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Top News Links: Tuesday, Nov. 17

Economic costs of terrorism hard to quantify

The conventional wisdom is that an act of terrorism like that seen in Paris on Friday night accounts for a mere blip in economic damage. "It is the indirect costs of the attack that are most difficult to measure," Walter Enders and Eric Olson of the University of Alabama wrote in a study titled, "Measuring the Economic Costs of Terrorism." – CNBC

Conde Rice says ISIS must be put down

ISIS is a brutal threat to people around the world, and the U.S. must step up military operations to defeat the terrorist group in its homeland, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday during a stop in Birmingham. Rice, a Birmingham native and currently a business and political science professor at Stanford University, was at the Alabama Theatre to give a keynote address at SEUS Japan 38. – AL.com

ULA bows out of Pentagon satellites bid

Faced with competition for the first time, the United Launch Alliance said Monday it would not bid on the next contract to send Pentagon satellites into space, a stunning announcement for a company that held a monopoly on national security launches for a decade. The decision to bow out of the competition means that SpaceX, the only other firm certified for the launches, could walk away with its first lucrative Pentagon contract without a single rival in its way. – Washington Post

South’s esteemed cash crop in major decline

U.S. farmers this year planted the fewest acres of cotton since 1983, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. In the southern states of Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Arkansas, once the heart of cotton country, growers expect to harvest some of their smallest crops since the year after the U.S. Civil War ended, according to the oldest government data available. – Business Insider

Hilton’s Curio unveils refurbished Admiral Hotel

The Admiral Hotel Mobile, a historic, boutique hotel in downtown Mobile, today joined Curio – A Collection by Hilton. Originally opened in 1940, the hotel is walking distance of the popular Dauphin Street Entertainment District and has undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation. – News release

JWA opens new office in metro Atlanta

Jim Wilson & Associates has opened an office in the metro Atlanta area. Housed at 6400 Powers Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA, the office enables JWA to be more aggressive in the Atlanta region in the pursuit of development opportunities ranging from build to suit, net lease projects to multi-use real estate developments. JWA’s home office is in Montgomery, Alabama. – News release

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