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Director of Marshall Space Flight Center Retiring

The director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama is retiring. Marshall officials say Todd May announced his retirement to employees at the Huntsville facility on Monday. It takes effect July 27. A statement from Rep. Mo Brooks of Huntsville says May is being replaced on an acting basis by Marshall's deputy director, Joan A. “Jody” Singer. — AP

Louisiana firm buys Horizon Shipbuilding

Assets of Horizon Shipbuilding in Bayou la Batre, working under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection since last year, have been sold to Metal Shark of Jeanrette, Louisiana. Travis Short, who has headed Horizon for 20 years, will stay on with Metal Shark.  Horizon facilities include 35 waterfront acres, cranes and equipment to build 300-foot steel and aluminum vessels. — Marine Log

Alabama Attorney General testifies about Alabama census lawsuit

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has urged members of Congress to support the state's fight to exclude immigrants living in the country illegally from the U.S. Census counts, used to determine congressional districts. Marshall and U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama testified Friday before a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee regarding the upcoming U.S. Census. — AP/WTOK

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Hawaiian Airlines took delivery of its first US-built A321 Monday. The new orchid-decorated aircraft is also the first of the new engine option (NEO) planes off the lines at the Mobile final assembly line. — FlightGlobal

Samford wins repeat grant for nursing education

Samford University has been granted more than $2.1 million to help make graduate nursing programs more accessible. Samford has received funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Nurse Faculty Loan Program for 16 years. This year, Samford’s grant is the largest in the country. — Samford

Selma ranked 9th poorest city in nation

Analysis of U.S. Census data lists Selma as the 9th poorest city in America, according to 24/7 Wall Street. Rankings are based on household income, home values and educational attainment. —

Mayer unveils new logo

Mayer Electric Supply of Birmingham has introduced a new look and simplified name. “Our industry is changing rapidly, and Mayer continues to evolve in order to become an innovative technology leader that stays ahead of the digital curve – not only in our daily operations, but also in how we tell our brand story and in how our connected team delivers innovative solutions and unrivaled service, ” says company president Wes Smith. — Mayer News Release

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