Top Headlines: House Armed Services Committee Chair Asks for Review of Space Command Decision, Alabama Farmers Federation Turns 100

Changes are coming for Birmingham’s Innovation Depot in 2021.

House Armed Services committee chair asks for review of Space Command decision
U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, a Democrat from Tennessee and the chair of the House Armed Services Committee’s strategic forces panel, is joining calls from Colorado lawmakers for President Joe Biden to review the decision to put the permanent headquarters for the U.S. Space Command in Alabama.  – Politico

Alabama now has highest COVID-19 rate in country
Data from the Alabama Department of Health show that Alabama has a 35% COVID-19 positivity rate (the percent of tests that come back positive), according to The next closest state is at 31%. –

Alabama Farmers Federation turns 100
The Alabama Farmers Federation is having a birthday on Sunday, celebrating 100 trips around the sun. The Alabama Farmers Federation was founded in 1921, and AFF in turn started Alfa insurance in 1945. The AFF has more than 360,000 members. – Alabama Political Reporter

Nonprofit teams with Huntsville genetics company to cure blinding diseases
The nonprofit Advancing Sight Network and Huntsville’s Kailos Genetics have created the OcularGeneScreen, a new genetic screening panel to be used with eye tissue from eye donors. It will help determine what genes are associated with diseases including macular degeneration and glaucoma. – Cision

New brand, programs for Innovation Depot
Birmingham’s Innovation Depot, a startup incubator, has refreshed its brand and created two new programs – Visions ID and Voltage – going into 2021. In addition, the incubator has added a new mobile app and plans to reorganize its office space. – Bham Now

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