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Top News Links: Monday, April 28

Alabama wins in Boeing job realignment

The relocation of a Boeing engineering center from Washington state to Alabama is part of an effort to save more than $100 million a year. The realignment will add jobs in Alabama, Missouri and South Carolina but existing centers in Washington and California will lose a combined 1,200 positions. – al.com

U.S. Supreme court ponders Alabama firing

Edward Lane was fired at Central Alabama Community College because he testified truthfully that an Alabama state legislator was a no-show employee, being paid by the taxpayers for no work. It’s turned into a free speech case. – KCBX.org

New Tuscaloosa hotel names GM

The $31 million Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Tuscaloosa, set to open in December, has hired its first general manager. A hotel spokesman announced that Jon Crisp is set to become general manager of the property in a press release distributed earlier this week. – al.com

Carmike opening new digital cinema

Carmike Cinema, a leading entertainment, digital cinema and 3-D motion picture exhibitor, today announced the grand opening of the new Tiger 13 entertainment complex in the Opelika and Auburn communities. – BusinessWire

Japanese automakers leaving West Coast

For Japanese auto brands, the logic of keeping their U.S. sales and administrative arms in California is breaking down under the outrageous penalties of conducting business in the Golden State and the changing dynamics of the North American automotive industry. – Forbes

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ going digital

Harper Lee has signed on for Scout, Boo Radley and Atticus Finch to enter the electronic age. Filling one of the biggest gaps in the e-library, To Kill a Mockingbird will become available as an e-book and digital audiobook on July 8, HarperCollins Publishers announced Monday. – AP/USA Today

Wrangler plant got new life after twisters

Inside the Wrangler distribution center in this Marion County community, a conveyer system two miles long carries cartons of jeans along a twisting path through the gleaming new facility that has risen from the rubble of April 27, 2011. – Made in Alabama

Walking, biking to work gaining popularity

Ditching the car in favor or biking and walking seems to be more popular than ever, according to a new report that examines the hard data behind the trend. Alabama and its neighbors are at the back of the pack, though. – Forbes

No excusing a judge’s lack of recusing

When Linda Wolicki-Gables appealed a lawsuit to the second-highest court in the nation against Johnson & Johnson over a malfunctioning medication pump that had been implanted in her, the couple had no idea that one of the judges who decided their case had a financial stake in the multinational. – The Daily Beast

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