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Top News Links: Monday, April 8

Potential British Airways-Airbus deal could challenge Boeing

Boeing may soon face a challenge from British Airways, one of the company's most loyal wide-body customers, should the airline follow through with a $7 billion order for Airbus A350 jets. — Chicago Tribune

Airbus breaks ground in Mobile

Airbus will break ground today on its new aircraft assembly plant at Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile. — Alabamas13.com

Alabama will not enforce consumer health protection

In a letter to federal officials, Gov. Robert Bentley, said Alabama insurance regulators will not enforce consumer protection provisions of the federal health care overhaul pushed by President Obama. WTOK

Aircraft repair company coming to Dothan

Miami-based Commercial Jet Inc. is opening up a plant in Dothan, taking over the property previously occupied by Pemco at Dothan Regional Airport. — WPMI Local 15 News

BCBS of Alabama profits fall

BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama, the state's largest insurer, saw profits decline 55 percent last year; the company earned $114.6 million in 2012 compared to $256.9 million in 2011. — al.com

UAB streamlines MBA program for fall

The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Business has modernized its MBA program for fall 2013, with sequenced courses designed to build upon each other as students progress. — UAB News

Cetera deals continue, include Regions

Cetera Financial Group Inc., the brokerage backed by private-equity firm Lightyear Capital LLC, agreed to buy two of MetLife Inc.'s broker-dealer affiliates with $25 billion under management. After the deal is completed, Cetera will have more than $130 billion in client assets. The firm has been making deals with banks, including Birmingham-based Regions Financial Corp. to place its advisers in their branches. — Bloomberg

Tuscaloosa book store closing

Books-A-Million's Tuscaloosa location near McFarland Mall will close its doors on May 18. — al.com

New study shows disparities in hypertension in U.S. counties

Counties in four states accounted for the 10 highest rates in hypertension prevalence — Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Virginia. Alabama was also one of the states with the largest disparity between genders. — Science Daily

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