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Top News Links: Wednesday, Sept. 5

Alabama school spending drops

Since 2008, Alabama's spending on education has dropped $1,318 per student, more than 21 percent, the highest dollar drop and second highest percentage drop in the nation. — Tuscaloosa News

Industry association bars Airbus

Aerospace Industries Association blocks Airbus from membership, despite company's current U.S. facilities and plans for first 1,000-employee U.S. assembly line in Mobile. — Chicago Tribune

Big U.S. market for commercial jets

U.S. carriers still on buying spree, seeking more efficient planes that cut operating costs. — Chicago Tribune

August auto sales thrive

U.S. auto sales were up 20 percent from August last year with several car makers boasting best-in-decades sales figures. — Reuters

Honda, Hyundai lead strong August for Alabama-made autos

Autos built in Alabama enjoyed a 14 percent sales increase from a year ago, with total sales of more than 65,000 vehicles. — WWNT Dothan

Third shift starts at Hyundai

Working to keep up with demand for the popular Sonata and Elantra models, Hyundai kicked-off a third shift Monday at its plant near Montgomery. — Birmingham News

International Shipholding picks partner for international-flagged vessels

Mobile-based International Shipholding has partnered with Wallem Group Ltd. to manage international-flagged vessels. — The Street

New leadership for Indiana hospital

Medical Properties Trust, based in Birmingham, has partnered with St. Vincent hospital system for management of its Bloomington, Indiana, hospital. — 4-Traders

DoubleTree opens in Huntsville

Hilton's DoubleTree has opened its first hotel, a 149-room, all-suite facility, near the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and historic downtown Huntsville. — MarketWatch

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