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Top News Links: Thursday, Nov. 13

Big bank dealing returns with BB&T move

BB&T Corp agreed to buy Pennsylvania-based Susquehanna Bancshares Inc. Wednesday for $2.5 billion in cash and stock and said it was eyeing further expansion to new markets between Texas and Alabama. The Susquehanna deal is one of the biggest U.S. banking moves since the 2008 financial crisis. – Reuters 

GOP looking for specific budget cuts

Sen. Jeff Sessions, expected to be the next chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said he likely would defer key decisions on spending and taxes to other panels next year. Instead, the Alabama Republican said his goal will be to unify the GOP majority around specific spending and tax targets and then allow other congressional committees to design policies to meet those targets. – Wall Street Journal

Honeywell completes Airbus powerhouse

Airbus congratulated Honeywell for its on-time, on-budget, on-quality completion of the first support building for the Airbus A320 Family Assembly Line in Mobile, Alabama. The milestone was recognized during a ceremony hosted by Honeywell at the Mobile Brookley Aeroplex on Wednesday. PRNewswire

Home Builders Association picks Corder

Lynn Corder of Tuscaloosa has been appointed to serve as the 2015 President of the Home Builders Association of Alabama, the fourth largest state Home Builders Association in the U.S. He succeeds 2014 HBAA President Les Letlow, owner of The Letlow Company. – AL.com

Court examines voter redistricting plan

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday grappled with the sensitive issue of how much state lawmakers may rely on race to draw new voting districts for state legislative seats. Wednesday’s case involves a plan drawn in 2012 by the Republican-controlled legislature in Alabama, a state with a long history of engaging in racial discrimination. – CSMonitor.com

PPG Industries marks 45 years

The 45th anniversary of PPG Industries’ Huntsville, Alabama, facility was celebrated with an open house for employees and their families to tour the operations where aircraft windshields, windows and canopies are made. – AviationPros.com

Otelco Q3 revenues at $18.4M

Otelco Inc., a telecommunications services provider in Alabama and six other states and a provider of cloud hosting and managed services, today announced results for its third quarter ended September 30. Total revenues of $18.4 million for third quarter 2014, according to the report. – BusinessWire

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