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  • New tunnel, premium RV section at Talladega Superspeedway on schedule despite weather

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    Construction of a new oversized vehicle tunnel and premium RV infield parking section at Talladega Superspeedway is still on schedule to be completed in time for the April NASCAR race, despite large amounts of rainfall and unusual groundwater conditions underneath the track.

    Track Chairman Grant Lynch, during a news conference Wednesday at the track, said he’s amazed the general contractor, Taylor Corporation of Oxford, has been able to keep the project on schedule.

    “The amount of water they have pumped out of that and the extra engineering they did from the original design, basically to keep that tunnel from floating up out of the earth, was remarkable,” Lynch said.

  • Alabama workers built 1.6M engines in 2018 to add auto horsepower

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    Alabama’s auto workers built nearly 1.6 million engines last year, as the state industry continues to carve out a place in global markets with innovative, high-performance parts, systems and finished vehicles.

    Last year also saw major new developments in engine manufacturing among the state’s key players, and more advanced infrastructure is on the way in the coming year.

    Hyundai expects to complete a key addition to its engine operations in Montgomery during the first half of 2019, while Honda continues to reap the benefits of a cutting-edge Alabama engine line installed several years ago.

  • Groundbreaking on Alabama’s newest aerospace plant made possible through key partnerships

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    Political and business leaders gathered for a groundbreaking at Alabama’s newest aerospace plant gave credit to the formation of the many key partnerships that made it possible.

    Governor Kay Ivey and several other federal, state and local officials attended the event which celebrated the construction of rocket engine builder Blue Origin’s facility in Huntsville.

2 days ago

Alabama logs record-high jobs in April fourth month in a row

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Alabama continues on its path of record high employment and record-high job count, according to the latest report from the Alabama Department of Labor for the month of April.

An estimated 2,139,379 people were working in the Yellowhammer state during the month of April, up 32,335 from the same time a year ago, and up 6,379 since March, marking the fourth month in a row Alabama has had the most people ever working.

The number of estimated jobs in Alabama for the month of April reached 2,075,500, up 35,600 from the same time a year ago, and up 10,800 since March.

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“Employment has once again reached record levels,” said Secretary of Labor Fitzgerald Washington. “Our economy is supporting more jobs than ever before and more people are in the labor force than ever before. Those that are entering the labor force are finding work. The jobs are out there, and we’re working harder than even before to make sure that everyone who wants a job, has one.”

Wage and salary employment also increased in April by 10,800.

The Alabama Department of Labor reports: “Monthly gains were seen in the leisure and hospitality sector (+4,300), the construction sector (+2,300), and the professional and business services sector (+1,700), among others.”

Washington added, “Average weekly earnings are also up, both over-the-month and over-the-year. Yearly increases in some of our high-wage industry sectors are showing employment growth, in some cases of more than 10%. This is great news for Alabamians who are looking for high-wage, high-skill jobs.”

According to the report, counties with the lowest unemployment rates are Shelby County at 2.4%, Marshall County at 2.8% and Tuscaloosa, Morgan, Madison, Lee, Elmore and Blount Counties all at 2.9%.

Counties with the highest unemployment rates are Wilcox County at 7.0%, Greene and Lowndes Counties at 6.5% and Clarke County at 6.0%.

Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are Homewood at 2.2%, Alabaster, Hoover, Northport, and Vestavia Hills at 2.4% and Madison at 2.7%.

Major cities with the highest unemployment rates are Selma at 7.2%, Prichard at 5.8% and Anniston at 5.1%.

Alabama’s unemployment rate is up slightly as the seasonally adjusted jobless rate for April came out at 3.8%, which is one-tenth of a percent higher than March.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

3 days ago

TMC of Huntsville named Boeing’s 2018 Pathfinder Supplier of the Year

Global Supplier Conference and Supplier of the Year Award

Huntsville’s Technical Micronics Control (TMC) was named Boeing Company’s 2018 Pathfinder Supplier of the Year last week in Los Angeles, CA.

One of only 13 companies to receive the honor awarded at Boeing’s Annual Global Supplier Conference, TMC has cleaned tubes for Boeing’s Space Launch System since May 2018. The cleaning process has since expanded to include other Space Launch System related hardware used on ground and in flight.

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TMC, which is one of more than 12,000 productive Boeing suppliers around the world, was selected for the award based on quality performance, delivery performance, cost, environmental initiatives, customer service and technical expertise.

“Boeing has been our largest customer over the past year, and we were fortunate that they approached us when they did. We are proud of what we do and the processes that we have helped to create,” said Kevin Heronimus, chairman and CEO of Technical Micronics Control, Inc.

Heronimus added, “To be recognized as one of Boeing’s Suppliers of the Year is a true honor and testament to the hard work our team puts forth. We are thankful to Boeing and its support of our company, and we hope to continue supporting Boeing as best as we can in the future.”

TMC, which was founded in 1965 as one of the first precision chemical cleaning companies in America, was also recognized for its outstanding efforts and improvements throughout the year.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

6 days ago

State Sen. Chris Elliot: The people of Baldwin County are being treated ‘fundamentally differently’ by ALDOT

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Monday, Republican State Sen. Chris Elliot (R-Fairhope) joined Sean Sullivan of Talk 106.5’s “Midday Mobile” to discuss the proposed I-10 bridge project in Mobile.

