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Top News Links: Thursday, March 28

Navy official says LCS lacks firepower

In a classified memo, a key Navy official questions the design and firepower of the new littoral combat ships, half of which are being built at Mobile's Austal USA. — Businessweek

Protective Life seen as top candidate to purchase French AXA insurance business

French insurer AXA SA, working with Morgan Stanley to find a buyer for some of its assets, may have found that buyer in Birmingham's Protective Life, Reuters reports. — Insurance Journal

VW workers to consider union representation

Workers at VW's Tennessee plant will have the option to decide whether they want union representation and, if so, whether they want United Auto Workers representation, Volkswagen of America chief tells Reuters at New York Auto Show. — Chicago Tribune

Stratolaunch opens giant hanger in California

Huntsville-based Stratolaunch Systems has completed work on the enormous hanger needed for its 380-foot wing-span aircraft launch vehicle, company officials this week. — Space Fellowship

Former Colombian leader immune from testimony in Drummond case

A U.S. court ruled this week that former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe, who taught briefly at a private university in Washington DC where the trial is underway, is protected from demands to testify in a case brought against Drummond by families of murdered workers, because he is  a former head of state. — Colombia Reports

First look at new Acura

Honda unveils the new 2014 luxury line at the New York Auto Show. — Auto World News

Birmingham airport officials meet privately again

Officials of Birmingham's airport authority have called another closed-door meeting, their second since a sign fell in the newly renovated terminal, killing a boy and injury family members. — Birmingham News

Look North for sales

Alabama trade officials are working  with businesses to promote trade with Canada. — WNCE-TV

Think creatively for funding, experts say

University of South Alabama is offering a workshop for entrepreneurs April 5, helping explore alternative funding sources. — al.com

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