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Top News Links: Tuesday, August 1

Mobile’s cruise ship safe through at least 2018

A week after Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson and a representative of Carnival Cruise Line dropped hints that the company and the city were close to terms on an extension, Stimpson returned to Mobile Monday night with a contract ready for City Council approval. The agreement in hand isn't a new deal: Stimpson said Carnival is simply exercising its option to continue its current contract, which would expire in December, for another year. – AL.com

Privacy complaint filed over Google in-person purchase tracking

A privacy watchdog group has filed a complaint with the FTC over Google's system for tracking purchases internet users make in person at physical store locations. Google announced the new service — a way for advertisers to measure the effectiveness of an online ad campaign — in May. It combines Google's search and app records with credit card purchase data acquired from third-party sources. The Electronic Privacy Information Center is concerned that Google's methods, the details of which are not public, may not sufficiently safeguard users' privacy. – APR

Alabama’s second decade of auto production looks good

A state analysis finds that projects in Tuscaloosa and Bibb counties spearheaded growth in the state's automotive industry during 2016. The Alabama Department of Commerce says the state's automotive industry is poised for continued growth in 2017, pushing past a total of $1 billion in new capital investments as Alabama enters its second decade of vehicle production. – AP/News Tribune

Forest products industry poised for solid growth

Last year, Alabama recorded forest products industry projects involving $1.2 billion in new investment and more than 1,000 anticipated jobs, according to the Alabama Forestry Association and the 2016 New and Expanding Industry Report issued by the Alabama Department of Commerce. The investment total made forest products the state’s top Accelerate Alabama target industry for 2016. – Made In Alabama

Arista Aviation garners $111M contract from State Department

Arista Aviation Service said the U.S. State Department’s Office of Aviation has awarded it a five-year contract with a maximum value of $111 million to perform maintenance on the agency’s UH-1 helicopters. The Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for UH-1 programmed depot maintenance extends the work the Alabama company is already doing under contract for the agency. – Alabama News Center

Alabamian returns to run Allianz South Zone

Allianz’s new Southern chief has come home to the South to take up his new job. Alabama bred and educated Rani Christie has just been named South Zone Executive for North America for AllianzGlobal Corporate & Specialty, the Allianz Group’s specialist corporate insurer. – Insurance Business Magazine

This Alabama Maker likes things a bit more formal

Forgive Robert Hill if he doesn’t care for casual Fridays. The Birmingham tailor isn’t a high-fashion snob. But he does think a professional should dress like a professional. “I’m still making a little more conservative clothing,” Hill said. “Once you dress in a shirt and tie and suit, that’s the better appearance to me in a man’s wardrobe.” – ANC

Plastics molding plant to close in Dothan

A former Nypro plant in Dothan will close by the end of the year, according to local news outlets. Jabil Circuit Inc. bought the plant as part of its 2013 acquisition of Nypro Inc. The molding facility reportedly employs 100 full-time workers and has 50 temporary positions. – Plastics News

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