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Top News Links: Tuesday, Nov. 29

Airbus wants Boeing to fight fair on subsidies

Billions of dollars in illegal subsidies paid by Washington State to Boeing have dealt as much as $50 billion of damage to its rival Airbus, claimed a press release from European-based aircraft manufacturer Monday. The company was responding to a historic World Trade Organization ruling that Airbus claimed outlines how the United States ignored international trade rules. – AL.com

Alabamians give more of their money than time

According to an analysis of philanthropic behavior by Wallet Hub, Alabama ranks 30th overall in giving as measured by the World Giving Index. The state took third place nationwide in giving as a percentage of income but was nearer the bottom in terms of hours donated to charity work and community service. – Wallet Hub

Pot industry worries about Sessions as AG

Weed is winning in the polls, with a solid majority of Americans saying marijuana should be legal. But the government still has many means to slow or stop the marijuana train. And President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to be the next attorney general has raised fears that the new administration could crack down on weed-tolerant states 20 years after California became the first to legalize medical marijuana. – AP/Daily Tribune

Alabama’s largest private company works quietly

Birmingham-based EBSCO Industries has revenue of about $2.7 billion, making it Alabama's largest privately held company. The company's annual growth rate is a healthy 5.5 percent. EBSCO's products and services are varied, ranging from steel joists, fishing lures and LED signs to databases, merchandising displays and publishing. – AL.com

Opinion: Make America’s roads great again

If the Trump administration launches a massive U.S. infrastructure program, the U.S. auto industry must ensure that roads and bridges get their fair share of the funding. Little is certain before Donald Trump's presidential inauguration in January, but he campaigned on restoring the U.S. infrastructure. – Automotive News

Cyber Monday a reminder of Amazon tax collection

Amazon began collecting a flat 8 percent sales tax from Alabama shoppers on November 1. It stems from a new Alabama Revenue Department rule requiring online retailers with more than $250,000 in sales to collect the state sales tax. In Alabama, during November and December, estimates are that residents here will buy about $200 million dollars worth of purchases from Amazon. – WTVY

Doster completes work at HealthSouth Rehab 

Doster Construction recently completed work at the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The 12,000 square foot addition and renovation project was completed in a little over 8 months. The project entailed a 15 patient room addition, renovations to the existing pharmacy and bariatric room, a new parking lot, replacement of the cooling tower and other work. – News release

Cyber Monday shifts to smart phones

The Monday after Thanksgiving is still a time when millions of Americans pause to check out online deals from their gift list - but a one-day Cyber Monday frenzy appears to be going the way of the dial-up modem. Instead of doorbuster markdowns on a select few products, retailers are shifting to a stream of discounts and alerts during the entire week via email and social media. – AP/WAOW

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