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Top News Links: Friday, Feb. 5

Huntsville’s DTI wins $975M contract

Defense Technology Inc. of Huntsville announced Thursday that it had been awarded a CN&GT Operations and Logistics contract as part of the International Tactical Solutions (ITS) team. The contract has a current award cap of $975 million and a duration of 9 years. – News release

Former Drummond HQ to be a tech hub

MotionMobs CEO Taylor Wyatt and her husband, Spencer, have acquired the former headquarters of Drummond Co. with plans to transform it into a hub for fast-growing tech companies. – BizJournals.com

Can Alabama hang with retirement state pack?

Where does Alabama rank among the 50 states in terms of best places to retire? According to WalletHub, Alabama is one of the more affordable states in which to retire, but a couple of other factors, outside of affordability, place the state more toward the middle of the pack. – Alabama News Center

Birmingham first city in state to ‘ban the box’

The city of Birmingham on Thursday announced that it will now "ban the box" on job applications. The "box" refers to a line on job applications where those seeking employment must disclose conviction and arrest history. – AL.com

UA engineering students do SpaceX competition

A team of University of Alabama engineering students took part recently in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Design Weekend, a national contest on the leading edge of transportation research. Five seniors studying mechanical engineering were among 1,000 students representing more than 100 universities and three high schools at the contest held Jan. 29-30 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. – News release

Popeyes restaurateur pleads guilty to fraud

A Florida businessman has pleaded guilty to charges he embezzled nearly $1 million from the bankruptcy estate for a company that operated more than two dozen Popeyes fast-food restaurants in Louisiana, Alabama and Florida. Federal prosecutors say 45-year-old William "Wil" Ros, of Cortez, Florida, used some of the stolen money to purchase a $225,000 race car and to renovate his home. – WFLX

Peanut Depot moving from historic digs

The Peanut Depot is moving out of its building at 2016 Morris Ave., a store employee confirmed Thursday.  The Peanut Depot was founded in 1907 and sells fresh, roasted, salted and Cajun varieties of peanuts. The new location will be at 1529 3rd Ave. behind Regions Field. The Morris Avenue building was built in 1885. – AL.com

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