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Top News Links: Thursday, Dec. 5

Washington State works to keep Boeing 777x

While several other states, including Alabama, are preparing incentive packages in hopes of winning the location for Boeing's new 777x aircraft, Washington State is also working to keep the plant, with officials quietly trying to bring management and labor back into talks. — Everett (Washington) Herald

Decatur looks for help in fight against payday loan companies

The city of Decatur, in the midst of a 180-day moratorium on permits for new title and payday loan companies, has passed a resolution asking state and federal governments and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to consider stricter regulation of the industry. — Huntsville Times

Bentley campaign takes donation from Boeing, rejects donation from schools group

Gov. Robert Bentley, with some $2 million in his re-election campaign account, has received a first donation from Boeing and rejected a $5,000 donation from a national group that supports charter schools and opposes teacher tenure. — Montgomery Advertiser

Rheem buys Heat Transfer Products Group

Atlanta-based Rheem Manufacturing Co. has purchased Heat Transfer Products Group of Scottsboro from Monomoy Capital Partners, which has held the firm since acquiring it from Carrier; Rheem also has operations in Alabama. — Rheem PR

ProAssurance boosts dividends

Birmingham-based ProAssurance Corp. has increased regular dividends by 20 percent to 30 cents per share and added funds to its share repurchase and debt retirement program. — GNOM PR

Panalpina goes paperless with air freight

International freight forwarder Panalpina took off its first round-trip paperless air cargo flight from Huntsville to Luxembourg, an industry first. — Panalpina PR

Vulcan completes expansion at Foley

Vulcan Inc., which has grown from a small metal stamping plant to a major aluminum rolling mill since 1986, has completed an $18.5 million expansion in Foley. — Mobile Press-Register

Raytheon, Austal win contract modifications

The Navy has added a $16 million modification to Raytheon Missile Systems'  support contract for the standard missile program and $8 million to Austal USA's littoral combat ship contract. — Huntsville Times

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