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Top News Links: Wednesday, June 24

Boeing names Muilenburg as new CEO

Boeing has named Dennis Muilenburg as its new CEO. He will replace W. James McNerney, who will step down July 1. In regular trading, before the announcement, shares of BA slid 0.9%. In the wake of the announcement -- shortly after the market closed -- the stock slid another 0.4% in after-hours trading. Muilenburg, 51, was previously chief operating officer of The Boeing Company. – USA Today

TPA fast track could ease trade barriers, help state

Alabama’s economy stands to gain investment and jobs if new trade agreements with Asian and European countries go into effect, but the fate of those treaties is caught up in the contentious debate over whether President Obama should be given fast-track authority to negotiate deals. The U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved the Trade Promotion Authority, or TPA, and the final key vote in Congress is expected today. – Made In Alabama

Mining Commission director says coal’s hurting

While many were surprised at the Drummond Company's announcement last week that it would not renew permits to mine for coal in the Shepherd Bend area of the Black Warrior River, Randall Johnson, director of the Alabama Surface Mining Commission said he was not among them.  "Coal production has been dropping for the last five years," Johnson said. "We're down about 20 percent from where we were five years ago, and that trend is nationwide, not just in Alabama." Johnson said coal mine operators in Alabama are rethinking the opening of new mines and considering closing existing ones. – AL.com

State leaders mostly silent on Confederate flag

There will be at least one effort to remove Confederate flags from the Alabama State Capitol grounds. But its fate will rest with Gov. Robert Bentley and legislative leaders, who – so far – have been quiet on the issue. Rep. Alvin Holmes, D-Montgomery, said Tuesday he will introduce a resolution in the upcoming special session to remove four Confederate flags from the Alabama Confederate Memorial outside the state Capitol. Flags in the Old House and Senate chambers would also go. – Montgomery Advertiser

Talk of Confederate flag ban sparks buying spree

Small stores are seeing a spike in orders just in the last couple of days, even as big box retailers Walmart, Sears and eBay are vowing to stop selling the stuff. “Somebody in Rhode Island ordered in 50 Confederate (lapel) pins," said Kerry McCoy, owner of Flag and Banner in Little Rock, Arkansas. The order came in on Monday, when Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol. – Money/CNN.com

Two CEOs inducted into 2015 Alabama Business HOF

Children's of Alabama CEO Mike Warren and Buffalo Rock CEO Jimmy Lee III have been inducted into the 2015 Alabama Business Hall of Fame at the University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce. – BizJournals.com

Magazine says Prattville a top pick for retirees

With three championship public golf courses and a prime location on the Alabama River, Prattville has been named one of the Top 25 places to retire by MONEY Magazine. The central Alabama city topped the “For Golf Lovers” category for its place in the heart of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail which stretches across 11 sites in Alabama. – Yellowhammer

Avion upgrades ENERGY STAR rating with property upgrades

Avion Solutions of Huntsville got a wake up call when the company learned its Research Drive facility had earned an ENERGY STAR score of only two out of 100. The ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, a free online tool, discovered the energy inefficiencies while it was evaluating Avion's power bills and consumption compared to similar buildings. – AL.com

Gaston Motel put on Endangered Places list

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has put the Grand Canyon, Miami's Little Havana and a Birmingham motel on its annual list of America's 11 most endangered historic places. The A.G. Gaston Motel, now vacant, served as a "war room" for leaders of the Civil Rights Era. – Commercial Appeal

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