Top Headlines: UA sets fundraising record; Lakeshore Foundation partners with World Games

Alabama’s cotton crop has been hit hard by Hurricane Zeta. (Photo courtesy of Alabama Farmers Federation)

UA sets fundraising record
In fiscal year 2019-20, the University of Alabama raised $222 million from 60,000 donors, an increase of $19 million from the previous year and a record for the school. The total included $15 million pledged for construction of the Performing Arts Academic Center. – University of Alabama

EOS produces its first remote weapon station
Australian-owned Electro Optic Systems has produced its first remote weapon station at its Huntsville facility. The R 400 RWS can be mounted on the roof of armored vehicles and operated from inside, firing machine guns, cannons and rockets. – Australian Manufacturing Forum

Lakeshore Foundation partners with World Games
Birmingham’s Lakeshore Foundation will partner with World Games 2022 to make the games in Birmingham more inclusive for fans and participants with disabilities. “Our goal … is to make the World Games 2022 a welcoming, accessible and inclusive event for all,” said World Games CEO Nick Sellers.  – Alabama NewsCenter

Buc-ee’s plans third Alabama location
The mega-sized convenience store Buc-ee’s will invest $35 million for a third location in Alabama, this one in Athens off of I-65. Buc-ee’s opened its first location in Alabama in Baldwin County in 2019, and a location in Leeds is expected to open in January. –

Zeta hits cotton crop hard
The Alabama Farmers Federation said some farmers are reporting a complete loss of cotton they hadn’t already harvested after Hurricane Zeta swept through last week. More than 40% of the cotton crop was still in the field when the storm hit. – WTVY-4

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