MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The decision by European aircraft manufacturer Airbus to build commercial aircraft in Mobile is Alabama's top news story for 2012.
The Airbus announcement was a happy reversal for Alabama, which initially lost a chance at an aircraft plant. The company's announcement came about a year after officials were left disappointed that Air Force tankers wouldn't be built in Mobile.
Airbus's announcement tops The Associated Press list of top stories in Alabama for a year that also saw the return of former Republican Chief Justice Roy Moore to his old position.
In other big stories, two former Auburn University football players were among the three killed in a shooting that sparked a huge manhunt in central Alabama.
And the owner of the VictoryLand casino was among those acquitted on corruption charges.