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Top News Links: Wednesday, Sept. 9

Lawmakers have three weeks to find budget

With just three weeks before a shutdown of state government, Alabama legislators Tuesday said they felt a new urgency to address a General Fund shortfall. But it was clear that plenty of give-and-take remained as lawmakers began a special session focused on fixing the budget. Gov. Robert Bentley’s latest revenue proposals, which would bring in an extra $260 million to the troubled General Fund, are unlikely to all achieve passage, legislative leaders said. – Montgomery Advertiser

Airbus builds up to inaugural ceremonies

With a new on-site chief and grand opening ceremonies set, Airbus’ U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile is ready for takeoff, concluding three years of planning, construction and community buy-in. Airbus Americas spokeswoman Kristi Tucker confirmed two A321 aircraft are already in production “as we build up to inaugural ceremonies” for the Toulouse, France-based planemaker’s first final assembly line on U.S. soil on Sept. 14. – Yellowhammer

Judge denies motion in Hubbard indictment

A Lee County Circuit judge Friday denied House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s request for a clarification of his indictment on ethics charges. The ruling was not a surprise. Judge Jacob Walker indicated at an Aug. 17 hearing he would likely reject the defense’s motion for a more definitive statement, filed last December as part of a broad effort to get the Speaker’s 23-count indictment dismissed. In that motion, Hubbard’s attorneys said his 23-count indictment contained “only the vaguest factual allegations.” Trial is tentatively set for March. – Montgomery Advertiser

Trade mission to explore South Africa, Tanzania

Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield will lead a trade and business development mission to South Africa and Tanzania this month that will permit Alabama businesses to explore partnership and export opportunities in a fast-growing region. Representatives from six Alabama companies will join Secretary Canfield and international trade specialists from around the state on the 10-day mission that officially kicks off in Johannesburg on Sept. 14. – Made In Alabama

New rule could slow business dealings by 10 days

Starting Oct. 1, the Alabama Department of Revenue will no longer issue a Certificate of Good Standing to a requesting party, pursuant to the enactment of Alabama Senate Bill 243. Good Standing Certificates have been used for many years to confirm that a specific entity is in “good standing” with the Alabama Department of Revenue, due to the entity's payment of the Business Privilege Tax. Based on the law change, the Alabama Department of Revenue will now issue a Certificate of Compliance, which could take up to 10 days to acquire. – Sirote.com

Huntsville’s Plasticraft assets to be auctioned

The Plasticraft building and all of its assets in Albertville will go up for auction next week in Marshall County. Machinery Network Auctions of Encino, Calif., announced Plasticraft's more than 100,000-square-foot facility and entire operation will be for sale to the public at 10 a.m. Sept. 15 on 115 Plasticraft Drive. Plasticraft, a plastics manufacturer founded in 1972, began shutting down in early June. – AL.com

Need growing for language interpreters in business

 When Rich Lopez started interpreting for people eight years ago, he said he used about 8 percent of his time to go into local business offices and courthouses to assist clients who knew little to no English. These days, Lopez said more than half of his time is spent interpreting for people throughout the region. His bilingual ability appears professionally promising, as data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor statistics shows interpreters like Lopez will be either busier or greater in number by 2022 as a result of “increasing globalization and a more diverse U.S. population.” – Dothan Eagle

Artur Davis ponders return to state politics

Artur Davis may be returning to Alabama politics quicker than anticipated, this time in a run for a seat on the Montgomery County Commission. Former mayoral opponent Dan Harris’ seat, to be exact. Davis confirmed Tuesday he has done everything but commit to running for Commission Vice Chairman Harris’ District 1 seat. – Montgomery Advertiser

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