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Top News Links: Wednesday, May 17

Seven Huntville companies to share in $37.5B Pentagon contract

Seven Huntsville companies are among 55 selected to provide services to the U.S. Army, according to a Pentagon announcement. The companies are Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc., Aranea Solutions Inc., Intuitive Research and Technology Corp., Radiance Technologies Inc., Sigmatech Inc., Systems Products and Solutions Inc., and Torch Technologies. They will give "knowledge-based professional services for programs with command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance related requirements." – WAAY

Renovation tax credit bill may have new life

The renewal of Alabama’s historic renovation tax credit, which has helped revive downtown Birmingham and other areas around the state, is making its way through the Legislature. The Senate passed the bill last week 31-0, and the bill now returns to the House of Representatives for concurrence. A renewal would mean that a number of properties throughout the state could get new life, said Sen. Jabo Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills, a sponsor of the measure. – ANC

New group wants to turn brownfields in state to gold

A group of businesses and organizations statewide have joined forces to form the Alabama Brownfields Association, saying the new nonprofit can be one avenue for economic revitalization statewide. Organizers say the ALBFA will promote economic revitalization, land reuse, conservation, restoration, remediation, financial and regulatory incentives, legislative advocacy and education. It is being modeled on the Georgia Brownfield Association, formed in 2011. – AL.com

Massive piece of NASA’s SLS arrives in Huntsville for testing

The first large test section of NASA's Space Launch System core will roll slowly to an Alabama test stand this week in what's being called a key step toward America's next deep-space rocket. "It's been a long time since the agency's had a program make it this far," Space Launch System program manager John Honeycutt said at Marshall Space Flight Center Tuesday. – AL.com

Court rules wage garnishments have limits

Creditors can’t garnish the wages of low-income Alabamians if they are earning less than $1,000 per paycheck and that money is being spent on living expenses, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals recently ruled in a case brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and Legal Services Alabama (LSA) on behalf of two women who would have been unable to support their families if a creditor had garnished their wages. – ANC

Company relaunches VAP cholesterol test

VAP Diagnostics Lab, a new, independent clinical reference laboratory, has announced the formal relaunch of one of the most popular comprehensive cholesterol tests on the market, the VAP (Vertical Auto Profile)+ Lipid Panel. With more than ten million patient results reported over the last two decades, the heart disease risk assessment and management capabilities of the VAP technology are available nationwide to physicians and their patients. – News release

Department of Labor sets two summer job fairs

The Alabama Department of Labor has set two regional job fairs for June and July. The first is scheduled for Tuesday, June 27 at Gadsden's 210 at the Tracks, 210 Locust Street, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Veterans receive priority service. A Fort Rucker area job fair is set for Thursday, July 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Enterprise High School, 1801 Boll Weevil Circle. – AL.com

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