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Top News Links: Thursday, July 14

Airbus expresses sentiment over Boeing centennial

Airbus and Boeing compete every day to connect people across the globe, so what did France-based Airbus and its thousands of employees have to say to the American jet-building giant on the occasion of its 100th anniversary?  Just one thing, but they made a video of it. Click here to see it. – News release

Drummond Co. CEO Garry Drummond dies at 78

The chairman and chief executive of the Birmingham-based Drummond Co. Inc., Garry N. Drummond, has died. A statement issued by the coal company says Drummond died Wednesday in Birmingham. He was 78. Drummond's father began Drummond Coal in Sipsey in 1935, and Garry Drummond began working in the mines in Walker County at age 15. – AP/Baytown Sun

Navy looks to be cutting back on Austal LCS program

The long-term prospects for Austal USA's Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program continue to appear bleak after Secretary of Defense Ash Carter sent a letter to Congress Saturday outlining a slim manufacturing schedule for the Mobile-built vessel. The five-year planning schedule showed that only three LCS ships are to be built between 2017 and 2018. – AL.com

Huntsville tech firm’s scan system gets Jason Bourne nod

A Huntsville technology is being granted access to one of the summer's biggest blockbusters. Employees at Huntsville's Advanced Optical Systems (AOS) received word Friday its Andi OTG, a touch-free fingerprint scanning system, will be shown in "Jason Bourne" -- a spy action thriller starring Matt Damon. – WAAY

Lawyer pleads guilty in $14M sorority house scam

A South Carolina lawyer pleaded guilty to bank fraud in a scam involving construction of a $14 million, 40,000-square-foot sorority house at the University of Alabama, prosecutors said Wednesday. Jennifer Elizabeth Meehan, 39, of Sandy Springs, South Carolina, pleaded guilty Tuesday during a federal court hearing in Huntsville to submitting false invoices for equipment and furnishings for the new Gamma Phi Beta sorority house in Tuscaloosa. – ABC

Trump VP mystery to be unveiled tomorrow

America’s ultimate showman, Donald Trump, has turned his search for a Republican vice presidential pick into a real-life political thriller. He spent this week beguiling the media and playing on the hopes of his final few candidates to build tension, drama and — perhaps — a climactic final plot twist. – Fox

Boeing Research and Tech Center a year old

Boeing’s history in Alabama spans more than half a century, and one of its latest projects in the state is helping to chart the aerospace giant’s future. The Boeing Research and Technology Center, which opened a year ago in Huntsville, serves as a key hub for the company’s technology development. – Made In Alabama

AT&T expanding gigabit service in 20 communities statewide

AT&T is expanding access to gigabit internet speeds for businesses through increased deployment of AT&T Business Fiber. More business customers in Alabama can now enjoy download and upload speeds up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps). – News release

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