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Top News Links: Tuesday, Sept. 19

Airbus in Mobile unaffected thus far by engine supply problems

Could a shortage of next-generation engines cause grief for Airbus in Mobile, as it already has in Europe? The answer appears to be that in the short term it won't, and in a best-case scenario it never will. But right now there's no guarantee of a best-case scenario. – AL.com

Northrop Grumman snaps up Orbital ATK

Defense giant Northrop Grumman Corp., which has a considerable aerospace presence in Alabama, is acquiring aerospace and defense firm Orbital ATK Inc. for about $7.8 billion in cash, a deal that would boost Northrop’s presence in the space, launch and missile industries. Orbital shareholders are to receive $134.50 per share in cash, a 22.2% premium over Friday’s closing price. Northrop is to assume $1.4 billion in net debt. Orbital is based in Dulles, Va. – LA Times

Hyundai’s luxury brand will soon launch BMW competitor

The midsize sports sedan is a competitive market in the automotive industry, with BMW its long-reigning king. But Hyundai wants a piece. The South Korean automaker says that it will launch its first such model, the G70, under its Genesis brand in its home country next week and in the United States in early 2018. The model will compete with well-known category stalwarts as the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes C Class, Lexus IS, Infiniti Q50, and Cadillac CTS. – Fortune

Mercedes Concept EQA reaches next level of purity

Mercedes-Benz intends on offering electric versions of all its models by 2022, and the company has given a peek at the future. Daimler, Mercedes' parent company, unveiled the Mercedes Concept EQA at the International Frankfurt Motor Show IAA last week. Gorden Wagener, chief design officer with Daimler AG, said the car is simply sexy. “We eliminated creases and lines and reached the next level of purity," Wagener said. – AL.com

Alabama Humanities annual event unveils new concept

In a groundbreaking concept for Alabama Humanities Foundation’s annual event, an inaugural class of fellows will be inducted, featuring a best-selling author, a financial executive and historical novelist, host of CNN’s American documentary series and the second African American to become a federal judge in Alabama. The Oct. 2 Alabama Colloquium at Birmingham’s The Club will be moderated by National Public Radio’s Michel Martin of All Things Considered. – News release

Austal USA delivers USS Omaha to U.S. Navy

Austal USA delivered its sixth littoral combat ship to the U.S. Navy on Friday in Mobile. The future USS Omaha (LCS 12) is the nation’s tenth littoral combat ship delivered to the Navy, the first of two Austal will deliver this year. “They’re here and ready! Our Independence-variant littoral combat ships are coming off the line with exceptional quality and under the congressional cost cap,” said Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle. – News release

Alabama Makers: Tea sells better than dirt

Connor Knapp and his sisters MaryClaire Knapp and Brigette Christopher along with brother-in-law Caleb Christopher started selling compost at farmers markets four years ago. That compost included the tea leaves, fruits and herbs they used to make different blends of teas – which they would serve at their compost stand. “After not selling much compost and running out of tea a few times, we decided to leave the dirt at home,” Connor Knapp said. Their company is called Piper & Leaf. – ANC

Topgolf Birmingham prepares to hire nearly 500 employees

Topgolf Birmingham is now seeking to hire nearly 500 employees as construction on the sports entertainment complex nears completion. The available positions, include servers, bartenders, kitchen, maintenance and guest services staff. Interviews for the positions, which Topgolf calls "MISSION: Ambition auditions" begin in four weeks, the company announced on Monday. – AL.com

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