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Top News Links: Tuesday, April 4

Gender pay gap in Alabama translates to $10,747 a year

Women employed full time, year-round in Alabama are paid just 76 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a yearly gap of $10,747, according to an Equal Pay Day analysis. That means Alabama women lose a combined total of more than $11 billion every year – money that could strengthen the state economy and is especially significant for the more than 271,000 Alabama households headed by women, 37 percent of which are in poverty. – News release

Raytheon wins $199M Sidewinder missile contract

Raytheon received a $199 million contract modification to supply various missiles to the U.S. Navy and several of the branch's allied armed forces. The contract includes the procurement of 317 AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder missiles in addition to 199 Block II captive air training missiles to be used during military exercises. Work will be performed in several states including Alabama. The company is expected to finish the work by March 2020. – PDDNet.com

Huntsville community leaders bemoan predatory payday lending

Predatory payday lending is an issue that hits close to home for Rep. Anthony Daniels, D-Huntsville. Daniels was one of several leaders to attend a media briefing Monday in Huntsville shedding light on payday lending in Alabama and current legislation designed to rein in abusive lending practices. – AL.com

Tech industry added 875 jobs last year in state

Alabama’s technology industry employment grew by 1.1 percent in 2016 as employers added an estimated 875 new jobs, according to Cyberstates 2017, the annual analysis of the nation’s tech industry released today by CompTIA, the world’s leading technology association. With an estimated 79,619 workers, Alabama ranks 24th among the 50 states in tech industry employment. – News release

Man booted from restaurant for breast-themed shirt

A man was asked to leave Birmingham institution Niki's West on Saturday because he was wearing a breast cancer awareness shirt featuring a drawing of breasts, WBRC reports. Atlanta resident Brian Studdard drove to Birmingham to celebrate his father's 99th birthday at Niki's when a hostess approached him to tell him his shirt was inappropriate, according to the report. – AL.com

AT&T plans hiring event to boost Huntsville workforce

Telecommunications giant AT&T is hosting a hiring event to bolster its Huntsville workforce. The company is hosting a hiring event Wednesday from 9:30-3:00 at its 4929 University Drive retail store. AT&T says it looks to hire approximately 15 part-time workers. The company is looking for applicants with at least one year of retail or customer-facing experience. – WAAY

Some confusion over sale of Yellowhammer

One of Alabama's prominent conservative websites is being sold. But it's not clear who the buyer is. Cliff Sims, who founded and ran the company before taking a job with President Donald Trump in January, said in a financial statement released Friday evening – but apparently signed more than two months ago – that he had “entered into an agreement” to sell Yellowhammer Multimedia to Birmingham-based StrategyWise, a data analytics company, for $250,000. But Joshua Jones, the owner of the company, said in a phone interview Monday morning his company was not pursuing the property. – Montgomery Advertiser

Tesla tops Ford Motor Co. in stock market capitalization

As Tesla Inc.'s strong quarterly vehicle deliveries sent its stock to a record high on Monday, CEO Elon Musk took a swipe at traders betting the luxury electric car company is on a road to ruin. Tesla also topped Ford Motor Co. in stock market capitalization. – Automotive News

CSX fuel tax case dismissed by judge

A U.S. District Court Judge in Alabama dismissed a lawsuit by CSX alleging a state tax on diesel fuel discriminated against railroads. The opinion March 29 by Judge Abdul Kallon found that the railroad’s business practices were at the heart of the case and that the state tax did not violate the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976. CSX first sued over the tax in 2008, and the case has twice been heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. – Railway Age

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