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Top News Links: Tuesday, Nov. 26

Renovations in progress at Ross Bridge

Work is beginning on a $4.8 million facelift at Renaissance Ross Bridge in Hoover, one of the resort hotels along the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail; Ross Bridge opened in 2005. — al.com

Economic developers work through holidays on Boeing incentive package

North Alabama officials plan to work through the Thanksgiving holidays to develop an incentive package to bring construction of Boeing's next commercial jet to Huntsville; the Washington State legislature already approved an $9 billion package, but union workers shunned a long-term contract that was part of the deal. — Huntsville Times

Huntsville hotel site draws interest

Huntsville mayor Tommy Battle says 46 companies have expressed interested in a city-backed plan to replace a downtown parking garage with a hotel and mixed-use development. — Huntsville Times

Watson to lead Torch Technologies

John Watson has been named president of Huntsville defense contractor Torch Technologies. — Torch PR

Bentley promises teacher pay raises, preschool funding

Gov. Robert Bentley listed raises for teachers and funding for preschool programs among his highest funding priorities in the coming year. — Tuscaloosa News

Pilgrim's Pride upping staff at Russellville

Chicken processor Pilgrim's Pride, which announced plans to close its 1,000-employee Boaz plant last week, has announced plans to increase the workforce at its Russellville plant and make capital investments in its Falkville feed mill. — Florence Times Daily

Lunar lander test flight successful

NASA's Mighty Eagle lander has completed a flight test guided by software developed by Moon Express in a public-private partnership agreement. — NASA PR

Sikorsky wins two helicopter contracts

Sikorsky, with operations in Alabama, has been awarded two Army contract, one for $78 million procurement of seven UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and one for $47 million to convert 26 Black Hawk helicopters for use by the Taiwan Army. — Huntsville Times

Rain added to Prince cast

South Korean singer Rain has been named to the cast of The Prince, slated to being production in Alabama this year. — Hollywood Reporter

Georgia developer begins work on Auburn housing project

Georgia-based Barrett Development has begun work on an 86-unit student housing project, 319 Bragg, at Auburn University. — Multi-Housing News

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