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Top News Links: Monday, May 22

Alabama doctor dies during attempt to climb Everest

An Alabama doctor was killed Sunday morning while climbing Mount Everest, reports said. The Washington Post reported Roland Yearwood died not far from the mountain's peak, and authorities are still trying to determine his cause of death. Yearwood was a physician at Georgiana Medical Center in Butler County. – AL.com

Arms package for Saudis likely to benefit state

While details are still coming out, the deal signed by President Donald Trump and King Salman of Saudi Arabia appears to have connections to Alabama, particularly in the sale of the THAAD missile defense system and logistics support for helicopter systems. THAAD is made by Lockheed Martin at the company's plant in Troy and is one of the most advanced missile defense systems in the world. – WAAY

State’s unemployment rate for April down to 5.4 percent

Alabama's unemployment rate is down to 5.4 percent. The state Labor Department says the April jobless rate announced Friday is down four-tenths of a percent from March. Alabama followed a national trend with the improvement. But the state's unemployment rate is still well above the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.4 percent, which is at a 10-year low. – WPMI

Birmingham-Hoover a quiet but busy economic engine

The Birmingham-Hoover metro area is the economic engine that drives the state of Alabama, but people don’t seem to realize that, a Birmingham Business Alliance official told the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce last week. Many people have heard about economic activity in Huntsville and Mobile, but the seven-county Birmingham-Hoover area is responsible for 31 percent of the state’s gross domestic product, said Rick Davis, the Birmingham Business Alliance’s vice president for economic development. – Hoover Sun

Marshall County retools for success

Marshall County has a long history of successful manufacturing operations, and that legacy is helping to shape its future. Several of the northeastern Alabama county’s newer industrial residents have transformed buildings that were operated for decades by companies from another era. For example, the former Accutek electronics factory in Arab is now the new wheel bearing facility for Progress Rail, which created 100 jobs at the site. – Made In Alabama/ANC

Alliant to manage Dothan’s Medical Center Barbour

Kentucky-based Alliant Management Services has signed a lease with the Healthcare Authority of Eufaula to manage Medical Center Barbour, which had previously been under the umbrella of Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan. Eufaula Mayor Jack Tibbs has been working on getting a new partner to manage MCB for about five months. – Dothan Eagle

Warrior Met beats Zacks’ expectations for quarter

Warrior Met Coal LLC (NYSE:HCC) announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday. The company reported $2.22 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.98 by $0.24. The business had revenue of $253.96 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $363.34 million. Shares of Warrior Met Coal opened at 17.76 on Monday. – Transcript Daily

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