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Top News Links: Wednesday, June 6

State’s biotech firms convene in Boston for conference

Representatives of 10 Alabama biotech firms are attending the world’s largest industry conference this week, hoping to return home with new investments and partnerships to further their groundbreaking research in the state. More than 16,000 industry leaders from more than 70 countries are expected at the BIO International Convention in Boston. – Made In Alabama

Mercedes launches subscription service to find new customers

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz is starting a car-subscription pilot in two U.S. cities, joining brands from Jeep to Porsche in testing alternatives to traditional vehicle ownership. The app-based service initially available to drivers in Nashville and Philadelphia has three pricing tiers ranging from $1,095 to $2,995 a month, according to a company statement. – Bloomberg

Last of Huntsville’s German rocket team dies at 104

Georg von Tiesenhausen, the last of the German rocket team that launched the U.S. space program, has died at his Huntsville home. He was 104. U.S. Space & Rocket Center spokeswoman Pat Ammons confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that von Tiesenhausen died Sunday. Von Tiesenhausen started his career in 1943 at the German Rocket Center in Peenemeunde, Germany. – AP/USN&WR

Hoover chasing a 1,000-job, $300M project

Hoover is in the running for a $300 million project that could create more than 1,000 jobs, the mayor announced. "It involves the single biggest investment in our city since the construction of the Riverchase Galleria," Mayor Frank Brocato said during Monday's city council meeting. "This is not a retail project. It is something that will fundamentally change Hoover for the better. We can't afford to miss out on this opportunity." – AL.com

Birmingham launches public engagement, workforce campaign

The groups behind a new public engagement campaign looking to align education and workforce training for Birmingham's growth say action could transform the city at a time when technology and economics threaten to squeeze out any economic gains over the last decade. The organizers of "Building (it) Together" gathered this morning at the Alabama Workforce Training Center on Sixth Avenue South, ready to hear how cooperation between community groups could make the city into an economic engine. – AL.com

Martha Roby to face challenger in July runoff

Republican primary voters in Alabama will have to decide which is worse: a vote against Donald Trump, or a vote for Nancy Pelosi. That will be the key question in a July primary runoff involving GOP Rep. Martha Roby, who failed to win renomination in her primary Tuesday when she fell below 50 percent of the vote. She will face former Rep. Bobby Bright, an ex-Democrat, in a head-to-head race for the Republican nomination in July. – Politico

Chinese phone maker ZTE may have found a deal with feds

Chinese cellphone maker ZTE Corp. — the target of U.S. sanctions before President Trump ordered an abrupt about-face last month — has reportedly agreed to a preliminary deal to lift a U.S. Commerce Department ban on it buying from American suppliers. ZTE was originally sanctioned for illegal sales to Iran and North Korea but agreed to take corrective action. When U.S. regulators found that the company had not complied with the terms of the agreement, they cut off ZTE from its U.S. parts suppliers, a move described as a "death sentence." – APR

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