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Top News Links: Tuesday, April 26

Rendering of The Retreat at Fairhope Village

Rendering of The Retreat at Fairhope Village

Leaf River Group developing Fairhope property

Leaf River Group, based in Jackson, Miss., will develop a Class-A apartment community named The Retreat at Fairhope Village behind the Publix Shopping Center located on Highway 98. The 240-unit property will be located on Fly Creek Avenue and will feature upscale amenities, ample natural green space, and walking trails. – News release

Airbus delivers first Alabama-made plane to owner

Airbus delivered its first U.S.-made jetliner on Monday to JetBlue Airways, a key step in efforts to win market share from rival Boeing. Airbus' first U.S.-built plane, the largest A320-family jet known as the A321, rolled out before a large crowd at the new $600 million factory in Mobile, a site that was an empty field three years ago. "We are so honored to be the first delivery here," JetBlue Chief Executive Officer Robin Hayes said at the handover ceremony. – Reuters

Sitel adds 300 jobs to Hamilton call center

A call center in Hamilton has announced plans to add more than 300 full-time jobs. Sitel, a Nashville-based outsourcing company, made the announcment in a news release Monday. The company added 200 new jobs in Hamilton last year. These latest jobs will support customer care for a telecommunications provider. – WTVA

Legislators back to work today in Montgomery

Lawmakers return to Montgomery on Tuesday to begin the final five days of the legislative session. They will decide the fate of dozens of high-profile bills, including the gasoline tax, payday lending reform and prison construction. Also in question is how they will proceed in dealing with the governor’s sex scandal. – WBRC

Shelby’s re-election cost a record $23.26 per vote

Sen. Richard Shelby’s campaign spent about $11.8 million to win the Republican nomination in March, a record for an Alabama Senate primary. The spending spree worked out to $23.26 per vote. That alone would have made the race among the 10 most expensive Senate contests in the country in 2014, based on a Brookings Institution analysis that included spending by all primary and general candidates in each state's Senate race. – Montgomery Advertiser

Former Alabama Chief Justice Perry Hooper dies

Former Alabama Chief Justice Perry O. Hooper Sr., whose election to the state’s highest court in 1994 began a major shift in Alabama’s judiciary, died on Sunday. He was 91. A spokesman for Hooper’s family said Monday that he died of natural causes. – Montgomery Advertiser

Sanders Capital buys Express Oil distribution center

Birmingham real estate firm Sanders Capital Partners has bought the Express Oil distribution center in Trussville for $2.185 million. Express Oil will continue to operate the 34,000-square-foot center. Express has leased the entire center at 7809 Gadsden Highway. – AL.com

Oakworth Capital Bank launches advisory boards

Oakworth Capital Bank has launched inaugural Montgomery and Mobile Advisory Boards, as well as additions to its existing Birmingham Advisory Board. The boards are comprised of successful leaders from across the state that share Oakworth Capital’s core purpose of “Helping People Succeed.” – News release

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