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Top News Links: Thursday, Dec. 26

Boeing union members urged to reject pact

Boeing’s machinists union continues to lobby against a contract that would keep production of the 777X in Washington State, keeping Alabama’s hopes alive to snag the work. The vote is Jan. 3. – mynorthwest.com

Thank goodness for Alaska? Alabama 49th in job growth, latest numbers show

Only one state has posted slower job growth than Alabama over the past year, according to new numbers. – al.com

BP Amoco to invest $95M in Decatur plant

BP Amoco Chemical Co. has announced it will spend up to $95 million on a capital investment project in Decatur to begin Jan. 1 and conclude on or before Dec. 31, 2016. – al.com

Federal Court panel upholds 2012 district lines

A three-judge federal court Friday ruled that district lines approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2012 are constitutional, turning away challenges to the lines from the Alabama Democratic Conference and the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus. – Montgomery Advertiser

Bentley, GOP lawmakers say they’ve saved a billion

Gov. Robert Bentley and Republican lawmakers say they’ve achieved $1.137 billion in current and projected state savings, much of it coming from state workforce cuts and changes to state employee benefits. – Montgomery Advertiser

Birmingham water works chair: She’s a ‘communicator,’ not a lobbyist

Birmingham Water Works to spend $60,000 for a lawyer to combat the "smear campaign" that its chairman said is being waged against it. – Birmingham News

Federal judge dismisses VictoryLand lawsuit

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleged that a raid of VictoryLand violated the voting rights of residents of Macon County. – Montgomery Advertiser

City grants abatement for Hyundai

City of Greenville officials have signed off on about $1.2 million in tax breaks for Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama. – The Greenville Advocate

SBA loan deadline Jan. 23

The U.S. Small Business Administration reminds Alabama business owners that working capital loans are still available to small businesses, agricultural cooperatives and many nonprofits affected by the severe storms on March 18-19, 2013. – SBA website

USI acquires Birmingham insurance agency

USI Insurance Services has completed acquisition of the Molton, Allen & Williams agency. – BusinessWire

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