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Top News Links: Friday, Dec. 7

Tax talks mean dollars to Alabamians, White House says

Without a tax deal in Congress, some 1.7 million Alabama families will see a jump in their tax bill, according to new calculations coming from the White House as the President and Congress try to reach budget accord. — Huntsville Times

Nation's unemployment dips to 7.7 percent

Bureau of Labor Statistics employment numbers show an unemployment rate of 7.7 percent, with job creation almost double that predicted by economists; state employment figures due out later this month. — al.com

First Airbus supplier announces Brookley plans

Safran Engineering Services, subsidiary of the French firm Labinal, has announced plans for a 50-employee, $2 million facility at Brookley to support Airbus — slated to begin construction in 2013 — and other aerospace ventures. — al.com

Walter Energy stock up

Takeover rumors made Walter stock jump five percent. — Nasdaq

FHA may need financial help

The Federal Housing Authority, still struggling after the housing market collapse in 2008, said it may need extra financial aid from Congress to meet anticipated losses; banking committee leaders say agency may need to do more. — Businessweek

Cyber security center at Auburn

Auburn University has opened a new facility at the regional airport to train analysts to recognize and prevent threats against computerized data. — Opelika Auburn News

Huntsville firm offers moon trips — with big price tag

Golden Spike, a new firm in Huntsville, is offering trips to the moon before the end of the decade but the price tag is $1.4 billion for two people. — Huntsville Times

Catching a breeze on the Causeway

The Original Oyster House, long a fixture on the Causeway between Mobile and Baldwin County, has installed a wind turbine to generate power from the near constant waterfront breezes. — Mobile Press-Register

Jail time for skipping taxes

A Trussville mortgage company owner has been sentenced to five months in prison for failing to file and pay federal income tax for five years. — al.com 

Qualitest issues recall notice

Huntsville-based Qualitest has issues a voluntary recall for 101 lots of Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets, USP 10 mg/500 mg distributed between February and November. — Endo/Qualitest PR

New offices for Oakstone

Oakstone, publisher of review materials for medical licensure, is moving to new offices on Corporate Drive in Birmingham Dec. 10. — Oakstone PR

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