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Top News Links: Monday, April 11

Some cities, like Birmingham, foil longevity data

Poor people who reside in expensive, well-educated cities such as San Francisco tend to live longer than low-income people in less affluent places, according to a study of more than a billion Social Security and tax records. But not always: low-income people in Birmingham live about as long as the rich, but in Tampa, Fla., the poor have actually lost ground. – WFAE

Dealing with Baldwin County’s frenetic growth

Baldwin County, the state's undisputed king of growth, added another 3,000 residents last year. Baldwin's population has climbed by 21,444 since 2010, pushing it past 200,000, according to the latest Census data. The next-quickest growers were Madison and Lee, at 18,278 and 16,697, respectively. Madison County is home to Huntsville, while Lee County includes Auburn. – AL.com

Regions Bank, Avant to partner on loans

Regions Bank and online lending platform Avant on Friday announced an agreement to offer a streamlined online consumer loan application and underwriting experience for Regions Bank customers. The agreement will combine Regions’ established banking and online presence at www.regions.com with Avant’s technology platform to provide a fast, convenient digital experience for customers seeking consumer loans. – News release

Trump getting grumpy as convention nears

Republican front-runner Donald Trump took a new round of shots at the GOP's nominating process Sunday, while his newly hired convention manager Paul Manafort accused Trump's rival Ted Cruz of using "gestapo tactics" to earn delegate support at nominating conventions across the country. – Fox News

Airbus orders up and down for March

Airbus Group SE said Monday it booked 14 new jetliner orders last month, including two A380 superjumbos, from an undisclosed buyer. The European plane maker said it also suffered cancellations for 15 planes in March, bringing its net order intake for the year to only 10 planes. Cancellations included two A380s, as well as 13 single-aisle planes. – MarketWatch.com

AEA names Pike new executive director

Looking for stability after a turbulent time, the Alabama Education Association is turning to someone with experience running a teachers group emerging from turmoil. The AEA on Saturday announced it had hired Brenda Pike as its new executive director. She is the first person to hold that title since the organization revamped its constitution late last year. – Montgomery Advertiser

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