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Top News Links: Monday, June 27

Mobile’s Walmart deal moving ahead quietly

Local leaders have been mostly tight-lipped about a massive proposed distribution center west of Mobile. Combined state and local incentives are expected to reach $12 million. A legal notice in Sunday's Mobile Press-Register newspaper indicates that the process is moving quickly. The Mobile County Commission is scheduled to vote on its incentive package during a 10:30 a.m. meeting Thursday. – AL.com

Jeff Sessions said to be Trump’s top VP pick

With less than a month to go before the Republican National Convention that could make Donald Trump's nomination for president official, sources close to the billionaire candidate told Newsmax last week that his top choice, at the moment, as his vice presidential running mate is Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama. – NewsMax

BP spill cost to fishermen: Up to $1.6B during 6-month period

The BP oil spill may have cost the Gulf of Mexico's commercial fishing industry between $94.7 million and $1.6 billion and between 740 and 9,315 jobs from May to December 2010, according to a study released June 22 by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The study measured the impact of the spill during the same period of time being used to calculate claims being paid to fishermen under a 2012 court-approved settlement agreement between private parties and BP. – NOLA.com

Self-driving cars programmed to take your life?

A recent survey shows that people want self-driving cars to be programmed to minimize casualties during a crash, even if it causes the death of the rider. Manufacturers are struggling to come up with new rules for autonomous vehicles to guide them when a crash is inevitable, and the lives of people, both inside and outside of the car, are at stake. – Gizmodo

Critical SLS booster test set for tomorrow

The booster for the world's most powerful rocket, NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), which will power the agency's astronauts on the journey to Mars, will fire up for a major ground test at 9:05 a.m. CDT Tuesday at Orbital ATK Propulsion Systems' test facilities in Promontory, Utah. This is the last time the booster will be fired in a test environment before the first test flight of SLS with NASA's Orion spacecraft, known as Exploration Mission-1, in late 2018. – News release

Proton International, UAB to develop proton treatment center

Proton International announced today it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Alabama at Birmingham to develop a proton treatment center, the first for the state. The center would provide proton therapy, a highly effective and precise alternative to traditional radiation therapy for treating cancer and some non-cancerous tumors. – BusinessWire

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