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  • Hawaii Ecotourism Association awards tour operator of the year

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    Jason Ubay
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Hawaii Ecotourism Association named Hawaiian Legacy Tours, a company that takes guests on a tour of Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods' forest and helps guest plant a koa tree on the Big Island, as its tour operator of the year at a luncheon Wednesday at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel. HEA also awarded the 2014 Ecotour Guides of the Year to Kaiulani Manuwai-Oiph of Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks, Jason Lee of Maui Kayak Adventures, Denver Leaman of Body Glove Cruises and Erik Storm of VolcanoDiscovery Hawaii. HEA’s…
  • Liens and Bankruptcies Leads - Collected week of September 12, 2014

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    17 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Federal Tax Liens and Releases Federal Tax Liens - These are recently filed by the Internal Revenue Service against assets of a business for unpaid income or payroll taxes. They are recorded at local county offices. If the lien has been paid the release date will be indicated. -State Tax Liens Business or Person: B, Name: Air Capital Catering, Address: 1525 S. Yucca Place, City: Wichita, State: KS, Zip: 67209, Amount: $4,556, Taxtype: (941), Bookpage: 2947/4511, Filedate: 2014-08-20, Recdate: 2014-09-05,…
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    17 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Building Permits Find out what areas are developing rapidly to strategize growth opportunities for your business or target owners of individual projects with your products and services. New issued building permits are collected from city and county building and zoning departments. -Commercial Mortgages Permittype: C, Contractor: Wilcox Construction Inc., Usetype: commercial alteration, Siteaddr: 1103 First Ave., Sitecity: Seattle, Sitestate: WA, Propdesc: (tenant improvement to restaurant), Value:…
  • Arizona Cardinals deactivate Jonathan Dwyer after domestic violence arrest in Phoenix

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    Mike Sunnucks
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    The Arizona Cardinals have deactivated running back Jonathan Dwyer after he was arrested in Phoenix on domestic violence charges. The quick move comes as the National Football League grapples with a crisis over handling of the Ray Rice domestic assault case, child abuse charges against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and other domestic violence cases. KTVK-TV Channel 3 in Phoenix first reported Wednesday of Dwyer’s arrest. TMZ, which released the game-changing videos of Rice knocking…
  • Gaming panel gave minimal weight to saving Suffolk's horse-racing jobs

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    Jon Chesto
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:37 pm
    When Penn National competed with Cordish Cos. for the state’s sole slots parlor license in February, there was one big thing that gave Penn National the edge. Keeping horse racing alive. As the five commission members reported back to the group on their assessments of each of the three applicants— Raynham Park was a distant third — the benefits of keeping the Plainridge harness track open kept coming up, again and again. In the end, Penn National committed to maintaining the horse racing…
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  • Hawaii Ecotourism Association awards tour operator of the year

    Jason Ubay
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Hawaii Ecotourism Association named Hawaiian Legacy Tours, a company that takes guests on a tour of Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods' forest and helps guest plant a koa tree on the Big Island, as its tour operator of the year at a luncheon Wednesday at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel. HEA also awarded the 2014 Ecotour Guides of the Year to Kaiulani Manuwai-Oiph of Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks, Jason Lee of Maui Kayak Adventures, Denver Leaman of Body Glove Cruises and Erik Storm of VolcanoDiscovery Hawaii. HEA’s…
  • Gaming panel gave minimal weight to saving Suffolk's horse-racing jobs

    Jon Chesto
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:37 pm
    When Penn National competed with Cordish Cos. for the state’s sole slots parlor license in February, there was one big thing that gave Penn National the edge. Keeping horse racing alive. As the five commission members reported back to the group on their assessments of each of the three applicants— Raynham Park was a distant third — the benefits of keeping the Plainridge harness track open kept coming up, again and again. In the end, Penn National committed to maintaining the horse racing…
  • Former president of Saratoga Performing Arts Center dies

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Herbert Chesbrough, who led Saratoga Performing Arts Center for nearly three decades, has died at 67 following a long illness, according to a report by the Times Union. Chesbrough began working at the Saratoga Springs, New York arts venue as comptroller in 1970. He went on to lead the organization from 1978 until 2004, bringing a jazz festival, food and wine festival and chamber music to the city during his tenure, according to the report. Chesbrough, who was credited with transforming SPAC into…
  • CEO says Honolulu Seawater A/C project to start construction in August 2015

    Duane Shimogawa
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:59 pm
    The long-planned $250 million Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning project, which will cool Downtown Honolulu office buildings and condominium towers with cold water from the ocean, is slated to start construction by Aug. 1, 2015, and be operational by the first quarter of 2017, the head of the company said Wednesday. Eric Masutomi, president and CEO of Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning — who also was a panelist at the Asia-Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit and Expo in Honolulu that covered…
  • Owner of Honolulu radio station KSSK changes name to iHeartMedia

    Janis L. Magin
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Clear Channel, which owns seven radio stations in Hawaii, said Wednesday that it has changed it name to iHeartMedia Inc. to reflect the company’s emphasis on digital media. The iHeartMedia company includes 859 radio stations in more than 150 markets, including Honolulu, iHeartRadio Digital, Premiere Networks, the Total Traffic and Weather Network, live music events, related companies including Katz Media Group and the Clear Channel Outdoor advertising company. The New York-based company owns…
 
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  • Liens and Bankruptcies Leads - Collected week of September 12, 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Federal Tax Liens and Releases Federal Tax Liens - These are recently filed by the Internal Revenue Service against assets of a business for unpaid income or payroll taxes. They are recorded at local county offices. If the lien has been paid the release date will be indicated. -State Tax Liens Business or Person: B, Name: Air Capital Catering, Address: 1525 S. Yucca Place, City: Wichita, State: KS, Zip: 67209, Amount: $4,556, Taxtype: (941), Bookpage: 2947/4511, Filedate: 2014-08-20, Recdate: 2014-09-05,…
  • Court Records - Collected week of September 12, 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Judgments Judgments filed or recorded in local county offices. -State Tax Liens and Releases Business or Person: B, Plaintiff: Capital One Bank USA NA, Defendant: Long Lake Glass Inc./David A. Breitbarth, Defaddr: 2262 C.R. 24, Defcity: Hamel, Defstate: MN, Defzip: 55340, Amount: $9,913, Winner: plaintiff, Caseno: 27 CV 14 14621, Filedate: 2014-08-29, Recdate: 2014-08-29, Jurisdiction: Hennepin County Business or Person: B, Plaintiff: Sooki J. Jalali, Defendant: Prescient LLC, Defaddr: 3033 Excelsior…
  • Court Records - Collected week of September 12, 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Judgments Judgments filed or recorded in local county offices. -State Tax Liens and Releases Business or Person: B, Plaintiff: Bajaj Capital 2 LLC, Defendant: Dennis R. Scharenber DC PA/Dennis R. Scharenberg, Amount: $40,000, Winner: plaintiff, Caseno: 14LM09360, Filedate: 2014-07-29, Recdate: 2014-07-29, Jurisdiction: Sedgwick County Business or Person: B, Plaintiff: Apartment Movers, Defendant: Jack J. Hoy Jr. dba Hoy's Custom Shop, Defaddr: 2624 W. Anita Ave., Defcity: Wichita, Defstate: KS,…
  • Real Estate Leads - Collected week of September 12, 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Building Permits Find out what areas are developing rapidly to strategize growth opportunities for your business or target owners of individual projects with your products and services. New issued building permits are collected from city and county building and zoning departments. -Commercial Mortgages Permittype: C, Contractor: Ryan Companies U.S. Inc.-Minneapolis, Usetype: commercial construction, Siteaddr: 360 Broadway St., Propdesc: Saints Ball Park, Value: 37202251, Recdate: 2014-09-03, Jurisdiction:…
  • New Business Leads - Collected week of September 12, 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    New Businesses -Assumed Names Company: AMG Photography, First: Ann, Last: Grocholski, Address: 4251 Upton Ave. N., City: Minneapolis, State: MN, Zip: 55412, Phone: 612 588 7765, Type: service-photography, Sic: 722, Recdate: 2014-08-27, Jurisdiction: Hennepin County Company: Allan, First: Allan, Last: Grindy, Address: 5140 Kimberly Drive, City: Minnetonka, State: MN, Zip: 55345, Type: nonclassifiable, Sic: 99, Recdate: 2014-08-27, Jurisdiction: Hennepin County Company: Arena Staffing LLC, Address:…
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  • Real Estate Leads - Collected week of September 12, 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Building Permits Find out what areas are developing rapidly to strategize growth opportunities for your business or target owners of individual projects with your products and services. New issued building permits are collected from city and county building and zoning departments. -Commercial Mortgages Permittype: C, Contractor: Wilcox Construction Inc., Usetype: commercial alteration, Siteaddr: 1103 First Ave., Sitecity: Seattle, Sitestate: WA, Propdesc: (tenant improvement to restaurant), Value:…
  • Liens and Bankruptcies Leads - Collected week of September 12, 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Federal Tax Liens and Releases Federal Tax Liens - These are recently filed by the Internal Revenue Service against assets of a business for unpaid income or payroll taxes. They are recorded at local county offices. If the lien has been paid the release date will be indicated. -State Tax Liens Business or Person: B, Name: Ishii Motor Industries LLC, Address: 638 116th Ave. N.E. Suite B, City: Bellevue, State: WA, Zip: 98004, Amount: $22,469, Taxtype: (940/941), Bookpage: 2014 0818000470, Filedate:…
  • Court Records - Collected week of September 12, 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Judgments Judgments filed or recorded in local county offices. -State Tax Liens and Releases Business or Person: B, Plaintiff: AmericanWest Bank, Defendant: Architectural Millwork Installation LLC/Bradley R. Sonne/Molly E. Sonne, Amount: $297,556, Winner: plaintiff, Caseno: 14 2 12044 1, Filedate: 2014-08-15, Recdate: 2014-08-19, Jurisdiction: Snohomish County Lawsuits New litigation filed against businesses in the local courts. Plaintiff: City of Everett, Defendant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc.,…
  • Liens and Bankruptcies Leads - Collected week of September 12, 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Federal Tax Liens and Releases Federal Tax Liens - These are recently filed by the Internal Revenue Service against assets of a business for unpaid income or payroll taxes. They are recorded at local county offices. If the lien has been paid the release date will be indicated. -State Tax Liens Business or Person: B, Name: Wilsonville Lock & Security Inc., Address: 82691 S.W. Wilsonville Road, City: Wilsonville, State: OR, Zip: 97070, Amount: $205,513, Taxtype: (1120/940/941), Bookpage: 2014 43025,…
  • New Business Leads - Collected week of September 12, 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    New Businesses -Assumed Names Company: 180 Degree Cashflow Strategies, First: Stuart, Last: Funke, Address: 25260 S.W. Parkway Blvd., City: Wilsonville, State: OR, Zip: 97070, Type: nonclassifiable, Sic: 99, Recdate: 2014-08-07, Jurisdiction: Clackamas County Company: Affordable Local Locksmiths, First: Derek, Last: McClanahan, Address: 14155 Beavercreek Road Apt. 216, City: Oregon City, State: OR, Zip: 97045, Type: service, Sic: 89, Recdate: 2014-08-04, Jurisdiction: Clackamas County Company: Area…
 
