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Top News Links: Monday, April 25

Airbus Group SE finds new finance partner

Airbus Group SE will open itself up to financing from an unlikely source when the first jet is delivered Monday from its new factory in Alabama: the U.S. Export-Import Bank. The government-owned bank’s guarantees have helped finance hundreds of Boeing Co. jets over the years. Airbus has used similar European agencies to help its sales, but now building aircraft in the U.S. will allow some of the European plane maker’s customers to tap Ex-Im for the first time. – Wall Street Journal

The odd bro-mance of Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions

Donald Trump and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions would seem to have little in common. Yet the two have become kindred political spirits in the 2016 election, drawn together by a shared belief that Republican Party leaders are selling out their own voters on immigration, as well as on trade. – ABC News

Loss of historic building tax credits upsetting to many

Nika McCool isn't a corporate big-shot. She is, instead, a historian who bought an 1830s-era house in Tuscaloosa. On May 14, she'll complete her loving and years-long renovation of the old plantation and schoolhouse that had sat abandoned for more than two decades, which she says wouldn’t have been possible without state tax credits. – AL.com

Why can’t we buy cars like we buy computers?

Because state laws prohibit that. Most states require car manufacturers to sell through dealers. Even if you order directly from the factory, the order must go through the car dealer. This expensive dealer distribution system adds about 30% to the cost of cars. – Verdict.Justia.com

Students gear up at Honda racing event

Alabama students got a hands-on look at the high-tech operations of the state’s manufacturers over the weekend, while Indy racecars sped by in the background. Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, along with many of its suppliers, area staffing firms, colleges and universities came together to put on Honda’s “Gear Up Your Career” event, held during the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Birmingham’s Barber Motorsports Park. – Made In Alabama

Water wars heating up again in South

U.S. senators from Florida and Alabama are again asking Congress to intervene in their states' long-running "water wars" with Georgia. Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, and Bill Nelson, D-Fla., on Tuesday joined Alabama Republicans Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions in moving to insert language into a government funding bill requiring all three states to agree on changes in allocations of water from the two river systems they share. – BizJournals.com

University of Montevallo gets more green

The University of Montevallo has earned a Green Ribbon from the U.S. Department of Education. Collecting the award on April 22, DeAnna Smith, vice president for Business Affairs and Treasurer, credited students involved in creating sustainability in the entire campus. – University Herald 

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