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Top News Links: Tuesday, Feb. 18

Remington to employ 2,000 in Huntsville

Executives of Remington Outdoor Co. and top officials from Alabama say the pioneering firearms maker will open a state-of-the-art production facility in Huntsville that will eventually employ more than 2,000 people. Remington, a major U.S. producer of shotguns and rifles, selected Alabama over two dozen other states after a thorough site-selection process. – Made in Alabama

Water wars reflect a national problem

The drought-parched states of Georgia, Alabama and Florida are back at it—fighting for a slice of water rights in a decades-long water war that’s left all three thirsty for more. The 24-year dispute is emblematic of an increasingly common economic problem. – FOX News

Conservative group widening anti-union fight

The Center for Worker Freedom, which helped defeat an organizing campaign by the United Auto Workers in Tennessee, will take its anti-union fight to other auto plants in the South, including Alabama, its leaders said on Monday. – Reuters

Law eyed to require reporting of security breaches

The Securities and Exchange Commission has told public companies hit with security breaches to inform consumers in a timely manner—as long as doing so doesn’t interfere with law enforcement investigations. A strong federal law to require disclosure would provide much-needed protection to consumers in Alabama and other states where there are no such laws to protect consumers, experts claim. – Washington Post

How Airbus kills design bugs in new planes

A test pilot walks down two flights of stairs and out onto the tarmac of Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in southern France, past a line of newly painted A320 short-haul jets, the sort that will soon be built in Mobile. His ride today: an Airbus A350-XWB long-range widebody airliner—the very first of its kind. – Businessweek

The year thus far not good for chickens

This has not been a good year for the poultry industry in North Alabama and it could be weeks before things start to improve. More snow and cold is only adding insult to injury for the dozens of North Alabama poultry farmers already hit hard by a propane shortage. Now they are having a hard time keeping the few chickens they do have alive. – WHNT.com

Vulcan declares dividend

 Vulcan Materials Co. said its board declared a quarterly dividend of $0.05 per share on common stock payable March 10, 2014, to shareholders of record February 24, 2014. The new quarterly dividend represents a $0.04 per share increase over quarterly dividends paid in 2013. – NASDAQ

Birmingham airport improvements on way

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport's parking deck will be refurbished for more than $7 million, Birmingham Airport Authority board members decided Monday. However, a decision to replace the 1990s-era payment system used to charge travelers for parking has once again been delayed. – al.com

Brace yourself for ‘Big Reveal’ tomorrow in Randolph

The Randolph County Economic Development Authority will present "The Big Reveal" of Randolph County's strategic action plan for economic development on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Southern Union State Community College. Bill Taylor, president of Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA), will address the gathering. – The Randolph Leader

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