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  • Arizona Cardinals deactivate Jonathan Dwyer after domestic violence arrest in Phoenix

    Mike Sunnucks
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    The Arizona Cardinals have deactivated running back Jonathan Dwyer after he was arrested in Phoenix on domestic violence charges. The quick move comes as the National Football League grapples with a crisis over handling of the Ray Rice domestic assault case, child abuse charges against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and other domestic violence cases. KTVK-TV Channel 3 in Phoenix first reported Wednesday of Dwyer’s arrest. TMZ, which released the game-changing videos of Rice knocking…
  • Foreign investor purchases Galleria-area townhomes, paving way for new project

    Paul Takahashi
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
    A foreign investor has purchased a Galleria-area townhome complex, likely paving the way for a new project. CBRE Group Inc. (NYSE: CBG) brokered the deal for Post Oak Park Townhomes, on Post Oak Park Drive, just inside the 610 Loop near the southwest corner of Memorial Park. Last month, an anonymous overseas investor bought the 5.4-acre property, according to Elizabeth Clampitt, CBRE’s senior associate of land services. The purchase price was not disclosed. The investor is still finalizing…
  • EMCORE CEO: 'Nobody is going to be losing jobs due to the transaction'

    Dan Mayfield
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Hours after EMCORE announced it was selling its Albuquerque-based photovoltaics division to Veritas Capital, EMCORE CEO Hong Hou explained the company’s decision, and what he will do now. On Wednesday the company announced the $150 million sale and that Hou would be replaced following a search in the next three to four months. “It is good news, and I don’t think there are any downsides for the community at all,” Hou said on a conference call with reporters. Hou answered several other questions…
  • Court Records - Collected week of September 12, 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Judgments Judgments filed or recorded in local county offices. -Abstracts of Judgment Type: A, Business or Person: B, Plaintiff: Kassie Soefje, Defendant: An Event to Remember LLC, Defaddr: 13777 Nacogdoches Road Suite 107, Defcity: San Antonio, Defstate: TX, Defzip: 78217, Amount: $5,076, Winner: plaintiff, Caseno: 31S1300698, Bookpage: 16838/1811, Filedate: 2014-08-08, Recdate: 2014-08-27, Jurisdiction: Bexar County Type: A, Business or Person: B, Plaintiff: Respironics Inc., Defendant: D.M.E.…
  • Liens and Bankruptcies Leads - Collected week of September 12, 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Federal Tax Liens and Releases Federal Tax Liens - These are recently filed by the Internal Revenue Service against assets of a business for unpaid income or payroll taxes. They are recorded at local county offices. If the lien has been paid the release date will be indicated. -State Tax Liens Business or Person: B, Name: Smith Co. Inc., Address: 2110 March Road, City: Roseville, State: CA, Zip: 95747, Amount: $17,063, Taxtype: 941, Bookpage: 2014/58415, Filedate: 2014-08-15, Recdate: 2014-08-26,…
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  • Gaming panel gave minimal weight to saving Suffolk's horse-racing jobs

    Jon Chesto
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:37 pm
    When Penn National competed with Cordish Cos. for the state’s sole slots parlor license in February, there was one big thing that gave Penn National the edge. Keeping horse racing alive. As the five commission members reported back to the group on their assessments of each of the three applicants— Raynham Park was a distant third — the benefits of keeping the Plainridge harness track open kept coming up, again and again. In the end, Penn National committed to maintaining the horse racing…
  • Former president of Saratoga Performing Arts Center dies

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Herbert Chesbrough, who led Saratoga Performing Arts Center for nearly three decades, has died at 67 following a long illness, according to a report by the Times Union. Chesbrough began working at the Saratoga Springs, New York arts venue as comptroller in 1970. He went on to lead the organization from 1978 until 2004, bringing a jazz festival, food and wine festival and chamber music to the city during his tenure, according to the report. Chesbrough, who was credited with transforming SPAC into…
  • Eisenhower Commission decision delayed until Sept. 24

    Daniel J. Sernovitz
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:18 pm
    The Eisenhower Memorial Commission delayed a decision Wednesday on a path forward for the proposed memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower because it lacked a quorum. At issue: Whether to present a revised version of the design unveiled in September from architect Frank Gehry or choose instead to go with a recent proposal to strip away major elements of his design — controversial 80-foot columns and metal tapestries — and present the remaining elements to the National Capital Planning Commission. The…
  • New Business Leads - Collected week of September 12, 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    New Businesses -Fictitious Names Company: Assignment America LLC, Address: 6551 Park of Commerce Blvd., City: Boca Raton, State: FL, Zip: 33487, Type: nonclassifiable, Sic: 99, Recdate: 2014-09-03, Jurisdiction: Fairfax County Company: ASC, Address: 10560 Main St. Suite 416, City: Fairfax, State: VA, Zip: 22030, Phone: 703 273 2326, Type: brokerage firm, Sic: 67, Recdate: 2014-09-02, Jurisdiction: Fairfax County Company: American Senior Coordinators, Address: 10560 Main St. Suite 416, City: Fairfax,…
  • Liens and Bankruptcies Leads - Collected week of September 12, 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Federal Tax Liens and Releases Federal Tax Liens - These are recently filed by the Internal Revenue Service against assets of a business for unpaid income or payroll taxes. They are recorded at local county offices. If the lien has been paid the release date will be indicated. -State Tax Liens Business or Person: B, Name: Hittite Steel Inc., Address: 5814 Washington Blvd., City: Arlington, State: VA, Zip: 22205, Amount: $137,051, Taxtype: (941), Bookpage: 250/1070, Filedate: 2014-08-22, Recdate:…
 
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  • John M. Belk Endowment awards $2.3 million grant to Central Piedmont Community College

    David Harris
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:49 pm
    The John M. Belk Endowment is donating $2.3 million to Central Piedmont Community College for a program intended to keep developmental students on the path to earning a college degree. The Development Education Program targets students who otherwise might drop out. One goal, for example, is to help students in remedial classes to advance more quickly to college-credit courses. “We’re delighted the John M. Belk Endowment has partnered with us to expand this approach that reduces burnout and…
  • First Lady visits St. Jude

