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Top News Links: Wednesday, Dec. 11

State wants Boeing 777x, may need additional incentive funds to seal the deal

Gov. Robert Bentley said yesterday that he and other state leaders have crafted a proposal to entice Boeing Co. to bring construction of its next-generation 777x commercial aircraft to Huntsville, but that the legislature will need to allocate additional incentive funds, the Associated Press reports. — Biloxi/Gulfport Sun Herald

RSA board cuts Bronners investment power

An RSA board member newly appointed by Gov. Bentley shepherd through a resolution that requires committee approval of investment actions — a process that RSA chief David Bronner says could undercut RSA's ability to act quickly and profitably in the marketplace; Bentley and Bronner have been at loggerheads over Medicaid expansion. — Decatur Daily

Honda plans updated Ridgeline pickup

Honda has released a teaser photo of its new Ridgeline design, promising the updated version will be in the marketplace within two years; Ridgeline pickups are built at Honda's Lincoln plant. — Autoblog

Raytheon in race for NATO missile contract

Raytheon has partnered with European missile defense expert Astrium to try to win a seven-year, $91 million NATO contract to develop an expanded missile defense system. — Huntsville Times

Testing task order for Intrepid

Huntsville-based Intrepid has been selected for a $56 million task order to provide testing, engineering and more for the Army missile defense program; Intrepid is teaming with 10 other Huntsville firms. — Huntsville Times

Birmingham extends moratorium on new payday loan businesses

Birmingham officials delayed action on long-term controls of payday loan and title pawn businesses, but extended a short-term moratorium for another six months. — Birmingham News

C Spire acquires Callis Commnications

Mississippi-based telecommunications company C Spire has announced plans to acquire Mobile's Callis Communications, pending regulatory approval. — C Spire/Callis PR

Tipton chosen for National Academy of Inventors

Arthur Tipton, president and CEO of Southern Research Institute in Birmngham, has been selected for the National Academy of Inventors; he holds 31 patents and has additional patent applications in process. — SRI PR

UAB student's graduation will be first time on campus

Tim French, safety director for the Army's Second Infantry Division in South Korea, will travel 7,000 miles to Birmingham for his UAB graduation this weekend — his first visit to campus after completing an entirely on-line master's degree. — UAB PR

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