Top Headlines: SpaceX, NASA astronauts make history, Covid antibody study ‘looking very positive’

SpaceX and NASA astronauts make history
SpaceX, which has operations in Huntsville, became the first private company to send people to the Space Station and return them safely, with the spashdown of a NASA crew Sunday. It was the final test for SpaceX’s crew system to be certified by NASA as operational for future astronaut missions. — Alabama Public Radio

Australian company to make space terminals in Huntsville
Australian defense contractor Electro Optic Systems says it is preparing to make space communications terminals at its defense systems factory in Huntsville Alabama. They are designed to be part of a network of satellites to give global communications coverage. — Australian Manufacturing Forum

Navy shipbuilder Austal accused of ‘modern day slavery’
Unions in Australia have accused shipbuilder Austal of exploiting Filipino workers who work 10-hour days for $90 a day. Austal says it is normal practice for the company to rotate employees through its shipyards in Australia and Asia for training. — Australian Financial Review

Agreement with South Korea could ease STEM teacher shortage
The Alabama Commission on Higher Education is looking to South Korea to combat a teacher shortage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Alabama public schools. — Gadsden Times

Covid antibody study ‘looking very positive’: HudsonAlpha report
A study showing antibodies being produced in response to coronavirus is being reported by the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and its partner Huntsville Hospital. — WAFF

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Governor allocates $100M for broadband for students
Governor Kay Ivey has allocated $100 million in CARES Act funding for a public-private partnership to increase access to internet for K-12 students attending school in the fall who may need internet service for distance learning. — Governor’s Office

New Mobile airport terminal design to be unveiled Tuesday
A proposed design for moving Mobile’s airport’s passenger service will be released Tuesday. The Mobile Airport Authority is planning to move commercial air passenger service back downtown. — AP

Main Street Alabama unveils plan for Opelika
Main Street Alabama presented a plan for downtown Opelika that recommends more live music, opportunities to exercise, trails, a farmers’ market and public art. — Opelika Observer

SRS Real Estate closes $10M Tuscaloosa Walmart sale
SRS Real Estate Partners’ National Net Lease Group has closed on a $10.3 million 41,921-square-foot retail property in Tuscaloosa that is leased to a Walmart Neighborhood Market. — Commercial Property Executive

What happened to the market for hogs in the Wiregrass?
A cooperative extension expert explains why 4-H hog growing is about all that’s left of a once-booming Wiregrass hog market. — Dothan Eagle

Alabama company to build 51-unit senior apartments in Louisiana
Morrow Companies of Tuscaloosa plans to break ground on a 51-unit, three-story senior apartments building near the Acadiana Mall, in Lafayette, Louisiana. — The Advocate

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