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Top News Links: Friday, April 24

Airbus selects Tier 1 supplier

With only months remaining until its A320 final assembly line begins production at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, Airbus has awarded ATT Metrology Services Inc. Tier 1 supplier status and the metrology contract for its $600 million facility. The Issaquah, Wa.-based large-volume precision measurement and alignment services company plans to build out an existing aeroplex structure to house a 5,000-square-foot thermally controlled laboratory that should be operational when the aircraft manufacturer begins production this summer. – AL.com

Back Forty’s Wilson Young Entrepreneur of Year

Auburn University's Harbert College of Business has named Back Forty Beer Co. founder Jason Wilson as its Young Entrepreneur of the Year. An 2005 Auburn graduate, Wilson now leads the state's largest brewery. The award will be presented at the first Auburn University Entrepreneurship Summit on Friday. – AL.com

HBO investigates disastrous immigration law

“Them Hispanics work hard as hell,” Jesse Durr tells Vice correspondent Thomas Morton during a segment of Friday's new episode titled “Sweet Home Alabama.” Durr was one of the few people in Alabama who took on one of the thousands of agricultural jobs that undocumented immigrants left vacant after 2011, when the state's governor signed the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, or HB56, into law. – LatinaLista

Books-A-Million offers self-publish website

Books-A-Million is helping authors discover the power of self-publishing with the launch of BAM! Publishing DIY, a website where authors can create, edit and publish their own book. BAM! Publishing DIY provides all the tools a self-publishing author needs, from writing and design to printing and distribution. For self-publishing authors looking to make their book stand out, BAM! Publishing DIY offers perfect-bound paperback books with full color covers. – BusinessWire

Infinity Property & Casualty buys former News building

Infinity Property & Casualty Corp. has completed the $20 million purchase of the former Birmingham News headquarters in downtown Birmingham. Cushman & Wakefield EGS President Bill Pradat represented Alabama Media Group in the transaction and confirmed this week the sale had closed. Corporate Realty represented Infinity in the purchase. – BizJournals.com

Huntsville pays $200,000 to protect Mason Building

A prominent downtown Huntsville landmark may be changing hands. On Thursday night, the City Council voted to pay CityScapes LLC $200,000 in exchange for a preservation easement on the vacant Mason Building. The agreement prohibits CityScapes, and any future owners of the building, from altering the unique 1920s tiled exterior. The three-story structure at 115 E. Clinton Ave. is currently on the market for $1,885,000. – AL.com

NPS study says parks generated $28.8M here

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 753,180 visitors to national parks in Alabama spent $28.8 million in the state in 2014. That spending resulted in 462 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $34.3 million. “The national parks of Alabama attract visitors from across the country and around the world,” said regional director Stan Austin. – News release

Birmingham bottler gains new Coke territories

Coca-Cola Bottling Company United of Birmingham announced Wednesday that it has signed a letter of intent with the Coca-Cola Company for expanded territory rights. The bottler will assume territories in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi.  These territories are as follows: Alexandria, Louisiana; Monroe, Louisiana; Natchez, Mississippi; New Iberia, Louisiana; New Orleans, Louisiana; Shreveport, Louisiana; Tallahassee, Florida; and Valdosta, Ga. The transitions are subject to the parties reaching definitive agreements during 2015. Financial terms were not disclosed. Chattanoogan

Study suggests poor want rich left alone

With rising income inequality in the United States, you might expect more and more people to conclude that it’s time to soak the rich. Here’s a puzzle, though: Over the last several decades, close to the opposite has happened. Since the 1970s, middle-class incomes have been stagnant in inflation-adjusted terms, while the wealthy have done very well; inequality of wealth and income has risen. – New York Times

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