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Top News Links: Thursday, May 17

Amazon considering Bessemer site for distribution center

Sources have confirmed to AL.com that Amazon is considering Bessemer for a distribution center. Last week, officials said a "well-known" company is considering locating there in a project which could mean up to 3,000 jobs. The target site is U.S. Steel-owned property off Powder Plant Road near Bessemer City High School and Alabama Splash Adventure. – AL.com

Morgan County prepares for rush of automotive suppliers

The planned construction of a $1.6 billion automotive plant in the Huntsville-annexed part of Limestone County has created some interest in the Morgan Center Business Park near Hartselle, county and city officials said. The Morgan County Industrial Park and Economic Cooperative District has not nailed down a commitment yet but officials are getting the park ready. – Decatur Daily

Vestavia Hills native known for his superhero props

Sometimes there's a bit of Marvel magic inside a cardboard box, riding shotgun in the passenger seat of Kenneth Spivey's Chevy pickup truck. Spivey helps craft props for superhero movies such as mega-hit "Avengers: Infinity War," for which he worked on supervillain Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet and Captain America's new, Wakandan shield. – AP/USN&WR

Foreign hackers eye Alabama’s missile defense network

Foreign hackers are probing for secrets about America's missile defenses in the computers that support the long supply chain of parts and services needed to field the system, federal contractors were told in Huntsville this week. Small businesses were briefed on the growing threat and new requirements for keeping data secure at a conference sponsored by Small Business Programs Office of the federal Missile Defense Agency. – AL.com

UAB sweat-measuring lab one of only seven in nation

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has opened the seventh comprehensive autonomic testing laboratory in the United States. The autonomic nervous system controls involuntary functions of the human body, including heart rate, breathing, coughing and sweating. Sweating — or more accurately, not sweating — is one of the keys to diagnosing conditions affected by the autonomic nervous system. – News release

Second Chance Job Fair set Tuesday in Birmingham

The Alabama Department of Labor, Alabama Career Center System and others will host a Second Chance Job Fair on Tuesday, May 22 at the Birmingham Career Center on 4th Avenue South. It serves people looking for work who may have a criminal record. Before the fair, employers and job seekers can attend a workshop to prepare for the fair. – WIAT

Drug company games the system to discourage competition

When Celgene Corp. first started marketing the drug Revlimid to treat multiple myeloma in 2006, the price was $6,195 for 21 capsules, a month's supply. By the time David Mitchell started taking Revlimid in November 2010, Celgene had bumped the price up to about $8,000 a month. When he took his last month's worth of pills in April 2016, the sticker price had reached $10,691. By last March, the list price had reached $16,691. – APR

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