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Top News Links: Wednesday, Feb. 19

State, local entities spending $68.9 million for Remington

Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield said Remington Arms intends to spend about $110 million turning the vacant former Chrysler electronics plant near Huntsville International Airport into a state-of-the-art firearms production facility that could open in early 2015. The total incentives investment by state and local governments will amount to $68.9 million. – al.com

FEMA quietly redraws flood maps on Gulf Coast

As homeowners around the nation protest skyrocketing premiums for federal flood insurance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has quietly moved the lines on its flood maps to benefit hundreds of oceanfront condo buildings and million-dollar homes, according to an analysis of federal records by NBC News. – CNBC.com

CBER: State economy to grow 2.4 percent in ’14

The state’s economy is expected to expand by 2.4 percent in 2014, up from growth of 1.9 percent during 2013, according to the first quarter 2014 forecast update from the Center for Business and Economic Research in The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce. – News release

Hoover grants $4.5 million to Field & Stream developer

The Hoover City Council approved an agreement to rebate up to $4.5 million in sales taxes to a developer bringing a Field & Stream outdoors store to the Patton Creek shopping center. – al.com

Toyota busting out at the seams

Toyota’s Huntsville manufacturing facility is commemorating its 3 millionth engine produced there as well as its fourth expansion in 11 years. The construction project, estimated to cost $80 million when it was announced in 2012, was completed last month. – al.com

Bassmaster packs $20 million punch

The Bassmaster Classic Tour is expected to have a $20 million impact on the state, and Guntersville officials expect Marshall County to get half of that. – WAFF.com

UAB implants new subcutaneous defib

Fourteen-year-old Monroeville teenager Christian Quarles is the first state resident to receive the Boston Scientific S-ICD® System, the world’s first and only commercially available subcutaneous implantable defibrillator for the treatment of patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. The device was successfully implanted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital in December by Takumi Yamada, M.D., an electrophysiologist in UAB’s School of Medicine. – Newswise.com

Balch & Bingham roll out security practice group

Balch & Bingham’s attorneys have launched a Privacy and Data Security Practice Group that will help businesses protect against, prevent and combat technology-related threats. – News release

Opelika developing comprehensive broadband

Opelika is developing a comprehensive broadband fiberoptic system, connecting the city and a growing industrial base to the booming global business opportunities of the future. – Areadevelopment.com

Alabama researcher assisting at Virginia spill site

Officials have hired Dr. Andrew Whelton, a researcher based at the University of South Alabama, to study the long-time water quality situation in Charleston, W.Va. – upnorthlive.com 

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