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Top News Links: Wednesday, August 8

Mobile's Airbus win is model for others

International investment officials point to Airbus' choice of Mobile for first U.S. assembly line, praising state's successful bid for the project and encouraging legislation to bring more overseas plants here. — Mobile Press-Register

New leader for Army Materiel Command

Gen. Dennis Via got his fourth star Tuesday and also took the reins of the Army Material Command, replacing retiring Gen. Ann Dunwoody. — Huntsville Times

DRS Technologies announces plans for an aircraft maintenance and overhaul business at South Alabama Regional Airport in Andalusia. DRS is a subsidiary of Italian firm Finmeccanica. — Aviation Pros

Alabama soldier sues Bank of America over foreclosure

An Alabama man, called up to serve in Afghanistan, has filed a suit against Bank of America, claiming the bank began foreclosure proceedings and damaged his credit rating while he was on active duty, contract to federal regulations. — Huffington Post

Lawmakers blast federal plan for Illinois prison

All of Alabama's Congressional delegation spoke out yesterday against federal plans to buy an unused prison in Illinois rather than starting up the new prison in Aliceville, near Tuscaloosa. — al.com 

Analytical Services Inc. wins NASA contract

Huntsville's Analytical Services Inc. has been chosen for a strategic research and analysis and communications support contract for NASA, with a potential contract value of $51.6 million. — NASA

Qualitest introduces generic asthma drug

Huntsville's Qualitest Pharmaceuticals has introduced a generic version of the asthma drug Singulair, which has just completed its patent protection. — Yahoo Finance

Google in Birmingham Thursday to help small businesses

Google will meet with small business owners Thursday to help them establish websites. — Alabama ABDC Network

Watch out for stink bugs, kudzu bugs, too

Stink bugs are top threat to April-planted cotton, farm group advises; tobacco bud worms active in Alabama, too. Also, kudzu bugs, which feast on soybeans as well as their namesake plant, are heading west into Mississippi. — Southeast Farm Press; WAPT News

Craft brew in Weaver

New brew pub in Weaver is first in state under new rules, owners say. — Anniston Star

SBA disaster loans for east Alabama

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering disaster loans to businesses in Cherokee and Cleburne counties affected by nearby drought areas. — PR Newswire

AT&T contract settled here, strike looms elsewhere

AT&T has settled a contract with workers in the Southeast but some 20,000 workers are slated for a two-day strike in other parts of the country. — Los Angeles Times

Patent contract renewed for Foreign Language Services

Huntsville's Foreign Language Services won a new five-year contract with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, its third consecutive contract with the agency; FLS translators handle about 1,500 patents a year for the agency. — FLS

Financial news from ProAssurance, Protective Life

ProAssurance reports net income of $58 million for the second quarter, up from the same period last year; Protective Life has declared a dividend of 18 cents share, payable Sept. 4. — Nasdaq; Stockhouse

Synovus adds prepaid card

Georgia-based Synovus Bank, which has branches in Alabama, has introduced a prepaid card as an alternative to a checking account. — Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

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