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Top News Links: Wednesday, Nov. 16

Boeing plans to move 400 jobs to Huntsville

Boeing on Tuesday announced plans to bring about 400 jobs to Huntsville in a move celebrated by Mayor Tommy Battle as reflecting the talented high-tech workforce in the Rocket City. The company also said it plans to make capital investments in Huntsville of about $70 million by 2020. The new jobs are expected to largely be transfers within Boeing. – AL.com

Trump transition team gets a purge

President-elect Donald Trump’s advisers were coming and going from Trump Tower Tuesday amid a flurry of changes to his transition team. President-elect Mike Pence -- who now heads the transition -- purged the team of the many registered lobbyists, leaving them short-staffed but closer to Trump’s campaign promise to “drain the swamp.” – CBS

Ford says it won’t change Mexico plans despite Trump tariff

Ford Motor Co. CEO Mark Fields said the Trump administration’s potential 35 percent tariff on vehicles imported from Mexico could have a “huge impact” on the U.S. economy, but the automaker has no plans to change its investments in Mexico. – Automotive News

Ground broken on new Madison Public Library

Since Madison’s population has basically doubled during the past 20 years, city leaders recognized the need for a library that can meet a higher demand for service.  With that in mind, Madison officials broke ground recently on a new library that will take 12-15 months to build. – WSFA

NASA will give SLS ‘big squeeze’ in January

NASA will soon begin a big squeeze test of critical parts of the Space Launch System. In early January, Structural Test Engineer Dee VanCleave and her team will begin a series of more than 50 tests to squeeze, jam and shift the SLS stack to simulate the forces of a rocket launch. – AL.com

UAB investigators contribute to new heart risk study

A quick, precise genetic test can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular events by helping to identify more effective medication for some heart patients, according to new findings presented Nov. 15 at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in New Orleans. Investigators from the University of Alabama at Birmingham collaborated on the multisite study. – News release

AlabamaWorks website to link jobs with job seekers

Need help finding a job? Been laid off and need new job skills? Still trying to figure out what you want to do when you grow up? AlabamaWorks can help. The initiative, unveiled Tuesday, is a one-stop web portal that lets visitors find what they're looking for in three clicks or less, according to web designer Cass Henley. – AL.com

Drought threatens to push some cattlemen out of business

Drought conditions across the state are having a major impact on the cattle industry and could drive some cattlemen out of the business altogether. Dallas County Cattleman’s Association President Darrell Steward said cattle farmers are spending more money to feed and water their herds this year because of the drought. – Alabama News Net

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