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On the Lookout

Business Alabama's top watch list for 2013

AIRBUS
How many suppliers can dance on the runways of Brookley Aeroplex?
How will shake-ups in the parent company EADS affect Alabama plans?

THYSSENKRUPP
Who will buy these beautiful steel mills?
Or will the recovering construction market improve the steel market sufficiently that TK will want to keep it?

VULCAN MATERIALS
Can the nation’s biggest construction aggregates supplier fend off the little usurper Martin Marietta Materials?

HUNTSVILLE, FORT RUCKER, ANNISTON and MAXWELL-GUNTER
Did the defense budget avoid the edge of the cliff?

BP
What’s to become of the oil spill dollars? 
Will the company be convicted of gross negligence? The federal criminal trial is slated to begin in this month. A separate civil trial with the states of Alabama and Mississippi as plaintiffs begins next month. 

HEALTH CARE
Will Alabama sign on to the national plan and expand Medicaid? Hospitals want it, but the governor says no.
Will Blue Cross Blue Shield become the health standard for Alabamians?

JEFFERSON COUNTY
Will books balance better this year?
Will ratepayers face big sewer fee increases?

COLONIAL BANK
Will the FDIC suit against investment banks yield a reward?

INCENTIVES
Will ThyssenKrupp pay back the incentives it won from the state?
Will new incentive money approved by voters lure even more industry to Alabama?

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