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Top News Links: Wednesday, April 25

Google releases new study touting data center impacts

Two weeks after it broke ground on a new data center in Alabama, Google is touting their impact on the communities they've joined. On Monday, Google released the findings of a new analysis of their current six data centers. The study, conducted by Oxford Economics, showed that as of 2016, the centers have generated $1.3 billion in economic impact and created 11,000 jobs. – WAAY

Mobile making good on support pledge to Airbus

Five years after ground was broken for Mobile's Airbus assembly line and two years after the first jet built there took flight, the city and county seem close to fulfilling the last big piece of the promises that brought it to Alabama in the first place. On Tuesday morning, the Mobile County Commission approved its $125,000 share of dredging work off Arlington Point. – AL.com

Tennis ball-chasing robot launches on Kickstarter

Tennibot, the autonomous robot that saves players and coaches valuable practice time while avoiding the tedium of chasing tennis balls, has launched on Kickstarter. Haitham Eletrabi, the founder and CEO of Tennibot, Inc., came up with the idea for Tennibot during his time at Auburn University where he received his Master of Business Administration and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering. – News release

State delegation heads to Japan for business talks

Gov. Kay Ivey and a state delegation departed Tuesday for Japan as part of an economic development team to meet with auto executives at Toyota, Mazda, and Honda.  According to Ivey, the goal of this trip is to facilitate growth in the state's automotive sector and strenthen ties with the automakers. – WAAY

Alabama’s biggest aerospace company crushes earnings estimates

Boeing first-quarter earnings comfortably beat analysts’ estimates, driven by faster production in its commercial air division helping to deliver more planes. The aerospace giant raised its full-year earnings forecast by 50 cents, to a range of $16.40 per share to $16.60 per share, while maintaining its revenue at a range of $96 billion to $98 billion. – CNBC

CenterPointe Hospital topped out by DeAngelis Diamond

DeAngelis Diamond recently celebrated the topping out of CenterPointe Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. This 56,300 sq.ft. psychiatric hospital will hold 72 beds and is set to open in October. The construction management firm worked alongside CenterPointe Behavioral Health System and Johnson Johnson Crabtree Architects to incorporate LEAN principles during design and construction. – Missourian

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