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Top News Links: Tuesday, July 24

EADS North America leader profile

Sean O'Keefe built career from low-level budget analyst to Senate staffer to NASA leadership and survived a deadly plane crash en route to current post as CEO of EADS North America, parent of Mobile's new Airbus project. — The Hill

Union leaders oppose Lockheed Martin for Fort Rucker job

Leadership of the machinists union has spoken out against possible selection of Lockheed Martin as prime contractor for work at Fort Rucker, criticizing  "confrontational management practices" by the company. — Southeast Sun

Alabama man among 11 charged in mortgage fraud case

Kinard Henson, now in prison at Ventress, faces attempted murder charge in addition to money laundering and wire fraud conspiracy charges in connection with major mortgage fraud scheme, FBI says. — FBI Newark Division

Huntsville firm wins Cessna contract

PPG Aerospace, based in Huntsville, has been awarded a contract to make windshields and side cockpit windows for Cessna's new Citation business jets. — PPG Aerospace News Release

Long-Lewis Hardware celebrates 125 years

Birmingham hardware store traces its roots  to 1887. — Birmingham News

New hope for lung injury

South Alabama medical school research leads to new drug to prevent and treat lung injury, spun off to new biotech company Exscien. — Mobile Press-Register

Birmingham commercial real estate firm sees business increase

EGS Commercial Real Estate handled 156 transactions in first half of year worth $55 million. — Birmingham News

Insurance wholesaler opens Alabama office

Socius Insurance Services Inc., a wholesaler of management liability and other insurance products that is based in San Francisco, has opened an office in Birmingham with Hank Stickley named as vice president. — Insurance Journal

Losses down, profits up at BancorpSouth

Profits for Mississippi-based BancorpSouth, with operations in Alabama, are up 61 percent from last quarter, bank officials report. — WDEF News 12

SBA loans for drought-damaged areas

The Small Business Administration has announced that low-cost loans are available to help business in 40 counties in Alabama where drought has damaged farms and businesses. — Birmingham Business Journal

Lawson chosen to lead Baldwin County EDA

Economic Develop Alliance in Baldwin taps Lee Lawson, its former vp, as its new leader. — Mobile Press-Register

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