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Huntsville braces for another round of NASA cuts

HUNTSVILLE, AL. (AP) - Officials say downsizing at NASA is threatening another 600 jobs in Huntsville, though how many will actually be laid off is still not clear.

The Huntsville Times reports that U.S. Rep Mo Brooks of Huntsville told state lawmakers three weeks ago that the upcoming layoffs would be in the 200 to 400 range. The federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act mandates 60 days' notice before layoffs or plant closings to allow time for workers to seek other employment. The federal government's spending authority for 2011 expires Sept. 30, the same time two major NASA programs - the space shuttle and Constellation - are ending.

Last year, more than 800 Huntsville aerospace workers lost their jobs in a year-long battle between the White House and Congress over ending Constellation.

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