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Top News Links: Thursday, August 16

Waiting list starts for new Airbus planes

Virgin America heads customer list for new made-in-Alabama Airbus, due off the yet-to-be-built Mobile assembly line in 2016. — Tacoma News Tribune

Big jump for Gulf Coast condo sales

Beach condo sales for 2012  are up nearly 10 percent from last year and are at their highest level since the recession began in 2007, according to figures compiled by the Alabama Center for Real Estate. – al.com

New bail bond fees stand

A Montgomery judge turned down a request for a temporary injunction to halt increased bail bond fees, but the lawsuit will proceed; extra fees have been added to help fund the court system. — Montgomery Advertiser

Credit balances down, student loans up

Alabama's average credit card debt dropped 21 percent from last year, to an average of $4,588, third lowest in the nation, but average student loan debt stands at $29,954, up 6 percent and 14th highest in the country. — Birmingham Business Journal

Free computers cost Baldwin students $58 or more for insurance

Baldwin County high school students taking part in the district's "digital renaissance" will have to pay $58 or $64 dollars a year for insurance on their lap-tops, and be responsible for a $100 deductible. — Gulf Coast News Today

New hope for ruptured aorta

When a person's aorta ruptures, there are only a few minutes before he or she will bleed out and die; two doctors including one at Trinity Medical Center in Birmingham have now developed an inflatable abdominal tourniquet that can give patients an extra hour -- long enough to get to the hospital. — Business Insider

Italian shipping company fined $1 million on pollution charges

Italian shipper Guiseppe Bottiglieri Shipping Company S.P.A. and its chief engineer were fined $1 million, given four years of probation and ordered to make a $300,000 payment to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation after pleading guilty in federal court in Mobile to falsifying documents about oil discharge into the ocean. — Utility Products

D.R. Horton acquires Breland Homes

Texas-based D.R. Horton, the largest homebuilder in the U.S., has purchased Breland Homes, expanding its Gulf Coast presence and moving into the Huntsville market. — Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Walgreen's expands in Muscle Shoals

Walgreen's announced an expansion of its pharmacy call center yesterday, saying they expect 350 new workers and a $3.5 million investment; deal to obtain call center leaves state pharmacy board out of oversight process. — Florence Times Daily

Mercedes supplier shuns Alabama, opens in Georgia

Austrian firm Voestalpine's Stamptec plant, supplying Mercedes and other automakers, chooses Georgia site for 220-job, $62 million plant. — Rome Daily Tribune News

Praise the Lord and pass the…mullet?

Iconic Flora-Bama bar, known for its mullet tosses, booze and beach fun, is now hosting a Sunday morning worship service before its normal trade begins. — Times News

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