Top Headlines: Millions more file for unemployment, Apple, Google’s contact tracing barely used

Job picture worsens, millions more file for unemployment
New claims for unemployment benefits rose last week for the first time in four months — since March 28 — as states began re-imposing lockdown restrictions amid a rise in case numbers, driven by ramped up testing. Lockdown restrictions are up again in California Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana. — Alabama Public Radio

Senate GOP and White House agree on key parts of Covid aid package
Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) announced the “fundamental agreement” on the funding piece of the GOP plan, which would include $105 billion for schools and additional billions in funds for testing. — CNN

Apple and Google’s contact tracing tech is barely used in the United States
Adoption of Apple and Google’s contact tracing technology is struggling in the U.S. Only four states currently plan to implement the technology. Oklahoma, Alabama, South Carolina and Virginia are the only states signed on to build their apps with the technology. — iMore

Black Belt backroad trail spotlights Alabama’s flavors
The state of Alabama is backing a push for flavor-filled road trips that can help cure cabin fever while also boosting some businesses hurt most by the pandemic. — Montgomery Advertiser

Carnival Cruise Line places ship in Mobile
Carnival Cruise Line today announced new plans for its fleet. Carnival Sensation will move from Miami to Mobile and take up itineraries previously assigned to Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Fascination. — Carnival

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Marshall Space Flight Center leads NASA’s small business mentorship program
Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville leads NASA’s small business mentorship program. Marshall has been a longtime frontrunner in facilitating Mentor-Protégé Agreements, and is a five-time recipient of the NASA Small Business Administrator’s Cup. — NASA

Orange Beach negotiating agreement with new toll bridge owners
The City of Orange Beach and a bridge company have agreed in terms, but it will be up to the state of Alabama and ALDOT to allow us to consummate the deal. — OBA Website

Tesla Chooses Texas for auto factory
Electric car maker Tesla has chosen to build its second U.S. auto factory in Austin, Texas, which beat out Tulsa, Oklahoma for the site selection — Southern Automotive Alliance

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