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Top News Links: Tuesday, July 12

Despite harsh scrutiny, Southern Co. stock zooming

Last week, a story in the New York Times took aim at the colossal failings of a spectacularly expensive and grossly mismanaged “clean coal” project in Kemper County, Mississippi. The so-called Kemper integrated gasification combined-cycle project has become the perennial poster child for the lack of accountability in the investor-owned utility industry. – Forbes

Skyline sign owners appeal design board ruling

The owners of the controversial sign on top of the Two North Twentieth building aren't giving up on advertising on the city's skyline. 84 Outdoor, a Pennsylvania billboard company, is appealing the Birmingham Design Review Committee's vote not to allow the sign to go atop the 17-story building. UAB would have a one-year lease on the sign. – AL.com 

Papa Murphy’s Take ’N’ Bake Pizza heats up

Marshall James says that when he told his mother he was getting into the pizza business in north Alabama, she didn't exactly give him a ringing endorsement: "She said, 'Y'all don't cook it and y'all don't deliver? Have y'all lost your minds?'" Any initial doubts are a thing of the past: Lots of folks are now bullish on the future of Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza in Alabama. – AL.com

Yulista expanding hangar, support facility in Meridianville

The construction of a new hangar and support facility in Meridianville may increase Yulista's local workforce by as many as 200 employees. The company broke ground last week on a 60,000-square-foot aviation hangar and 20,000-square-foot support facility at Huntsville Executive Airport, formerly known as Madison County Executive Airport on 100 Bolling Road. – AL.com

Airbus Alabama continues to ramp up production

Airbus continues to ramp up production and expects the new $600 million factory at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley to turn out between 40 and 50 A320 Family aircraft each year by 2018. Worldwide, there's an anticipated demand for more than 20,000 single-aisle planes over the next 20 years. The U.S. is the world's largest market for such aircraft, and the vast majority of those built in Mobile will be delivered to customers in North America. – WPMI

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