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TEMPO Satellite conference in Huntsville, Alabama coal executive Garry Neil Drummond dies

NASA is building a new satellite to study air pollution and scientists are gathering in Huntsville to learn how to use it.

A workshop for new air quality monitoring technology is being held at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The air sniffing satellite is called TEMPO and its set for launch around 2020. A conference is a way for scientists on the TEMPO project to answer questions that general users may have about the data and workings of the satellite.

Michael Newchurch is a professor at UAH. He says over one hundred and thirty scientists and researchers plan to attend…

“This is outstanding proof of very high quality scientists presenting this to an equally competent user community.  I’m biased.  I will admit that I’m bias.  I’m very proud of these people, but they are some of the best in the world.”

Once it’s in orbit, the TEMPO satellite will be able to take hour by hour measurements will be capable of taking hourly measurements of the atmosphere over North America.

The chairman and chief executive of the Birmingham-based Drummond Co. Inc. has died.

A statement issued by the coal company says Garry Neil Drummond died Wednesday in Birmingham. He was 78.

Drummond's father began Drummond Coal in Sipsey in 1935, and Garry Drummond began working in the mines in Walker County at age 15. He was named CEO in 1973 and had held the position ever since.

Today, the family-owned Drummond has coal mines in Alabama and South America. It operates ABC Coke and a real estate division with developments in Alabama, California and Florida.

Drummond also was a longtime trustee of the University of Alabama.  Drummond is survived by his wife Peggy Drummond and four children.

Physical Education teachers will be sharpening their skills today at the University of South Alabama.  The campus is hosting a health and physical education conference featuring activities including bowling.

Nancy Ray is a health and Physical Education specialist with the state Department of Education. She says the conference is looking for a specific type of teacher…

“Any physical education teacher in the state of Alabama that teaches kindergarten through twelfth grade be at public or private school, or even our pre service students that are in the universities that are going for the certification in the physical education can attend.”

If you’re interested in today’s event, go to the Alabama Department of Education website.

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