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Aerospace facility to break ground

ALBERTVILLE — Gov. Bob Riley will assist with the groundbreaking Friday for an aerospace facility that will employ 300 workers.

Aerospace Integration Corp. will build a 100,000-square-foot Aircraft Completion Center at the Albertville Regional Airport. It will assemble, test and repair helicopters for military and civilian customers.

The $12 million facility will initially employ 300 workers and could increase its work force in coming years.

The groundbreaking ceremony will be at 11 a.m. at the airport at 320 Alldredge Drive.

- Seth Burkett

House approves improved vet care

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved Wednesday legislation to improve medical care for service members returning from war.

The Wounded Warrior Assistance Act reforms the service membersí medical system by requiring additional training of case managers and limiting the number of wounded soldiers each manager oversees, said Rep. Bud Cramer, D-Huntsville.

Under the new system, each case manager would be responsible for a more workable weekly caseload of 17 service members, allowing for more individual assistance, Cramer said.

The bill will create a system of outpatient advocates, with each working with a maximum of 30 wounded outpatient soldiers.

The bill also establishes a toll-free hot line for service members to report problems at medical facilities across the country.

- Seth Burkett

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