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Top News Links: Friday, March 11

NASA successfully tests deep space rocket

NASA has announced that is has successfully tested the first deep space RS-25 rocket engine for 500 seconds–-a critical milestone that means the rocket is almost ready to carry human occupants into deep space. The engine is one of four that will make up the Space Launch System (SLS) that will enable a new era of space exploration, including manned trips to asteroids and Mars. – Fast Company

Avion Solutions helps sheriff deploy drones

The Williamson County Sheriff's Office in Tennessee is now able to use unmanned aircraft with the help of Huntsville-based Avion Solutions. Avion says its services helped the Middle Tennessee county get an FAA certificate of authorization in less than three months. Williamson County Sheriff Jeff Long says this authorization is going to help enhance its efforts in a variety of situations. – WAAY-TV

Investors pour over $1 billion into apartment market

Millennials have made no secret of their propensity to live in and around the urban core, which is a trend that has led to billions of dollars in urban apartment construction nationwide. During 2015, investors poured around $1.1 billion into existing apartments in Alabama, said David Wilson, senior adviser with Birmingham’s Berkadia office. Over 15,000 units were sold throughout the state in 2015 at an average of $67,500 per unit. – Alabama News Center

Jos. A. Bank, Men’s Wearhouse to close 200 stores

The parent company of Men's Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank will be closing over 200 stores. The store Tailored Brands has announced 250 locations will close this year - including all of its outlet stores. The company has not said which locations will be closing, or how many workers will be out of a job. – CNN/WSFA

Study says time switching can cause health problems

Central Daylight Time begins Sunday, and losing sleep after clocks "spring forward" an hour could be more than just an annoyance. This small time shift can significantly raise the risk of health-related issues. A recent study found that the overall rate for stroke was 8% higher in the two days after Daylight Saving Time. Cancer victims were 25% more likely to have a stroke during that time, and people older than 65 were 20% more likely to have a stroke. – CNN/KY3

Feds cite chicken plant after worker loses part of finger

Federal labor officials have issued a citation against a poultry processing company after an employee lost part of his finger in an accident. Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials said in a statement Thursday that Pilgrim's Pride Corp. is being cited after a 53-year-old employee in Russellville lost part of his middle finger when he was trying to reassemble a machine that separates chicken parts. OSHA has proposed a $77,000 fine. – Herald Courier

Mobile, Morocco sign trade memorandum

Mobile’s Chamber of Commerce has signed a memorandum of understanding with the American Chamber of Commerce in Morocco calling for the two to promote trade and build mutually beneficial business connections. The development comes on the third day of an Alabama trade and business development mission that began in Spain on Monday before shifting to Morocco. – Alabama News Center

EDPA office moving to downtown Birmingham

The Economic Department Partnership of Alabama is moving to the center of the Magic City. The nonprofit will move into Baker's Row, the office development in the former Merita factory at the corner of First Avenue South and 14th Street. The EDPA currently operates out of 500 Beacon Parkway West in Birmingham near Interstate 65. – AL.com

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