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Top News Links: Thursday, August 21

With Airbus deal, ITS goes global

Wetumpka-based Information Transport Solutions Inc. has been awarded the networking contract for Airbus' A320 final assembly line under construction at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. The agreement now makes ITS a global provider of services and equipment for Airbus around the world. – AL.com

ULA gets first of Russian rockets

United Launch Alliance on Wednesday received its first two RD-180 Russian rocket engines under a contract to buy 29 such engines, ULA spokesperson Jessica Rye told ITAR-TASS. The engines were delivered to a ULA plant in Decatur. – ITAR-TASS

Lots of wind, but no energy

Two wind farm proposals in Cherokee and Etowah counties are dead, meaning the counties will forego about up to $43 million in combined new tax revenues. While the news broke yesterday, backers say the projects died in early March at the hands of the state Legislature. – CleanEnergy.org

Young companies that grow fast

Inc. 5000 has revealed the fastest-growing private companies of 2014 and Alabama has a significant presence on the nationwide list. Compiled using percentage revenue growth from 2010-13, the list includes 5,000 independent U.S. companies that generated at least $2 million in revenue last year. – AL.com

CEO: Birmingham dome will happen

Birmingham will get a domed stadium in the next few years whether the public wants one or not. That was the message shared by Gene Hallman, CEO of the Bruno Event Team and Executive Director of the Alabama Sports Foundation at a Birmingham CREW luncheon on Tuesday. – AL.com

Spouts to bloom in Birmingham

Sprouts Farmers Market, a grocery store specializing in selling fresh, natural and organic foods, has announced that it will open its first Alabama location in the early 2015. The Birmingham area store is expected to bring 100 new jobs into the community, according to a release from Sprouts Farmers Market. – BizJournal

For 70 percent, phone books useless

Around 70 percent of Americans don't use phonebooks. For most people, they've become useless — and simply recycling or throwing away the 650,000 tons of phonebooks distributed nationally each year costs municipalities somewhere between $45 and $62 million. Why are they still printed? – Vox

Southern Management expanding

Southern Residential Leasing and Pointe South Residential Leasing – divisions of the locally-owned and operated company Southern Management Group – now manage more than 1,000 properties on their Gulf Coast long term rental programs. – PR Web

Cancer society want higher cigs tax

A new report chides states for not doing enough to discourage cigarette smoking Evidence clearly shows that raising tobacco prices through regular and significant tax rate increases encourages tobacco users to quit or cut down and prevents kids from ever starting to smoke. Despite this, 13 states including Alabama have not increased the tax on cigarettes in the last 10 years. – Medical.net

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