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Top News Links: Monday, July 25

First SLS hydrogen test tank welded together

NASA has just finished welding together the first fuel tank for America’s Space Launch System (SLS) deep space rocket currently under development – and Universe Today had an exclusive up close look at the liquid hydrogen test tank shortly after its birth as well as the first flight tank, during a tour of NASA’s New Orleans rocket manufacturing facility on Friday. – Universe Today

State unemployment rate holds at 6 percent

Alabama's June unemployment rate was 6 percent, the Alabama Department of Labor said Friday. June's was unchanged from May's revised rate of 6 percent and is below June 2015's rate of 6.1 percent. June's rate represents 130,349 unemployed people, compared to 132,019 in May and 130,604 in June 2015. – WVTM

Auto parts supplier cited for unsafe working conditions

An Auburn auto supplier is facing $106,200 in possible penalties after the federal government cited it for placing workers in conditions that could have lead to amputation or worse. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said both permanent and temporary workers at the Pyongsan facility could have been caught in machinery or hit by objects. – AL.com

Research suggests IT professionals should move around

Staying too long in one position can be a career hazard in some professions. According to recent research by Randstad, employees in Information Technology who remain with one company for an extended period of time may jeopardize their chances for success. – Good Call

Troy University students digging ancient Philistines

Students from Alabama's Troy University recently participated in an archaeological expedition that has shed new light on the origins of the Philistines, a race of people described in the Bible. The dig uncovered what is believed to have been a Philistine cemetery in the area of Ashkelon, a site near Tel Aviv in modern-day Israel. – AP/Dothan Eagle

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