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Top News Links: Wednesday, April 10

Boeing announces $1 billion expansion at 787 plant

While Airbus was partying over a $600 million, 1,000 employee A320 assembly line in Mobile, Boeing announced plans Tuesday to expand its 787 plant in South Carolina, investing $1 billion and adding about 2,000 employees. — USA Today

First Airbus supplier touches down at Brookley

Just hours before the groundbreaking for a new Airbus assembly line at Mobile's Brookley Aeroplex, French supplier Safran Engineering celebrated the grand opening of its new facilities, selected to be close by their major customer. — Alabama Department of Commerce PR

Mississippi jury finds State Farm guilty of fraud in Katrina claims

In a case brought by a pair of Ocean Springs sisters, a federal jury in Mississippi determined that State Farm mishandled homeowner claims, saying that flood waters caused damage, not wind, which made federal flood insurance liable for costs; the insurance company is expected to appeal. — Picayune Item

Creeks move casino case to federal court

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians have won court permission to transfer an anti-gambling case against them, filed by state Attorney General Luther Strange, to federal court, claiming that they are governed by federal regulation, not state. — al.com 

Park to retail plans

Several developers have responded to Huntsville's request for proposals to repurpose a section of John Hunt Park into a retail development; with proceeds funding improvements in remainder of park. — Huntsville Times

LCS weaponry debate continues

Responding to critiques about limited firepower on its new LCS ships, Austal USA says it could increase armament load on ships built in Mobile, but questions wisdom of adding more older weapons to a ship designed for newer purposes. —Military.com 

Hyundai supplier finishes third expansion, hints at more to come

Hyundai supplier Smart Alabama, based in Luverne, has recently added a new stamping press and about 50 new stampers, and company officials say further expansion may be on the horizon. — WNCF-TV

Dockworkers vote to approve contract

Gulf and Mexico and East Coast dockworkers have approved a new six-year contract, the International Longshoremen's Association reports; ports and other employers must still ratify the agreement. — WVTM-TV

Conservation group urges voters to lobby for more state park funding

State parks budget cuts could lead to lost jobs, reduced maintenance and closed parks, says Conservation Alabama Executive Director Gary Snyder, urging voters to contact legislators and ask for budget changes. — al.com 

Regions offers online life insurance program

Regions Insurance has created a new online platform that allows customers to shop for a purchase life insurance online. — Regions PR

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