    Michael Sheffield
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:25 pm
    First Lady Michelle Obama visited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital late this afternoon, interacting with and answering questions from St. Jude patients and their families in the hospital’s activity room, while promising to sing and dance with patients after the media left. Obama is the fourth First Lady to visit St. Jude. After a delay of nearly 90 minutes due to maintenance problems with her aircraft, Obama arrived a little after 5 p.m. and answered a variety of questions from patients,…
  • Real Estate Leads - Collected week of September 12, 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Building Permits Find out what areas are developing rapidly to strategize growth opportunities for your business or target owners of individual projects with your products and services. New issued building permits are collected from city and county building and zoning departments. -Commercial Mortgages Permittype: C, Contractor: W.L. Bishop Construction Co., Usetype: commercial addition, Siteaddr: 104 City Hall Plaza, Propdesc: Durham Exchange LLC, Sqfeet: 6525, Value: 960000, Recdate: 2014-09-09,…
  • Liens and Bankruptcies Leads - Collected week of September 12, 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Federal Tax Liens and Releases Federal Tax Liens - These are recently filed by the Internal Revenue Service against assets of a business for unpaid income or payroll taxes. They are recorded at local county offices. If the lien has been paid the release date will be indicated. -State Tax Liens Business or Person: B, Name: Bandit Installations LLC, Address: 7217 Hayebury Drive, City: Wake Forest, State: NC, Zip: 27587, Amount: $10,274, Taxtype: (941), Caseno: 14 M 04490, Filedate: 2014-08-22, Recdate:…
  • Real Estate Leads - Collected week of September 12, 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Building Permits Find out what areas are developing rapidly to strategize growth opportunities for your business or target owners of individual projects with your products and services. New issued building permits are collected from city and county building and zoning departments. -Commercial Mortgages Permittype: C, Contractor: PG Restoration Co., Usetype: commercial building, Siteaddr: 6990 NW 186th St., Sitecity: Miami, Sitestate: FL, Propdesc: Coral Gate West Condominium Buildings, Value: 750000,…
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  • Hawaii Ecotourism Association awards tour operator of the year

    Jason Ubay
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Hawaii Ecotourism Association named Hawaiian Legacy Tours, a company that takes guests on a tour of Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods' forest and helps guest plant a koa tree on the Big Island, as its tour operator of the year at a luncheon Wednesday at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel. HEA also awarded the 2014 Ecotour Guides of the Year to Kaiulani Manuwai-Oiph of Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks, Jason Lee of Maui Kayak Adventures, Denver Leaman of Body Glove Cruises and Erik Storm of VolcanoDiscovery Hawaii. HEA’s…
  • Gaming panel gave minimal weight to saving Suffolk's horse-racing jobs

    Jon Chesto
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:37 pm
    When Penn National competed with Cordish Cos. for the state’s sole slots parlor license in February, there was one big thing that gave Penn National the edge. Keeping horse racing alive. As the five commission members reported back to the group on their assessments of each of the three applicants— Raynham Park was a distant third — the benefits of keeping the Plainridge harness track open kept coming up, again and again. In the end, Penn National committed to maintaining the horse racing…
  • Former president of Saratoga Performing Arts Center dies

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Herbert Chesbrough, who led Saratoga Performing Arts Center for nearly three decades, has died at 67 following a long illness, according to a report by the Times Union. Chesbrough began working at the Saratoga Springs, New York arts venue as comptroller in 1970. He went on to lead the organization from 1978 until 2004, bringing a jazz festival, food and wine festival and chamber music to the city during his tenure, according to the report. Chesbrough, who was credited with transforming SPAC into…
  • CEO says Honolulu Seawater A/C project to start construction in August 2015

    Duane Shimogawa
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:59 pm
    The long-planned $250 million Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning project, which will cool Downtown Honolulu office buildings and condominium towers with cold water from the ocean, is slated to start construction by Aug. 1, 2015, and be operational by the first quarter of 2017, the head of the company said Wednesday. Eric Masutomi, president and CEO of Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning — who also was a panelist at the Asia-Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit and Expo in Honolulu that covered…
  • Owner of Honolulu radio station KSSK changes name to iHeartMedia

    Janis L. Magin
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Clear Channel, which owns seven radio stations in Hawaii, said Wednesday that it has changed it name to iHeartMedia Inc. to reflect the company’s emphasis on digital media. The iHeartMedia company includes 859 radio stations in more than 150 markets, including Honolulu, iHeartRadio Digital, Premiere Networks, the Total Traffic and Weather Network, live music events, related companies including Katz Media Group and the Clear Channel Outdoor advertising company. The New York-based company owns…
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  • Hawaii Ecotourism Association awards tour operator of the year

    Jason Ubay
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Hawaii Ecotourism Association named Hawaiian Legacy Tours, a company that takes guests on a tour of Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods' forest and helps guest plant a koa tree on the Big Island, as its tour operator of the year at a luncheon Wednesday at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel. HEA also awarded the 2014 Ecotour Guides of the Year to Kaiulani Manuwai-Oiph of Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks, Jason Lee of Maui Kayak Adventures, Denver Leaman of Body Glove Cruises and Erik Storm of VolcanoDiscovery Hawaii. HEA’s…
  • Gaming panel gave minimal weight to saving Suffolk's horse-racing jobs

    Jon Chesto
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:37 pm
    When Penn National competed with Cordish Cos. for the state’s sole slots parlor license in February, there was one big thing that gave Penn National the edge. Keeping horse racing alive. As the five commission members reported back to the group on their assessments of each of the three applicants— Raynham Park was a distant third — the benefits of keeping the Plainridge harness track open kept coming up, again and again. In the end, Penn National committed to maintaining the horse racing…
  • Former president of Saratoga Performing Arts Center dies

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Herbert Chesbrough, who led Saratoga Performing Arts Center for nearly three decades, has died at 67 following a long illness, according to a report by the Times Union. Chesbrough began working at the Saratoga Springs, New York arts venue as comptroller in 1970. He went on to lead the organization from 1978 until 2004, bringing a jazz festival, food and wine festival and chamber music to the city during his tenure, according to the report. Chesbrough, who was credited with transforming SPAC into…
  • CEO says Honolulu Seawater A/C project to start construction in August 2015

    Duane Shimogawa
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:59 pm
    The long-planned $250 million Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning project, which will cool Downtown Honolulu office buildings and condominium towers with cold water from the ocean, is slated to start construction by Aug. 1, 2015, and be operational by the first quarter of 2017, the head of the company said Wednesday. Eric Masutomi, president and CEO of Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning — who also was a panelist at the Asia-Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit and Expo in Honolulu that covered…
  • Owner of Honolulu radio station KSSK changes name to iHeartMedia

    Janis L. Magin
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Clear Channel, which owns seven radio stations in Hawaii, said Wednesday that it has changed it name to iHeartMedia Inc. to reflect the company’s emphasis on digital media. The iHeartMedia company includes 859 radio stations in more than 150 markets, including Honolulu, iHeartRadio Digital, Premiere Networks, the Total Traffic and Weather Network, live music events, related companies including Katz Media Group and the Clear Channel Outdoor advertising company. The New York-based company owns…
 
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  • Gaming panel gave minimal weight to saving Suffolk's horse-racing jobs

    Jon Chesto
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:37 pm
    When Penn National competed with Cordish Cos. for the state’s sole slots parlor license in February, there was one big thing that gave Penn National the edge. Keeping horse racing alive. As the five commission members reported back to the group on their assessments of each of the three applicants— Raynham Park was a distant third — the benefits of keeping the Plainridge harness track open kept coming up, again and again. In the end, Penn National committed to maintaining the horse racing…
  • Exports on tap for Arizona Commerce Authority forum

    Eric Jay Toll
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Exporting is a major emphasis in state economic policy, and Arizona Commerce Authority is combining forces with economic developers in Gilbert and Mesa for a half-day forum to teach businesses more about it. “Global Connect: Expanding through Exports” features panels with export experts talking about opportunities for business-to-business and business-to-government trade outside U.S. borders. The forum is slated for Sept. 30. “This program is a great opportunity for a business that wants…
  • More automobile lenders could fall under Consumer Financial Protection Bureau supervision

    Kent Hoover
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:40 pm
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau plans to extend its oversight authority to large automobile finance companies that aren’t banks. Under a proposed rule, the bureau would supervise nonbank auto finance companies that make, acquire or refinance 10,000 or more loans or leases per year. This means that 38 additional auto finance companies, which provide financing to around 7 million consumers a year, would be subject to CFPB enforcement of federal consumer financial laws. The CFPB already…
  • Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf likes direction of U.S. economy, but 'it's not a full recovery'

    Mark Holan
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf said he generally likes the post-recession direction of the national economy, but he still has concerns about the housing market. That remains a big part of his company's business. "It doesn't feel like a full recovery," Stempf said during a Wednesday luncheon address at the National Press Club. "There are mixed messages. ... But I am bullish about the longterm picture." He said the domestic energy, auto sales and the tech sectors are doing very well. Yet mortgage lending…
  • Gerding Edlen aims for $500M payoff on apartment portfolio

    Wendy Culverwell
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
    One of Portland's most storied developers is poised to cash in on its bold recession-era bet that broken projects in great cities would yield big dividends. Real Estate Alert reports Gerding Edlen has hired CBRE to market a 788-unit apartment portfolio that includes projects in prime locations in Boston, Seattle, San Francisco and the Redondo Beach area of Los Angeles. In Seattle, Gerding Edlen is offering the 120-unit Pine & Minor at 1551 Minor Ave. in the Capital Hill neighborhood and the 118-unit…
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  • Hawaii Ecotourism Association awards tour operator of the year

