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Top News Links: Tuesday, August 7

Alabama plagued by wrong kind of jobs, study says

Although Alabama has lured new employers in recent years, its economy is still overwhelmed by too many low-paying jobs compared to other states, according to a Georgetown University study. — Birmingham News

Blue Cross Blue Shield cash reserves targeted in lawsuits

Seven anti-trust lawsuits have been filed this year against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, which provides 90 percent of the state's coverage, now targeting the company's reserves of nearly $3 billion. — Birmingham News

Airbus' U.S. spending to double

Airbus, which just last month announced its first U.S. assembly line for Mobile, announced yesterday that it plans to double its purchases from U.S. suppliers, to help meet a "disturbingly healthy" demand for its aircraft. — Mobile Press-Register

Alabama building codes aren't ready for a storm

Insurance Institute ratings give Alabama building codes only 18 out of possible 100 score, way behind Florida's 95 but well ahead of Mississippi's 4. — Augusta Chronicle

News publishers had no choice about trimming print presence

Decision to cut three Alabama newspapers and New Orleans paper to three days a week and focus on digital distribution was dictated by rise in digital use by consumers and advertisers, Advance chairman says. — News and Tech

Gambling free riverfront development planned in Phenix City

Plans were unveiled this week for a $220 million riverfront development including a marina, hotels, condos, restaurants and entertainment – but no gambling, a rezoning agreement required of the developer. — Columbus Ledger Enquirer

Meeting planned on new Walker County mine plan

The Alabama Surface Mining Commission will conduct an informal public conference Aug. 9 about plans for Reed Minerals No. 5 mine, projected to cover more than 500 acres in Walker County. — Daily Mountain Eagle

Mixing work and play brings Gulf visitors

Business events and sports opportunities have boosted Gulf tourism number this summer, officials say. — Mobile Press-Register

Amtex expanding in Jasper

Tier one auto supplier Amtex, based in Japan, began work on a second plant in Jasper this week valued at $27 million and expected to employ more than 100 people. — Daily Mountain Eagle

New business announced in Cullman County

Robson Company announces plans for a Vinemont plant to make plastic injection molders; expect to employ 25 people. — Cullman Times

Lawmakers wary over budget prospects

State and municipal finances seem to be on the mend, but conditions are still precarious and may be outside the control of local officials, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. — Reuters

Move in day at new Children's hospital

Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children in Birmingham opened its doors to patients this week. — CBS42

Huntsville kids more likely to opt for college

Measured by total enrollment or percentage of students enrolled, Huntsville flies high for its sons and daughters choosing to attend college. — Huntsville Times

Reverse outsourcing?

Can U.S. technology companies follow the lead of Asian automakers and build their products in the U.S.? Could happen, experts say. — New York Times

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