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Top News Links: Tuesday, Nov. 19

Honda ups export goal for Alabama plant

Honda president says he hopes North American plants, especially those in Alabama and Ohio, can increase their export share from the present 5 percent to more like 30 percent. — Automotive News

Boeing to announce 777x build site early in 2014

Boeing president Jim McNerney told The Wall Street Journal that an announcement about the construction site for the new 777x wide body plane will be made early in 2014; Huntsville is among potential sites. — Long Beach Press Telegram

GAO raises concerns over LCS communications

The Government Accountability Office has issued a critique of the ship-to-shore communications capabilities of the new littoral combat ships being built by Austal USA in Mobile and by Lockheed Martin. — Bloomberg Businessweek

Torch Technology expands to Colorado

Huntsville-based Torch Technology, which provides modeling and simulation services for defense systems, has opened a 17-person office in Colorado Springs. — Colorado Springs Gazette

Alabama hospitals split on Medicare bonuses, penalties

Medicare bonuses and penalties —per patient reimbursements for Medicare services that are adjusted based on patient satisfaction, outcomes and other factors — are split for Alabama hospitals with about half seeing a reimbursement rate increase and half a decrease. — Birmingham Business Journal

C Spire breaks ground for Mississippi data center

Wireless communications provider C Spire has broken ground for a Tier 3 data center in Starkville, Miss.; designed to improve service options for many parts of Alabama. — Mobile Press-Register

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