Top Headlines: ULA wins SpaceForce contract, Downtown Tuscaloosa hotel opens

United Launch Alliance wins SpaceForce contract
ULA has been tapped to handle 60 percent of the next round of U.S. SpaceForce launches, the company announced late last week. The missions will launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. ULA builds its rockets in Decatur. — United Launch Alliance

$100 million for nursing homes
Gov. Ivey Friday announced that $100 million, partly in in CARES act funds and partly from other sources, will be allocated to the states nursing homes. Funds will be used for operational costs, personnel costs and personal protective equipment. — Governor’s Office

Downtown Tuscaloosa hotel opens
A Comfort Inn & Suites on Jack Warner Parkway in downtown Tuscaloosa has opened for business. Plans for the 92-room hotel were approved in 2016 — Tuscaloosa News

TVA scraps plans to send work overseas, Union says
Gay Henson, president of the union representing TVA workers, says the agency has scrapped plans to outsource work overseas. After the TVA announced plans to send work to Ireland, Canada and France, President Trump objected and fired the chair of the TVA board. Now union leaders say TVA has backed off, canceling future layoff plans and offering jobs to those already laid off. — Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal 

Montgomery official promote property tax increase for schools
School and government officials gathered last week in Montgomery to promote passage of a 12-mill property tax increase to support the public schools. — Montgomery Advertiser

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One more chance at red snapper likely
State conservation officials have announced that, even though the red snapper season started with a frenzy and had to be closed early, the total take is an estimated 100,000 pounds  below the limit, so the season may reopen briefly to private anglers. Look for additional info here: — Outdoor Alabama

Iconic Tuscaloosa convenience store sold
Buddy’s Food Mart, a fixture on the Tuscaloosa convenience store scene since 1978, has been sold to Midstates Petroleum Co. in Vernon, the owner announced late last week. — Tuscaloosa News

Poarch Creeks bring online gaming to Pennsylvania
Wind Creek Hospitality in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, which is owned by Alabama’s Poarch Band of Creek Indians, has partnered with Pala Interactive to introduce a new online gaming platform in Pennsylvania, with real money gaming added to the existing free-to-play options. Sports betting is next in the plans.  — Allentown Morning Call 

Poultry plant execs indicted on immigration issues
Exactly a year after raids at two large Mississippi poultry processing plants led to 680 arrests on immigration charges, four executives from the two plants have been indicted on federal charges related to the employment of undocumented workers. — TimesDaily

German vax maker hopes to raise IPO funds in U.S.
CureVac BV, a German biotech firm working to produce a vaccine aganst Covid-19, today announced plans for an IPO in the U.S., seeking ot raise $213 million. Share prices are to be priced between $14 an $16 per share for 13.33 million shares. — Reuters

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