Top Headlines: Airbus launches hiring programs, Milo’s unveils expansion plans

Airbus launches two new hiring programs
Airbus has launched two new hiring programs designed to employ applicants with little-to-no aviation or aerospace experience. The two programs, FlightPath9 and Fast Track, are intended to train participants for the aircraft production workforce from within the Mobile community, where its A220 and A320 production facilities are located. – News release

Milo’s unveils plans for $60 million expansion to Tulsa
Alabama-based Milo’s Tea will soon have a major footprint outside of the state. One of the main reasons for the decision to build in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area is its central location. Milo’s will invest $60 million in the construction of the 108 thousand square foot facility. The company expects to create 110 new jobs when construction is complete in September 2020. – KRMG

Senate committee passes bill giving tax exemptions to Barber’s Race Track
The Alabama Senate Finance and Taxation Education committee passed a bill Wednesday giving tax exemptions to the Barber’s Race Track for its expansion. Senate Bill 296 is sponsored by State Sen. Bill Roberts, R-Mountain Brook. Roberts said the Barber’s Motorsports Park and Museum is the number one tourist attraction in the state and the largest museum for motorcycles in the world. – AR

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‘Bait bill’ becomes law in Alabama, licenses now on sale
Hunters in Alabama can now use bait to hunt white-tailed deer and feral pigs. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said Wednesday that bait hunting licenses are now available anywhere hunting licenses are sold. The licenses, which cost $15 for resident hunters and $51 for non-residents, are also available online. – WHNT

Via noticeably absent from new Mobile airport celebration
Mobile city officials celebrated, for the second time in less than two weeks, the new $8.8 million downtown airport terminal. During the Wednesday event, they praised the only low-cost carrier committed to flying out of the facility — Frontier Airlines. But not a word was mentioned about Orlando-based Via Airlines, which once vowed to begin offering flights to Orlando Sanford International Airport from the Downtown Mobile Airport on May 2. – AL.com

Tavern sues Tuscaloosa City Council over yanked license
Sideline Bar and Grill hopes arguments it made before the Tuscaloosa City Council go over better in front of a judge. On Monday, attorneys representing the owner filed suit in Tuscaloosa circuit court against the city in attempt to regain its business license. Sideline Bar Grill has remained closed since the Tuscaloosa City Council pulled its business license in April. But some residents in the Windsong South neighborhood behind it worry it may reopen. Neighbor Mike Copenhaven cited police visits, drag racing and gunshots in connection to the business. – WBRC

Southern States to acquire East Alabama Financial Group
Southern States Bancshares Inc., parent of Southern States Bank, has announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement with East Alabama Financial Group, Inc. (“East Alabama”), parent of Small Town Bank, under which Southern States will acquire East Alabama. East Alabama shareholders will receive a mix of Southern States stock and cash as consideration. – AP

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