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Alabama’s Southern Research is Central to Zika Virus Vaccine Research

Business Council of Alabama member Southern Research of Birmingham has been awarded a contract of more than $900,000 with a chance at a larger contract over two years in the race to combat the Zika virus. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of …

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BCA, U.S. Chamber Support National Standard for BioTech Food labeling Issue

Coalition for Safe Affordable Food-supported legislation passed by the House Thursday represents a major step forward in providing regulatory certainty and clear consumer information. The Business Council of Alabama was one of hundreds of affiliated businesses and industries that signed letters to Congress this week urging passage of biotech disclosure …

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U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers Addresses BCA Members on Business and Politics

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers discussed the importance to his district and Alabama of serving on the House Armed Services Committee, and he handicapped the 2016 elections during a Tuesday conference call with Business Council of Alabama members. Rep. Rogers, R-Saks, has been a tireless pro-business advocate for Alabama business since …

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Senate Democrats Block Defense Spending Bill

U.S. Senate Democrats blocked a military spending bill, the third appropriations bill stalled in recent weeks. The House passed the spending bill but the Senate voted 50-44  on a cloture petition, which failed because it needed 60 votes to move it into position to debate. The vote was nearly unanimously …

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Senator Shelby Continues to Block Ex-Im Bank Nomination

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama continues to block financing of mega-export deals by the U.S. Export-Import Bank. The bank is limited to approving deals of only up to $10 million. Because the five-member board is short one member it cannot approve deals involving big-ticket items such as airplanes, power …

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House Benghazi Select Committee Member Updates Montgomery Chamber

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby spoke to the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce today and touched on the Benghazi report released this week by the committee she serves on and on military appropriations and veterans care that are vital to her congressional district. Roby, R-Montgomery, served on the House Select Committee …

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Britain Votes to Leave E.U.; Cameron to Step Down

By a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent, the people of Britain voted to leave the European Union. On the heels of the results, Prime Minister David Cameron announced he will step down by October. “I will do everything I can as prime minister to steady the ship over the …

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Children’s of Alabama is Among Top Pediatric Hospitals

BIRMINGHAM – U.S. News & World Report in its annual rankings of hospitals said Business Council of Alabama member Children’s of Alabama is among the best children’s hospitals in the nation, Children’s announced Tuesday. Eight of Children’s pediatric specialty services – cardiology/heart surgery, diabetes/endocrinology, gastroenterology/GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology/neurosurgery, pulmonology …

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Truck Drivers and Nurses in High Demand as State Workforce Nears 2 Million for First Time in Almost 10 Years

The Alabama Department of Labor said truck drivers and nurses were the most sought-after employees in May, followed by retail salespersons, based on online help wanted ads. The Labor Department’s Labor Market Division said the most online wanted ads in May were for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, registered nurses, and …

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Alabama Senators Supported Alabama-Based Rocket Launch Vehicles

U.S. Sens. Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions voted for Senate passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2017 that contains a provision for Alabama-based launch rockets that are developed by a Lockheed Martin-Boeing joint venture in Decatur. The Senate voted 85-13 to pass the bill, which will go to a conference …

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