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Top News Links: Wednesday, Oct. 19

LCS program hits another snag with Navy firing

The Pentagon's multibillion dollar Littoral Combat Ship program was dealt another damaging blow last week after the commanding officer of the USS Freedom was relieved of his command. While Cmdr. Michael Wohnhaas was ultimately held responsible for engine damage sustained during Freedom's deployment in the Pacific this July, his firing sheds new light on the frailties of the long-suffering LCS program and offers congressional detractors fresh ammo to ditch the project as negotiations for the country's defense budget reach a pivotal stage. – AL.com

Lear opens tech center that should benefit Alabama operations

Lear Corp. CEO Matt Simoncini believes a new design and innovation center opened in Detroit today will give the company an advantage as a supplier and designer of advanced seating and electronics technologies. The center, housed in a 129-year-old former cigar factory in that Lear bought and refurbished for $10 million, will serve as a design center and technology incubator. – Automotive News

Robertsdale’s Cook apparently made short list for VP

An email stolen from Hillary Clinton's campaign chair John Podesta listed Apple CEO and Alabama native Tim Cook as a potential vice-presidential candidate, Gizmodo reports. The email sent on March 17, one of many Wikileaks has released, listed Cook among a few dozen other candidates, ranging from political household names like Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to other well-known business executives like Cook. – AL.com

Ranking has BAM among Alabama’s top retailers

 Books-A-Million is one of Alabama's largest retail businesses. The store has changed quite a bit, and continues to change, since the Anderson family opened its first news stand in Florence nearly a century ago, the CEO told an audience at the 2015 Retailer of the Year Awards Tuesday. – AL.com

Saunders Yachtworks adds more dry boat storage

Saunders Yachtworks added long-term dry storage to its marine-related services. Saunders CEO John Fitzgerald said customers will be able to store their boats for an extended period of time in a newly constructed dry storage yard at the company’s primary location in Gulf Shores starting Nov. 1. The 42,000-square-foot storage yard will accommodate power and sail boats as large as 50 feet. – Trade Only Today

Huntsville-based B&C Instruments acquired by J.A. King

J.A. King, a leading ISO 17025 accredited precision measurement company, today announced that they are acquiring B&C Instruments Inc., a Huntsville-based calibration and inspection laboratory. The purchase of B&C Instruments further increases J.A. King's market share in Alabama and expands its calibration and repair capability in multiple industries throughout the region. – Benzinga

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