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Airbus plant will focus on A321 models

Airbus Group's new U.S. factory in Mobile will build predominantly A321 aircraft, the company's largest single-aisle plane, Chief Executive Fabrice Brégier said on Sunday. More than half of the factory's production will be A321 aircraft, which seat up to 240 passengers, Brégier said at a press conference before the plant's opening today. – ChannelNewsAsia

Big incentives at stake as Airbus lifts off

Airbus, an international aerospace giant that generated more than $68 billion last year, did not decide to locate its $600 million assembly plant in Mobile for free. The arrangement took state money, and lots of it. Luring Airbus to Alabama required the promise of state and local investment of more than $158 million. So far, the state has paid the company $41.2 million, with $29.3 million still to go. Alabama Industrial Development Training is kicking in another $51.8 million. – TimesDaily

Miss Alabama takes a shot at Trump

Donald Trump has torn through his Republican presidential opponents, but now he has a new nemesis: Miss Alabama. Meg McGuffin finished as the "fourth runner up" in the Miss America 2016 pageant on Sunday night. But it was her shot at Trump -- who she said should leave the GOP "absolutely terrified" -- that provided the most memorable moment of her pageant appearance. – CNN

Federal spending in Huntsville tops $6B annually

A new study shows federal spending in the Huntsville area now tops $6 billion a year or almost $31,000 per federal or contractor employee. That's one of the highest federal investments per job in the nation and a sign of the city's importance to Washington and Alabama and the risk to the Huntsville economy if defense spending decreases. – AL.com

Lockheed Martin sells missiles to Poland

Lockheed Martin has received a Foreign Military Sales contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile to the Polish Air Force for its F-16 fleet. Lockheed Martin is providing hardware and software, documentation, program management and missiles in support of the Polish Shield initiative. Poland is the third international customer for the Alabama-made JASSM. – MarketWatch

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