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Top News Links: Tuesday, July 11

Navy weighs new frigate requirements against LCS

The U.S. Navy has issued its official wish list for its future frigate and set a 45-day deadline for shipbuilders to respond. As acting Navy Secretary Sean Stackley had promised, the Request For Information opens the door wide to both U.S. and foreign designs. It doesn’t lock the Navy into buying an upgraded variant of the current Littoral Combat Ships, but it doesn’t rule it out, either. – Breaking Defense

European report alleges APM computer system had holes

A new report alleges that APM Terminals may have had cybersecurity vulnerabilities at a Rotterdam terminal at points prior to the "Petya" attacks on June 27. The global port operator’s terminal operating system at Maasvakte 2 lacked antivirus protection, penetration testing and firewall separation as late as 2015, and warnings from security experts continued into 2016. Worldwide, 17 APMT terminals were affected, including one in Mobile. – Maritime Executive

‘Innovation Zone’ to be introduced at automotive conference

The future of the automotive industry factory floor comes into focus at the inaugural “Innovation Zone” at this year’s Southern Automotive Conference (SAC), to be held in Birmingham October 4-6. The SAC has become one of the most important conferences in the North American automotive manufacturing industry, attracting more than 1,000 attendees, including the South’s leading automakers, their suppliers and exhibitors from around the globe. – News release

B&G completes Renaissance Dallas at Plano

Brasfield & Gorrie announced Monday that the company has completed work on the Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West Hotel. An event marked the opening of the new hotel and included a Samurai rope-cutting ceremony. Part of the new $3 billion, 250-acre Legacy West master development in Plano, Texas, the 15-story, 304-guestroom luxury hotel features a modern, upscale design that blends Asian and Texas authenticity. – News release

Couple has unusual storefront for new candy shop

Birmingham is a little sweeter since Wayne and Cassie Bolden moved to town. The couple opened Birmingham Candy Co., focusing on selling handcrafted Southern sweets that are not available in grocery stores. Their new business is in a 100-square-foot converted shipping container in Railroad Park steps away from Regions Field. The unusual storefront has been home base for the new business for two months. – ANC

Employers fear working remotely may mean remotely working

The speed of digital technology has allowed workers to be mobile and flexible, and more employers continue to embrace remote work policies. But it has also created demand for continuous updates and real-time collaboration. And that change has driven some companies — including IBM, Best Buy and Yahoo— to recall some of their remote workforces back into the office. – APR

Oyster recycling program has now covered 7.2 acres

As oysters’ role in maintaining a vibrant coastal ecosystem becomes more clear, environmental groups are trying to bring back devastated oyster populations. In some places, this means getting restaurants to recycle their leftover oyster shells to put back into the ocean instead of sending them to a landfill. An effort in Alabama run by waste firm Republic Services and the Alabama Coastal Foundation has collected enough oyster shells to cover 7.2 acres of sea floor. – Mental Floss

Atlanta private equity group buys Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q

The Atlanta-based private equity firm Roark Capital Group is buying Birmingham's Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q, according to a report Monday afternoon by the Nation's Restaurant News. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. In an interview with AL.com Monday night, Brian Lyman of Jim 'N Nick's said the acquisition by Roark will allow the company to continue to grow its brand while also bringing about 32 support jobs to Jim 'N Nick's home offices in Birmingham. – AL.com

HealthSouth changing its name come next year

HealthSouth on Monday announced it will change its name to Encompass Health Corp., effective Jan. 2, 2018. Founded in 1984, the company is the nation's leading owner and operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals. – AL.com

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