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Top News Links: Tuesday, Aug. 25

Slumping China could harm Alabama’s economy

If China's economy slumps, Alabama is among the U.S. states with the most to lose. That's because the most direct effect of a Chinese economic slump would most directly affect exports - and 1.98 percent of Alabama's GDP is exports to China, the fifth-most in the nation, according to a report from Moody's Analytics. – AL.com

We may make fun of Walmart but we love it

Alabama ranks No. 4 among states whose residents spend the most at Walmart, according to a report released recently by GoBankingRates.com. Alabamians spend about 3.4 percent of their $43,330 median household income at Walmart. Alabama residents spend $123 a month on average at the retail chain. – Yellowhammer

REV Birmingham wants to hear your pitch

Think you've got a $25,000 idea that will improve the Magic City? REV Birmingham wants to hear it. REV is accepting applications for its second annual Big Pitch contest, giving out a $25,000 prize package. The exact breakdown of the prizes hasn't been decided, REV spokesman Atticus Rominger said. – AL.com

State’s construction employment up 4 percent

Alabama construction employment rose 4 percent year-over-year in July, according to new data from the Associated General Contractors of America. According to the latest data, the state added around 3,200 construction jobs in the 12-month period, starting in July 2014. The state also added 500 jobs between June and July of this year. – BizJournals.com

Aerie Aerospace wins NASA contract

Aerie Aerospace LLC of Huntsville, Alabama has been selected by NASA to provide technicians and trades support services at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The company will also provide the same services at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, according to a NASA news release. The contract has a mission services value of $146 million and a maximum IDIQ order quantity value of $100 million, if all options are exercised. – NOCB

Auto buyer satisfaction drops again

Record-level recalls and rising prices are leaving car buyers increasingly dissatisfied with their purchases. That's the message of a new report that shows customer satisfaction with automobiles and light vehicles has fallen for a third straight year to the worst showing since 2004. The 2015 American Customer Satisfaction Index ranks 27 nameplates, and 15 of those lost ground in customer satisfaction from a year ago. Just two showed improvement. – AL.com

State of Alabama updates communications software

Unify, a leading communications software and services firm, announced today that The Alabama Department of Revenue, a state government organization of over 1,150 employees, has adopted Circuit, Unify's communications and collaboration software that brings teams together, with plans to roll out across 10 locations in the state. – News release

R&M tops out Kaiser Memorial Hospital

Robins & Morton celebrated the topping out of the new Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital and Wellness Center recently. The celebration included a tour of the new facilities, allowing guests to walk onto the construction site for the first time since the construction began in December of 2014. – News release

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