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Top News Links: Tuesday, Nov. 5

Boeing, union talking 777x build location

Boeing Co. is negotiating with its union representatives, hoping to trade an agreement to assemble the new 777x and build the wing in Washington State in exchange for a long-term labor contract; some of the engineering for the upgrade will take place in Huntsville. — Bloomberg

Boeing's shift to Southern plants is similar to the shift in automotive marketplace. — Wall Street Journal

Raytheon ready to test new SM-3 missiles

A new, more powerful breed of SM-3 missiles, designed and built by Raytheon in Huntsville, is ready for testing. — Huntsville Times

Strong aggregates and concrete revenues boost Vulcan beyond expectations

Birmingham-based Vulcan Materials announced third quarter profits of $41 million, or 31 cents a share, up from $14 million, or 11 cents a share, last year when the company was battling a hostile takeover bid. — Wall Street Journal

Medical Properties Trust reports good third quarter

Birmingham-based Medical Properties Trust announced third quarter results yesterday including strong earnings and acquisition of hospitals in the U.S. and in Germany. — Medical Properties Trust PR

State courts get $2 million to maintain operations

Responding to an urgent request from Chief Justice Roy Moore, Gov. Bentley has pulled $2 million from the General Fund leftovers to keep courts at current operations. — Montgomery Advertiser/South Union Street

Von Maur opens, more new stores expected at Riverchase Galleria

Birmingham's Riverchase Galleria shopping mall, in the midst of a $100 upgrade, welcomes new department store Von Maur and expects other new stores shortly. — Birmingham News

New beach tourism record expected in 2013

The sandy beaches and resort atmosphere of south Baldwin County, which set a new tourism record in 2012, is poised to break that record this year. – Mobile Press-Register

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