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Top News Links: Monday, August 28

Airbus delivers first U.S.-made A320 to Spirit Airlines

"We appreciate you giving us this beautiful yellow bird," a Spirit Airlines executive said Friday as Airbus executives handed over the keys to the first A320 jetliner built in Mobile. Ted Christie, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Spirit, went on to say that the airline has had a special relationship with the manufacturer since it purchased its first A319 13 years ago. The "yellow bird" on display Friday would be the 106th jet in its all-Airbus fleet, he said. – AL.com

USS Charleston christened in Mobile

The Navy's newest small combat ship, the USS Charleston, was christened in Mobile on Saturday. Military officials, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and representatives from Austal USA, the company building the ship, gathered at the firm's shipyard. Charlotte Riley, wife of former Mayor Joe Riley, was also present as the ship's sponsor and took part in the ceremonial breaking of a bottle of sparkling wine across its bow. – Post and Courier

Vulcan to acquire Polaris Materials Corp.

Vulcan Materials Company, the nation's largest producer of construction aggregates, today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Polaris Materials Corporation, an aggregates and logistics company, which serves key California markets from strategically situated operations in British Columbia. – News release

Indiana-based company developing luxury apartments in Huntsville

An Indianapolis-based group is developing luxury apartments at one of Huntsville's premier shopping locations. Construction is expected to begin within days on Watermark at Bridge Street Town Centre, according to an announcement from Bridge Street. Units are scheduled to be available by October 2018 and construction will be completed by early 2019. – AL.com

University of North Alabama installs car-charging stations

The University of North Alabama could become an electric car gathering spot now with the installation of Tesla and generic electric vehicle charging stations. The Tesla charging stations went online last week, and the other charging stations will be installed once the equipment arrives. – TimesDaily

Ivey positions herself for 2018 gubernatorial race

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has filed paperwork to run for the governor’s seat in the general election next fall, according to state officials. Sect. of State John Merrill confirmed Friday that Ivey has filed the necessary paperwork to run in the general election for governor in 2018. – WSFA

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