Top Headlines: Unemployment fund low, Army funds UAB clinical trial of Covid drug

State unemployment fund low, staff overwhelmed
The Alabama Department of Labor has been, by all accounts, overwhelmed. The department has received 576,314 unemployment claims to date. The department is staffed enough to field less than 4% of the calls it receives per day, according to department estimates, and staff trained to legally handle unemployment claim issues are only based in Montgomery. — Gadsden Times

The Navajo Nation Might Purchase Remington Arms
Remington Arms, which is going through bankruptcy for the second time in two years, may be bought by the Navajo Nation. (Remington has a major manufacturing plant in Huntsville, which opened in 2014 with $3 million in incentives from the state of Alabama. Employment in 2018 was 450, far short of a promised buildup to 1,868, leading to a 2019 review and revision of incentives employment goals.) — Lake Powell Life

Army funds UAB clinical trial of Covid drug
On May 13, Altimmune Inc. announced the initiation of AdCOVID preclinical studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Today, June 29, Altimmune announced it was awarded $4.7 million from the U.S. Army Medical Research & Development Command to fund its clinical trial of T-COVID, an investigational intranasal immune modulator for the treatment of outpatients with early COVID-19. — News Wire

SPLC announces $30 million investment to increase voter registration
The Southern Poverty Law Center today announced it is investing up to $30 million to increase voter registration and participation in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. — Amsterdam News

Austal delivers its 12th LCS to US Navy
Austal today announced the delivery of its twelfth Independence class littoral combat ship (LCS) to the US Navy. Built at the company’s shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, the future USS Oakland is a 127-meter long aluminum trimaran multi-purpose warship. — AUS Manufacturing

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