    Jason Ubay
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Hawaii Ecotourism Association named Hawaiian Legacy Tours, a company that takes guests on a tour of Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods' forest and helps guest plant a koa tree on the Big Island, as its tour operator of the year at a luncheon Wednesday at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel. HEA also awarded the 2014 Ecotour Guides of the Year to Kaiulani Manuwai-Oiph of Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks, Jason Lee of Maui Kayak Adventures, Denver Leaman of Body Glove Cruises and Erik Storm of VolcanoDiscovery Hawaii. HEA’s…
  • Gaming panel gave minimal weight to saving Suffolk's horse-racing jobs

    Jon Chesto
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:37 pm
    When Penn National competed with Cordish Cos. for the state’s sole slots parlor license in February, there was one big thing that gave Penn National the edge. Keeping horse racing alive. As the five commission members reported back to the group on their assessments of each of the three applicants— Raynham Park was a distant third — the benefits of keeping the Plainridge harness track open kept coming up, again and again. In the end, Penn National committed to maintaining the horse racing…
  • Former president of Saratoga Performing Arts Center dies

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Herbert Chesbrough, who led Saratoga Performing Arts Center for nearly three decades, has died at 67 following a long illness, according to a report by the Times Union. Chesbrough began working at the Saratoga Springs, New York arts venue as comptroller in 1970. He went on to lead the organization from 1978 until 2004, bringing a jazz festival, food and wine festival and chamber music to the city during his tenure, according to the report. Chesbrough, who was credited with transforming SPAC into…
  • CEO says Honolulu Seawater A/C project to start construction in August 2015

    Duane Shimogawa
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:59 pm
    The long-planned $250 million Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning project, which will cool Downtown Honolulu office buildings and condominium towers with cold water from the ocean, is slated to start construction by Aug. 1, 2015, and be operational by the first quarter of 2017, the head of the company said Wednesday. Eric Masutomi, president and CEO of Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning — who also was a panelist at the Asia-Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit and Expo in Honolulu that covered…
  • Owner of Honolulu radio station KSSK changes name to iHeartMedia

    Janis L. Magin
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Clear Channel, which owns seven radio stations in Hawaii, said Wednesday that it has changed it name to iHeartMedia Inc. to reflect the company’s emphasis on digital media. The iHeartMedia company includes 859 radio stations in more than 150 markets, including Honolulu, iHeartRadio Digital, Premiere Networks, the Total Traffic and Weather Network, live music events, related companies including Katz Media Group and the Clear Channel Outdoor advertising company. The New York-based company owns…
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  • Gaming panel gave minimal weight to saving Suffolk's horse-racing jobs

    Jon Chesto
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:37 pm
    When Penn National competed with Cordish Cos. for the state’s sole slots parlor license in February, there was one big thing that gave Penn National the edge. Keeping horse racing alive. As the five commission members reported back to the group on their assessments of each of the three applicants— Raynham Park was a distant third — the benefits of keeping the Plainridge harness track open kept coming up, again and again. In the end, Penn National committed to maintaining the horse racing…
  • Foreign investor purchases Galleria-area townhomes, paving way for new project

    Paul Takahashi
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
    A foreign investor has purchased a Galleria-area townhome complex, likely paving the way for a new project. CBRE Group Inc. (NYSE: CBG) brokered the deal for Post Oak Park Townhomes, on Post Oak Park Drive, just inside the 610 Loop near the southwest corner of Memorial Park. Last month, an anonymous overseas investor bought the 5.4-acre property, according to Elizabeth Clampitt, CBRE’s senior associate of land services. The purchase price was not disclosed. The investor is still finalizing…
  • Eisenhower Commission decision delayed until Sept. 24

    Daniel J. Sernovitz
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:18 pm
    The Eisenhower Memorial Commission delayed a decision Wednesday on a path forward for the proposed memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower because it lacked a quorum. At issue: Whether to present a revised version of the design unveiled in September from architect Frank Gehry or choose instead to go with a recent proposal to strip away major elements of his design — controversial 80-foot columns and metal tapestries — and present the remaining elements to the National Capital Planning Commission. The…
  • Republic FC signs letter of intent for railyard stadium; Larry Kelley joins ownership group

    Ben van der Meer
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    On the eve of a critical visit by Major League Soccer, the Sacramento Republic FC has signed a letter of intent to build a future soccer stadium at the railyard, and future railyard developer Larry Kelley has joined the ownership group. The team also released a rendering of a stadium at 7th Street and Railyards Boulevard, near the property’s southeast corner. According to team officials, the stadium would seat 20,000 to 22,000 people and take up 12 to 13 acres, though that could be the entire…
  • University of Oregon's new sports product program likely headed to Old Town

    Matthew Kish
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    The University of Oregon is on the verge of launching a new master's degree program in sport product management in Portland's Old Town neighborhood. If approved as expected by the state, the program would launch in 2016. The program is likely to be housed in a new $37 million Gerding Edlen development at the corner of Northwest First Avenue and Davis Street, near other University of Oregon programs in the White Stag building. The White Stag building houses courses offered by the School of Architecture…
 
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  • Hawaii Ecotourism Association awards tour operator of the year

    Jason Ubay
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Hawaii Ecotourism Association named Hawaiian Legacy Tours, a company that takes guests on a tour of Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods' forest and helps guest plant a koa tree on the Big Island, as its tour operator of the year at a luncheon Wednesday at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel. HEA also awarded the 2014 Ecotour Guides of the Year to Kaiulani Manuwai-Oiph of Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks, Jason Lee of Maui Kayak Adventures, Denver Leaman of Body Glove Cruises and Erik Storm of VolcanoDiscovery Hawaii. HEA’s…
  • Gaming panel gave minimal weight to saving Suffolk's horse-racing jobs

    Jon Chesto
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:37 pm
    When Penn National competed with Cordish Cos. for the state’s sole slots parlor license in February, there was one big thing that gave Penn National the edge. Keeping horse racing alive. As the five commission members reported back to the group on their assessments of each of the three applicants— Raynham Park was a distant third — the benefits of keeping the Plainridge harness track open kept coming up, again and again. In the end, Penn National committed to maintaining the horse racing…
  • Former president of Saratoga Performing Arts Center dies

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Herbert Chesbrough, who led Saratoga Performing Arts Center for nearly three decades, has died at 67 following a long illness, according to a report by the Times Union. Chesbrough began working at the Saratoga Springs, New York arts venue as comptroller in 1970. He went on to lead the organization from 1978 until 2004, bringing a jazz festival, food and wine festival and chamber music to the city during his tenure, according to the report. Chesbrough, who was credited with transforming SPAC into…
  • CEO says Honolulu Seawater A/C project to start construction in August 2015

    Duane Shimogawa
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:59 pm
    The long-planned $250 million Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning project, which will cool Downtown Honolulu office buildings and condominium towers with cold water from the ocean, is slated to start construction by Aug. 1, 2015, and be operational by the first quarter of 2017, the head of the company said Wednesday. Eric Masutomi, president and CEO of Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning — who also was a panelist at the Asia-Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit and Expo in Honolulu that covered…
  • Owner of Honolulu radio station KSSK changes name to iHeartMedia

    Janis L. Magin
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Clear Channel, which owns seven radio stations in Hawaii, said Wednesday that it has changed it name to iHeartMedia Inc. to reflect the company’s emphasis on digital media. The iHeartMedia company includes 859 radio stations in more than 150 markets, including Honolulu, iHeartRadio Digital, Premiere Networks, the Total Traffic and Weather Network, live music events, related companies including Katz Media Group and the Clear Channel Outdoor advertising company. The New York-based company owns…
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  • John M. Belk Endowment awards $2.3 million grant to Central Piedmont Community College

    David Harris
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:49 pm
    The John M. Belk Endowment is donating $2.3 million to Central Piedmont Community College for a program intended to keep developmental students on the path to earning a college degree. The Development Education Program targets students who otherwise might drop out. One goal, for example, is to help students in remedial classes to advance more quickly to college-credit courses. “We’re delighted the John M. Belk Endowment has partnered with us to expand this approach that reduces burnout and…
  • University of Hawaii nursing school won't take new students for spring semester

    Matt Tuohy
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:39 pm
    The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene will not be accepting new students for the spring 2015 semester because of funding troubles and job placement uncertainty for graduates. Mary Boland, the school’s dean, blames a lack of new funding for an increasingly expensive program and uncertainty in the job market for nurses graduating with bachelor's degrees as the primary reasons for the change in schedule. “For some graduates, it takes almost a year to find employment,”…
  • Drexel Law gets $50M gift, the largest ever for the university

    Jeff Blumenthal
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Drexel University School of Law will be named the Thomas R. Kline School of Law in honor of a $50 million donation — the largest single gift in the university’s 123-year history — from the Philadelphia plaintiffs personal injury litigator. The donation includes a large bequest, plus the former Beneficial Savings Bank Building at 12th and Chestnut streets that will house the Thomas R. Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy of the Kline School of Law. Drexel hopes the new trial advocacy program,…
  • Houston schools' entrepreneurship programs ranked among top 5 in U.S. — again

    Olivia Pulsinelli
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine have named two Houston schools among the top five graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurship programs nationwide for another year in a row. The Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Houston C.T. Bauer College of Business took the No. 2 spot among undergraduate programs, and Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business has the No. 4 graduate entrepreneurship program. This is the eighth year that UH made the…
  • Women may hold key to bridging Colorado talent gap, report says

