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Top News Links: Wednesday, June 21

Boeing plans $70M more in Alabama investments

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. – Made In Alabama

Citrus greening plant disease detected in Alabama

A highly contagious bacterial disease that seriously threatens the U.S. citrus industry has been found for the first time in Alabama. The state Department of Agriculture and Industries says in a news release that federal and state plant officials confirm that citrus greening was found in leaf and insect samples at a home on Dauphin Island. – AP/Bradenton Herald

Tropical Storm Cindy complicates Gulf Coast living

Tropical Storm Cindy was causing problems for some coastal and inland communities Wednesday, and officials warned there was plenty of flooding ahead from Texas to the Alabama-Florida border. The National Weather Service said Cindy posed a threat of "life-threatening flash flooding." Photos posted to social media Wednesday morning showed flooding on Lakeshore Drive at Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans. – Weather.com

Tyson hires sustainability officer, announces new initiatives

Tyson Foods has installed video cameras in key areas of its poultry operations and will test new ways to slaughter birds — not in response to previous "gotcha" moments but under a corporate philosophy that notes its role as a steward for millions of chickens, the company said. The Springfield, Arkansas-based meat producer last month hired its first chief sustainability officer and on Wednesday will announce a series of animal well-being initiatives. – AL.com

Former Alabama EMA director confirmed as FEMA boss

FEMA Director of Public Affairs confirms Brock Long was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a 95-4 vote Tuesday morning. Long was announced to be President Trump's pick for administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in April. Long has more than 16 years of experience assisting and supporting local, state, and federal governments with building emergency management and public health preparedness programs. – WPMI

Two Birmingham apartment complexes sell for $40.7M

Two Birmingham-area multifamily developments have sold to a New York investment firm in a combined $40.75 million deal. Berkadia completed the sales of Madison and Shoal Run and Mountain Lodge on behalf of the seller, the Embassy Group LLC. The buyer was New York-based Dasmen Residential. – AL.com

Opinion: Booze hike refreshing for General Fund

It looks like Alabama has figured out a way to raise much needed money for Alabama’s District Attorneys and our state court system: boosting the price of booze. The Alabama Alcohol Control Board voted unanimously last week to approve a 5 percent increase on markup prices for liquor sales. Based on last year’s alcohol sales in Alabama, this bump is expected to bring in an additional $8.2 million to our state’s General Fund. – WBRC‚Äč

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