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Top News Links: Wednesday, July 18

AIA predict job losses

Unless Congress acts to prevent automatic cuts in defense spending, Alabama stands to lose 38,000 jobs and Mississippi to lose 11,000, Aerospace Industry Association study says. — Mobile Press-Register

Hospital appeals for right to relocate

Birmingham's Trinity Medical Center won approval from a state regulatory board to relocate to U.S. Highway 280, then lost in a court ruling, now plans to appeal that decision. — Birmingham News

No money for robotics park addition

Money that might have funded Phase 3 of the state's robotics park has been tapped for Airbus incentives, officials say, but a state referendum allowing refinancing of bonds might provide funds needed for expansion. — Decatur Daily

AirTran leaving Huntsville

Fewer flights, fewer seats in Huntsville as low-cost carrier AirTran pulls out in August. — Huntsville Times

Books-A-Million buyer back out

The family of Books-A-Million CEO Clyde Anderson, who already own 53 percent of the public company, has withdrawn an offer to buy out the remaining shares; company was valued at $48.8 million in Anderson bid. — Birmingham News

Hyundai plans to slow growth, refocus on quality

Hyundai global spokesman, visiting Montgomery plant, says that after expansions in the works — including an added third shift in the Montgomery plant — the company will limits its growth and focus on quality. — Montgomery Advertiser

Corruption investigation continues

Court documents show that Alabama attorney general is continuing to investigate possible gambling-related corruption, despite a federal trial that yielded no convictions. — Montgomery Advertiser

Southern Company Services to field test new emissions strategy

Akermin and Southern Company Services have agreed to pilot test a new biocatalyst system for capturing emissions from coal-fired generating plants at the National Carbon Capture Center in Wilsonville. — Energy Business Review

Shareholder suit over Duke Energy leadership switch

An Alabama shareholder has filed suit over a leadership flip-flop when Duke Energy acquired Progress Energy. — CBS News

Utility commission source questions Duke Energy leadership change. —The Raleigh Telegram

Alabama River trail gets national designation

A 631-mile water trail from the Coosa to the Gulf received federal designation this week as a National Water Trail, an element of the National Park Service. — Birmingham News

Thoughts on Airbus, Mobile and the aerospace industry

Mobile Press-Register columnist George Talbot reviews five lessons from the Farnborough International Air Show. — Mobile Press-Register

Editorial call for improved internet access

Anniston Star calls for state emphasis on better Internet access for residents statewide. — Anniston Star

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