    Caitlin Hendee
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Colorado faces a potential gap in talent as its highly-educated workforce begins to retire and following generations aren't getting the necessary education to close that gap. That's according to Colorado State University's (CSU) 2014 Innovation Report, released Wednesday, which analyzed the state for its job growth, talent pool and small business financing. But don't get too bent out of shape just yet. The report also notes that the recent strong growth of skilled women — where 42 percent…
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  • CEO says Honolulu Seawater A/C project to start construction in August 2015

    Duane Shimogawa
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:59 pm
    The long-planned $250 million Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning project, which will cool Downtown Honolulu office buildings and condominium towers with cold water from the ocean, is slated to start construction by Aug. 1, 2015, and be operational by the first quarter of 2017, the head of the company said Wednesday. Eric Masutomi, president and CEO of Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning — who also was a panelist at the Asia-Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit and Expo in Honolulu that covered…
  • Here's one big Massachusetts power plant that keeps changing hands

    Jon Chesto
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    The days are long gone when someone went to work at a Boston Edison plant and knew that they would eventually retire from the same company. The deregulation of the electricity market changed all that, by forcing the incumbent utilities to sell off their plants and usher in a new era of competition. That was back in the 1990s. Since then, we’ve seen a long line of natural gas turbines, windmills and solar arrays go up, in a world where just about anyone with the right financing could build a power…
  • California solar energy company SPI Solar expanding to Hawaii

    Duane Shimogawa
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:46 pm
    California-based SPI Solar, which has interests in about 17.5 megawatts of solar energy projects in Hawaii, plans to expand even more in the state by opening an office in Hawaii before the end of the year, one of the firm’s top executives told PBN on Wednesday. “We’re definitely going to open an office [in Hawaii],” said Stephen Kircher, global chief strategy officer for SPI Solar. “We’re trying to put our arms around it.” Kircher noted that SPI Solar is bullish on the Hawaii market,…
  • Houston company's MLP launches IPO worth up to $422.6M

    Olivia Pulsinelli
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Cone Midstream Partners LP, jointly owned by Houston-based Noble Energy Inc. and Pittsburgh-based Consol Energy Inc., said Sept. 17 it has launched its initial public offering of 17.5 million common units. The IPO has a proposed maximum aggregate offering price of about $422.6 million, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Cone said in the filing it expects to price the units between $19 and $21 each, and underwriters will have a 30-day option to purchase an additional…
  • Hawaiian Electric developing plans for community solar gardens in Hawaii

    Duane Shimogawa
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Hawaiian Electric Co. is starting to develop plans for a program designed to give businesses and residents a chance to invest in renewable energy by owning portions of an off-site solar energy facility that sells power back to the utility, the incoming head of the Honolulu-based company told PBN. Alan Oshima, who will become the president and CEO of the state’s largest electric utility on Oct. 1, told PBN on Tuesday in his first media interview since being named to the top post, that Hawaiian…
 
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  • Seattle company backs breakthrough LNG ship engine installation

    Steve Wilhelm
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    A just-installed liquefied natural gas ship engine – which, at 539 tons, is among the largest in the world – is propelling a Seattle-based maritime company into a new world of emissions reductions. While the engine will provide service in the Caribbean, and the ship is being assembled in San Diego, the project is being financed by Seattle-based Saltchuk, a $3 billion maritime conglomerate that operates a range of maritime companies around North America. The project makes Saltchuk among the…
  • Shovel turned on Northwest Corridor project

    Dave Williams
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Gov. Nathan Deal, state transportation officials and Cobb County leaders broke ground Wednesday on the most expensive highway project in Georgia history. The nearly $1 billion Northwest Corridor will involve building new toll lanes along 29 miles of interstates 75 and 575 through Cobb and Cherokee counties. It’s the first of several major highway projects planned for metro Atlanta, a list that includes a massive reconfiguration of the interchange at I-285 and Georgia 400 as well as another toll…
  • Citing noise risks, Folsom going to court over Mather expansion

    Ben van der Meer
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    The city of Folsom is going to court over a plan by Sacramento County to expand neighboring Mather Airport, saying the plan doesn’t consider the effects of noise on city residents. Approved by the Folsom City Council in closed session Tuesday, the suit takes issue with a recently completed and approved environmental impact report for the airport master plan, which was also approved. According to Folsom city officials, the plan’s approval ends any possibility of addressing noise issues through…
  • New committee to zero in on south King County family planning clinics

    Annie Zak
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    In response to budget cuts, the public health department for King County and Seattle is forming an oversight committee to keep tabs on, and hopefully replenish, county-run family planning health services that might slip through the cracks and leave clients with nowhere else to turn. From Eastgate to Auburn, thousands of people depend on family planning services like birth control and STD testing through the county's health department and through Planned Parenthood, which will be partnering with…
  • Oil and gas bounty from fracking leads to debate over exports, conference told

    Cathy Proctor
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have changed the nation’s energy supplies so dramatically that now people are pushing to export domestic oil and natural gas internationally, Gale Norton, a former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, said at an oil and gas conference Wednesday. That's a big change from a decade ago when many worried that the American oil and gas industry would dry up completely. Norton opened up the two-day “Clean Frac’ing 3” conference at Colorado’s Beaver Creek…
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  • First Lady visits St. Jude

    Michael Sheffield
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:25 pm
    First Lady Michelle Obama visited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital late this afternoon, interacting with and answering questions from St. Jude patients and their families in the hospital’s activity room, while promising to sing and dance with patients after the media left. Obama is the fourth First Lady to visit St. Jude. After a delay of nearly 90 minutes due to maintenance problems with her aircraft, Obama arrived a little after 5 p.m. and answered a variety of questions from patients,…
  • University of Hawaii nursing school won't take new students for spring semester

    Matt Tuohy
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:39 pm
    The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene will not be accepting new students for the spring 2015 semester because of funding troubles and job placement uncertainty for graduates. Mary Boland, the school’s dean, blames a lack of new funding for an increasingly expensive program and uncertainty in the job market for nurses graduating with bachelor's degrees as the primary reasons for the change in schedule. “For some graduates, it takes almost a year to find employment,”…
  • ER doc-turned-entrepreneur snags $100K partnership with Triangle Orthopaedic

    Lauren K. Ohnesorge
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Durham-based EyeScribes was bootstrapped – until Tuesday. And in Lynchburg, Virginia, until March. And last year? The product was on the Google Glass bandwagon. As CEO Jared Pelo, an emergency medicine physician, will tell you, a lot can change when you’re an entrepreneur. Read: Entrepreneurship advice from Silicon Valley: Talk about your failures He says a $100,000 partnership with Triangle Orthopaedic Associates, announced at this week’s CED Tech Venture Conference, is a game changer. “The…
  • Though partners, hospitals still 'fiercely committed' to independence

    Jason deBruyn
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    A major partnership announced Wednesday brings together hospitals that want to remain independent, but find cost savings by joining forces in some small areas. WakeMed Health & Hospitals joined with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem and Vidant Health in Greenville, the hospital affiliated with East Carolina University, to form a new company with the goal of benefiting all three systems, which combined generate $6 billion of annual revenue. Read: Major partnership brings together…
  • Three questions with Hospice Hawaii President and CPO Kenneth Zeri

    Matt Tuohy
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Kenneth Zeri has led Hospice Hawaii for almost 12 years as its president and CPO. He sits on numerous boards in the health care and hospice sector, helped found Kokua Mau board of directors – a palliative care nonprofit – and is the national director for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Zeri sat down with PBN to discuss the biggest challenges the organization faces, the changes in hospice care with the Affordable Care Act, and the most common misconceptions about hospice…
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  • Niagara Bottling to fill 70 jobs for Pleasant Prairie facility

    Denise Lockwood
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Niagara Bottling LLC, which plans to open a 377,000-square-foot building in Pleasant Prairie in early 2015, plans to hire 70 employees, according to a press release by the Kenosha Area Business Alliance. The company packages and distributes private-label water for its customers and under its own Niagara label. A Niagara Bottling LLC affiliate paid $2.98 million for an almost 20-acre Pleasant Prairie site where the company will build a bottling plant expected to create up to 105 jobs. The California…
  • Drexel Law gets $50M gift, the largest ever for the university

    Jeff Blumenthal
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Drexel University School of Law will be named the Thomas R. Kline School of Law in honor of a $50 million donation — the largest single gift in the university’s 123-year history — from the Philadelphia plaintiffs personal injury litigator. The donation includes a large bequest, plus the former Beneficial Savings Bank Building at 12th and Chestnut streets that will house the Thomas R. Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy of the Kline School of Law. Drexel hopes the new trial advocacy program,…
  • Gerding Edlen aims for $500M payoff on apartment portfolio

    Wendy Culverwell
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
    One of Portland's most storied developers is poised to cash in on its bold recession-era bet that broken projects in great cities would yield big dividends. Real Estate Alert reports Gerding Edlen has hired CBRE to market a 788-unit apartment portfolio that includes projects in prime locations in Boston, Seattle, San Francisco and the Redondo Beach area of Los Angeles. In Seattle, Gerding Edlen is offering the 120-unit Pine & Minor at 1551 Minor Ave. in the Capital Hill neighborhood and the 118-unit…
  • Metro, union reach tentative agreement

    Jacob Kirn
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Metro and the union that represents some 1,500 of its workers have reached a tentative contract agreement, both parties confirmed Wednesday. The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788 said the agreement preserved workers’ defined benefit pension plan, increased wages and improved health care coverage. A Metro spokeswoman declined to comment on specifics, saying Metro workers and Metro’s board of commissioners still must vote on it. A union vote is scheduled for Sept. 25. Those employees have…
  • Oregon's minimum wage rises by a smidge. Is it enough?

