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Top News Links: Monday, August 5

Alabama set to sell bonds, first since Jefferson County bankruptcy

The state will go to market with general obligation bonds to refinance debt and support industrial projects like an aviation training center and auto supplier firms; it's the state's first venture into the bond market since Jefferson County declared bankruptcy in 2011. — Bloomberg

Contractors to replace state in running nursing homes

After the legislature balked at providing funding for elderly and disabled nursing home care, the Department of Public Health plans to turn Medicaid nursing home care over to private contractors; about 600 employees are expected to lose their jobs. — WNCF-TV Montgomery

Vector-Hawk Aerospace to add engine cleaning component

Daleville's Vector-Hawk Aerospace has announced plans to build an engine cleaning machine for Pratt & Whitney engines, which they expect to be especially valuable for aircraft operators in engine-taxing climates. — Aviation Week

Thompson Engineering picked for work at Airbus plant

Mobile-based Thompson Engineering has been selected to provide engineering services for utilities, parking lots, airfield paving, security, electrical and other systems at the Airbus plant now under construction in Mobile, according to Hoar Program Management, which is handling the overall project for Airbus. — Hoar LLC PR

Lockheed Martin wins $223 million Army contract

Lockheed Martin has been selected for a  $223 million U.S. Army contract to provide night vision sensors and other equipment to Korea; other local defense contractors also won contracts and modifications, including Boeing Co., Bell Helicopter, Raytheon, Gray Research and Camber Corp. — Huntsville Times

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