Top Headlines: Birmingham’s loss of revenue, Apple closing more stores

Birmingham projects $75M loss in revenue
Due to the impact of COVID-19, the city of Birmingham is projected to have a $75 million revenue shortfall and may have to suspend merit pay for city employees, Mayor Randall Woodfin announced on Tuesday. — Birmingham Times

Disposal of toxic coal ash focus of public meetings across state
Alabama Power is hosting public meetings on how to safely dispose of coal ash at its power plants. But environmental groups say those meetings couldn’t come at a worse time with health and safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. — ABC 3340

Blue Origin delivers the first BE-4 engine to United Launch Alliance
Blue Origin this week delivered a BE-4 rocket engine to United Launch Alliance. ULA will use two BE-4s in the main stage of its future Vulcan Centaur rocket. — Space News

Apple Closing Stores in multiple states, including Alabama
Apple is closing more of its retail stores in multiple states. This week, Apple is shuttering additional stores in California, Florida, Mississippi, Texas, Utah, Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, and Oklahoma. — Mac Rumors

US House leaders urge action on contract over water storage in Lake Lanier
Florida U.S. House leaders are urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to make final a contract allowing water from Lake Lanier in Alabama to be diverted to Atlanta. — Dawson County News

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Alabama Futures Fund Invests in True Load Time Inc.
Alabama Futures Fund recently placed an investment in True Load Time Inc. As part of the investment deal, True Load Time will be moving its headquarters to Birmingham, Alabama. Based in Greenville, South Carolina, True Load Time sells a mobile-based platform for transporters. — Globe News Wire

Auburn University receives $3 Million Conservation Grant
Auburn University College of Agriculture research and extension faculty will be using a $3 million grant to help forge a future for Alabama agriculture by encouraging the use of innovative conservation practices among the state’s row crop farmers. — Southeast AgNet

Bank OZK Announces Sale of its Alabama Branches
Arkansas-based Bank OZK today announced that it has entered into two separate Purchase and Assumption Agreements to sell its only two Alabama branches, in Mobile and Geneva  — Globe News Wire

Applications now available for latest round of Alabama VW settlement projects
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Energy Division has begun accepting applications for the latest round of Volkswagen Settlement Eligible Mitigation Action Item Projects. — Cullman Times

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