    Andy Giegerich
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Oregon’s minimum wage, already the second-highest among all states, is getting set to rise by a fraction. Oregon Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian today announced that Oregon’s minimum wage will increase to $9.25 on Jan. 1. That’s a 15-cent rise, meaning Oregon will still trail only Washington ($9.32) in terms of statewide minimum wage rates. Avakian said the rate would apply to 141,822 workers, or 8 percent of Oregon’s workforce. The move helps keep up with the cost-of-living. “Oregon’s…
 
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  • Governor signs much-debated ridesharing insurance bill

    Allen Young
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    A months-long Capitol battle over insurance requirements for drivers with upstart ridesharing companies ended Wednesday as Gov. Jerry Brown signed a compromise regulation into law. The battle over ridesharing was one of the most intensely watched legislative spectacles all year. What started as an insider skirmish between the taxi and insurance industries against new-school "sharing economy" companies elevated into a greater debate about how peer-to-peer businesses should be regulated. The discussion…
  • Governor signs much-debated ridesharing bill

    Allen Young
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:45 pm
    A months-long Capitol battle over insurance requirements for drivers with upstart ridesharing companies ended Wednesday as Gov. Jerry Brown signed a compromise regulation into law. The battle over ridesharing was one of the most intensely watched legislative spectacles all year. What started as an insider skirmish between the taxi and insurance industries against new-school "sharing economy" companies elevated into a greater debate about how peer-to-peer businesses should be regulated. The discussion…
  • Governor signs much-debated ridesharing bill

    Allen Young
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    A months-long Capitol battle over insurance requirements for drivers with upstart ridesharing companies ended Wednesday as Gov. Jerry Brown signed a compromise regulation into law. The battle over ridesharing was one of the most intensely watched legislative spectacles all year. What started as an insider skirmish between the taxi and insurance industries against new-school "sharing economy" companies elevated into a greater debate about how peer-to-peer businesses should be regulated. The discussion…
  • Women may hold key to bridging Colorado talent gap, report says

    Caitlin Hendee
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Colorado faces a potential gap in talent as its highly-educated workforce begins to retire and following generations aren't getting the necessary education to close that gap. That's according to Colorado State University's (CSU) 2014 Innovation Report, released Wednesday, which analyzed the state for its job growth, talent pool and small business financing. But don't get too bent out of shape just yet. The report also notes that the recent strong growth of skilled women — where 42 percent…
  • Geraghty using MediFuture to introduce GuideWell to national health care execs

    Chris Wilkerson
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Health care executives roaming the halls of this year's MediFuture 2024 conference in Tampa met leaders from a lot of companies they might not have heard of yet, but one of those companies they are sure to hear a lot from going forward. Florida Blue is using MediFuture to introduce GuideWell to the national health care community. "We have used this event as a signature launch of GuideWell's new marketing campaign," said Florida Blue and GuideWell CEO Pat Geraghty in an interview during the conference.…
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  • Arizona Cardinals deactivate Jonathan Dwyer after domestic violence arrest in Phoenix

    Mike Sunnucks
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    The Arizona Cardinals have deactivated running back Jonathan Dwyer after he was arrested in Phoenix on domestic violence charges. The quick move comes as the National Football League grapples with a crisis over handling of the Ray Rice domestic assault case, child abuse charges against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and other domestic violence cases. KTVK-TV Channel 3 in Phoenix first reported Wednesday of Dwyer’s arrest. TMZ, which released the game-changing videos of Rice knocking…
  • University of Oregon's new sports product program likely headed to Old Town

    Matthew Kish
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    The University of Oregon is on the verge of launching a new master's degree program in sport product management in Portland's Old Town neighborhood. If approved as expected by the state, the program would launch in 2016. The program is likely to be housed in a new $37 million Gerding Edlen development at the corner of Northwest First Avenue and Davis Street, near other University of Oregon programs in the White Stag building. The White Stag building houses courses offered by the School of Architecture…
  • ​Susan Howard

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Susan Howard Senior manager, Buetow, LeMastus & Dick PLLC Years in current job: 12 Years in accounting: 27 Education: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, Murray State University; juris doctorate, University of Louisville Certification: CPA Type of music she listens to most: Pop/rock Favorite way to relax: Reading and watching TV Favorite movie or TV show:“Modern Family” Type of cell phone she owns: iPhone What energizes/inspires her: Fitness activities such as running and biking. Why…
  • Drexel Law gets $50M gift, the largest ever for the university

    Jeff Blumenthal
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Drexel University School of Law will be named the Thomas R. Kline School of Law in honor of a $50 million donation — the largest single gift in the university’s 123-year history — from the Philadelphia plaintiffs personal injury litigator. The donation includes a large bequest, plus the former Beneficial Savings Bank Building at 12th and Chestnut streets that will house the Thomas R. Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy of the Kline School of Law. Drexel hopes the new trial advocacy program,…
  • Tennessee gets mixed grades in national education report

    Madeline Faber
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has released the fourth edition of its Leaders & Laggards series, "A State-by-State Report Card on K–12 Educational Effectiveness." The report examines education systems through 11 critical areas, including academic achievement for low-income and minority students, post-secondary and workforce readiness and parental options. In its national overview, the report singles out Tennessee for "more academic achievement improvements than any other state in the…
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  • Women may hold key to bridging Colorado talent gap, report says

    Caitlin Hendee
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Colorado faces a potential gap in talent as its highly-educated workforce begins to retire and following generations aren't getting the necessary education to close that gap. That's according to Colorado State University's (CSU) 2014 Innovation Report, released Wednesday, which analyzed the state for its job growth, talent pool and small business financing. But don't get too bent out of shape just yet. The report also notes that the recent strong growth of skilled women — where 42 percent…
  • Consumer prices ease in Colorado, western states as energy dips

    Mark Harden
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Lower gasoline prices in the West helped keep the lid on consumer costs last month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday. The consumer price index (CPI) for Colorado and other western states dipped 0.1 percent in August from July levels, with energy costs down 2.3 percent. Gas in particular was cheaper last month, down 3.2 percent fem July, BLS said. On the other hand, food prices in the West were up 0.6 percent. Over the year ending in August, the CPI rose 2.1 percent in the…
  • Preparing for takeoff: Wright Runstad eyes massive project by Sea-Tac Airport

    Marc Stiles
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    A massive real estate development just south of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport could be the future home of the Federal Aviation Administration's regional headquarters if real estate development company Wright Runstad's plans come to fruition. On Wednesday, Wright Runstad President Greg Johnson said that his company is under contract a seven-acre site just west of the Angle Lake light-rail station. Located at South 200th Street and 28th Avenue South, the station is scheduled to open in 2016.…
  • Duly Noted: Umami Burger's 'guerrilla marketing' makes some hungry, others upset (Video)

    David A. Arnott
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Umami Burger, the renowned Los Angeles-based burger restaurant, plans to open an outpost in Chicago soon, but one of its advertising initiatives is rubbing some locals the wrong way. As part of a "guerrilla marketing" campaign, the chain stamped its logo on various sidewalks in Wicker Park. Though a spokesperson said the logos were spray chalk and will wash away soon enough, a few were upset with the ads, one person calling them "presumptive and unneighborly." Moreover, it's not clear if they violate…
  • Colorado's ULA, Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin team to create new rocket engine

    Greg Avery
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Centennial-based rocket maker United Launch Alliance is partnering with Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin aerospace company to build a new booster engine capable of replacing controversial Russian-made engines powering some ULA rockets. The companies announced a four-year agreement Wednesday. ULA and the Amazon.com founder’s company plan to jointly develop Blue Origin’s BE-4 rocket engines, and have them ready for first flight by 2019. “Blue Origin has demonstrated its ability to develop high-performance…
 
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  • Exports on tap for Arizona Commerce Authority forum

    Eric Jay Toll
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Exporting is a major emphasis in state economic policy, and Arizona Commerce Authority is combining forces with economic developers in Gilbert and Mesa for a half-day forum to teach businesses more about it. “Global Connect: Expanding through Exports” features panels with export experts talking about opportunities for business-to-business and business-to-government trade outside U.S. borders. The forum is slated for Sept. 30. “This program is a great opportunity for a business that wants…
  • House votes to reauthorize Export-Import Bank, fund government and arm Syrian rebels