Policymakers have suggested tolls as an option, which Yellowhammer News reported Monday, “Dollar figures for the proposed toll that would be levied on those crossing the new Bayway bridge and the existing Wallace Tunnel range from $3-6.”

Elliot pointed out the expense of the project and how little ALDOT is doing to assist with the project.

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“The current plan that ALDOT has presented for the capital stack, right, which is the how we make up the funding for this project, has about seven percent of the total project cost coming from the United States Department of Transportation. It is right at about $150 million out of a $2.1 billion project anticipated cost,” he stated.

Elliot went on to say the people of Baldwin County are being treated “fundamentally differently” by ALDOT than other people in the state.

While Elliot said that some sort of toll may be acceptable due to it being “one of the largest” projects contemplated by the state of Alabama, he also pointed out that revenue from the gas tax could be used to offset the high toll cost.

“The current proposed toll rate of $6 for the I-10 Mobile River Bridge for frequent users is a non-starter. ALDOT must increase the public subsidy (down payment) for this project to decrease the toll for local commuters. The new gas tax can absolutely be used to accomplish this.”

Listen to the full interview here.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

1 week ago

Vivian Figures laments ’27 white male Republicans’ in the Alabama Senate

During a Friday morning appearance on MSNBC, Alabama State Sen. Vivian Figures (D-Mobile) shared her thoughts on the “chaos” surrounding the bill to ban abortion in the Yellowhammer state while lamenting the “white male Republicans” serving in the Alabama Senate.

“Our Senate is made up of 27 white male Republicans and eight Democrats, of which four of those are four African-American women. So yes, they’re going to get their way,” Figures stated. “What they did on yesterday was not a surprise. It’s happened before.”

Figures also explained that she feels Senate Republicans in Alabama force their agenda on the Senate Democrats.

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“Although they have the numbers to do what they want to do, they always feel the need to force and cram something down our throats,” Figures said.

“Of course I went to the microphone to let the lieutenant governor know that we had made the request,” Figures explained. “Senator Singleton had asked very very politely, if you will, he had asked and was very clear about saying every vote we would take on this bill, we want a long roll call vote. In the past that’s been honored. Of course, the Lieutenant Governor Ainsworth is a new lieutenant governor presiding over the Senate.”

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Figures was also asked to share her thoughts on whether she believed Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey would sign the bill, should it be passed.

“The way it’s been going in Alabama since we received a supermajority Republican administration and legislature, whatever the Republican agenda is, everybody else falls in line to do what needs to be done,” Figures told MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson. ” That’s why they called for a voice vote on stripping that amendment from the bill, because some of their own members do not feel comfortable with not having that amendment about rape and incest to be a part of the exception in that bill.”

Figures added, “I have no doubt that she might sign it.”

Jackson also questioned Figures on how to “stop” strict abortion bills from reaching the Supreme Court.

“I’m not sure that we can stop it with the numbers,” Figures responded. “When you have the votes, you have the votes. One way we can stop this down the line is to make sure that we get people out to vote and elect more Democrats across this country.”

“This is clearly Republican agenda. It’s a hot button issue that they use for politics to get them elected and reelected,” Figures claimed. “It’s a shame because the state of Alabama doesn’t even have enough money to adequately fund public education.”

After the loss of a procedural vote, Democrats in the Alabama Senate resulted to shouting at the chair, which resulted in a delay of the vote.

The bill, which was passed by the House last week, would have only banned all abortion except when the life of the mother is in danger.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

2 weeks ago

American Conservative Union awards three Alabama congressmen for their voting records

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The American Conservative Union (ACU) awarded Alabama Republican Congressmen Bradley Byrne (AL-01), Gary Palmer (AL-06) and Mo Brooks (AL-05) Tuesday evening with awards celebrating their roles in conservatism.

Brooks and Byrne were awarded the ACU’s “Conservative Achievement Award,” while Palmer was presented the ACU’s “Conservative Excellence Award” for their voting records which uphold America’s foundational principles and free-enterprise economic system.

Awards are given based on the score they receive on the American Conservative Union Foundation’s Annual Rating of Congress. While all members of Congress are scored, those who receive scores of 80 percent or higher receive an award.

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Brooks received a rating of 84 percent for his 2018 voting record with a lifetime rating of 89.52 percent.

“Congratulations to @RepMoBrooks (#ACUrating 84%) on earning our 2018 Conservative Achievement Award for his work last year and thank you for your continued commitment to keeping Americans safe at home and abroad,” the ACU Foundation said in a tweet congratulating Brooks.

“The American Conservative Union is one of America’s oldest and most revered conservative organizations. I’m proud to receive ACU’s Conservative Achievement Award for my 2018 voting record upholding America’s foundational principles and free-enterprise economic system,” Brooks said in a statement. “With the onslaught of radical socialist policies sweeping through Washington, it’s more important than ever to fight for the pro-liberty, pro-Constitution, and America First policies that have combined to make America the greatest nation in world history. I’m proud to have ACU as an ally in the fight.”

Palmer received a rating of 92 percent for his 2018 voting record with a lifetime rating of 98 percent.

“With a 98% lifetime #ACUrating, we are proud to present @USRepGaryPalmer with our Conservative Excellence Award for his dedication to conservative principles in 2018,” said the ACU Foundation in a tweet honoring Palmer.

Palmer shared the news of his award on Twitter, saying, “Thank you for this honor, @ACUFoundation!”

