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Top News Links: Monday, March 24

Innovation Depot companies rising up

In 2013, the 90 companies operating out of Innovation Depot in Birmingham had $123 million in sales and a $248 million in sales impact, according to a year-end report. Both figures were higher than a year ago. – al.com

Officials: Crashed plane originated in Gadsden

A small plane believed to be carrying five people crashed into a reservoir in southwestern Colorado, and authorities say all are feared dead. The single-engine Socata TBM700 took off originally from Gadsden, officials say. – Yahoo News

More irrigation in Alabama’s future?

While its Gulf Coast neighbors have millions of acres of irrigated land, fewer than 200,000 acres in Alabama are irrigated. – Montgomery Advertiser

Sexual harassment awareness turns 25

Twenty-five years ago, a University of Oklahoma Law School professor told the U.S. Senate Judiciary committee about the time her former boss put pubic hair on a Coke can. We heard then-Sen. Howell Heflin, D-Ala., ask if she was “a scorned woman.” A new film captures it all. – Businessweek

Johnson Controls topping supplier market

A company official says the Johnson Controls plant in Cottondale will soon be the biggest revenue producer among the automotive parts supplier plants in North America. – BND.com

Stock market looking for a calmer week

Besides the Ukraine crisis, investors will watch for further signs that poor weather may have played a role in a recent string of tepid profit outlooks, which would underscore views that setbacks may be temporary. – Moneynews.com

AT&T investing big in Alabama network

AT&T has invested more than $1.35 billion in its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in Alabama between 2011 through 2013, driving a wide range of upgrades to enhance speed, reliability, coverage and performance. – Yahoo Finance

Energen CEO to present in New Orleans

Energen Corp. senior managers will meet with members of the investment community at the 42nd Annual Howard Weil Energy Conference in New Orleans through tomorrow. CEO James T. McManus will deliver Energen's investor presentation today at 2:30 p.m. – Wall Street Journal

Legislature OKs small business tax break

The Alabama Legislature has voted to give small businesses a tax break. The Senate voted 23-2 Thursday to change the way sales tax payments are made. The bill, which was a priority for the Republican leadership, cleared the House 96-2 in January and now goes to the governor. – Money.MSN.com

Entrepreneuring high schoolers honored

Five startups founded by Tuscaloosa high school students received seed money from after-school entrepreneurship program Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), according to Tuscaloosa News. – Vcpost.com

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