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Top News Links: Tuesday, Jan. 12

Airbus won race for most plane orders in 2015

Airbus won hundreds more plane orders last year than rival Boeing but the American company handed over more aircraft to customers. Airbus SA said Tuesday that it exceeded its targets in 2015, taking in 1,036 net orders and delivering 635 jets to airlines and other buyers. The manufacturer based in Toulouse, France, has a backlog of 6,787 aircraft worth $996.3 billion at list prices, though customers usually negotiate discounts. – CBS

Tuscaloosa erupts after national championship

Alabama may have won its fourth national championship in seven seasons, but for the students in Tuscaloosa the party never gets old. Crowds of people poured out from bars onto University Boulevard after the University of Alabama beat Clemson 45-40 on Monday to win the national title. They yelled the school's chant, "Roll Tide!" and its league, "SEC!" – AP/WBRC

Feds: Hyundai supplier ‘interrogated’ workers on union sympathies

A federal board has found a Hyundai supplier in Selma violated union laws, including interrogating its employees about union sympathies. Lear Corp. management threatened employees that customers would stop doing business with Lear because of union activities, according to a National Labor Relations Board complaint. Lear representatives also threatened workers that the plant would close because of union activities. – AL.com

Former Tulsa mayor authenticates USS Tulsa keel

An "even keel" was lain for the USS Tulsa at Austal USA Monday afternoon in Mobile. The ship is the eighth littoral combat ship, or LCS, of its kind to be built at Austal. Kathy Taylor has been chosen as the ship's sponsor. She is the former Tulsa mayor and CEO of ImpactTulsa. – WALA/WTVM

State puts off EPA clean air standards

Alabama is delaying work on its own strategy to implement the Environmental Protection Agency's carbon dioxide standards for power plants in hopes the rule will be stayed by a federal court, but that could leave the state vulnerable to having a federal plan imposed. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management is postponing work toward drafting a state plan until mid- to late spring. – Bloomberg

Regions Bank’s List Underwood to retire

Regions Bank announced Monday that M. List Underwood Jr., head of Investor Relations, will retire from Regions at the end of January after a 23-year career at the bank and a 43-year career in accounting and finance. Dana Nolan, associate director of Investor Relations since 2010 and a 27-year associate of the bank, will succeed him. – BusinessWire

Mobile County Public Schools grad rate now 86 percent

Mobile County Public Schools increased its graduation rate to 86 percent, according to the Alabama Department of Education. This is the four-year, on-time graduation rate, which means 86 percent of the freshmen who entered high school in 2011 earned a diploma on time in the spring of 2015. The 2015 rate, announced Monday, is an increase from 82 percent in 2014 and 70 percent in 2012. – News release

David Magee moves to new role at AMG

Alabama Media Group has named award-winning journalist and author David Magee to the new executive position of vice president, Ventures, company President Tom Bates announced Monday. In this role, Magee will serve as executive producer of Amazing Alabama, an original documentary series under development, and as publisher of Birmingham magazine. – News release

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