Top Headlines: Seafood industry hit hard by virus, Laptops for schools stuck in customs

Trump fires TVA chair, cites hiring of foreign workers
President Donald Trump said Monday that he had fired the chair of the Tennessee Valley Authority, criticizing the federally owned corporation for hiring foreign workers. IT workers protested in recent months, including in Huntsville, saying TVA was outsourcing their jobs. — U.S. News

FBI plans for Huntsville huge headquarters still on track
President’s Trump ‘s recent efforts to fund a new D.C. headquarters for the FBI have hit a wall of opposition, but plans for a second FBI HQ in Huntsville are still rolling strong, with as many as 4,000 workers eventually moving to the Redstone Arsenal site. — Washington Post

Seafood industry hit particularly hard by virus economy
The seafood business depends upon eating places that put a premium on freshness, so shutdowns have slammed fisheries like Nelson’s Seafood in Bon Secour, Alabama — Editorials360

33,000 laptops for Alabama schools stuck in U.S. Customs
Thousands of laptops meant for use by Alabama students as part of distance learning programs this fall are currently being held in customs. The head of the School Superintendents of Alabama told that it was apparently related to the Commerce Department’s crackdown on imports made with forced labor. — The Hill

Sales at Publix jump 20% in second quarter
Publix Super Markets saw net and comparable sales surge about 20% in the fiscal 2020 second quarter, fueled by coronavirus-triggered demand. — Supermarket News

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Old Dominion adding service center at Alabama-Georgia line
Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. is adding nine service centers in new and existing markets during the first half of 2020, including one in LaGrange, Ga., near the Georgia, Alabama state line, near major retail distribution centers and industrial manufacturers. — Globe Newswire

GATR Technologies awarded $172M Special Ops contract
The U.S. Special Operations Command has awarded a $172 million contract to Huntsville-based GATR Technologies inflatable satellite communication terminals, with most of the work to be done in Huntsville. — Clearance Jobs

Flight Works Alabama grand opening today
Flight Works Alabama, a new aerospace exhibition and education center opens today in mobile. The 15,000 square foot facility includes over 40 hands-on exhibits, a classroom, workshop, fabrication room and drone aviary. It is Sponsored by Airbus and the state of Alabama. — Flight Works

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