Byrne received a rating of 84 percent for his 2018 voting record with a lifetime rating of 90.52 percent.

“We are proud to present @RepByrne with our Conservative Achievement Award and congratulate him on earning an #ACUrating of 84% in 2018. Thank you for your commitment to conservative principles,” the ACU Foundation said of Byrne.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

2 weeks ago

State Rep. John Rogers: ‘I was wrong about the retarded thing’

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During an appearance on Talk 99.5’s “Matt & Aunie Show” Monday morning, State Rep. John Rogers (D-Birmingham) walked back using the word “retarded” on the House floor to describe Donald Trump, Jr., President Trump’s son.

“He took a shot at me. I took a shot at him,” Rogers said in relation to using the word to describe Trump Jr. “I apologized to him. … I ain’t got no problem doing that in public.”

Rogers also mentioned that he knows two mentally challenged individuals who he “loves to death.”

“They love me. When they give love, they give love unconditionally,” Rogers explained.

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Rogers also suggested that he used the word “retarded” in a different way than what is inferred to mean in today’s society.

“The r-word is a word that’s old and dates way back to the 1940s. It’s not mentally challenged. It’s a different [meaning] to it now, but I did use it. … I was wrong about the retarded thing,” Rogers said later in the interview. “I’m shying away from the fact that I used the word retarded.”

Rogers also discussed his remarks when he said Donald Trump, Jr. was the best argument for abortion, saying it was “hyperbole.”

When asked what his response to Trump Jr. would be if he had said Rogers is a good example for why abortion should be legal, Rogers said, “That’s his take.”

“I intended it to be below the belt. I dislike him that much,” Rogers said. “I’m not in love with Donald Trump or Donald Trump, Jr.”

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RELATED: Dem Rep. Rogers: Doug Jones called me, admitted I was ‘right’ on abortion remarks

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2 weeks ago

Lawmakers, members of the media react to Dem Rep. Rogers’ ‘disgusting’ comments on abortion

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After State Rep. John Rogers’ (D-Birmingham) abortion comments widely circulated across social media platforms Wednesday, politicians and several prominent members of the media quickly denounced the comments that he later doubled down on.

Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope), a 2020 candidate for the United States Senate, called Rogers’ comments “disgusting.”

“This is one of the most horrific statements I’ve ever heard from an elected official, and it follows the previous disgusting comments from Governor Northam in Virginia,” Byrne said in a statement. “The American people must put our foot down and say enough is enough. Every single life is precious and worth fighting for,” Byrne said in a statement released Wednesday. “I’m disappointed Alabama has a Senator in Doug Jones who is unabashedly pro-abortion and refuses to stand up to this type of extremism from members of his own party. Alabama deserves a 100% pro-life voice representing us in the Senate.”

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Alabama Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper) in a statement described Rogers’ remarks as “chilling.”

“Representative Rogers’ remarks are chilling. ‘Kill them now, or you kill them later’? His comments should be condemned at the state and national level,” Reed said Wednesday. “Every human life, no matter how weak or small, has inherent dignity because we are all made in the image of God. House Bill 314, which the House passed 74-3, recognizes and protects the dignity of human life, and the Alabama Senate looks forward to debating and voting on this important pro-life measure in the coming days.”

Alabama GOP chairwoman Terry Lathan highlighted Rogers’ remarks, calling them “inexcusable and intolerable.”


Thursday, Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) called for Rogers to apologize to the people of Alabama, including his fellow lawmakers.

“It is very, very unfortunate and I condemn it in the strongest possible terms,” Jones told Yellowhammer News.

Lawmakers from around the country, members of the media and even President Donald Trump’s son also criticized the Democratic state representative.

“This is how extreme on abortion some on the radical left have become,” Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) said in a tweet. “This is disgusting. That’s why I am calling for a vote on the House Floor to #EndInfanticide. It’s clear that now more than ever, the most innocent form of life needs protection.”

Donald Trump, Jr. noted Rogers’ remarks were “stomach curling.”

Fox News Channel’s Laura Ingraham and Bret Baier also shared Rogers’ remarks on Twitter with Ingraham questioning the morality of the Democratic Party.

Obianuju Ekeocha, a global pro-life activist, shared her thoughts on Rogers’ remarks and warned, “We are in the middle of a silent genocide.”

In a tweet Wednesday, Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA asked, “Where is the media? Why are they ignoring this?”

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

3 weeks ago

Forbes names Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama one of America’s best mid-size employers

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In a recent announcement, Forbes named Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama one of America’s 2019 Best Mid-Size Employers.

The recognition came after Forbes randomly surveyed 50,000 employees in 25 different industries who work for companies with 1,000 or more employees.

“We are truly honored to be recognized as one of America’s best mid-size employers,” said Tim Vines, president and CEO of Alabama’s Blue Cross Blue Shield. “Our employees are our most valuable asset. We are committed to providing a positive and rewarding work environment for the more than 3,000 employees who work every day to exceed our customers’ expectations.”

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The evaluation of each employer was based on two criteria:

  1. Direct Recommendations: Employees were asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own employer to friends and family based on a 0-10 scale.
  2. Indirect recommendations: Participants were also prompted to evaluate other employers in their respective industries that stood out either positively or negatively.

The latest announcement marks the second consecutive year Blue Cross has been named Best Employer in the mid-size category.

