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Top News Links: Wednesday, Jan. 6

Despite Obama rules, gun sales remain brisk

Despite President Barack Obama’s initiative to strengthen gun control with the expansion of background checks, Decatur gun dealers said they haven’t seen a related uptick in sales. The past two months already had been busier than usual because of Christmas sales and reaction to the San Bernardino slaying that left 14 dead. – Decatur Daily

Charter schools may get to skip state standards

Would-be charter schools will have to show Alabama officials their financial plans, enrollment projections and the resumes of key school leaders under a plan now being considered by the Alabama Public Charter School Commission. But school leaders probably won't have to show a plan to comply with Alabama's College and Career Ready Standards, commission members agreed Tuesday. – Anniston Star

Legislature faces more challenges

The 2015 version of the Alabama Legislature was a struggle. It took a regular session, and two special sessions to pass a general fund budget, and even that didn't pay all the bills. Will 2016 be easier? "No, it's going to be a difficult session because we're facing some of the same issues that we faced last year,” Representative Mac McCutcheon says. “The good thing, a lot of the issues we're going to be debating, they're already on the table." – WHNT

Alabama millionaire behind Trump taunts

The actions of one Alabama real estate developer are gaining national attention, following his recent criticism of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. Stan Pate, who has been outspoken in Alabama and national politics, and is a major donor to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, claimed to be behind a series sky messages at the Rose Bow on Dec. 27. – BizJournals.com

Zodiac Aerospace ready to work with Airbus

The Mobile Airport Authority on Tuesday formalized an agreement with Zodiac Aerospace to open its newest location at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. Zodiac specializes in aerospace equipment aboard commercial, regional and business aircraft. The Mobile facility will focus on Airbus A320 cabin interiors activities, specifically seating. – AL.com

SouthWare Innovations joins Open Systems

Open Systems Inc., a leading provider of business software, recently announced that SouthWare Innovations, Inc. based in Auburn, has joined Open Systems. The SouthWare team will continue to enhance their business software products, serve their current clients, and continue to pursue new prospects. – PRNewswire

Alaska Aerospace opens Huntsville office

Alaska Aerospace hopes to better serve customers by opening its first location in north Alabama. The state-owned corporation announced Monday it is now operating at 7027 Old Madison Pike N.W., Suite 108, in Huntsville. The office is led by AAC Huntsville representative Barry King, who has experience with the city's strong aerospace and government sectors. – AL.com

Intrepid wins $16M tech contract

Huntsville-based Intrepid has been awarded a $16,565,420 cost-plus-fixed-fee level-of-effort task order under the Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance Contract for Hypersonic Technology Demonstration Program Support. The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/U.S. Army Forces Strategic Command Hypersonics Division supports the Department of Defense by developing and demonstrating technologies for Conventional Prompt Global Strike. – AL.com

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