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Top News Links: Friday, June 30

Dynetics wins $10.9M contract for weapon systems

U.S. special operations aircraft will be equipped with a newly developed, guided munition developed by an Alabama-based company with a growing portfolio of sophisticated weapons and vehicle systems. The U.S. Air Force awarded Huntsville-based Dynetics a $10.9 million contract to deliver an initial batch of 70 GBU-69B Small Glide Munitions (SGMs) with options for 30 more. – FlightGlobal

Shelby queries NASA administrator on budget concerns

As part of the annual budget process, the NASA administrator meets with the appropriations subcommittees in the Senate and House to discuss the president's budget request. Under the new president, NASA doesn't yet have an administrator, so acting administrator Robert Lightfoot is making the rounds. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) chairs this committee, which writes the budget for NASA and therefore wields extraordinary power over the nation's civil space activities. During Thursday's hearing, Shelby renewed his longstanding concerns about the space agency's commercial crew program—the NASA-funded efforts by Boeing and SpaceX to develop capsules and rockets. – ArsTechnica

Maersk terminal in Mobile still dealing with cyberattack issues

International shipping company Maersk said midafternoon Thursday that some of its operations, including the APM container terminal in Mobile, are still working through issues caused by a cyberattack earlier in the week. The "Petya" ransomware attack was first detected in the Ukraine but also affected scattered corporate systems in western Europe and the U.S. Shipping terminal operator APM, a part of Maersk, was affected in numerous ports, including Mobile. – AL.com

Global cyberattack may have been meant for pure disruption

A cyberattack that caused indiscriminate economic damage around the world was apparently designed to create havoc in Russia's neighbor and adversary Ukraine, security researchers said. While the rogue software used in the attack was configured as "ransomware" that may have just been a ruse. – AP/USN&WR

Doster wins HealthSouth Phase II renovation in Nashville

Birmingham-based Doster Construction Company was recently awarded HealthSouth’s Phase II Renovation of the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. Doster completed the first phase of the facility’s renovation in 2013. The project will include renovating the second and third floors for all finishes and casework. Construction began in June and will complete in fall 2018. – News release

Guitar mansion, state’s priciest house, sells again

Alabama's largest house has sold in a $4.8 million deal. The realtor who sold the house, Pam Ausley of RE/MAX, confirmed that the 15-bedroom estate has sold to Medical Cloud Computing LLC. The property's assessed market value was $12 million in 2016, according to Shelby County public records, with nearly $1.4 million of that attributable to the 27 acres of land it sits on. – AL.com

Federal judge orders state to fix mental health care in prisons

A Montgomery federal court ruled Tuesday that mental health care from that state’s Department of Corrections is so inadequate that it violates the Eighth Amendment. District Judge Myron Thompson ordered the state Wednesday to quickly come up with a long-term plan to address the complaints of the prisoners. – ABA Journal

Sammy’s being sued for not hiring male bartender

A federal agency is suing Sammy's Gentlemen's Club Fort Walton Beach location on behalf of a man who says he was discriminated against for a job because of his sex. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit Thursday on behalf of James Sharp, who applied in person for a position as a bartender at the Fort Walton location in October of 2015. – AL.com

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