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Top News Links: Thursday, November 16

Mobile will help Airbus fulfill enormous jetliner order

Airbus has landed a massive order for more than 400 new jets, and indications are that at least some of them will be made in Alabama. In Germany, Der Spiegel took notice of the news as the largest single deal in the company's history. In the U.S., Kristi Tucker, director of communications for Airbus Americas, said that the arrangement struck at the Dubai Air Show had a definite connection to Airbus' Final Assembly Line in Mobile. – AL.com

Boeing scornful of Airbus-Bombardier plans

Boeing Co. isn’t buying Bombardier Inc.’s assurances that it will build an assembly line in Alabama under a partnership with Airbus SE on the Canadian planemaker’s jetliner. “Bombardier and Airbus are extremely unlikely ever to actually establish a C Series assembly line in Alabama,” Boeing said in a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, adding it makes “no economic sense.” – Bloomberg

Alabama company will benefit from fire extinguisher recall

Trussville's Amerex Corp. is gearing up to deal with an expected demand for fire extinguishers following a massive recall announced earlier this month. The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall for 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers. The recall affected as many as 40 million extinguishers, some manufactured more than 40 years ago. – AL.com

Birmingham among 10 cities where personal income has spiked

While a low unemployment rate is important, rising incomes matter more for American families. SmartAsset examined the most recent income data to find the U.S. cities with the fastest-growing incomes. In order to find the cities with the fastest-growing incomes, SmartAsset analyzed median household income data from 2015 and 2016. Birmingham came in at No. 7. – Business Insider

Compounding pharmacy sales rep admits fraud

A former sales representative for an Alabama-based compounding pharmacy has pleaded guilty to charges he participated in a scheme to defraud healthcare insurers and prescription drug administrators out of tens of millions of dollars. The guilty plea on Tuesday by Peter Eodice in federal court in Jasper marked the fourth to date in an investigation into the now-defunct Global Compounding Pharmacy. – Reuters

Macon County official dies on trade mission to Italy

Macon County official Harold Powell Jr. died while in Italy on an economic development trip with the Alabama Department of Commerce. Powell was one of a contingent touring Italian aerospace company Leonardo's manufacturing facility in Venegono, near Milan. Leonardo earlier this year announced it planned to build a manufacturing facility at Tuskegee's Moton Field. – AL.com

GKN stock tumbles, new CEO to exit immediately

GKN Plc, a key supplier to Airbus SE with two facilities in Alabama, dropped its new chief six weeks before he was even due to start the job, saying it had decided he wasn’t the right person to run the business. The stock hit a 16-month low. Kevin Cummings, who had led GKN’s aerospace division for almost four years and was handed the top job in September, will leave immediately. – Bloomberg

Roy Moore alleged victim list now up to 7

Two more women came forward on Wednesday with allegations of sexual misconduct against Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, one accusing him of groping her and the other of forcing a kiss on her when he was 30 and she was about 18. – Reuters

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