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Top News Links: Friday, Feb. 21

Aerospace union aims for Airbus in Mobile

The nation's top aerospace union said it isn't put off by the UAW's failure to organize Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tenn. It will seek to organize the planned Airbus plant in Mobile and try again at the Boeing plant in Charleston, S.C. – The Street

Navistar closing one Huntsville plant

Commercial truck maker Navistar International Corp. will close an engine plant in Huntsville this summer, costing about 280 jobs, as it moves to eliminate excess production capacity and consolidate its engine lineup for medium-size trucks. Navistar will continue to produce large diesel engines at a second plant in Huntsville. – Marketwatch

Remington effect goes beyond Huntsville

Area officials say Remington Arms adding a manufacturing plant in Huntsville will have a major impact on the economy of outlying communities, including Limestone and Morgan counties. "It's huge for the whole area and we're glad to be a part of it," said Ray Long, chairman of the Morgan County Commission. – al.com

Poll: Alabama fourth most miserable state

Among the findings: The median household income in Alabama of just $41,574 in 2012 was fourth lowest in the nation. The relatively low income of many state residents may have made it difficult for them to access basic necessities. Relatively few Alabama residents said they had enough money to afford medicine, food, or adequate shelter. Alabama residents also had among the worst physical health in the nation. – Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index

Precision High Voltage packs $4 million charge

Precision High Voltage Systems has opened its new $4 million manufacturing and testing facility in Birmingham, expected to create up to 20 jobs, the Birmingham Business Alliance announced Thursday. – al.com

House budget: flat lines, no raises

The House’s Ways and Means General Fund committee Wednesday approved a $1.8 billion General Fund budget for fiscal year 2015 that provides more money for Medicaid, level funds other state agencies and makes a cost-of-living increase for state employees unlikely. – South Union Street blog

Birmingham’s Parisian bolstered by commercial space

 The $7.5 million renovation of the former Booker T. Washington Insurance Co. building into the Parisian on the corner of Third Avenue North and 18th Street has modified its design and boosted the amount of commercial space to help make the redevelopment financially viable. – al.com

ACRE projects 5 percent residential sales growth

The Alabama Center for Real Estate, in its 2014 residential sales forecast for Alabama and 25 local markets, projects residential sales will grow 5 percent  year-over-year. –al.com

Vulcan work resumes at California quarry

After years of legal delays, mining work at the Azusa Rock Quarry in Azusa, Calif., has begun again and is progressing quickly, Vulcan Materials Company officials said Wednesday. – SGVtribune.com

Two BBB entities consolidating

The Better Business Bureau of Central Alabama & the Wiregrass announces the joining of its Birmingham-based organization with that of Better Business Bureau of South Alabama in Mobile. The consolidated BBB serving Central & South Alabama will maintain offices in Birmingham, Mobile and Dothan, boasting 4,300 accredited business members serving 50 Alabama counties. – BBB

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