In addition to being one of the best mid-size employers, Blue Cross was also recognized this year as one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

4 weeks ago

Mobile Bay eastern shore ranked among best performing places in America

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A recent report from Milken Institute found the cities of Daphne, Fairhope and Foley to be among the best performing small cities in America for job and wage growth, as well as other aspects.

Among the 18 cities ranked in the Milken Institute’s 2018 Best-Performing Cities Report, Daphne, Fairhope and Foley, Alabama, ranked as a top performer in the one-year job growth category.

Working in the area’s favor is the effort put in by small businesses adding high-skilled technical and engineering jobs.

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Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, located on the state’s Gulf Coast, is a top performer in the one-year job growth category. According to city officials, small businesses have been driving growth, adding high-skilled technical and engineering jobs.

The population of the metro has been growing steadily over a decade, but its population still sits at just a little under 200,000. The city has been praised recently for its eco-friendly strategies to keep its beaches clean.

Ranked first on the list is Bend-Richmond, Oregon, followed by St. George, Utah.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

1 month ago

CIA Director Gina Haspel highlights opioid crisis, praises Auburn University alum’s sacrifice

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During a speech at Auburn University on Thursday, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Gina Haspel highlighted the agency’s role in fighting the opioid epidemic and praised the devotion and sacrifices made by CIA officers, including an Auburn alum who was killed in the line of duty.

Haspel told the audience of 300 about Auburn University alum Johnny Micheal “Mike” Spann, a paramilitary operations officer who was the first American to die in the line of duty in Afghanistan during the nation’s response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

“Immediately before he was attacked and killed in the uprising, Mike was able to warn an agency colleague of the imminent danger, allowing that officer to get to safety,” Haspel stated. “He demonstrated the highest standards of duty and sacrifice at the forefront of our fight against terrorism. In his short time in Afghanistan, Mike’s actions played a pivotal role in our battle against the Taliban and al-Qa‘ida in the region. His story is a poignant reminder of the unwavering commitment of all our men and women serving on the front lines.”

Haspel also talked about the CIA’s role in taking “concrete steps” to assist President Donald Trump in dealing with the opioid crisis.

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“No foreign challenge has had a more direct and devastating impact on American families and communities than the flow of opioids and other drugs into our country,” Haspel explained. “A scourge that has killed more Americans than any terrorist group ever has.”

“That’s why we’re taking concrete steps to increase our contributions to the president’s whole-of-government approach in tackling this epidemic,” she added.

According to Haspel, the CIA’s relations with foreign partners now are “stronger than ever.”

“We’re making great strides with our foreign partners and those ties are stronger than ever,” she said.

She added, “We’re placing a renewed emphasis on foreign language expertise and training. We want our men and women to be closely attuned to the cultures in which they operate and to speak the local language.”

The CIA director concluded her speech with a kind parting message for Auburn University.

“We at CIA could not be more grateful for your school’s distinguished history of service to our nation,” Haspel said. “And as you carry on that great tradition, I hope to see many of you again — as partners in the honorable and essential work of keeping America safe and free.”

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

1 month ago

University of Alabama alum Marillyn Hewson named one of TIME magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’

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Marillyn A. Hewson, chairman, president and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corp., who happens to a University of Alabama alumna, was named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” for 2019, further proving that the University is the place where legends are made.

In the magazine, which is set to be released Friday, Hewson credits the university as the most influential place in her life due to the foundation it set for her impressive career. The Capstone is also where she met her husband, James, as an undergraduate.

Hewson has said she is “deeply thankful” for the education she received at the University of Alabama.

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“I am deeply thankful for the strong business education I received at the University of Alabama,” Hewson stated. “That education helped prepare me for many of the challenges and opportunities I’ve encountered throughout my career – from the day I joined the company as an industrial engineer to my current role as CEO.”

Last year, Hewson was ranked No. 1 on Fortune magazine’s list of “Most Powerful Women in Business.”

Hewson and her husband have continuously given back to the university’s Culverhouse College of Business, where Marillyn earned her bachelor’s degree. In 2017, Hewson donated $5 million to the College to support education and research in business-data intelligence and cybersecurity.

In 2018, the Hewson family gave a gift of $15 million to the College. The university now plans to construct a new building named Hewson Hall after Marillyn and James.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

1 month ago

Alabama First Class Pre-K ranked nation’s top program for 13th year in a row

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Alabama’s voluntary First Class Pre-K program was named the highest quality state-funded pre-kindergarten program in the nation Wednesday for the 13th year in a row.

One of only three states, including Michigan and Rhode Island, Alabama meets or exceeds all 10of the benchmarks measured by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) to determine a program’s quality.

NIEER’s 2018 State of Preschool Yearbook, which was released Wednesday, evaluated the quality of state-funded pre-kindergarten programs in use during the 2017-2018 school year. Throughout that year, Alabama enrolled an estimated 16,884 four-year-olds.

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“We wish more states followed Alabama’s example of expanding pre-k enrollment with adequate funding, high quality, and demonstrated effectiveness,” said NIEER Founder and Senior Co-Director Steven Barnett, Ph.D. “Research finds the program yields long-term gains in achievement. If the state continues to invest, all Alabama’s young children can benefit in the near future.”

NIEER also categorized Alabama as one of nine “States on the Move” and highlighted the state’s devotion to increasing the funding to expand enrollment and ensuring pay equality for pre-k teachers.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey reacted to the news Wednesday and said the Alabama First Class Pre-K is “providing that solid ground for our youngest learners.”

