Boeing layoffs, Free breakfast for students, Iron Bowl food drive

Nov 21, 2014

At least 120 workers in Huntsville could see job losses as work shifts on a new rocket. Boeing will issue layoff notices today to 60 aerospace workers, including 50 based in Huntsville. Al.com reports another 70 contract employees will be sent back to their own companies for possible layoffs. The company expects to find jobs for roughly 300 other workers who have been involved in the design of NASA's new Space Launch System. It was designed and developed in Alabama, but it will be produced in Louisiana. The contract with NASA requires Boeing to align its work to the government's budget and schedule. The Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn is still more than a week away. However, a different kind of competition wraps up today between the cross state rivals. APR Student reporter Kayla Howard has more on the Beat Auburn Beat Hunger campaign. Fans of the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers are running out of time to gather food for the less fortunate. The annual food drive challenges Tide supporters to gather more food and donations for the West Alabama Food Bank. Auburn fans are doing the same thing to benefit the East Alabama Food Bank. This year’s event included a 5K run in Tuscaloosa with all registration fees and t-shirt sales all going to benefit the needy. The cross state competition comes at a good time for the East Alabama Food Bank near Auburn. Supporters say the demand for help is far outpacing the number of food donations. Approximately 214 thousand Alabama households experience food insecurity or hunger every day. Since 1994, the Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger drive has raised nearly three million pounds of food. For APR news, I’m Kayla Howard in Tuscaloosa