    Kent Hoover
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:37 pm
    It looks like the Export-Import Bank will stay in business until at least June 30. Legislation that reauthorizes the Ex-Im Bank for six months beyond Sept. 30 and funds the federal government at current levels through Dec. 11 passed the House by a 319-108 vote Wednesday afternoon. The continuing resolution also includes an amendment that authorizes President Barack Obama to arm and train Syrian rebels who are fighting Islamic militants who have seized control of parts of Syria and Iraq. The addition…
  • Niagara Bottling to fill 70 jobs for Pleasant Prairie facility

    Denise Lockwood
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Niagara Bottling LLC, which plans to open a 377,000-square-foot building in Pleasant Prairie in early 2015, plans to hire 70 employees, according to a press release by the Kenosha Area Business Alliance. The company packages and distributes private-label water for its customers and under its own Niagara label. A Niagara Bottling LLC affiliate paid $2.98 million for an almost 20-acre Pleasant Prairie site where the company will build a bottling plant expected to create up to 105 jobs. The California…
  • Manufacturers voice optimism and concern at manufacturing and distribution summit (Video)

    Denise Lockwood
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Manufacturers continue to grow in Wisconsin, but a number of executives still voiced concerns at the Innovate To Grow 2014 Manufacturing and Distribution Executive Summit, which was held at the Harley-Davidson Museum on Wednesday. An official from Brown Deer-based Badger Meter Inc., which makes flow meters and controls; Milwaukee-based Rexnord Industries LLC, which makes process and motion controls and water management products; and Menomonee Falls-based Power Products LLC, which makes inverters…
  • Japan seeks stronger Houston energy partnership, with LNG exports and more

    Jordan Blum
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Nozomu Takaoka has only been in Houston for a year, but the consul-general of Japan sees a growing partnership between his nation and the energy capital of the world through liquefied natural gas exports and much more. Takaoka said he sees the Houston area helping Japan's energy needs through LNG exports, while more Japanese companies are continuing to invest in the North American shale boom and the upcoming petrochemical and manufacturing booms. As such, Gov. Rick Perry traveled to Japan for…
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  • Owner of Honolulu radio station KSSK changes name to iHeartMedia

    Janis L. Magin
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Clear Channel, which owns seven radio stations in Hawaii, said Wednesday that it has changed it name to iHeartMedia Inc. to reflect the company’s emphasis on digital media. The iHeartMedia company includes 859 radio stations in more than 150 markets, including Honolulu, iHeartRadio Digital, Premiere Networks, the Total Traffic and Weather Network, live music events, related companies including Katz Media Group and the Clear Channel Outdoor advertising company. The New York-based company owns…
  • Job cuts expected at CSN Houston under new ownership

    Olivia Pulsinelli
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:14 pm
    If a bankruptcy judge approves the reorganization plan for Comcast SportsNet Houston, 75 jobs reportedly would be cut at the network. The Houston Chronicle reports 40 of CSN Houston’s 115 employees were notified they would keep their jobs under the reorganization plan. Most of those who would be retained are involved in game production, as well as some broadcasters and sportscasters, the Chronicle reports. Several of the reporters and anchors whose contracts would not be retained likely could…
  • Pier 1 Imports posts $9.2M second quarter profit as it refines its e-commerce strategy

    Danielle Abril
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Pier 1 Imports reported a drop in profit, making $9.2 million, or 10 cents per share, on $418.6 million in sales during the second quarter. Last year, the retailer made $17.8 million on $395.6 million in revenue during the same quarter. Same store sales popped 4.5 percent due to a jump in brand traffic, conversion and average ticket. The company attributes the drop in profit mostly to soft store traffic and declines in merchandise margins. The company's e-commerce sales have grown to 9.7 percent…
  • GateHouse Media parent is raising $100M-plus as it eyes more deals

    Jon Chesto
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:32 pm
    The GateHouse Media team just bought the biggest newspaper in its portfolio — The Providence Journal — in a $46 million deal earlier this month. But the execs at the recently created New Media Investment Group won’t be stopping there. New Media, publicly traded since February, unveiled plans today to sell 6.5 million shares in the company on top of the roughly 30 million shares that are already circulating. New Media is expecting that the net proceeds from the sale will be about $107 million,…
  • Miller Lite ad account headed to TBWA/Chiat/Day

    Lewis Lazare
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    A Los Angeles shop, TBWA/Chiat/Day, has prevailed in a three-way shootout to become the new ad agency of record for Miller Lite. A Miller Lite spokesman said that MillerCoors marketing executives moved quicker than expected to select TBWA over two Chicago-based agency finalists, Leo Burnett and and Royal Order, after it became clear during final presentations that TBWA demonstrated the best feel for the Millennial audience that is the core market for Miller Lite. MillerCoors had expected to do…
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  • Foreign investor purchases Galleria-area townhomes, paving way for new project

    Paul Takahashi
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
    A foreign investor has purchased a Galleria-area townhome complex, likely paving the way for a new project. CBRE Group Inc. (NYSE: CBG) brokered the deal for Post Oak Park Townhomes, on Post Oak Park Drive, just inside the 610 Loop near the southwest corner of Memorial Park. Last month, an anonymous overseas investor bought the 5.4-acre property, according to Elizabeth Clampitt, CBRE’s senior associate of land services. The purchase price was not disclosed. The investor is still finalizing…
  • Google donating $1 million to LAUSD schools

    Scott Bridges
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Try googling “donation LAUSD $1 million” and you’ll be directed to articles about Google, itself. That’s because the tech giant on Monday flash-funded Los Angeles schools to the tune of about a million bucks through the crowd-funding website DonorsChoose.org. On DonorsChoose.org, teachers post requests for classroom materials, and donors support the projects they want. Thomas Williams, head of Google’s Venice office, said the donations are part of the company’s continuing aim to support…
  • LAX begins $508-million renovation of Terminal 1

    Scott Bridges
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:41 pm
    As part of its $7.4 billion overhaul of Los Angeles International Airport, officials on Tuesday broke ground on a $508 million modernization of Terminal 1. When finished four years from now, the terminal will showcase a new façade, 12-lane security checkpoint and more space for restaurants, according to the Los Angeles Register. Plans calls for a better illuminated open ticketing lobby, fully automated system to handle checked bags and several structural improvements, refurbishment of the baggage…
  • UNT visual arts and design school receives $2.5M donation, name change

    Korri Kezar
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:40 pm
    The University of North Texas' College of Visual Arts and Design received a $2.5 million donation from the estate of supporters Jo Ann (Jody) and Dr. Charles O. Onstead. The money will fund research, support educators and help build partnerships to advance art awareness at UNT. "The Onsteads understood how central an appreciation of the fine arts is to a child's development," said Robert Milnes, former dean of the College of Visual Arts and Design. "Arts and design integrated learning is imperative…
  • High-end home construction resumes at Hidden Lake after six-year hiatus

    Amanda Jones Hoyle
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Even at the height of the Raleigh real estate market, the gated Hidden Lake community near Youngsville was considered a luxury. With 588 acres, its own lake and home prices starting at $900,000, it was expected to rival Hasentree, Linville and The Barony for Triangle homeowners seeking seclusion and a place to build or buy a home with highest of custom home finishes and amenities. But with the 2008 downturn, Hidden Lake’s original developer, Crescent Communities of Charlotte, halted construction…
 
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  • Hawaii fashion brand Fighting Eel to open fourth store in Kahala Mall

    Bill Cresenzo
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Fighting Eel, the Hawaii-based boutique women's clothing brand, is opening its fourth Oahu store at Kahala Mall, the mall Wednesday. The Fighting Eel store will occupy a 1,138-square-foot space formerly occupied by Adore, between Up & Riding and T&C Surf Designs. Designers Rona Bennett and Lan Chung f ounded the company in 2003 and started a new line for girls called Ava Sky in 2012. The designers describe their designs, which have been worn by such celebrities as Rachel McAdams, Eva Longoria,…
  • Hill Country Galleria sold in blockbuster transaction, report says

    Jan Buchholz
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:08 pm
    The Hill Country Galleria shopping center, which got off to a rocky start during the recession and was sold in auction, has changed hands again. According to a report by the Bee Cave Bee, the California State Teacher's Retirement System is the buyer in the blockbuster transaction. Adrian Overstreet, the general manager of the Austin upscale shopping area near State Highway 71 and Ranch Road 2222, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. When contacted by Austin Business Journal, a…
  • Will there be a food fight in Capitol Riverfront as vegans, bacon lovers converge?