“For a child to reach their fullest potential later in life, they must first build a strong foundation. I’m proud that Alabama First Class Pre-K is once again proving to be successful in providing that solid ground for our youngest learners,” Governor Ivey stated. “From our state’s historic investment in this program to Secretary Jeana Ross’s unmatched leadership, Alabama is setting the tone for early childhood education around the country. Other states know that Alabama’s students are getting off to a very strong start, and if they follow Alabama’s lead, then they, too, can do the same for their students.”

Secretary of Early Childhood Education Jeana Ross also shared her excitement of the news.

“As Alabama continues to expand access to high-quality, voluntary pre-k for four-year-olds, the Department is committed to ensuring the highest quality early learning experiences,” Ross said. “With the support of the Alabama Legislature and the strong leadership of Governor Kay Ivey, Alabama continues to lead the nation in growth and quality. We are constantly working to develop and implement policies that support program quality in early childhood settings.”

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

1 month ago

CIA Director Gina Haspel set to address audience at Auburn University

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Auburn University announced that it will host Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Gina Haspel on April 18 for a National Security Forum.

The Thursday morning event, which will be held at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, will be accessible by invitation only and is set to begin at 9 a.m. CST.

Haspel is set to address the audience, which will be followed by a moderated question and answer session.

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Auburn University Chief Operating Officer and former Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess will moderate the event. Burgess returned to Auburn, his undergraduate alma mater, in December 2012 after retiring from the Army after a 38-year military career.

Haspel, who was nominated by President Trump to lead the CIA, was officially sworn in as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency on May 18, 2018. Haspel manages the agency’s intelligence collection, analysis and covert action, counterintelligence and liaison relationships with foreign services.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

1 month ago

Mike Rogers: Democrats need to ‘give us the resources’ to deal with border crisis

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Representative Mike Rogers (R-Saks) joined Fox News Channel’s “Outnumbered Overtime” with Harris Faulkner Tuesday to discuss the crisis at the southern border and his recent trip with President Donald Trump to see the progress being made on the new barrier.

In the interview, Rogers shared Trump is getting barriers put up at the border and shifting around Border Patrol agents to get more on the ground “to do their policing functions” rather than administrative roles.

“[Trump] is going forward with getting the fencing built. We went down with him last Friday,” Rogers said. “We were able to see the fence and demonstrate to the American public how different this is from what we’ve used in the past, how successful it is and to highlight the problem. What he can do right now is what he is doing. He’s moving forward and putting the barriers up and trying to shift personnel to work the borders.”

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Rogers called for Democrats to step in and assist President Trump and Republicans with limiting the problems occurring on the border.

“We need the Democrats to finally give us the resources for the things they said we needed all along. … They said we needed people and technology resources on the border to secure it. The president is going ahead with the barrier so they need to come around and support the things they said we needed,” he advised.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

1 month ago

Birmingham’s Glenwood opens Avondale campus to assist children with autism, mental health concerns

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Thursday, April 11 officially marks the grand opening of Glenwood Inc.’s completion of a $10 million capital campaign and new Avondale campus.

In 2017, Glenwood purchased three properties for renovation and use for education and therapeutic services in Birmingham. The acquisition was a part of the capital campaign, Renowned Care, Renewed Hope: campaign for Glenwood.

Glenwood’s Children’s Center opened in October 2018. The facility offers Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), which benefits children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Across the alleyway is now Glenwood’s Administration Building. Next door to that, the third building plans to open later this year and will serve as the headquarters for Glenwood’s Outpatient Services.

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The outpatient services facility will provide rooms for evaluations and diagnoses of mental health concerns including autism, as well as other offices. Family education and social skills training will be offered from Avondale.

“Thanks to generous donors, Glenwood will be able to officially open two important buildings, adding to its programs and services,” said D. Lee Yount, FACHE, Glenwood’s president and CEO.

She added, “We are actually celebrating a successful campaign that helped us grow, the opening of two buildings and the addition of some very important and growing components of Glenwood’s continuum of care, with two separate ribbon cuttings. We know that to help the most people, we need to be easily accessible to the most people. We are delighted to be near the heart of Birmingham and in the beautiful neighborhood of Avondale. And we still have space for future growth here. We are celebrating that, too.”

Tours of the buildings and valet parking will be available at 608 38th Street South on April 11, 2019.

The new campus adds to Glenwood’s presence with other locations in Huntsville, Montgomery and the central campus located in Birmingham.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

2 months ago

Southern Research announces April Brys will lead Drug Development division

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Southern Research announced Wednesday that April M. Brys, Ph.D. had been named vice president of the non-profit organization’s Drug Development division.

Brys, an experienced life sciences executive, has a strong and steady track record in research and leadership positions.

Southern Research President and CEO Art Tipton said Brys’ successful background will make her an asset to Birmingham-based Southern Research as the leader for Drug Development.

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“April’s strong scientific and business background brings to Southern Research the leadership we sought to continue to grow and expand our Drug Development division,” Tipton said in a release. “Her experience will be invaluable as we seek to build new capabilities within the division while also forging new relationships and identifying new business opportunities.”

Brys, whose work includes the evaluation of bioterror threats and combatting diseases like influenza, began her career with Southern Research Monday and said she looks forward to assisting with the Drug Development division.

“With an impressive history of exploring how to make medicines safer, improve vaccines and develop new therapeutics, Southern Research is well positioned to continue making important contributions in these areas,” Brys stated.

