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Top News Links: Tuesday, March 10

More changes to school act in works

The number of Alabama's public schools listed as failing could grow under a bill that would make significant changes to the state's Accountability Act. The legislation, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, would also raise the current cap on aggregate tax credits claimed by families of students in failing schools from $25 million to $35 million per calendar year; focus grants from organizations assisting with private school tuition on poorer families and implement new reporting requirements. – Montgomery Advertiser

New study helps sort out your sales force

The business world divides salespeople into hunters and farmers. Hunters generate sales by prospecting for new business; farmers generate sales by maintaining and enhancing existing customer relationships. A new study from UAB’s Collat School of Business offers ways to identify effective hunters and farmers in the sales force, and it also may point the way to better bottom lines for businesses. – News release

Sales jobs getting harder to fill

Sales jobs once were ideal for new college graduates trying to get a foot in the door, or even for young people without a degree. But according to a Harvard Business Review report, sales jobs — especially those in the tech sector — are becoming harder to fill. With 1.9 million job postings, sales was the single largest occupation group in terms of job postings in 2013. That’s bad news for companies, where no sales means no revenue. – Marketplace.org

Space business conference filling up

The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce and NASA will hold the Alabama NASA Space Launch System Supplier Conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 8 at The Warehouse at Alley Station, 150 Commerce St., in Montgomery. – Montgomery Advertiser

Lewis: ‘Bloody Sunday’ pilgrimage ‘emotional’

U.S. Rep. John Lewis summed up the 15th Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama in one word: emotional. The yearly event sees Lewis bring members of Congress from both parties to Alabama to learn about the sites of the civil rights movement. An original Freedom Rider and one of the victimized marchers in what became known as "Bloody Sunday," Lewis knows the stories of the movement firsthand. – Montgomery Advertiser/USA Today

Baggage handling now better in capital

You won't get your bags any quicker, but Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange joked that the redesigned baggage claim area at the Montgomery Regional Airport will make it "feel like it's quicker." It includes columns with "welcome" messages in different languages, wall displays, digital monitors, a mural Montgomery map with pinpoints spotlighting local landmarks and attractions, and more. – Aviation Pros

Alabama One, Jerry Logan rematch continues

On March 28, a credit union annual meeting will decide whether Jerry Logan will retake a seat on the board of the $602 million Alabama One Credit Union. Logan, who had resigned from the board 11 years ago, collected enough signatures to be included on the ballot and turned them in on Feb. 13. However, since receiving a letter confirming his eligibility, Logan said there hasn't been any communication on some important parts of the process. – CU Times

Toyota donates to historically black schools

Toyota this week donated $50,000 to four historically black colleges and universities in recognition of their involvement in the Selma to Montgomery March. Company officials made the donation during a luncheon at Alabama State University. – Montgomery Advertiser

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