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Top News Links: Friday, Dec. 6

Boeing Buzz

Huntsville's odds of landing the 777x plant are a longshot according to some analysts, while others give the northern Alabama aerospace center a good chance. — Birmingham News

A Boeing request for proposals, obtained by St. Louis Post Dispatch, says the company plans to spend $10 billion on a new manufacturing site that it prefer to be close to a major international airport; Boeing owns 300 acres at Huntsville's airport. — St. Louis Post Dispatch/Huntsville Times

Alabama state officials working on proposal to win Boeing plant. — al.com

Lockheed confident about littoral combat ship odds

Lockheed CFO Bruce Tanner told industry analysts this week that if sequestration causes the Navy to cut back on littoral combat ship construction, he thinks Lockheed has the strong hand for keeping its two-a-year contract; Mobile's Austal USA has the other two-a-year contract. — Washington Business Journal

State's that don't expand Medicaid will fund those that do, study concludes

A study by the Commonwealth Fund predicts that taxes paid by residents of states that choose not to expand Medicaid — including Alabama — will help foot the bill for states that do expand. — Big News Network

Republicans share conservative 2014 agenda

State Republicans have unveiled their 2014 legislative agenda with a conservative flavor and few high-controvery measures. — Montgomery Advertiser

Arts activities bring $8.7 billion to Alabama economy

A study prepared for the Alabama State Council on the Arts says that creative work — from music and theatre to design — boosts the Alabama economy by $8.7 billion annually. — Montgomery Advertiser

Too much rain for Wiregrass crops

Farmers in Alabama's Wiregrass expect less than usual produce because of heavy rains during the summer, a regional agronomist reports. — Dothan Eagle

Wayne Farms partners with sausage producer at Decatur plant

Wayne Farms has announced plans to partner with Wisconsin sausage producer Salm  Partners, adding 50MM pounds of product at the Decatur facility and bringing on about 140 additional employees. — Wayne Farms PR

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