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Top News Links: Tuesday, June 10

Newspaper series chronicles space woes

While the United States paid for most of the $140 billion space station, launched nearly all of it into orbit and controls most of its day-to-day operations from Houston, Russia still holds the trump card: access. “They have us right where they want us,” says three-time NASA astronaut Mike Coats. – Houston Chronicle

Something rotten at Adams Produce

This week one of the top executives at the now shuttered Adams Produce Co. will be arraigned on federal charges that he and other company officials participated in a scheme to bilk the U.S. government out of $481,000 on contracts for fruits and vegetables. Five other former Adams employees have pleaded guilty. – AL.com

Calendar gives, takes away

Montgomery’s Hyundai plant built fewer cars in May for the same reason that the company sold more: It was a month with five calendar weekends. With fewer production days than normal, the assembly line at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama rolled out 31,160 vehicles. – Montgomery Advertiser

Alabama manufacturers add jobs

Manufacturing employment in Alabama increased over the past year, reports the 2014 Alabama Manufacturers Register, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News Inc. According to data collected by MNI, Alabama manufacturers added 1,158 jobs from March 2013 to March 2014. – MRO

Study: Bama among worst for work

MoneyRates.com says Alabama slipped five places in its survey this year. Now in 7th place from the bottom, the state's employees reportedly rated their workplace conditions as very low. It also was hampered by low wages and high unemployment data. – CBS News

Horizon delivers seventh big towboat

Horizon Shipbuilding Inc. has delivered its seventh 140-foot towboat for Florida Marine Transporters, the M/V Capt. Phillip Box. The vessel, named for FMT's longtime captain, was designed by John Gilbert and was launched in April at Horizon's Bayou La Batre facility. – AL.com

Santos coming to Rocket City

Omar Santos, a senior incident manager of Cisco’s product security incident response team, will speak at the 2014 Rocket City TakeDownCon about how the cyberattack landscape is changing and how large scale cyber-espionage campaigns have been “pwning” (taking over/hacking) networks for years. – News release

Ground broken on MedHelp facility

A team including Brasfield & Gorrie, general contractor, Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood, architect, and Colliers International, project developer, joined MedHelp to break ground on a new medical complex on Highway 280 in Birmingham. The two-story facility will replace MedHelp’s current Highway 280 facility. – News release

CPSI exec unloads company shares

Computer Programs & Systems SVP Troy D. Rosser unloaded 2,700 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated June 5. The shares were sold at an average price of $66.41. Following the sale, Rosser still directly owns 17,930 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,190,731. – Mideast Times

Lyle Machinery inks with Hyundai

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas Inc., a leading earth moving and material handling equipment manufacturer, has appointed Lyle Machinery to their dealer network.  Lyle Machinery will provide sales and service of Hyundai equipment from their dealerships in Pensacola, Fla. and Mobile. – News release

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