Top Headlines: Toyota starts engine production in Huntsville, Covid vaccine results

Toyota starts production on new engine at Alabama plant
Toyota says it has begun production of a newly redesigned four-cylinder engine at its manufacturing plant in north Alabama. The factory at Huntsville supplies engines for one-third of all the Toyota vehicles assembled in the United States. — AP

Altimmune reports positive results from preclinical studies of Covid vaccine
Altimmune, Inc. a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced positive results from the preclinical studies of its intranasal COVID-19 vaccine candidate, AdCOVID, which is being tested at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. — Globe Newswire

Trump, Biden try to outdo each other on tough talk on China
China has fast become a top election issue as President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden engage in a verbal brawl over who’s better at playing the tough guy against Beijing. — AP

Novelist Brad Watson dies at 64
Brad Watson, novelist and short story writer of Southern fiction has died of a heart attack at age 64. A graduate of the creative writing school at the University of Alabama, Watson’s teaching career included work at the University of Mississippi, University of Alabama, Harvard University, and the University of Wyoming, where he directed the school’s creative writing program. He died in Wyoming. — Boston Globe

UA studies virus crisis stress
The National Science Foundation’s Rapid Response Research program has awarded a $82,000 grant to the University of Alabama to study how decision-making is affected by stress caused by the virus crisis. — UA News

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Utah’s Breeze Airways further revises launch plans
Airbus has agreed to delay by six months the delivery of the first A220 to Breeze Airways, after the startup airline postponed the launch of its services. Breeze plans to provide nonstop services to underserved markets across the United States. All of its planes are being assembled at the Airbus plant in Mobile, Alabama. — ch-aviation

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