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Top News Links: Monday, July 10

Boeing looks to add 400 jobs in state by 2020

With a legacy in Alabama that spans more than half a century, Boeing Co. is looking toward the future with plans for new jobs, investment and breakthrough developments at its operations in the state. The aerospace manufacturer, which has about 2,700 Alabama employees, expects to add 400 more by 2020, along with an additional capital investment of $70 million. – ANC

Trying to estimate a bare minimum for LCS program

A bizarre scene played out in Washington involving the U.S. Navy’s controversial littoral combat ship program and the fiscal year 2018 budget request. On May 23, the U.S. Navy rolled out its 2018 budget request that included one littoral combat ship, or LCS. The logic was that since Congress had given the Navy three in fiscal year 2017, an additional one would keep both builders — Wisconsin-based Marinette Marine and Alabama-based Austal USA — afloat. – Defense News

Teamwork, pride led terminal’s response to cyberattack

Most people have had the experience of coming into work only to be confronted with news that the email isn't working, or the phones are dead, or the website is down. On Tuesday, June 27, the workforce at the APM Terminals facility in Mobile arrived to find that nothing was working. Not the office phones. Not the company email. Not the contact lists that were supposed to be instantly accessible on everybody's cell phones. Not even the scales used to weigh cargo due to be loaded on outgoing ships. – AL.com

Bradford Health acquires two new facilities

Birmingham-based substance abuse recovery provider Bradford Health Services has acquired a smaller North Carolina competitor that has two facilities. Bradford has acquired Red Oak Recovery, a provider of substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment for young adults. The company has two campuses in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. – AL.com

Merrill says Trump voter fraud push was hot topic at meeting

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill was in Indianapolis recently for the National Association of Secretaries of State’s annual conference. He says President Donald Trump’s Election Integrity Commission was the center of conversations both in and out of conference sessions. “This is the thing that has dominated almost the entire discussion public and private from everybody in attendance.” – WBHM

Department of Agriculture to honor family farms

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries is launching a new program to recognize family farms that have been in the same family for at least 200 years. On December 14, 2019, our state will officially observe its 200th birthday. With that in mind, the department felt special recognition should be given to family farms that have remained in the same family for 200 years. To date, over 600 farms have been recognized across the state. If you feel your farm meets the above qualifications and you would like an application, please contact Amy Belcher at 334/240-7126 or by email amy.belcher@agi.alabama.gov. – News release

Turenne PharMedCo using baseball theme to celebrate 25 years

For nearly 30 years, Turenne PharMedCo has been dedicated to providing quality solutions and exceptional service for the long-term healthcare industry. The pharmacy and medical supply distributor based in Montgomery will celebrate 25 years in business by treating its employees and their loved ones to a night out at the ball park. Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium will host the company July 8 for a night of family-friendly food, fun and Montgomery Biscuits baseball. – News release

Trying to balance nutrition, taste at assisted care facilities

Finding the balance between much-loved comfort foods and healthier options is one of the struggles faced by senior living chefs nationwide—even award-winning ones. After all, serving healthy grains instead of fried chicken to senior living residents in Birmingham is likely to be met with resistance and complaints, St. Vincent’s Birmingham Executive Chef Mike Coots of TouchPoint Support Services tells Senior Housing News. An annual senior living dining competition Coots recently participated in is aiming to change that. – Senior Housing News

Honda recalling some 2018 Odyssey minivans over seatbelts

Honda is recalling some of its 2018 Odyssey minivans due to a seat belt issue. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the motor company is recalling 3,927 vehicles. The NHTSA says in some Odyssey models the seat belt tongue for the third row center seating position may not be compatible with the latch, which prevents the seat belt from latching properly. – AL.com

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