6 months ago

Marshall Space Flight Center to lead NASA lander program in return to moon

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine today announced that the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville will lead the agency’s Human Landing System Program for its return to the Moon by 2024.

Bridenstine made the announcement in front of the 149-foot-tall Space Launch System (SLS) rocket liquid hydrogen tank structural test article currently being tested at NASA’s Alabama installation.

He was joined at the event by U.S. Reps. Mo Brooks and Robert Aderholt of Alabama and Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee.

“We greatly appreciate the support shown here today by our representatives in Congress for NASA’s Artemis program and America’s return to the Moon, where we will prepare for our greatest feat for humankind – putting astronauts on Mars,” Bridenstine said.

Illustration of a lunar lander on the Moon (Photo: NASA)

“We focus on a ‘One NASA’ integrated approach that uses the technical capabilities of many centers. Marshall has the right combination of expertise and experience to accomplish this critical piece of the mission.”


Informed by years of expertise in propulsion systems integration and technology development, engineers at Marshall will work with U.S. companies to rapidly develop, integrate, and demonstrate a human lunar landing system that can launch to the Gateway, pick up astronauts and ferry them between the Gateway and the surface of the Moon.

“Marshall Space Flight Center is the birthplace of America’s space program. It was Marshall scientists and engineers who designed, built, tested, and helped launch the giant Saturn V rocket that carried astronauts on the Apollo missions to the Moon,” Brooks said.

“Marshall has unique capabilities and expertise not found at other NASA centers. I’m pleased NASA has chosen Marshall to spearhead a key component of America’s return to the Moon and usher in the Artemis era.”

Aderholt said Marshall is the perfect pick to lead the Human Landing System Program.

“Marshall Space Flight Center, and North Alabama, have played a key role in every American human mission to space since the days of Mercury 7. I am proud that Marshall has been selected to be the lead for the landers program,” Aderholt said.

“I am also very proud that Marshall has designed and built the rocket system, the Space Launch System, which will make missions to the Moon and Mars possible. We look forward to working with our industry partners and our NASA partners from around the country.”

(Courtesy of Made in Alabama)

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10 mins ago

Alabama couple being sued for $37K over cost of emergency appendectomy

KC Roberts and her husband Daryl, a couple in Dothan, Alabama, are being sued by the hospital where KC was taken for an emergency appendectomy in 2016.

The facility taking the legal action is the for-profit Flowers Hospital in Dothan. The facility is suing for $37,000, which they say is the cost of the surgery plus the interest built up in the intervening years.

“I told my husband, ‘I wish you’d have let me die,'” KC confessed to CBS News.


The Roberts maintain that they have been making the required minimum payment since receiving the first bill. The pair own and run a small t-shirt printing business together.

“[As] long as I can work, and they will accept payments, we’re going to pay because everything that we’ve ever had in life, we’ve paid for,” Daryl told CBS.

In September 2019 the couple found out they were being sued for the full amount.

According to research done by CBS, “the original $31,000 bill was likely much higher than what she would have paid if she’d had insurance and some $25,000 more than what Medicare would be charged by a hospital, on average, for an appendectomy: roughly $5,800.”

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When CBS asked the Roberts why they chose to go without insurance the couple said they had been forced to choose between paying for health insurance and paying for their son’s college education.

“So what do you do as a parent? You sacrifice,” said KC about the choice.

Flowers Hospital told CBS, “Litigation is always a last resort and is only pursued after we determine the patient has the financial ability to make some level of payment based on employment status and credit record.”

Henry Thornton is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can contact him by email: henry@yellowhammernews.com or on Twitter @HenryThornton95.

2 hours ago

Mobile’s Austal USA launches first ship of 2020

Austal USA on Thursday launched the future USNS Newport (EPF 12) into the Mobile River.

This is the first U.S. Navy ship that Austal has launched in 2020 from its Mobile assembly facilities.


Newport is an expeditionary fast transport (EPF), one of 14 that the Navy has contracted Austal to build. The next step for this ship will be sea trials. Delivery is then expected before the end of the year.

EPFs are designed for fast, intra-theater transportation of troops, military vehicles and equipment with aviation support.

Last week, Austal delivered the future USS Kansas City to the Navy. This was the 11th total Independence-variant littoral combat ship delivered by Austal, as well as the first LCS delivery 0f 2020.

“It’s a testament to the work our team does to provide highly capable and affordable ships on-time and on-budget,” stated Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle. “What’s also incredible is that our team has the capacity to increase our rate of delivery while maintaining schedule and cost.”

Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

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5 hours ago

7 Things: Deep State Russian madness is back, new poll shakes up Senate race, Tuberville addresses attack ads and more …

7. Officer on desk duty after viral video of arrest

  • Mobile police officer Blake Duke has been placed on desk duty after a video of him arresting Howard Green, Jr. has gone viral online, and now the Mobile Police Department is investigating the incident.
  • During the arrest, Green was put into a headlock while being placed in the back of a patrol car, but he’s had a warrant for his arrest out since April 2019 for harassment. Green is also being charged with resisting arrest, failure to obey and disorderly conduct.

