Top Headlines: Meredith Corp. combines magazines, Airbus breaks ground

Meredith to combine Cooking Light, EatingWell magazines
Meredith Corp. is combining Cooking Light with EatingWell, consolidating what it sees as two magazines whose content overlaps, and eliminating as a frequency-based print magazine the mass-circulation title that came to Meredith when it acquired Time Inc. earlier this year. The move will create one of the largest subscription magazines in the epicurean category, with a circulation rate base of 1.775 million. The last issue of Cooking Light will be its December issue. – Forbes

Ground broken at Airbus for Flight Works Alabama
Flight Works Alabama, a new aviation experience center near Airbus’ manufacturing facility in Mobile, is ready to begin its take off. The groundbreaking took place Wednesday for the center, designed to bolster Alabama’s workforce development efforts and inspire young people to pursue careers in aerospace. It is due to open in late 2019. – Made In Alabama

Gary Branch to retire after leading community college for 37 years
“I love students.” In an emotional address to Coastal Alabama Community College employees, during which he announced his upcoming retirement, President Gary Branch said that simple statement summed up what he hoped would be his legacy after 37 years of leadership. His Sept. 29 retirement will conclude a career of more than 50 years in higher education. – News release

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Town’s plan to revitalize shopping center: shipping containers
A struggling coastal Alabama mall is about to get a new look after its Dallas-based owner announced Wednesday plans to open a food and beverage park made out of shipping containers. Cypress Equities, in a news release, announced that it has broken ground on “The Fort,” which will be composed of approximately 10 shipping containers within the Spanish Fort Town Center just east of the Mobile Bay. “It’s a revitalization of the Center,” said Spanish Fort Mayor Mike McMillan. – AL.com

Six companies named finalists in Alabama Launchpad
Six companies are advancing as finalists in the Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition. The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, which sponsors Launchpad, announced the finalists today. The finale will take place in Huntsville on Sept. 27th at 4 p.m. at LogiCore Headquarters. – AL.com

Birmingham figure named among top developers in North America
An agency connecting developers with site consultants has named a Birmingham figure one of the top 50 economic developers in North America. Jeff Traywick, the Birmingham Business Alliance’s vice president of economic development, made the list from Consultant Connect. He will receive the award at Consultant Connect’s ECONOMIX conference in Nashville in December. – AL.com

Study pokes holes in Alabama Accountability Act
A new study found that Alabama children attending private schools on a taxpayer-backed scholarship program are not showing significant improvement on standardized tests scores. Touted as a way to help low-income students escape schools with chronically low test scores, the Alabama Accountability Act provides scholarships and tax credits for students to transfer to private schools. – AP

Lexus decides side mirrors are so 20th century
Replacing side mirrors with cameras has long been a concept-car flight of fancy, but Lexus will be the first automaker to make this tech a reality for a mass-produced model. A new Digital Outer Mirror option will make its debut on the Lexus ES in the Japan market this October, and it uses exterior cameras and screens inside the car to replace the traditional side mirror. That beats Audi and its all-electric e-tron, which won’t go on sale until next year. – Car and Driver

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