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Top News Links: Monday, Sept. 19

Austal wins $326 million Navy contract for two more EFT ships

Mobile-based Austal USA has been awarded a contract for two more Expeditionary Fast Transport ships, in addition to the 10 ordered under a 2008 contract. The $326 million addition brings the total contract to $1.9 billion. EFT ships serve a variety of purposes military engagement to humanitarian relief. — Made in Alabama

Alabama in trade talks in Japan

Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield and a host of state business officials are in Tokyo this week for the 39th annual meeting of the Japan-U.S. Southeast Association and Southeast U.S./Japan. Japanese firms have invested more than $5 billion in Alabama since 1999, including $208 million last year. – Made in Alabama

Auburn President Gogue announces retirement plans

Speaking with Auburn University trustees during their regular meeting last week, Auburn University President Jay Gogue announced his intention to retire next year and asked trustees to being a search for his replacement. — Montgomery Advertiser

Repair work in progress to restart gas flow in Alabama pipeline

With neighboring states facing gasoline shortages from an Alabama pipeline break, repair work is in progress “around the clock,” say Colonial Pipeline officials. More than 250,000 gallons of gasoline leaked from the pipeline near Helena since the leak was discovered Sept. 9. — Decatur Daily

Review deadline tomorrow for Cummings Park plan

The review period on a new master plan for Huntsville’s Cummings Research Park, the second largest research park in the nation, closes with a final review opportunity tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at HudsonAlpha Institute. – AL.com

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