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Top News Links: Tuesday, March 1

Welcome to Super Tuesday and its confusion

A sharp new divide has erupted between Republicans who pledge to fall in line behind Donald Trump if he wins their party's nomination and others who insist they can never back the bombastic billionaire. The fissure could have major implications beyond the primaries, exposing the looming challenges in uniting the party after the election, no matter who wins. – ABC

Air Force pumps $536M into rocket engine options

The U.S. Air Force will invest up to $536 million in Aerojet Rocketdyne’s AR1 rocket engine and as much as $202 million in United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan rocket as a way to end dependence on the Russian rocket engine used to launch most U.S. national security payloads, the Pentagon said Monday. – Space News

Birmingham wage dispute draws national attention

A dispute between the Birmingham City Council and the Alabama Senate over the minimum wage culminated last week in the passage of a bill blocking cities from setting their own wage. As pressure mounted and the two governing bodies raced to enact their plans, the state and the issue drew national attention. – AL.com

What’s behind the Apple-FBI brouhaha

In a note to clients last week, I discussed the budding brouhaha between Apple and the federal government. In case you have been traveling in Nepal, the FBI wants Apple to unlock the iPhones of the San Bernardino terrorists to see what information it can glean. The company doesn’t want to do it, as it would require de-encrypting its encryption software, which it says would unleash a whole host of problems. At least those are the official positions. – Montgomery Advertiser

China move to buy Terex Corp. draws attention

Three U.S. lawmakers are urging the U.S. Treasury Department to conduct a rigorous national security review of any deal that China's Zoomlion makes to buy U.S. crane maker Terex Corp. Republican Representatives Mike Rogers of Alabama wrote letters last week to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew urging that CFIUS review the prospective deal because of Terex's defense contracts. – Reuters

HudsonAlpha establishes fund for low-income patients

A $1 million anonymous donation could help low-income families afford the cutting-edge treatments provided at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. The HudsonAlpha Foundation is establishing the Hero Fund -- which allows qualified patients to access assistance for genomic medicine services at the Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine. The clinic opened in November 2015 and is a collaboration between HudsonAlpha, UAB and Children's of Alabama. – WAAY

Peanut Depot opens pop-up shop on 3rd Avenue

The Peanut Depot opens in a new location Tuesday after more than a century on Morris Avenue. The Depot will open in a temporary pop-up shop at 1509 3rd Ave. S. until their new location is ready.  The permanent location on 3rd Avenue won't be ready available until mid-summer, owner Lex Legate said. – AL.com

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