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Top News Links: Thursday, July 5

Great view of air market from Boeing

The day after Airbus announced plans to assemble aircraft in Mobile, Boeing projected a worldwide market for 34,000 new aircraft in the next 20 years, with a price tag around $4.5 trillion. — Boeing Co.

U.S. union leaders disappointed over Airbus choice of Alabama

Leaders of U.S. unions said Airbus' choice of Alabama, with its right-to-work laws, could drive down wages in one of America's critical industries. — Chicago Tribune

Bentley off to Europe

Gov. Bentley spent the Fourth of July in Europe, following up on his major economic victory in bringing an Airbus assembly line to Alabama. — Montgomery Advertiser

Education Trust Fund looks solid

Income to the state's education trust fund appears to be meeting needs for the year, avoiding the need for proration in school budgets, state officials says. — Birmingham News

Private construction lifts building market

Associated General Contractors reports that May construction totals are up, with private nonresidential, single-family and multi-family residential making up for a dip in publicly funded projects. — Associated General Contractors

Alabama home prices down 4 percent

Housing prices slipped 4 percent during May, according to monthly survey by CoreLogic, making Alabama one of the five states with greatest depreciation. — CoreLogic

Montgomery firm sold to Canadian company

VonGAL, a pallet firm based in Montgomery, has been acquired by Premier Tech, a packaging technology firm based in Quebec. — Canadian Business

Plaintiff lawyers support Moore

Trial lawyers have donated a sixth of all Roy Moore's campaign funds to date. — Birmingham News

Family of gunshot victim files suit

The family of a Baldwin County teenager who was killed in a nighttime shooting by neighbors trying to protect a fishing camp has filed suit against the alleged shooters. — Mobile Press-Register

State's revenue director chosen for national post

Julie Magee, the state's revenue commissioner, was chosen as one of three representatives from the Southeast for the board of the Federation of Tax Administrators. — OANow

State departments merge

The state labor department and department of industrial relations work to cover both agencies' duties. — Montgomery Advertiser

Eurocopter demonstrates its newest technology in Huntsville

European defense developer Eurocopter shows off its newest helicopter for an audience in Huntsville. — Huntsville Times

Business leaders noncommittal on economic future

State business leaders questioned in a UA survey are neutral in their expectations from the economy, a step back from a more optimistic outlook last quarter. — Tuscaloosa News

Hoar completes Arkansas Hospital

Birmingham's Hoar Construction has completed a 42-bed hospital in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. — Birmingham Business Journal

Intergraph opens office in Malaysia

Huntsville's Intergraph has opened a regional office in Kuala Lumpur to support customers in the third largest Asian economy. — Bikya Masr

Alabama gets $14 million from feds for public health

The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $14 million to Alabama, from a total of $971 million, for health preparedness tasks. — Reuters

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