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Top News Links: Monday, Jan. 6

Washington state machinists narrowly approve Boeing contract

Boeing’s machinists union voted by a slim margin Friday to accept the company’s deal to build a new long-range wide-body aircraft in the Puget Sound region, in exchange for wage and retirement benefit concessions. Boeing will build a composite wing for the new 777X plane and will assemble the final product in its Everett, Wash., plant. – The Washington Post

Company behind some Bama Fever stores goes out of business

After 30 years the clock has run out for Bama Fever Inc. and Team Fever, which operated Bama Fever and Bama Fever/Team Fever stores around Alabama. – al.com

Otelco acquires Reliable Networks

Otelco Inc., a wireline telecommunications services provider in Alabama and other states, has acquired Maine-based Reliable Networks, a provider of cloud hosting and managed services for companies who rely on mission-critical applications. – Wall Street Journal

Drummond still cranking in Colombia

Alabama-based coal miner Drummond continues loading coal at its port in Colombia despite a resolution suspending those operations, as the resolution still needs to be approved by the environmental licensing agency. – Reuters

Small business credit initiative gaining fans

Sheri Foster, owner of Black Creek Quail Farm outside Gadsden, says she’s impressed with how quickly she obtained a federal loan specifically designed for small businesses. – The Republic

Hibbett opening two new stores in Georgia

Alabama-based Hibbett Sports will open a new store in Augusta in early February and a second story in Savannah, Ga., later this year. – Savannahnow.com, The Augusta Chronicle

Motley Fool weighs three sporting goods companies

Hibbett is growing impressively, but has the most to lose with margins and profitability, according to this analysis. – Motley Fool

ProAssurance completes acquisition of Eastern Insurance Holdings

Alabama-based ProAssurance Corporation has acquired Eastern Insurance Holdings, Inc. – PR Newswire

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