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Top News Links: Monday, March 6

Dynetics plans $14M aerospace test facility near Decatur

An aerospace company is looking to construct a new test site in north Alabama. An official with Dynetics Inc. says the Huntsville-based contractor could construct a more than $14 million aerospace test facility near Decatur. It would be built on United Launch Alliance property, with construction starting as early as August. The Decatur Daily reports that the city's industrial development board approved tax incentives to lure the project. – AP/U.S. News & World Report

Stringfellow Memorial sold to Anniston’s HCA

Community Health Systems this afternoon announced it is selling Stringfellow Memorial Hospital in Anniston to the Health Care Authority of the City of Anniston for $25 million. The Health Care Authority oversees Anniston's Regional Medical Center, just a few blocks away. The terms of the agreement also call for the authority to assume Stringfellow's $13 million facility lease. – AL.com

Alabama’s engine production powers advancement

Alabama is not only one of the top producers of vehicles in the U.S., it’s also a major source of the power under their hoods. Last year, state manufacturers combined to turn out more than 1.75 million engines, and those assembly lines continue to achieve new milestones this year. – Made In Alabama/ANC

New boss, same brawls as ag bill writing begins

The Trump administration’s turtle-slow start with the Republican-led Congress bodes ill for what it and Republicans said would be a busy legislative year. Tax reform, replacing Obamacare, raising the debt ceiling and a 2018 budget all await initial action. The GOP chairmen of the House and Senate ag committees, however, aren’t waiting on any White House signal to begin work. They have a farm bill to write and pass before the current law expires in 2018. – AgriNews

Jeff Sessions gets dreaded SNL treatment again

"Saturday Night Live's" Kate McKinnon reprised her Jeff Sessions impersonation on Saturday. McKinnon, in full Sessions drag, sat on a park bench a la "Forrest Gump," chatting up any number of coming-and-going strangers. “Life is like a box of chocolates,” McKinnon said to Leslie Jones before dropping his racist boom: “Sure got a whole lot of brown ones in there.” See the skit here. – Business Insider

Court declines to block safety lawsuit against Austal

The Mobile-based shipbuilder Austal failed in a bid Friday to block a lawsuit that alleges it forced its employees to use a dangerous tool that has injured dozens of workers over the last six years. In handing down their opinion, justices in the Alabama Supreme Court denied two petitions from Austal lawyers, opening the way for eight employees of the company to take it to court over forcing them to use a specialized cutting tool that has injured 53 people since 2011. – AL.com

Mexico on auto tariffs: We won’t roll over

Under pressure to stand up to the Trump administration and defend Mexico's auto industry, Mexican officials may be willing to add something new to talks on the future of the North American trade: everything. "We also know that Mexico is an important country for the U.S. on security issues, on combating organized crime, preventing terror and, of course, cooperating on immigration," Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray told Mexican senators in testimony last week. "All matters are on the table simultaneously." – Automotive News

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