She added, “I am excited to join the organization and lead the effort to expand the Drug Development division’s capabilities and reach this year and beyond.”

Before making the transition to Birmingham, Brys previously worked in Columbus, Ohio at Battelle Memorial Institute for 19 years, a global non-profit applied science and technology development organization.

Brys earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Rutgers and master’s degree of philosophy and doctorate degrees in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University.

Southern Research’s Drug Development division provides commercial and government clients with a wide variety of nonclinical and clinical trial support services. It conducts in vitro and in vivo testing of small molecule compounds, vaccines, biologics and other test articles in therapeutic areas including infectious disease, central nervous system disorders, and cancer, according to southernresearch.org.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

2 months ago

NASA awards $5.2 million contract to Auburn University’s National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence

Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering announced Monday that NASA awarded a $5.2 million contract to its National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence, also known as NCAME, to develop additive manufacturing processes aimed at improving the performance of liquid rocket engines.

The contract, which spans three years, is the most recent expansion of the partnership between Auburn and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

“For decades, Auburn engineers have been instrumental in helping the U.S. achieve its space exploration goals,” said Christopher B. Roberts, dean of Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, in a news release. “This new collaboration between NASA and our additive manufacturing researchers will play a major role in developing advanced rocket engines that will drive long-duration spaceflight, helping our nation achieve its bold vision for the future of space exploration.”

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The research and develop covered under the contract represent NASA’s Rapid Analysis and Manufacturing Propulsion Technology (RAMPT) project, which focuses on enhancing light-weight, large-scale novel and additive manufacturing techniques to develop and manufacture regeneratively cooled thrust chamber assemblies for liquid rocket engines.

“This partnership with Auburn University and industry will help develop improvements for liquid rocket engines, as well as contribute to commercial opportunities,” said Paul McConnaughey, deputy director of Marshall Space Flight Center.

He added, “The technologies developed by this team will be made available widely to the private sector, offering more companies the opportunity to use these advanced manufacturing techniques.”

NCAME will support the RAMPT project to create a domestic supply chain and develop specialized manufacturing technology vendors that government agencies, academic institutions, and commercial space companies will utilize.

Nima Shamsaei, the NCAME director, will serve as principal investigator for the RAMPT project, while Mike Ogles, the director of NASA programs in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, will serve as project manager.

“This contract is a giant leap towards making Alabama the ‘go to state’ for additive manufacturing,” Ogles stated. “We look forward to growing our partnership with NASA, industry, and academia as we support the development of our nation’s next rocket engines.”

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

2 months ago

Byrne calls for stronger border security, immigration laws in wake of Mobile woman’s death

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Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1) joined “Fox & Friends” Wednesday as he seeks justice for the hit-and-run victim of an illegal immigrant.

Sonya Jones of Mobile was killed in a hit-and-run car accident last week by Domingo Francisco Marcos, a 16-year-old illegal immigrant from Guatemala.

Describing the event, Byrne said, “She’s minding her own business, driving her car, this 17-year-old illegal immigrant runs into her and kills her. He tries to leave the scene of the accident. He’s so injured, he can’t. They apprehend him.”

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He added, “Now we find out he came into this country illegally, obviously, then claimed asylum, and like so many people he tried to gain the system. When he had a court date for his asylum claim, he didn’t show up. And now this happens.”

Byrne then reaffirmed his support for President Trump’s agenda of repairing America’s broken immigration system.

“This is why the president is so insistent that we build the wall and that we change our law so that these sorts of incidents don’t happen to innocent American citizens,” he stated.

Byrne also made the case that illegal immigration is impacting every state, not just those near the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Look what happened in Mobile, Alabama, well away from the Mexican border. By the way, we’ve had two rapes by illegal immigrants in the northern part of Alabama,” Byrne said. “It doesn’t matter where you live in America, these people can come into our country and harm us.”

He added, “He came across as a minor, we’ve heard a lot about minors. Well, minors can cause harm, minors can cause death. We need to have a system that protects everybody in America and that means building a wall, changing our laws so that people like him can’t gain the system and harm people like you and me.”

Byrne concluded the interview by discussing the harsh impact of illegal immigration and the role elected politicians play in the process.

“If these incidents don’t tell us anything, it should tell us we have a solemn responsibility to protect our citizens and we failed this family and the friends of this dear woman, who obviously did not deserve this,” he advised. “We need to do something about this and do it now.”

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

2 months ago

Watch: Mo Brooks slams socialist Democrats and mainstream media for spreading ‘big lie propaganda’ with alleged Trump, Russia collusion

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Representative Mo Brooks (AL-5) gave an intense House floor speech Monday, slamming socialist Democrats and the “fake news” media over the Trump-Russia collusion scam they pushed since President Donald Trump’s election.

Brooks called the two-year investigation “the most sordid ‘fake news’ ‘big lie’ propaganda, scam, fraud and smear campaign in American history.”

“For more than two years, socialist Democrats and their fake news media allies: CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, Washington Post and countless others have perpetrated the biggest political lie, con, scam and fraud in American history,” stated Brooks.

He then warned America to expect socialists and the mainstream media to “double down” on their “big lies” because that is required for the Big Lie Propaganda Theory.

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Congressman Brooks’ full speech as follows

Mr. Speaker, a “big lie” is a political propaganda technique made famous by Germany’s National Socialist German Workers’ Party. But more on that later.

