Top Headlines: Incysus approved for cancer treatment trial, More auto supplier layoffs

Birmingham company approved for new brain cancer treatment trial
A biopharmaceutical company with its scientific research wing based in Birmingham’s Innovation Depot is taking aim at an especially devastating form of brain cancer – the same kind that killed both Sens. John McCain and Edward Kennedy. Incysus has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a study of a new immunotherapy with UAB. –

Two more Tuscaloosa County auto suppliers laying off workers
Two Tuscaloosa County auto suppliers have announced layoffs, only days after one announced similar cutbacks. Eberspächer and Inteva Products are the latest announcements, according to federal WARN notices posted by the Alabama Department of Commerce. Eberspächer, based in Germany, is laying off 127 employees in Northport, beginning June 7. Inteva, in Cottondale, is laying off 56 employees beginning June 5. –

Sato reigns supreme at Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Takuma Sato dominated Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, with the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver starting from the pole and leading 74 of 90 laps at Barber Motorsports Park to claim his fourth career IndyCar Series Victory.  The win is the second for Honda in the opening three races of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series championship. – Benzinga

IP’s shutdown five years ago in Lawrence County still stinging
The nearly 1,100 workers who lost high-paying jobs when Lawrence County’s largest employer ended operations are still feeling the impact of the closure years later. The Decatur Daily reports that International Paper discontinued its operations in the northern Alabama county five years ago this month. Economic ripples from the shutdown dealt a blow to the local school system and the county and municipal governments who relied on the company for much of their revenue. – AP

Birmingham company brings new life to fan gear
On the south side of Birmingham sits a nondescript office building with a brand new tenant. Out back on the loading dock, boxes emblazoned with T-shirt brand names wait to be carried inside. Their owners are Brandon Watkins and Brett Forsyth, the graphic design duo behind Yellowhammer Creative, a poster-making, T-shirt-designing, pennant-selling retailer that has become a staple in the closets of the Birmingham cool crowd. – Crimson White

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Cherokee County greenhouse firm named Farm of Distinction
A Cherokee County greenhouse business known nationally for its poinsettias was named Alabama’s Farm of Distinction on Thursday in Birmingham. Hank and Shelia Richardson of Dixie Green Inc. received more than $15,000 in prizes and will represent Alabama in the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year contest at the Sunbelt Ag Expo Oct. 15-17. – Gadsden Times

Maybe don’t include any ice with the shipment, though?
Rick Pate, Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries, wishes to congratulate Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Dr. Jewel Bronaugh, Coach Tony Bennett, the Virginia Cavaliers basketball team and their alumni on a hard-fought win over Auburn University in the NCAA Final Four. Bronaugh wins a case of Alabama-raised catfish thanks to a bet between the two state officials. – News release

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