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Top News Links: Monday, Dec. 1

Black Friday fatigue setting in

Early discounting, more online shopping and a mixed economy meant fewer people shopped over Thanksgiving weekend, the National Retail Federation said Sunday. Overall, 133.7 million people shopped in stores and online over the four-day weekend, down 5.2 percent from last year, according to a survey of 4,631 people conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics for the trade group. – AP/Al.com

Airbus wins Air Force contract

Airbus Defence and Space has secured a contract for system evolution and maintenance of the US Air Force's Eagle Vision mobile ground satellite stations. The contract, of an undisclosed value, covers five Eagle Vision deployable satellite imagery ground systems. – Airforce-Technology.com

Good economic news, sort of

Per capita income growth in Alabama in 2013 was slightly above the nation's, but that's not saying much. Numbers released by the Bureau of Economic Statistics on Nov. 20 show that Alabama's per capita income grew about 1.5 percent in 2013, from $35,942 to $36,481. The percentage increase was larger than the nation's 1.3 percent growth, but the state still lags well behind the $44,765 in the nation. – Montgomery Advertiser

State’s aerospace jobs found in all corners

Alabama’s aerospace sector employs 83,000 people at more than 400 companies. With the Airbus assembly line under construction in Mobile, optimism is high that the sector is ripe for expansion. “We are working hard to attract elements of the Airbus supply chain to Alabama while also increasing aerospace research and engineering activities that take place here,” Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield says. – PFOnline.com

Group calls attention to fishing’s hard work

A network of community groups hosted an event this past week, calling attention to the challenges facing commercial fishermen. The annual outing is called Come Fish Off My Boat. Scientists and researchers spent eight hours aboard a Vietnamese shrimp boat. Longtime fishermen Bien Do gave his guests a close up look at the hard work involved in trawling for shrimp. – WLOX/KPOH.com

State’s children often bound by poverty

Alabama's children are showing improvements in early education, fewer are being born to unwed teens, and less are dying from preventable causes. But more are living in poverty, and Alabama still has a long way to go to catch up with most other states, a new report finds. – AP/TimesDaily

Yellowhammer launches clothing line

Yellowhammer Multimedia CEO Cliff Sims announced today that the company is launching a branded product and clothing line called Yellowhammer Supply Co., coming alongside its content brand, Yellowhammer News. “Yellowhammer is about all things Alabama,” Sims says. – Yellowhammer

First-class innovations await travelers

With a new airline on the way, Barry Griffith is ready to show off a newly renovated Northwest Alabama Regional Airport. The airport is hosting a grand opening Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – TimesDaily.com

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