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Top News Links: Thursday, Oct. 24

Alabama courts aircraft suppliers in Boeing's Washington backyard

Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield, participating in a trade show in Washington State, encouraged aircraft suppliers to consider Alabama in support of the Airbus assembly plant under construction here. — Seattle Times

NASA looks to public for brainstorming ideas

NASA and website marblar.com have teamed up to share NASA-developed technology in hopes of generating ideas for using it in other products; a great idea can net you a share of the action. — Huntsville Times

Airport expansion in works in Guntersville

Guntersville Municipal Airport has received $6.3 million in federal funding for expansion and addition of a new runway. — Huntsville Times

TVA asks public to weigh in on energy options

Pushed from several sides by opponents and proponents of varying methods of energy production, the Tennessee Valley Authority is asking for public input on a long-range plan. — The Tennessean

Bentley taps education funds for insurance information center

Gov. Bentley has announced a new insurance information center to study the cost and availability of homeowner's insurance and provide information to residents, using $1 million in education funds to cover the costs. — Montgomery Advertiser/South Union Street

Raytheon wins radar contract, Lockheed protests

Work on a new Navy radar system will be halted while the Government Accounting Office reviews a protest filed by Lockheed Martin over Raytheon's win of a $1.6 billion contract to develop the new system. — Huntsville Times

Adtran expans ProCloud to Europe, introduces new fiber connection technology

Huntsville's Adtran has expanded its ProCloud Wi-Fi service to Europe and announced a new FTTH system that simplifies fiber connections. — Wall Street Journal/Market Watch

Airbus picked Comau for tooling

Comau Aerospace has been selected to provide the main assembly and test sections for the Airbus assembly line in Mobile, slated to begin aircraft assembly in 2015; Airbus Americas chief says tooling designed for Airbus neo models will make Mobile the global company's most advanced A320 assembly line. — Airbus PR

UAB's Warner honored for cyber security training

Gary Warner, creator of the University of Alabama at Birmingham's programs to educate students to fight cyber threats, has been honored with the J.D. Falk Award of the Messaging Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group. — Market Watch

Environmental certification for Westin Birmingham

The new Westin Birmingham, slated to open early next year, has been awarded LEED Silver status, recognizing green building practices; designed by Atlanta's Rabun Rasche Rector & Reese Architects, the Westin was built by Birmingham's Brasfield & Gorrie and Monumental Contracting Service. — Birmingham News

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