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Top News Links: Tuesday, July 17

Upbeat updates on Airbus project

Airbus good for Mobile's credit rating

Announcement that Airbus will build commercial jets in Mobile wins positive credit marks for city and state. — Mobile Press-Register

Arrival of Airbus sister company Eurocopter changed Columbus, Mississippi, from sleepy small town to industrial force. — Mobile Press-Register

Jail for vote-buying trio

In an ironic twist, a casino developer, a state legislator and a lobbyist who turned state's evidence in last year's gambling-related vote-buying trial are only ones to go to jail; sentences range from nearly five years to six years eight months. — Birmingham News

Where's the money?

HealthSouth wants to check former CEO Richard Scrushy's charitable donation to Briarwood School in search for money to pay off $2.8 billion judgment. — Birmingham News

Storm water monitoring contract back on Mobile agenda

Mobile reconsiders $500,000 contract for stormwater management in continuing balancing act between federal requirements and budget constraints; option might be additional city staff. — Mobile Press-Register

Nebraska tops list for city bankruptcies

California and Alabama cities and counties may make the most headlines, but Nebraska leads the list for municipal Chapter 9 filings. — Investment News

New challenges to moving Colombian coal

Threats of strikes and bomb attacks are looming over Colombian coal shipments, including Drummond's operations there, but experts say problems would have to continue for weeks before they would affect worldwide coal prices. — Reuters

Feds stop MTI Transportation

Athens-based MTI Transportation has been shut down by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on charges that it is a "chameleon" operation for two other trucking companies previously shut down for safety violations. — The Trucker

Commercial real estate partnership announced

Sandner Partners of Birmingham has teamed with Colliers International, a Seattle-based firm that reported revenue of $1.8 billion last year. — Birmingham News

Birmingham firm focuses on management of non-profit campus housing

Capstone On-Campus Management offers services to non-profit campus residences. — Times Union

ServisFirst announces earnings

Birmingham-based bank announced its 10th consecutive quarter of record earnings with net income of $8.2 million. — Sacramento Bee

Sanoh plans sixth expansion in 12 years

Huntsville's Sanoh America, which manufacturers auto parts, adds exhaust gas recirculation units to product mix. — Huntsville Times

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