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Governor Riley sounds off on space jobs in Alabama

By Eric Sollman - bio | email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Tuesday Governor Bob Riley sounded off on cuts to space jobs in Alabama. Hundreds of people at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville are facing potential pink slips.

Many of these could be contractors. Governor Riley said what happens with NASA will be huge in North Alabama. He said the state is trying to build more of a NASA, or space and missile defense presence here.

This amidst major job cuts. Earlier this month, Boeing leaders announced layoffs of up to 180 employees.

Most recently we learned that seven to eight hundred contractor jobs could be lost at Marshall Space Flight Center.

"This is going to be an administrative decision, but it has a huge impact on us here. We do have BRAC that's bringing in six or seven thousand jobs. We've got a couple of other announcements I hope to be making in the next several months," said Governor Riley.

The governor will be back in Huntsville Wednesday at noon at the Von Braun Center to deliver his 2010 Alabama update.

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