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Top News Links: Tuesday, Jan. 5

Jacobs Engineering wins $128M NASA contract

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. announced today it was awarded a modification to extend the Engineering and Science Services and Skills Augmentation contract at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. The contract modification is for a one-year option with a potential value of $127.8 million. The option began Oct. 3 and extends through Sept. 30. – Street Insider

Bielen named new president of Protective Life

Protective Life Corp. today announced that Richard J. Bielen, current vice chairman and CFO, has been named president and COO of the company. In his new role, Bielen will have added responsibilities for life and annuity sales and information technology. – BusinessWire

Polaris continues to hire for Huntsville facility

One of the state's largest employers is still seeking workers to fill its new off-road vehicle manufacturing facility in north Alabama. Polaris Industries is working with Alabama Industrial Development Training to find employees for its plant near Greenbrier Road and Interstate 565 in Huntsville-annexed Limestone County. The 600,000-square-foot site will cover vehicle assembly, chassis and body painting, welding, fabrication and injection molding. – AL.com

Airbus Group CEO says Alabama fits in global strategy

Allan McArtor, chairman and CEO of Airbus Group, says the company’s new manufacturing facility in Alabama shows Airbus’ strong commitment to producing aircraft in the United States. McArtor outlined how the facility at Mobile Aeroplex fits into the company’s global operating strategy in a guest column published on AL.com. – Made In Alabama

Shelby, Aderholt set to resist gun control

Two Alabama congressmen are firing back opposition to President Obama's proposed gun regulations. Congressman Robert Aderholt issued a statement Monday saying the president is trying to circumvent Congress to diminish gun owners rights in America. Senator Richard Shelby says he's ready to fight the president's proposal on the Senate floor and in federal court. – WBRC

Vaisala joins Southern Company’s wind partnership

Vaisala, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, has announced that it is partnering with Southeastern Wind Coalition members: Southern Company -- including subsidiaries Southern Company Services and Alabama Power -- and Santee Cooper to evaluate the growth of wind energy within the utilities' core operating areas. – Altenergymag.com

USAF analyst in Montgomery says anti-ISIS help not coming

Since the events of San Bernardino, Americans have gotten seriously concerned about terrorism and now want to put boots on the ground in the fight against ISIS. A recent Harvard University survey showed that 62 percent of millennials wanted to put combat forces into Syria to take on ISIS. Both Republican presidential hopefuls and Hillary Clinton also want a more muscular policy against ISIS. – The Federalist

Study says state’s population stable

Alabama isn't one of the nation's hottest destinations to move to. But it's not losing residents at a high rate, either. According to United Van Lines' annual National Movers Study, Alabama's net migration pattern is balanced. The state lost about as many people as it gained during 2015. – BizJournals.com

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