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Top News Links: Thursday, June 18

Mobile lands another Airbus supplier

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, part of the French firm Safran which is already on site at Airbus in Mobile, announced plans at the Paris Air Show for a new landing and braking system shop alongside Airbus at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley.  It’s the third big announcement for Mobile from the Paris Air Show, following Hutchinson Corp. Monday and Maas Tuesday. — AL.com

Plane parts in port

Modules for the first A320 Airbus aircraft to be built in Mobile arrived at the Port of Mobile Wednesday. They’ll be paraded to Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley Sunday for assembly. — WPMI-TV

Clanton quits contract with “debtor’s prison” firm

After being sued by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its contract with Judicial Correction Services, the city of Clanton has severed its relationship with the firm, which one victim likened to a “debtor’s prison.” Wednesday, SPLC sent letters to 100 other Alabama cities that use JCS, stating that the firm “illegally extorts money from probationers” by threatening incarceration, and asking the cities to sever their ties with JCS. — AL.com

Small businesses face big costs to prepare for chip-based charge cards

Businesses face an Oct. 1 deadline for installing card readers that can handle new chip technology — a transition that can cost from a few hundred dollars to some $10,000. If they aren’t ready by the deadline, they can be held responsible for fraudulent card use in their establishments. — AP/Tuscaloosa News

Dothan makes Playful Cities lists for 9th year in a row

Humana and Kaboom have honored Dothan for the ninth straight year as a Playful City USA — a city that offer plentiful opportunities for play. A new city pool, plans for a new park and partnership with Forever Wild helped capture the honors this year. — Dothan Eagle

Birmingham banking software firm chosen by NAECU

North Alabama Educators Credit Union has once again selected EPL Inc. for its banking software. NAECU worked with EPL for almost 20 years before selecting a bigger firm, but after five years has chosen to use EPL Inc. again. — EPL Inc. News

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