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Top News Links: Friday, Nov. 21

Boeing to issue 60 pink slips today

Boeing will issue layoff notices Friday to 60 aerospace workers - 50 of them in Huntsville - and send another 70 contract employees back to their companies for possible layoff as NASA's new Space Launch System (SLS) shifts from design and development work in Alabama to production work in Louisiana. The company expects to find jobs for approximately 300 others who had been involved in the new rocket's design. – AL.com

Who’s paying freight for Oxford Pharmaceuticals

Officials announced Tuesday that Oxford Pharmaceuticals will bring 200 jobs and a $29 million investment to Birmingham, with almost $5 million in help from the state and local governments over 10 years. Here’s the breakdown on who’s paying what. – AL.com

Brace yourself for crowded roads, airports

AAA projects that 46.3 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home during the Thanksgiving weekend, a 4.2% increase over last year and the highest volume since 2007. Researchers at the University of Alabama Center for Advanced Public Safety say that vehicle crashes caused by deer, alcohol and bad weather are more common during Thanksgiving week than the rest of the year. Their most crucial piece of advice: Buckle up. – 11Alive.com

Tuscaloosa News sold in block deal

New Media Investment Group Inc., has reached an agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Halifax Media Group. The Halifax group includes 36 newspapers and affiliated websites, with a concentration in the southeast (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina and South Carolina). Included in the properties is The Tuscaloosa News, which received a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for its use of social media in breaking news coverage. – Romenesko

Physicians Realty Trust wraps deal

Physicians Realty Trust, a self-managed healthcare properties REIT, announced today the partial closing of the 309,865 square foot Columbus Regional Medical Office Portfolio which includes thirteen medical office buildings, twelve of which are located in Columbus, Georgia and one in Phenix City, Alabama. – BusinessWire

Opinion: Gambling not the best answer

Montgomery will need plenty of revenue to keep its essential services going in 2015 given that the gap in the state’s General Fund could be as large as $200 million. Gov. Robert Bentley may be considering a lottery or a compact with the Poarch Creek Band of Indians to expand casino gambling in the state, but is that a good idea? One expert says no. – Yellowhammer

How long do crackers last in space?

American scientists and researchers have a new way to find out how specific materials fared after years of exposure to the space environment. Since the International Space Station’s early days, an experiment called the Materials International Space Station Experiment, or MISSE, has exposed almost 4,000 material samples to the space environment. Data from MISSE can now be easily accessed with a new online tool. – News release

B&G completes Baptist Memorial Hospital

Brasfield & Gorrie today announced the completion of the new Baptist Memorial Rehabilitation Hospital in Germantown, Tennessee. The 54,880-square-foot rehabilitation hospital includes 49 rehabilitation beds along with a full-service kitchen, dining room, dedicated stroke unit, dedicated brain injury unit and physical therapy gym, among other specialized features. – News release

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