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Top News Links: Tuesday, June 28

Aerojet Rocketdyne putting Rocket Shop in Huntsville

Aerojet Rocketdyne is splitting up its two main focuses, space and defense, and bringing its defense business headquarters to Huntsville. The company’s Defense Advanced Programs, known as the Rocket Shop, will now call Huntsville home. “These moves are designed to build upon our existing presence near major Space and Defense customers in Huntsville,” said CEO Eileen Drake. – WAAY

Engage Cuba launching Alabama effort today

Engage Cuba, an advocacy organization working to end the travel and trade embargo on Cuba, will join state leaders at the Port Authority State Docks in Mobile today to launch the Engage Cuba Alabama State Council. The council seeks to expand trade with Cuba in order to provide opportunities for Alabama businesses and support Cuba's growing private sector. – News release

Shelby’s efforts put Ex-Im Bank out of business

Thursday is an ignominious anniversary for the government agency that helps finance foreigners’ purchases of American exports. Thanks to a single senator, it has been a full year since the 82-year-old Export-Import Bank could approve deals exceeding $10 million, a limit that rules out high-dollar deals on airplanes, power generators, heavy equipment and nuclear reactors. – New York Times

Camry back atop American top car list

For the second year in a row, a familiar face is atop a “most American” list. The Toyota Camry took the top spot for the 10th annual Cars.com American-Made Index. The Camry has topped the Cars.com index six times. Built in Georgetown, Ky., and Lafayette, Ind. (though Indiana production is set to end this fall), the Camry has a U.S.-sold domestic content of 75 percent, including Huntsville-made engines. – Automotive News

More of state’s anti-abortion efforts nullified

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision striking down abortion clinic regulations in Texas likely means the end of a similar law in Alabama. Justices in a 5-3 decision Monday overturned a Texas law requiring admitting hospital privileges for abortion doctors and requiring surgical-like settings at clinics Alabama legislators in 2013 passed a similar law. A federal judge in Alabama ruled the admitting privilege requirement was unconstitutional. – AP/BayTown Sun

Austal delivers latest LCS to Navy

Ship builder Austal USA has delivered the soon-to-be-renamed USS Montgomery to the Navy at an official document signing ceremony held aboard the ship. The Montgomery is the fourth Independence-variant littoral combat ship in the Navy's fleet and the second LCS built by Austal as the prime contractor as part of an 11-ship contract worth over $3.5 billion. – AL.com

Calhoun College to participate in financial aid experiment

Calhoun Community College will be among 67 colleges and universities to participate in the Second Chance Pell pilot program, an experiment announced in July 2015 to test whether participation in high quality education programs increases after expanding access to financial aid for incarcerated individuals. – News release

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