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Top News Links: Wednesday, Aug. 13

Aerospace suppliers: Remember little guys

Aerospace suppliers in North Alabama are reminding Alabama congressional representatives, who fight hard in Washington to protect legacy aerospace centers such as NASA, that commercial space companies are also important to their bottom lines and to the region's high-tech economy. – AL.com

Bentley wants longer-term planning

Lawmakers are expected to face yet another General Fund hole when they return to Montgomery next year, and top Republicans say it’s time to look for long-term solutions. Gov. Robert Bentley, in an interview Monday, said he has asked legislators to bring him ideas in advance of the 2015 session. – Montgomery Advertiser

Christie heads south

Gov. Chris Christie heads to the South for a half-dozen campaign events on behalf of the Republican Governors Association. He’ll be in Birmingham for a public campaign stop and press availability with Gov. Robert Bentley at 10:15 a.m. CDT, followed by fundraisers for the RGA at 11 a.m. and the Bentley campaign at noon. – APP.com

E-cigs messing with Big Pharm

For smokers trying to quit, electronic cigarettes are a more popular tool than nicotine gums and patches, according to a new study of consumer behavior from Kantar Media. As e-cigarettes have exploded from niche product to $2-billion-plus industry, big tobacco and big pharm are now feeling the steam. – Time

Vandy project done ahead of schedule

Brasfield & Gorrie today announced the ahead-of-schedule completion of a $94 million student housing project at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. The general contractor completed the new Warren and Moore residential colleges at Vanderbilt University 10 weeks ahead of schedule. – News release

Boeing shows off at symposium

Boeing is showcasing integrated air and missile defense solutions during the Space and Missile Defense Symposium at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville through Thursday. “Our capabilities offer our military customers and our nation solutions to address the most complex air and missile defense system needs with innovation and affordability,” said Jim Chilton, Boeing vice president. – News release

Hubbard runs generous office

The payroll in House Speaker Mike Hubbard's office increased by 41 percent between 2011 and 2013, according to records from the State Comptroller's Office and the Executive Budget Office, during a time when state employees' wages were effectively frozen. – The Montgomery Advertiser

Doyle Park to be Airbussed

Several firms involved in the Airbus plant construction at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, the Mobile Airport Authority, and several community residents plan to rejuvenate Doyle Park, a downtrodden, 24-acre city park in an economically disadvantaged neighborhood near Brookley. – Made In Alabama

Apel Steel going off the grid

Apel Steel Corporation in Cullman contracted Ace, LLC Solar to move them off-grid with a PV solar power generating system. The 340kW system generates 470,213 kWH of AC electrical power annually to meet 98% of the plant’s energy requirements and save $3 million over its 30-year life expectancy. – Solar Novus

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