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Top News Links: Tuesday, May 9

Airbus about to assemble first Alabama-made A320

The Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile has received the major component assemblies for the first A320 that will be produced in the U.S. The 27 aircraft delivered from the facility thus far have been A321s. This marks another important milestone for the manufacturing facility, which began production in 2015 and can build three members of the A320 Family: A319, A320 and A321. – WPMI

Gas tax hike still alive in some hearts and minds

House Speaker Mac McCutcheon declared a gas tax increase dead in April, and he hasn't budged since. "The legislation will not come up again this session," his spokeswoman said on Monday. Despite McCutcheon's decree, a laundry list of state officials and organizations are holding out hope that something can be done in the waning and frantic final days of the spring legislative session. The session reconvenes Tuesday. – AL.com

Judge finds Alabama workers’ comp rules unconstitutional

A Jefferson County circuit judge today struck down Alabama's Workers' Compensation Act. Circuit Judge Pat Ballard found two provisions, the $220 a week cap in compensation and the 15 percent cap on attorneys’ fees, unconstitutional.  However, because one or more provisions were found unconstitutional, the entire act is nullified. – AL.com

Coastal developer Tillis Brett dies at 82

A prominent developer who helped build the tourist industry on Alabama's coast has died. Tillis Mitchell Brett of Brett/Robinson real estate died Monday. He was 82. An announcement from the company says Brett suffered a medical emergency on Saturday and died at a hospital in Mobile. Brett was one of the founders of Brett/Robinson, known for its Phoenix condominiums along the beach and around Perdido Bay in Baldwin County. – AP/WAFF

Aerojet Rocketdyne gives $1M for UAH science chair

Aerojet Rocketdyne announced Monday it would fund a $1 million endowment to establish the Aerojet Rocketdyne Chair in Space Science at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. "Aerojet Rocketdyne is proud to be able to partner with The University of Alabama in Huntsville on numerous R&D initiatives related to propulsion and space science," said Eileen Drake, company CEO. – News release

Warren Buffett’s company to market tiny homes in Alabama

Clayton Homes, which makes modular, manufactured and site-built houses, introduced a 464-square-foot model tiny home for permanent living during a meeting of shareholders for its parent company Berkshire Hathaway last week. Clayton will launch the home, which sells for $109,000, in Alabama, Louisiana, Nebraska, Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee in May. – Construction Dive

Cricket Wireless opening five stores around Huntsville

Cricket Wireless is opening five new stores in the Huntsville area over the next week. The discount carrier continues to expand its presence in north Alabama, having opened five locations in a similar grand opening event two years ago. A wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T, Cricket offers no annual contract and plans that start at $30/a month. – Decatur Daily

Kangaroo attack leaves girl needing 14 stitches in Madison County

Cheyenne, 9, and her 3-year-old sister were at Harmony Park Safari in Madison County when they came in close contact with the kangaroo. "It was really cute because she would walk one and it would follow her,” said Cheyenne’s mother, Jennifer White. Jennifer was taking cellphone footage of her daughters interacting with the kangaroo when the animal struck. – MyNBC5

Staffing company told to pay $50K for career fair error

An Alabama staffing company and the federal government are settling a lawsuit over allegations of hiring discrimination in Louisiana. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says Automation Personnel Services Inc. will pay $50,000 under the agreement. The personnel placement company is based in the Birmingham suburb of Pelham. The federal agency say Andrea Williams went to a career fair in Lafayette, Louisiana, in 2012 and was told a position she was interested in was meant for men and wasn’t suitable for women. – NOCB

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