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Top News Links: Friday, May 12

General Fund budget forwarded to governor

The Alabama House of Representatives Thursday gave final approval to a $1.8 billion General Fund budget that provides no raises for state workers and flat funding for most state agencies while reserving $95 million to address an expected loss of money in the 2019 budget. The House approved changes made by the Senate last week on a 93 to 6 vote. It goes to Gov. Kay Ivey. The budget process proved less dramatic than in previous years, owing to the one-time injection of $105 million from the state's share of the BP oil spill settlement. – Montgomery Advertiser

Delta adds more Airbus A321’s to its order

Delta Airlines has announced an additional order of 3 Airbus A321’s, bringing the total order by Delta to 112.  According to a news release by Airbus, many of the jets will be delivered from the Mobile assembly line. By the end of 2017, the Airbus facility in Mobile is expected to produce four aircraft per month, most going to Airbus’ U.S. customers. – WKRG

Ex-legislator scrutinized for opposing Superfund site in wake of payments

Former Alabama Rep. Oliver Robinson stood before environmental regulators in 2015 and urged them to resist EPA efforts to clean up polluted neighborhoods in and around north Birmingham. What wasn’t known at the time was that Robinson's nonprofit, the Oliver Robinson Foundation, received tens of thousands of dollars as payment for services from lobbyists for businesses and interests opposed to adding the area to the Superfund's National Priorities List. – AL.com

U.S. Steel CEO Mario Longhi resigns

 U.S. Steel CEO Mario Longhi is stepping down from the company's top job, effective immediately. David Burritt, who most recently served as president and chief operating officer of the Fortune 250 integrated steel company, will succeed Longhi. Shares of U.S. Steel fell about 1 percent in after-hours trading following the announcement. – CNBC

Publix recalls seafood in Alabama due to glass fragments

Publix is recalling more food because it could contain small glass fragments. The Florida chain said its ready-to-cook Salmon Florentine Gratin and Scallops Florentine Gratin are under recall because they are made with Publix Deli Artichoke and Spinach Dip, which was removed from shelves earlier this week due to the possible presence of glass. – AL.com

Huntsville won’t have to live without a Gander Mountain

The Huntsville location of Gander Mountain is getting a reprieve. Store owner Marcus Lemonis tweeted this week the Huntsville location of Gander Mountain will remain open. A Camping World store will also be coming to the city, he added. – AL.com

Marsh says autism therapy bill will get a vote

The Alabama Senate will vote next week on a mandate for insurers to cover an intensive autism therapy, the Republican Senate leader promised Thursday as he attempted to ease tensions that threatened to derail the final days of the legislative session. "We will have all day Wednesday to have debate on that bill," Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said. – AP/USN&WR

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