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BRAC openings at Redstone

Concerted efforts to attract BRAC recruits to North Alabama may have been less successful than hoped, but the result may mean more jobs for people who already live here.

The Army Space & Missile Defense Command will hire 147 to fill slots left open by those who chose not to come to Redstone Arsenal pursuant to the Base Realignment and Closure process, which added 4,500 federal jobs to Redstone.

BRAC called for 180 employees of the Missile Defense Command to move from Virginia to Huntsville, but only 33 complied.

In a speech Wednesday, Lt. Gen. Kevin T. Campbell, commander of the Missile Defense Command, said he would hire replacements for the 147 no-shows.

He said he expected most to come from Huntsville but he would accept applicants nationwide. Civilians are welcome to apply for positions, he said.

- Eric Fleischauer

Woman robbed at apartment

A robber took a woman by surprise on the stairs outside her apartment early Thursday, Decatur police said.

The 37-year-old victim was returning to her apartment in the 2200 block of Graham Avenue Southwest at about 2:15 a.m. when she heard something behind her, said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman. She turned to see a black male holding a silver pistol with wooden handgrips. He told her to unlock the door, then went into the apartment with her and forced her to hand over about $100 she had in her pocket. Then he left.

Police are looking for the robber, described as about 20 years old, 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing about 185 pounds. Anyone with information can call the police tip line at 341-INFO (4636).

- Seth Burkett

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