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Top News Links: Thursday, July 6

Alabama scrambles for position in new space race

President Trump re-launched the National Space Council last week to coordinate America's military and commercial space efforts. The panel's first challenge will be getting a handle on everything that's changing in what's becoming a new American space race. Multiple states including Alabama, along with counties, cities, companies and universities, are pouncing on space opportunities that didn't exist a decade ago. Other states, including New Mexico, are trying to come back from space bets made before the Great Recession that haven't worked out. – AL.com

Remembering the seeds of genuine TV wrestling

Wrestling entertainment has become a multimillion-dollar business, and has made wrestlers international superstars. It's come a long way since the 1970s when there were wrestling territories all over the country, and wrestling entertainment only got air time on local TV. One such influential territory sprung up in Dothan. – WTVY

Dynetics launches new company focused on infrastructure

Dynetics has launched a new company focused on critical infrastructure in Huntsville. Observation Without Limits, or O.W.L., is now fully operational with five employees at Dynetics' headquarters on Explorer Boulevard in Cummings Research Park. The company provides technology solutions, including GroundAware, a ground surveillance sensor system active since 2013. – AL.com

Privacy pretty much dead, voter data effort reminds us

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said his office will only share publicly available information to a federal panel investigating possible voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election. Alabama law requires the Secretary of State to provide voter list data "in a timely manner" to anyone who requests it. – AL.com/WTVY

Farmers rejoice: Alabama currently drought-free

Alabama is finally drought-free for the first time in more than a year. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor at the University of Nebraska, even though a small corner northwestern Alabama remains dry, the state’s dry-spell that began 60 weeks ago in April 2016 came to an end last week following the rains caused by the Tropical Storm Cindy. – ALToday

Alabama Works now has operations in Pike County

Alabama Works, a public-private partnership, will now operate in Pike County, hoping to connect with new and existing businesses. “We meet with them to find out their concerns, what are their challenges, what are the things that they face on a daily, monthly and yearly basis, that kind of hinders them in some of their ways to grow their businesses or have a better qualified workforce,” says Ryan Richards, Southeast Director of Workforce Development. – ANN

Steele Properties acquires Birmingham apartments for $22.8M

Denver-based national real estate company Steele Properties has acquired Summit Ridge Apartments in Birmingham. The company, which specializes in affordable family and senior and disabled housing, purchased the 200-unit project-based Section 8 affordable community $22.8 million. – Multihousing News

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