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Top News Links: Friday, Feb. 17

Alabama part of GE Aviation’s $4B investment

Ohio-headquartered GE Aviation announced its investments in U.S. operations have exceeded $4 billion in a five-year period. With a record production of jet engines, engine components and aircraft systems, the company's investments have reached $4.3 billion since 2011. The investments helped to establish five new plants in Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina and Indiana -- totaling about two million square feet of new manufacturing floor space is being created. – Aviation Pros

Hargrove starts renovation of former WALA building 

Hargrove Controls + Automation has begun renovations on the former WALA building at 208 Government Street in downtown Mobile. The City of Mobile and Mayor Sandy Stimpson held an unveiling of the architectural rendering on Thursday, February 16, in conjunction with Hargrove, Cummings Architecture and the Downtown Mobile Alliance. – News release

Alabama One off conservatorship but legal battles remain

The Alabama Credit Union Administration said Wednesday it terminated the conservatorship of the $582 million Alabama One Credit Union, which has been at the center of widely publicized controversies and lawsuits since 2013. The Alabama regulator took control of the Tuscaloosa-based credit union in August 2015. The end of the conservatorship, however, does not mean the end of Alabama One’s legal troubles. – CUTimes.com

Alabama products we can hang our hat on

If you ask residents of Illinois what product that state is best known for, the answer might be farm equipment. Illinois, after all, is the home of John Deere. Kentucky might point to Bourbon Whiskey, and Wisconsin is the headquarters of Harley Davidson motorcycles. At the Alabama Makers event, you’ll learn Alabama has a few homegrown products you didn’t know about. – APR

Farmers in 10 states suing Monsanto over herbicide

On behalf of several farmers in 10 states, including Alabama, a law firm has filed a class action lawsuit against Monsanto. The main allegation is that the agriculture company knowingly sold a crop that did not have any approved herbicide to go along with it in 2015 and 2016. As a result, farmers who planted Monsanto’s Xtend cotton and soybean seed used Dicamba, an illegal spray, to avoid damage to the crops. – KBIA

NASA awards five crowd thinkers for poop solutions

On Wednesday morning, NASA rewarded five members of the public — two doctors, a dentist, an engineer and a product designer — for their creative ideas for how to poop in a spacesuit. Sure, it sounds funny. But unmet toilet needs could have life or death consequences for an astronaut in an emergency situation. – APR.org

Work under way to enhance Patriot missile system

Raytheon Company recently began work in Alabama and elsewhere on enhancements to the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System that will make the system more capable. The contract was funded by the 13 nations that rely on the system for their defenses, which include the United States, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Taiwan, Greece, Spain, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. – HomelandPrepNews

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