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Top News Links: Friday, February 2

Long-range Airbus jetliner headed for Mobile’s assembly line

Airbus completed the first test flight of its A321LR (Long Range) jet in Germany Wednesday with hopes of having the plane into service by the end of this year and joining other A320 aircraft on the company’s final assembly line in Mobile next year. Airbus said its A321LR flew for 2 hours and 36 minutes in Hamburg with experimental test pilots Yann Beaufils and Peter Lofts. – ANC

IKEA Group buys 25,000 acres in Alabama, but not for a store

IKEA Group has acquired its first U.S. forest property, and it's in Alabama. The company, which owns approximately 250,000 acres of European forest land, has purchased approximately 25,000 acres in Lowndes County as an investment, according to an announcement from the company. – AL.com

Alabama apparently schooled up after losing VW to Tennessee

Alabama's still celebrating Toyota-Mazda’s decision to invest $1.6 billion to build cars and crossovers in the southeastern tip of Limestone County. That’s the part of Limestone where Huntsville has extended its city limits. But across the state line, Tennessee started celebrating ten years ago. That celebration came at Alabama’s expense. In 2008, Volkswagen chose Chattanooga as the site for a $1 billion plant to build VW Passats. – WAAY

BBVA Compass net income up 24 percent in 2017

BBVA Compass Bancshares today reported net income of $461 million in 2017, a 24 percent increase over last year. For the fourth quarter, the company reported quarterly net income of $52 million, which includes a $121 million non-cash charge related to the revaluation of net deferred tax assets. That's related to federal tax reform legislation. – AL.com

Doster Construction begins hospital renovation project

Doster Construction Co. was recently selected to renovate the former Kindred Hospital Indianapolis South in Greenwood, Indiana. The $4.5 million project includes renovating the now closed three-story 56,250-square-foot Long Term Acute Care facility into a new 44-bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital. – News release

Roy Moore still wants just a little of your money

Former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, who lost a special election in Alabama to Democrat Sen. Doug Jones, is still soliciting campaign contributions, WHNT-TV reports. Moore lost to Jones in a Dec. 12 upset amid allegations he sexually assaulted teenagers when he was in his early 30s. Moore denied the allegations and ended his campaign with $49,000 in the bank. – CBS

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