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Top News Links: Monday, June 19

Models of Alabama’s Raytheon missiles stand tall at Paris Air Show

You won't be able to miss Alabama's contribution to the Paris Air Show. Two 20-foot tall full-scale models of the Standard Missile-3 and Standard Missile-6, made at Raytheon's Huntsville production facility on Redstone Arsenal, will be on display in Paris as the role of missile defense takes center stage. – AL.com

GE’s investments will impress at Paris Air Show

After eight years of aggressive investing in new plants and expansions, including some in Alabama, GE Aviation heads into the Paris Air Show with several new engines entering service or under development. Meanwhile, engine production continues at record levels. GE Aviation and its engine partner companies have fielded 65,000 commercial and military engines flying today. Between 2016 and 2020, plans call for delivering another 10,000 engines. – AINonline

U.S. Space & Rocket Center welcomes new executive

The state of Alabama's top paid tourist attraction has a new leader. Joe Vallely, former director of government relations at Lockheed Martin, is the new vice president of external affairs at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville. He previously served as the assistant vice president of corporate relations at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and director of economic development for the City of Huntsville. – AL.com

Three-state natural gas pipeline nearly complete

A 515-mile underground natural gas pipeline running through Alabama, Georgia and Florida is expected to be fully operational by the end of the month. The Sabal Trail pipeline will be partially in use next week, according to the Opelika-Auburn News. The pipeline runs from a point near Alexander City, Alabama, to south of Orlando, Florida, in order to supply natural gas to Florida Power and Light and Duke Energy of Florida. – AP/APR

‘Career Coach Day’ held at Nucor Steel

Nearly 40 career coaches and other educators gathered at Nucor Steel in Birmingham last week for a “Career Coach Day” hosted by the Alabama Iron & Steel Council.  Industry representatives and HR professionals were there to discuss one of the primary challenges that really keep them up at night: an aging workforce coupled with severe shortcomings in new, skilled candidates. – News release

Plush Horse Lounge site to be refurbished

Restoration is coming to one of Huntsville’s historic locations. Restoration Church and Dewey Brazelton Properties closed today on the sale of the controversial and long vacant Golf Rd. property that formerly served as the home to the Plush Horse Lounge – a five-acre site and entertainment venue that has seen the likes of Tina Turner, Kenny Rogers, The Drifters, Ray Charles and others gracing its stage. Financial details were undisclosed. – News release

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