For more than two years, socialist Democrats and their fake news media allies … CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, Washington Post, and countless others … have perpetrated the biggest political lie, con, scam and fraud in American history.

Attorney General Barr’s executive summary of Mueller’s Report has publicly confirmed what many of us have known for a long time. The accusations of collusion between President Trump and Russia in the 2016 elections are nothing but a big lie!

The Mueller Investigation was massive. It “employed 19 lawyers who were assisted by a team of approximately 40 FBI agents, intelligence forensic accountants, and other professional staff. The Special Counsel issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search warrants, obtained more than 230 orders for communication records, … and interviewed approximately 500 witnesses.”

After tens of millions of wasted American tax dollars, the finding is succinct. “The report does not recommend any further indictments, nor did the Special Counsel obtain any sealed indictments that have yet to be made public.  …  [T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”

The Mueller Report vindicates President Trump and his 2016 campaign from the Socialists’ baseless, reckless and false “big lie” charges of Russian election collusion.

Equally important, there is a converse to President Trump’s vindication.

Mueller’s report confirms that socialist Democrats and their fake news media allies made up nonexistent allegations and engaged in the most sordid “fake news” “big lie” propaganda, scam, fraud and smear campaign in American history.

Socialist Democrats and their fake news media allies were shameless in their “big lie” scam that has inspired hatred against President Trump and violence against Americans who support America’s foundational principles.

If Socialists and the fake new media had any honor, they would cleanse their souls and atone for their sins by uttering mea culpas and apologizing to the American people for the fraud and scam committed.

More likely, however, they will double down and propagate even more big lies …  because doubling down is essential to “big lie” theory. In that vein, I quote from another socialist who mastered “big lie” propaganda to maximum, and deadly, effect.

“In the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods.

It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation.”

Who is this “big lie” master?

That quote was in 1925 by a member of Germany’s National Socialist German Workers’ Party, that’s right, Germany’s Socialist Party, more commonly known as the Nazis. The author was socialist Adolph Hitler in his book, Mein Kampf.

Mr. Speaker, America can either learn from history or be doomed to repeat it.

When it comes to big lie political propaganda in America, as the Mueller report confirms, America’s Socialists and their fake news media allies are experts and have no peers.

Regardless, America must reject their “big lies” or succumb to the danger that lurks, and horrific damage that results.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

2 months ago

GE Aviation to expand 3-D printing facility in Auburn

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Governor Kay Ivey announced Wednesday that GE Aviation has plans to invest $50 million into expanding the additive manufacturing operation at its facility in Auburn, which is the first site to mass produce a jet component using 3-D printing technology for the aerospace industry.

“GE Aviation is at the leading edge of advanced aerospace additive manufacturing, and the company’s expansion plans at the Auburn facility will strengthen its technology leadership position,” Ivey stated, via Made in Alabama. “We look forward to seeing where the great partnership between Alabama and GE Aviation will take us both in an exciting future.”

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As a part of the project, GE Aviation will reportedly create 60 jobs and place new additive production machines in Auburn, which will allow the factory to begin greater production of a second engine part by implementing the additive process.

The expansion will allow the Auburn facility to mass produce a 3-D printed bracket for the GEnx-2B engine program.

“We’re very excited for this new investment in our additive manufacturing operation here in Auburn,” said GE Aviation’s Auburn plant leader, Ricardo Acevedo.

He added, “Our success thus far is a testament to all the hard-working folks at this facility who are leading the way in advanced manufacturing. The future here is bright, and we’re glad to have such great support from the Auburn community and the state of Alabama.”

Instead of taking the more traditional route to produce a part, additive manufacturing uses a CAD file to grow parts by using layers of metal powder and an electron beam. It is a much quicker process and allows for more product with less waste.

“Additive manufacturing technologies are revolutionizing how products are being made in many industries, and GE Aviation is helping to drive that revolution in aerospace,” said Alabama Department of Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield.

He added, “We welcome GE’s decision to expand AM activities in Auburn because this will solidify the Alabama facility’s position as a hub for next-generation manufacturing techniques.”

Before today’s expansion announcement, the Auburn facility was set to employ an estimated 300 people in 2019.

“We’re grateful for GE’s continued investment in our community, and we are proud to be the home of GE Aviation’s leading additive manufacturing facility,” said Auburn Mayor Ron Anders. “For years, Auburn has sought after technology-based industries, and this expansion is evidence of the value in that.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

2 months ago

SEC donates $100,000 to Auburn University for tornado relief

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The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is donating $100,000 to Auburn University in order to assist the students, faculty and staff who were impacted by the tornadoes on March 3.

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said the conference is a “family” comprised of 14 institutions that come together to assist those impacted by circumstances such as the deadly tornadoes that took 23 lives in Lee County.

“SEC teams often face each other in fierce athletic competition, but it is comprised of 14 institutions who come together as a family during times of need such as this,” said Sankey.  “The Executive Committee of the Southeastern Conference has established parameters for use of an Emergency Relief Fund to assist member institutions in circumstances such as those experienced by members of the Auburn community. We are pleased to be able to assist with efforts to ease the stress for those impacted by this devastating storm.

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This is not the first time the SEC has assisted other conference institutions with university communities affected by natural disasters.

Auburn University President Steven Leath offered his appreciation to the SEC for its generous support and noted that the university would work to properly to distribute the funds to the community.

