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Top News Links: Thursday, March 13

Remington purchase offer causes flutter

Limestone County officials were told Tuesday night an unsolicited bid to buy Remington Outdoors shouldn't impact the new Huntsville project and may not be a serious purchase attempt. Global Digital Solutions announced Tuesday on PR Newswire that it has filed an unsolicited letter of intent to acquire Remington, also known as Freedom Group. GDSI has made an offer of $1.082 billion in cash for the purchase, CNN Money reported. – Decatur Daily

Airbus assembly line tops out

Airbus’ A320 final assembly line under construction in Mobile celebrated its latest construction milestone Wednesday with an unusual topping out ceremony for the main hangar. – al.com

Honda temporarily shelving Ridgeline

Honda's Talladega County plant will cease production of the Ridgeline pickup this summer, as part of a previously announced plan to temporarily shelve the model. – al.com

Drummond to resume Colombia exports

Colombia's government said on Tuesday it expected its second biggest coal miner, U.S.-based Drummond Co Inc, to resume exports of the fuel from around March 24 as it nears completion of an upgrade to its port to meet new environmental legislation. – Reuters

Austal USA holds Trenton keel ceremony

Austal USA laid the keel of Trenton (JHSV 5), the fifth of ten Joint High Speed Vessels,  in a ceremony held Tuesday at its Mobile shipyard. – Marinelog.com

Deal made for Dream Chaser science payloads

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville and Sierra Nevada Corporation have announced an expanded collaboration to advance the planning and development of potential science research during future Dream Chaser spacecraft missions. SNC’s Dream Chaser is a multi-mission-capable spacecraft designed for low-Earth orbit. – NASA.gov

UAW to appeal NLRB ruling on VW

The United Auto Workers union will appeal a ruling by the Atlanta region of the National Labor Relations Board that favors anti-union Volkswagen employees. The ruling means employees of the automaker's Chattanooga, Tenn., plant who oppose the union's organizing efforts there can defend the results of last month's failed union election. – al.com

House panel tweaks accountability changes

The House Education Policy committee Wednesday approved several changes to the Alabama Accountability Act, the controversial 2013 bill allowing students in failing schools to claim tax credits for use toward private school tuition. – Montgomery Advertiser / South Union Street blog

Char-Broil signs with Luckie & Company

Luckie & Company, a full-service advertising agency headquartered in Birmingham, today announced a new client, Char-Broil LLC, a division of W.C. Bradley Co. and one of the oldest and most respected outdoor cooking brands. – Luckie.com

Grandbridge picks up sites in five states

Grandbridge Real Estate Capital recently facilitated the acquisition, financing and loan assumption of a portfolio of seven properties (552 units) located in Alabama and four other states on behalf of Brookdale Senior Living Inc. The transaction involved debt of approximately $52 million. – GBRECAP.com

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