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Top News Links: Friday, Sept. 26

First A320neo takes off in France

The first A320neo to fly lifted off at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport France at noon local time on Thursday. The aircraft was flown by Airbus Experimental Test Pilots Philippe Pellerin and Etienne Miche de Malleray. Accompanying them in the cockpit was Test-Flight Engineer Jean-Paul Lambert. – News release

Mold has farmers saying ‘nuts’

It’s looking like a down year for peanut crops. Dry, hot conditions have left many peanuts with aflatoxins, a type of mold that renders the peanut inedible. Those peanuts, classified as Seg 3, are usually crushed and used for oil. – Montgomery Advertiser

CEO: Curse loves living in Huntsville

Things at Curse Inc. have never been better. As an organization, we have several rapidly growing products, we have just obtained the funding needed to take our company to the next level and we have created a technical infrastructure that will scale with our growth for some time. However, success comes at a price. – MadeInAlabama.com

Filmmakers get OK for drones

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday that they are granting an exemption to six aerial photo and video production companies for the use of small unmanned aircraft systems for filmmaking in the United States. Until now, drone use in filmmaking could only occur outside the U.S. – AUVSI.org

Court affirms pro-Drummond ruling

An appeals court has affirmed a federal judge's dismissal of a lawsuit claiming Drummond Co. conspired with a paramilitary group to murder three union officials at the company's coal operation in Colombia, South America. – AL.com

Is NSA spying on teens online?

Since when does the NSA make calls to schools after monitoring students’ social media posts? The NSA denies that it made such a call to Huntsville, Alabama, but the school superintendent initiated a “secret program to monitor students’ online activity” after allegedly receiving a tip from the NSA about students tweeting and posting violent threats on Facebook. – Network World

Analysis: Change font, save millions

If Alabama’s state government agencies and institutions changed the font they use to type documents, they could potentially save millions of taxpayer dollars per year, according to an analysis by the Alabama Legislative Fiscal office at the request of state senator Slade Blackwell (R-Mountain Brook). – Yellowhammer

Wheelchairs about to get an update

The wheelchair hasn’t changed much in the last century but a company named Movi has been charged by University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System CEO Will Ferniany to make it fit the needs of modern hospitals. – MedicalXpress

Pay disparity still plagues state

The good news for Alabama is that household incomes rose slightly in 2013. The bad news is that pay equity – both racial and gender-based – has a long way to go. – Montgomery Advertiser

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