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Top News Links: Friday, May 27

U.S. nuclear forces flying on 8-inch floppy discs

Ridiculously outdated computer technology haunts much of the government's vital operations, including nuclear defense, says a report issued this month by the United States Government Accountability Office. The report, "Federal Agencies Need to Address Aging Legacy Systems," says the Department of Defense uses 8- inch floppy disks in a legacy system that coordinates the operational functions of the nation’s nuclear forces. In addition, Department of the Treasury uses assembly language code — a computer language initially used in the 1950s and typically tied to the hardware for which it was developed. — Government Accountability Office

Huntsville’s Madison Square Mall headed for mixed-use

Huntsville city officials approved an agreement Thursday that allows developers Mid-City Owner LLC to redevelop the old Madison Square Mall into a mix of retail, commercial, hotel and multi-family residiental — with at least 70 percent of the tenants new to the Huntsville market. — AL.com

Unemployment dips lower in Alabama

Alabama’s unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent this month, with better jobs numbers all across the state. Shelby and Elmore counties led the state with the lowest rates, below 5 percent. Nationally, the average unemployment is 5 percent, a full point lower than Alabama’s average. — Montgomery Advertiser

Defense spending bill could aid Anniston Army Depot employment

A new defense spending bill in the works could help temporary workers at Anniston Army Depot transition to full-time employees, Anniston officials say. — Anniston Star

Birmingham attracts pharma funding

Drug research is benefiting from influx of dollars, the Birmingham Business Journal reports. — BBJ

Bell Helicopter moves some operations out of Ozark

Modifications to unmanned aerial vehicles, performed at Bell in Ozark since 2012, will be moving to Louisiana, but Bell officials say the change won’t impact its Ozark workforce. — Dothan Eagle

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