Top Headlines: Huntington Ingalls wins Navy contract, Committee approves equal pay legislation

Huntington Ingalls wins oversight role for work on LCS fleet
Huntington Ingalls Industries has won a Navy contract that could be worth nearly a billion dollars to oversee work on Littoral Combat Ships — including those built in Mobile. Asked whether Austal USA had competed for the contract, Austal USA Director of Communications and External Affairs Craig Savage declined comment. Generally, Austal has been expanding its efforts to provide post-delivery service to the ships it builds for the navy, with some success. – AL.com

She’s an Alabama-trained engineer and CEO and she is shocking the oil industry
Occidental Petroleum Corp. Chief Executive Officer Vicki Hollub is on the cusp of winning a David versus Goliath bidding war that has captivated the oil industry. After making a series of approaches to rival Anadarko Petroleum Corp. about a merger over almost two years, Hollub was outflanked last month when the company embraced a takeover offer from Chevron Corp., despite it being considerably lower than her $38 billion bid. The University of Alabama-trained engineer didn’t back down. – Bloomberg

A Birmingham firm could change the face of property management
If you own a building, whether for business or living, property management isn’t something you want to think about. As Orchestra Partners’ Hunter Renfroe explained, anyone who wants a wall repainted may not be an expert on how the wall should look when the job is done, or how much it should cost. If your faucet is leaking, you just want it fixed. The same goes for drywall repair, gutter cleaning, air conditioning maintenance and other headaches. – AL.com

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Alabama committee approves equal pay for equal work legislation
Alabama would end its status as one of two states without an equal pay for equal work law, under a bill advanced Tuesday by a House committee. The legislation by Rep. Adline Clarke of Mobile would prohibit businesses from paying workers less than employees of another race or gender unless there are reasons such as seniority, a merit system or productivity to account for the difference. – AP

Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood buys Mobile company
Montgomery-based engineering and architecture firm Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood announced this week that it has completed the acquisition of south Alabama firm Hutchinson, Moore & Rauch. HMR has 25 employees providing engineering, surveying and land planning services from offices in Daphne and Mobile. – Montgomery Advertiser

Political observers concede it’s getting weird on Goat Hill
Ah, the freedom of being unconcerned with election consequences. That’s what we’re seeing in the Alabama Legislature this session — this weird, strange, oddball session. This session where everything is turned upside down, with Republicans pushing tax increases and marijuana and Democrats playing key roles in crucial votes. – Alabama Political Reporter

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