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Top News Links: Wednesday, July 27

JetBlue orders 30 more Airbus A321s

JetBlue Airways ordered 30 Airbus A321 jetliners this week valued at $3.6 billion, many of which are set to be built the at the aircraft manufacturing company's assembly plant in Mobile. The sale includes 15 A321s with the current engine option (ceo) for delivery starting next year, and 15 more A321s with new, fuel efficient engines starting in 2020. – AL.com

Governor sued over building hotel with BP funds

The state auditor has refiled a lawsuit against Gov. Robert Bentley's effort to build a hotel and conference center at Gulf State Park. Auditor Jim Zeigler and state Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Montgomery court. The lawsuit challenges the state's use of oil spill funds on the project. – ABC3340

Motus featured on ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’

Motus is a Birmingham-based motorcycle manufacturer that is starting to reach the big time. Now the maker of America’s only premium brand of sport-touring motorcycles and proprietary V4 engines, Motus was featured this week on Jay Leno's Emmy-winning series “Jay Leno's Garage” on YouTube. – Sports Rider

Cruise terminal renovation well above estimate

Officials said Tuesday that upgrades at the Mobile, Alabama Cruise Terminal are costing local taxpayers $1.7 million more than expected. The original estimate for upgrades was around $2.4 million, so that's the amount the city received from the state. Now it's estimated that when it's all said and done, the terminal repairs will cost $4.1 million. – WPMI

UA forecast for 2016 growth at modest 1.9 percent

Alabama’s economy is expected to grow 1.9 percent in 2016 while the state’s businesses remain relatively cautious about hiring, according to a midyear report released by The University of Alabama’s Center for Economic and Business Research. The expected growth for 2016 is slightly lower than the 2.4 percent grow seen in 2015. – News release

Renovation on former Red Cross building wins tax credits

A massive mixed-use project in downtown Birmingham is one step closer to fruition following the approval of federal tax credits. Attorney Eric Guster is planning to renovate the former Red Cross building on Third Avenue North - and he just got a big boost this week when he learned he'd been granted 20 percent federal tax credit for historic preservation. – AL.com

Birmingham-based Shipt acquires $20.1M in new funding

Shipt, the nation’s fastest growing online grocery marketplace, has secured $20.1 million in Series A funding. Participants in the round included Greycroft Partners, Harbert Growth Partners and e.ventures. Since its launch in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2014, Shipt has grown to deliver groceries in 27 cities across 10 states with a community of more than 5,000 shoppers. – News release

Birmingham-area waterways to benefit from grants

Three Birmingham-area waterways will see environmental improvements, thanks to grants from the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program. Turkey and Village creeks in Jefferson County and Shoal Creek in Shelby County will benefit from the grants, which will help reduce erosion, aid water quality and replace invasive plants with native species. – Alabama News Center

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