6. Everyone knows of at least one “bad” Sanders supporter


  • U.S. Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) can think of at least one example of a U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) “supporter being bad,” even though Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison can’t think of a single one being “unusually mean or bad.”
  • Scalise was shot by a Sanders supporter while practicing for a congressional baseball game in 2017. Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) was there with others from the baseball team as well, and this exchange has happened among the debate on whether candidates are responsible for their supporters’ actions.

5. Stone only gets a little more than three years

  • Roger Stone made false statements to investigators during the investigation into President Donald Trump and Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election; he has now been sentenced to three years in prison for his offenses.
  • U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman said that Stone’s actions were “deliberate” and “planned,” but she also said the sentencing request was excessive, just as President Trump did. Berman sentenced him to the sentence Attorney General William Barr suggested, therefore the media panic was for nothing.

4. New poll suggests Trump wins in any matchup in key swing state

  • The latest poll from Quinnipiac University shows that no matter who President Donald Trump is up against in Wisconsin, he wins by at least 7%, which would be if he were against former Vice President Joe Biden or U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
  • In the event that Trump is up against former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg or former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Trump leads by 8%. If Trump squares off with U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), he wins by 10%. Against U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Trump wins by at least 11%.

3. Tuberville confused about what ads attacking him are saying?

  • While at an event hosted by the Downtown Republican Women of Huntsville and the Madison County Young Republicans, former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville addressed the campaign ads against him where he’s quoted that he’s “pissed off at Donald Trump” over the treatment of veterans.
  • Tuberville has taken this to mean that the ads are saying that he “hate[s] the veterans,” but he said that “President Trump loves our military, loves our VA, he’s fighting for them. But we’ve got to keep fighting.” This mirrors his response to ads that showed him supporting amnesty.

2. Tuberville might have taken the lead

  • The super PAC Club for Growth Action has conducted a new poll for the U.S. Senate race in Alabama, and the poll put former Auburn Football coach Tommy Tuberville in the lead with 32%.
  • Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fell to second place at 29%, while U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) has remained consistent with 17%. A total of 16% of respondents remain undecided.

1. It’s the Russians … again

  • After years of Russia investigation speculation, zero evidence that anyone on the Trump campaign team colluded with the Russians and maniacal obsession with baseless conspiracy theories about Russians costing Democrats 2016, it appears that the same players are going right back to the same story that the Russians and Trump might be in cahoots for 2020.
  • After a classified briefing to members of Congress, multiple sources proceeded to go to the New York Times, which led to a headline that screamed, “Russia Backs Trump Re-election, and Trump Fears That Democrats Will Exploit Its Support.” This just further proves the Deep State is continuing to operate to defeat Donald Trump like it did in 2016.

6 hours ago

Byrne: We better pick a ‘vetted’ candidate as the GOP nominee — ‘We don’t need an October surprise’

PELL CITY — Could lightning strike twice, and Doug Jones win another term as U.S. Senator in Alabama? That was a possibility raised by U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) during a campaign stop in St. Clair County on Thursday.

Byrne suggested his primary opponents might not be adequately vetted for the general election in November, which could make Jones’ reelection possible.

The Republican U.S. representative from Alabama’s First Congressional District was apparently referring to the possibility of allegations like those leveled at former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore that in part derailed his 2017 U.S. Senate bid.


Byrne made his case at a gathering of the St. Clair Republican Party at the Pell City Steakhouse for defeating Jones and offered the U.S. Senator’s votes on Brett Kavanaugh’s U.S. Supreme Court nomination and President Donald Trump’s impeachment as reasons why.

“Doug voted against [Brett] Kavanaugh — one of the finest conservative jurors we’ve ever had put on the court — someone who was terribly treated in that confirmation process,” Byrne said. “And yes, two weeks ago he voted to convict President Trump. That person does not deserve to be United States Senator from the state of Alabama.”

“It’s time to get rid of Doug Jones,” he added. “It’s time to get rid of him.”

Byrne insisted by virtue of being a U.S. congressman, he is vetted daily and someone who would not be susceptible to an October surprise.

“We proved in 2017 that not just any Republican can beat Doug Jones,” he said. “We better pick the right person to be our Republican nominee. And it better be somebody who has been carefully vetted. When you do what I did, you get carefully vetted every day. We don’t need an October surprise — where all of a sudden something we didn’t know anything bad about our nominee pops up, and then you and I have got to deal with it. We’ve got to make sure you and I know who we’re nominating.”

“And it better be somebody who is a conservative Christian fighter — not just someone who talks about it — somebody who actually does it, like what I did for President Trump,” Byrne said, referring to participating in Republican House members “storming” of the U.S. House of Representatives Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) where the House Intelligence Committee was convening impeachment inquiry hearings under the direction of committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV, a columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly and host of Huntsville’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN.