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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Final preparations are being made for Thursday's launch of an Alabama-made rocket.

A ULA Delta IV rocket is scheduled to life off from Cape Canaveral at 7:40 p.m.

The rocket is set to launch a satellite for the U.S. Air Force.

This will be ULA's second launch of 2014 and the 25th since its inaugural flight in 2002.

The Delta IV is made at ULA's factory in Decatur.

 

A deadly plane crash in Alabama will be the focus of a hearing before the National Transportation Safety Board.

The NTSB is scheduled to hold an investigative hearing in Washington on a cargo jet crash that killed two pilots at Birmingham's airport last year.

 

Alabama leaders will work to raise awareness Thursday about the upcoming Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.

Governor Bentley, along with the state EMA Director, will speak in Montgomery to encourage people to take advantage of the tax breaks  to stock up on supplies for the next round of bad weather.

The state is waiving its sales tax and more than 200 cities and counties are waiving their local sales taxes from Friday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 23 for severe weather preparedness supplies.

Governor Bentley will promote the event Thursday at a Lowes in Montgomery.

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