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Top News Links: Friday, Oct. 19

Keel laying ceremony at Austal

Austal USA celebrated the keel laying for its third littoral combat ship on Thursday. — Marine Log

Airbus to double $12 billion it currently spends in U.S.

Airbus tells California trade group it will double the money currently spent in the U.S. on parts and services — some $12 annually — as it gears up for its first U.S. assembly line in Mobile. — CNBC

Southern Research dedicates engineering facility

Southern Research Institute in Birmingham dedicated the $5.6 million expansion of its engineering research facility Thursday; the facility specializes in airborne imaging and materials research. — al.com

Ballot measure touches union elections

A proposed constitutional amendment on secret ballots would eliminate card check union organizing. — al.com 

Sessions shares sour economic news at Birmingham luncheon

Sen. Jeff Sessions, speaking to the Birmingham Business Alliance, outlined a string of bad economic news from the Senate's failure to address Chinese currency actions. — al.com 

Jobs website slams Birmingham; retirement group lauds Huntsville

Career Bliss, a job-search website, lists Birmingham as the fifth worst city in the nation for job seekers, while Money Magazine lists Huntsville as one of the top place to retire. — Yahoo Finance; CNN Money

SAIC wins Army contract

Science Applications International Corp. has been awarded a $152 million contract to provide IT services for U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Maintenance Command. — Washington Technology

Alabama group looks for business opportunities in Shanghai

Delegates from the Alabama China Partnership, based in Monroeville, are visiting Shanghai, urging Chinese companies to build in the U.S. to avoid trade protectionism. — China Daily

Regions declares dividend

Regions Financial has declared a 1-cent-per-share dividend for the quarter.— Street Insider

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