Top News Links: Friday, June 28

Mercedes passes car keys to a new auto exec

Company officials and local leaders gathered at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Thursday to bid farewell to outgoing exec Markus Schaefer, who heads back to Mercedes' home turf in Germany, and to bid welcome to Jason Hoff. — Tuscaloosa News

Northeast counties seek balance for future

Finding jobs while maintaining a small-town feel is a key challenge for the ten-county East Alabama Region, working together to develop Clear Plan 2030 to guide the region's future. — Anniston Star

Bracing for BRAC

State officials have brought in a BRAC-savvy consultant to help guard the state's interests in the next round of military base changes and closings. — Montgomery Advertiser

Dothan mayor says new employer likely

Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz told a Republican Women's group that a new employer is likely to announce plans shortly for a move to Houston County, saying it's a boat builder and would bring 150 jobs, but keeping additional details confidential. — Dothan Eagle

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