“This is a remarkable donation that speaks to the SEC’s steadfast commitment to its member institutions and surrounding communities,” said Leath. “As we continue to evaluate further ways in which our university can help those affected by the March 3 tornadoes, this funding will be a tremendous boost to our coordinated efforts going forward.”

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

2 months ago

Sen. Jim McClendon, Rep. April Weaver recognized by AARP Alabama as ‘Capitol Caregivers’

Alabama State Sen. Jim McClendon (R-Springville) and State Rep. April Weaver (R-Pelham) were both recognized as “Capitol Caregivers” at the Shelby County Chamber 2019 Alabama Legislative Preview Event by AARP Alabama, which serves more than 440,000 Alabamians age 50 and older.

AARP’s 2018 “Capitol Caregivers” is a group of 65 elected bipartisan officials from 24 states. The selected leaders have advanced policies that support family caregivers, who help their parents, spouses and other loved ones around their homes and in the community.

“AARP Alabama thanks Senator McClendon and Representative Weaver for championing the Nurse Signature Act,” said Candi Williams state director of AARP Alabama in a statement. “They provided key leadership to pass this common-sense legislation and to help make family caregivers’ many responsibilities a little bit easier.”

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The Nurse Signature Act made a change that will reduce the time spent on complex paperwork and increase efficiency by allowing providers greater opportunities to see and care for their patients.

The bill was signed into law by Governor Kay Ivey in March 2018.

An estimated 761,000 Alabamians provide unpaid care for their loved ones, which is valued at $7.7 billion annually in Alabama.

“AARP Alabama will continue to advocate for family caregivers and their loved ones in the upcoming 2019 session,” Williams said. “We are excited to work with Representative Weaver on her pre-filed Nurse Compact bill that will ease red tape and increase access for Alabamians, particularly in rural and underserved areas.”

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

2 months ago

Rogers calls out Democrats’ hypocrisy over the border wall — ‘We never argued about whether barriers worked until Donald Trump wanted them’

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At a House Homeland Security Committee hearing Wednesday, Congressman Mike Rogers (AL-3) slammed Democrats for their politicized opposition to physical border barriers since 2016 and recent calls to eliminate Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Rogers began by listing border facts from the fiscal year 2018, which included the total weight in pounds of illegal drugs that were seized by law enforcement.

“In fiscal year 2018, CBP seized 895,000 pounds of drugs at the border. That includes approximately 2,100 pounds of fentanyl. To put that in perspective, just two milligrams of fentanyl are a fatal dose to the person, according to the DEA. 2,135 pounds of fentanyl represents a lethal dose for 484 million people, more than the entire population of our country,” Rogers stated. “If that isn’t an emergency, I don’t know what is.”

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He added, “In contrary to what some say, CBP actually seizes more pounds of drugs between ports of entry than at ports of entry. Since FY 2012, CBP has seized more than 11 million pounds of drugs between ports of entry compared to only four million pounds at ports of entry.”

Rogers also outlined how illegal drugs and gangs can have a negative impact on the American people and the success of a few barriers that have been established along the border.

“Mr. Chairman, we have to stop the flow of illegal immigrants and community-destroying drugs across our southwest border. We must put an end to the transnational gangs that profit off these illegal enterprises and bring crime to the American streets. The only way to do that is to secure the border. We need an all of the above approach. Border security that includes manpower, 21st-century technology, and barriers. With this approach, we will deter human trafficking, human smugglers, and others from crossing hundreds of miles of open desert with innocent children and putting those children in grave danger. Fewer drugs will make it into the united states, saving lives and making communities safer.”

“We know an all of the above approach works. In the areas where we have built a wall system, illegal traffic has plummeted. In San Diego, illegal traffic dropped 92 percent after the barrier was erected. In El Paso, illegal traffic dropped 95 percent. And in Tuscon, illegal traffic dropped 90 percent. Let’s build on this success”

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Rogers then called out the hypocrisy of the Democrats’ opposition to stronger border security.

“Border security and keeping Americans safe used to be priorities for both our parties,” Rogers said. “I’ve been on this committee since, just like the chairman said, since inception. We never argued about whether barriers worked until Donald Trump wanted them. This is not rocket science.”

In the hearing, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen also confirmed the situation at the United States – Mexico border “is an emergency.”

“I can no longer assure you of who is coming into this country,” she added. “That is a direct national security threat.”

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

3 months ago

UAB Proton Therapy Center set to install 90-ton cancer-fighting cyclotron

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A 90-ton piece of cancer-fighting equipment is set to be installed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Proton Therapy Center on Tuesday, according to a news release.

The cyclotron, named Emma, came with a price tag of $25 million and will use an aimed beam of protons directed at a tumor site to fight cancer.

Per UAB, proton therapy is “used to treat tumors of the brain and central nervous system, spine, head and neck, lung, prostate, liver, and gastrointestinal tract and colon, and some breast tumors.”

With only 29 locations in the United States where this type of treatment is available, UAB will be the first to offer proton therapy in Alabama.

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Built in Germany, Emma was offloaded in Brunswick, Georgia, and will be brought to Birmingham by a special truck.

With the tool weighing so much, a specialized crane will be used to place Emma inside of the Proton Therapy Center, which is being constructed at the corner of 20th Street South and 4th Avenue.

Emma was originally set to be installed on Monday, but it was announced that the cyclotron would not arrive until Tuesday due to weather conditions.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.