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Top News Links: Wednesday, Dec 4

U.S. military sales no longer top priority for EADS

A strategist with the European Aeronautics Defence & Space Co. says EADS efforts to win a major share of U.S. military spending are no longer top priority for the European company; EADS' efforts to win an Air Force contract first brought it into discussions with Mobile where it is building a commercial aircraft plant. — Bloomberg

States, including Alabama, vying for Boeing plant

As Alabama and other states develop incentive packages to woo Boeing in hopes of being chosen as the site for production of its next generation 777x commercial aircraft plant, Washington State officials — who already approved incentives totaling  $8.7 billion  — are working to make sure the project stays there; Boeing has set a Dec. 10 deadline for proposals from state. — Bloomberg/Huntsville Times

Alabama teachers face likely health insurance cost increase

Officials with the Public Education Employees Health Insurance Plan says members will probably have to pay more next year, partly because of changes from new health care legislation, but also because state funding for the plan hasn't increased in seven years and a larger percentage of members are retired. — Businessweek

Science magazine lauds CFD Research product

A device developed by Huntsville's CFD Research that mimics blood flow to facilitate scientific studies has been lauded by The Scientist magazine as one of the top ten innovative products of the year; CFD officials say product should help in studies of drug delivery through the body. — The Scientist/CFD Research PR

BP wins another round in oil spill settlement battle

Businesses may now have to prove their losses are directly tied to the BP oil spill, after a federal appeals court instructed federal judge Carl Barbier to reconsider his ruling on the subject. — Seattle Post Intelligencer

March auction set for Gulf oil and gas leases

Oil and gas lease sales in more than 450,000 acres of the Gulf of Mexico south of Alabama and west of Florida are set for auction in March. — UPI

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