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Top News Links: Thursday, Sept. 7

Alabama AG in thick of Remington trigger lawsuit

A federal appeals court that is considering the landmark class action settlement covering millions of allegedly defective Remington rifles has now heard from a second group of state attorneys general — this one urging the court to approve the settlement. Previously, a coalition of attorneys general from 13 states and the District of Columbia argued that the court should reject the settlement because they said it does not do enough to protect public safety. But the new group, led by Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, accuses the other states of a hidden agenda "to achieve other goals about firearms regulation in general." – CNBC

Community college system names new aviation chief

There’s a new head of aviation programs for the Alabama Community College System. The new position is responsible for the oversight of the system’s aviation technology programs across the state. Michael McDaniel will take on the new title and plans to use his nearly three decades of aviation experience to make sure students are learning state-of-the art skills training when it comes to a career in aviation. – ANN

MD Helicopters wins $1.3B chopper contract through Redstone

Arizona-based MD Helicopters has been awarded a five-year, $1.3 billion contract to provide up to 150 MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters to the Afghan Air Force. The foreign military sale was contracted through the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Redstone Arsenal. The contract includes program management, delivery support, pilot training and maintenance. First contract deliveries will include a block of 30 MD 530Fs valued at $176.6 million to be delivered by September 2019. – AIN

Martha Roby reflects on one of Alabama’s earliest industries

Many people might not realize it, but Daniel Pratt’s Cotton Gin Company, or “the Gin Shop” to locals, was Alabama’s first manufacturing industry and once produced more cotton gins than any other establishment in the world. It would not be a stretch to our state’s entrance into the industrial revolution started with the Gin Shop right here in Central Alabama. – Montgomery Advertiser

ProAssurance donates $1.5M to UA School of Medicine

One of Birmingham's corporate giants has announced a $1.5 million donation to UAB. ProAssurance has given the money to establish the ProAssurance Endowed Chair for Physician Wellness, an academic chair that will support a research team that will address stress and pressure issues that physicians face. – AL.com

Kentucky-based Amteck acquires CECE

Amteck LLC has announced the acquisition of the assets and the ongoing operations of Consolidated Electrical Contractors & Engineers Inc., one of the Southeast’s strongest electrical contractors with over 30 years of experience in design/build and construction. CECE is headquartered in Dothan. – News release

Enlogica Solutions, nLogic commence mentor arrangement

Enlogica Solutions LLC and nLogic LLC have entered a Mentor-Protégé agreement approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration. This agreement was based on a longstanding working relationship between both companies and will benefit the local community through increased contract dollars. The Mentor-Protégé program encourages private-sector relationships to show small businesses how to compete more successfully for federal government contracts. – News release

Former Regions exec banned from banking for loan fixing

The Federal Reserve Board has banned a former Regions Financial Corp. executive from the banking industry after he allegedly paid someone to approve mortgage loans that he originated. Daniel X. Brennan worked at Regions from 2009 to 2016 as vice president and mortgage production manager. The board said in an order released Tuesday that Brennan paid a loan processor $20,195 by personal check to approve the residential mortgages he originated. – AL.com

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