" to complete the takeover. — Bloomberg

Alabama voters give thumbs up to funds transfer

Voters Tuesday approved a constitutional amendment allowing the state to use the principal from a major trust fund to balance the budget; Gov. Bentley lauds vote outcome.Birmingham News

Medicaid money still being debated

Alabama is still trying to decide whether to accept federal dollars to fund a Medicaid expansion. — American Public Media Marketplace

Alabama's cover GL

The new Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, made at the company's plant in Vance, is featured on the cover of Automotive Design and Production magazine's September issue. — Birmingham News

Federal funds boost historically blacks colleges

The U.S. Department of Education has earmarked $228 million for historically black colleges; 15 of the 97 schools are in Alabama. — Birmingham News

Birmingham home sales up

Birmingham real estate researcher says homes sales numbers are up for the August time in six years. — Birmingham Business Journal

Gilley prison date delayed

Ronnie Gilley, who pled guilty to vote buying charges before turning state's evidence, has been granted a delay before reporting to prison to allow him to have surgery for an undisclosed medical condition. — al.com

Trial date set for A&M legal battle

Alabama A&M and the Alabama A&M Research Institute will face off before a judge Dec. 3 over issues that the university says could affect its accreditation — Huntsville Times

Anti-government activist faces IRS charges

A Dale County man who has presented nationwide classes on techniques like filing liens against elected officials' property, was charged with using fake bonds to pay his taxes. — USA Today

Pratt Park takes top honors in contest

Prattville's Pratt Park won top honors as the favorite park in America, winning $100,000 from contest sponsor Coca-Cola. — Prattville News

Six shot along Drummond Colombian coal route

Six people were injured by gunfire when an unidentified assailant shot at buses carrying workers for Drummond's Colombian coal operations. — Fox News

Grand opening Friday at Opelika Habitat store

ReStore, the part flea market-part home supply store that supports Habitat for Humanity projects, will celebrate a grand opening Friday in Opelika. — OANow

Alabama car dealers in financial transactions

A REIT affiliate of W.P. Cary & Co. LLC has acquired nine car dealerships, including three in Alabama. — Market Watch

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