    Rebecca Cooper
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:06 pm
    The dueling bacon and vegan festivals near Nationals Park this weekend feel like an artisanal altercation waiting to happen. Yes, a bacon festival. And a vegan and vegetarian food festival. On the same day. Two blocks away from each other. The mascot fight potential is endless. I’m picturing a carrot mascot and a guy in a slice of bacon costume coming to blows only to end in a life-sized bacon-wrapped carrot. (Note to self, must try bacon wrapped carrots, as they would probably be delicious.) D.C.…
  • Pier 1 Imports posts $9.2M second quarter profit as it refines its e-commerce strategy

    Danielle Abril
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Pier 1 Imports reported a drop in profit, making $9.2 million, or 10 cents per share, on $418.6 million in sales during the second quarter. Last year, the retailer made $17.8 million on $395.6 million in revenue during the same quarter. Same store sales popped 4.5 percent due to a jump in brand traffic, conversion and average ticket. The company attributes the drop in profit mostly to soft store traffic and declines in merchandise margins. The company's e-commerce sales have grown to 9.7 percent…
  • Krispy Kreme expands share repurchase program to $105M

    Catherine Carlock
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. late Wednesday announced its board has approved a $25 million increase in its share repurchase program, taking the buyback from $80 million to $105 million. The Winston-Salem-based doughnut maker had already expanded its share repurchase program from $50 million to $80 million earlier this year. There is $50 million remaining for future repurchases under the expanded program, Krispy Kreme said. Jim Morgan, Krispy Kreme’s executive chairman and former CEO, said the…
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  • Gaming panel gave minimal weight to saving Suffolk's horse-racing jobs

    Jon Chesto
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:37 pm
    When Penn National competed with Cordish Cos. for the state’s sole slots parlor license in February, there was one big thing that gave Penn National the edge. Keeping horse racing alive. As the five commission members reported back to the group on their assessments of each of the three applicants— Raynham Park was a distant third — the benefits of keeping the Plainridge harness track open kept coming up, again and again. In the end, Penn National committed to maintaining the horse racing…
  • Arizona Cardinals deactivate Jonathan Dwyer after domestic violence arrest in Phoenix

    Mike Sunnucks
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    The Arizona Cardinals have deactivated running back Jonathan Dwyer after he was arrested in Phoenix on domestic violence charges. The quick move comes as the National Football League grapples with a crisis over handling of the Ray Rice domestic assault case, child abuse charges against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and other domestic violence cases. KTVK-TV Channel 3 in Phoenix first reported Wednesday of Dwyer’s arrest. TMZ, which released the game-changing videos of Rice knocking…
  • Republic FC signs letter of intent for railyard stadium; Larry Kelley joins ownership group

    Ben van der Meer
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    On the eve of a critical visit by Major League Soccer, the Sacramento Republic FC has signed a letter of intent to build a future soccer stadium at the railyard, and future railyard developer Larry Kelley has joined the ownership group. The team also released a rendering of a stadium at 7th Street and Railyards Boulevard, near the property’s southeast corner. According to team officials, the stadium would seat 20,000 to 22,000 people and take up 12 to 13 acres, though that could be the entire…
  • Job cuts expected at CSN Houston under new ownership

    Olivia Pulsinelli
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:14 pm
    If a bankruptcy judge approves the reorganization plan for Comcast SportsNet Houston, 75 jobs reportedly would be cut at the network. The Houston Chronicle reports 40 of CSN Houston’s 115 employees were notified they would keep their jobs under the reorganization plan. Most of those who would be retained are involved in game production, as well as some broadcasters and sportscasters, the Chronicle reports. Several of the reporters and anchors whose contracts would not be retained likely could…
  • The most important women in sports biz got together in New York this week. Here's what they talked about besides the NFL mess

    Mary Johnson
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Editor's note: On Tuesday, Bizwomen editor Mary Johnson was reporting from New York City, where she attended " Game Changers: The Intersection of Women and Sports," presented by the SportsBusiness Journal (a Bizwomen sister publication). Corporate sponsors. Players as brands. A bold idea for the men's and women's NCAA basketball tournaments. These were just some of the topics that came up during the SportsBusiness Journal's Game Changers conference, with the women in attendance alternating between…
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  • EMCORE CEO: 'Nobody is going to be losing jobs due to the transaction'

    Dan Mayfield
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Hours after EMCORE announced it was selling its Albuquerque-based photovoltaics division to Veritas Capital, EMCORE CEO Hong Hou explained the company’s decision, and what he will do now. On Wednesday the company announced the $150 million sale and that Hou would be replaced following a search in the next three to four months. “It is good news, and I don’t think there are any downsides for the community at all,” Hou said on a conference call with reporters. Hou answered several other questions…
  • EMCORE sells only profitable division

    Dan Mayfield
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Though EMCORE's announcement on Wednesday that it is jettisoning CEO Hong Hou was a surprise to many, the sale of its most profitable division is also raising eyebrows. In its latest earnings release on Aug. 7, the company reported $44.6 million in consolidated revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2014, $18.4 million of which came from its solar division, which had a gross profit of $5.1 million and an operating profit of $1.96 million. It was the only profitable division of the company,…
  • University of Oregon's new sports product program likely headed to Old Town

    Matthew Kish
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    The University of Oregon is on the verge of launching a new master's degree program in sport product management in Portland's Old Town neighborhood. If approved as expected by the state, the program would launch in 2016. The program is likely to be housed in a new $37 million Gerding Edlen development at the corner of Northwest First Avenue and Davis Street, near other University of Oregon programs in the White Stag building. The White Stag building houses courses offered by the School of Architecture…
  • The hunt begins for new EMCORE CEO

    Dan Mayfield
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Since 2008, Dr. Hong Hou has been the CEO at EMCORE Corp. But the company is looking for someone to succeed him now that it has announced the sale its Space Photovoltaics business to Veritas Capital for $150 million. The company said Hou will resign from his CEO post and from the board once a successor is in place. The board has formed a search committee, according to a statement, to find a new CEO. “The Search Committee has been granted the authority to identify, consider, assess, evaluate,…
  • Bezos' Blue Origin to blast out of obscurity with rocket engine for Boeing, Lockheed Martin

    Steve Wilhelm
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced Wednesday that his rocket launch company, Blue Origin, will be developing a new rocket engine called the BE-4 for the United Launch Alliance. The engine is to replace the Russian-built RS-180, which now powers the Atlas launch vehicle. United Launch Alliance is a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The rockets will likely carry the space station capsules that Boeing will be building for NASA. Dragon capsules built by SpaceX, a Blue Origin competitor,…
 
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  • Hawaii Ecotourism Association awards tour operator of the year

    Jason Ubay
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Hawaii Ecotourism Association named Hawaiian Legacy Tours, a company that takes guests on a tour of Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods' forest and helps guest plant a koa tree on the Big Island, as its tour operator of the year at a luncheon Wednesday at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel. HEA also awarded the 2014 Ecotour Guides of the Year to Kaiulani Manuwai-Oiph of Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks, Jason Lee of Maui Kayak Adventures, Denver Leaman of Body Glove Cruises and Erik Storm of VolcanoDiscovery Hawaii. HEA’s…
  • LAX begins $508-million renovation of Terminal 1

    Scott Bridges
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:41 pm
    As part of its $7.4 billion overhaul of Los Angeles International Airport, officials on Tuesday broke ground on a $508 million modernization of Terminal 1. When finished four years from now, the terminal will showcase a new façade, 12-lane security checkpoint and more space for restaurants, according to the Los Angeles Register. Plans calls for a better illuminated open ticketing lobby, fully automated system to handle checked bags and several structural improvements, refurbishment of the baggage…
  • Citing noise risks, Folsom going to court over Mather expansion

    Ben van der Meer
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    The city of Folsom is going to court over a plan by Sacramento County to expand neighboring Mather Airport, saying the plan doesn’t consider the effects of noise on city residents. Approved by the Folsom City Council in closed session Tuesday, the suit takes issue with a recently completed and approved environmental impact report for the airport master plan, which was also approved. According to Folsom city officials, the plan’s approval ends any possibility of addressing noise issues through…
  • Wawa en route to 57 C. Fla. stores by 2016

    Anjali Fluker
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Did you pass a Wawa on your way to work today? If not, don’t worry — you soon will. The Pennsylvania-based fuel-and-convenience retailer, which has been in huge growth mode since entering the Orlando market in 2012, is kicking off plans for the next round of 50 stores for the Sunshine State, as it debuts its 50th Florida store on Sept. 18 near downtown Orlando. A little closer to home, Wawa also is en route to having a total of 36 metro Orlando stores by the end of this year and will grow…
  • How should you tip a hotel housekeeper in Hawaii?

    Jason Ubay
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Tips for hotel housekeepers are always welcome, but they should be about service, said Rose Galera, president of the Hawaii chapter of the International Executive Housekeepers Association. Marriott International (NYSE: MAR) announced this week that it had partnered with Maria Shriver and her foundation, A Woman's Nation, on a program called “The Envelope Please,” encouraging guests to tip their housekeepers. A Marriott Hawaii spokeswoman said the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa in Ko Olina…
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  • Phoenix roofers flooded with phone calls following record rains

    Brandon Brown
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    After last week’s historic rainstorm, Phoenix roofers have been slammed with people needing fixes for leaky roofs. The phone at the Roofing Co. in Mesa has not stopped ringing since Sept. 8, the day of the Valley’s historic rainstorm, said the company’s owner, Vanessa Haught. She forwarded the office number to her cell phone and has been taking calls everywhere, even when she was grocery shopping. “I am scheduled out through Oct. 1,” Haught said. She has been giving people advice on how…
  • Metro Denver SBDC launches new online financing, consulting tool

    Caitlin Hendee
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Small business owners who don't have the time to sit down for consultation with the Metro Denver Small Business Development Center (SBDC) every week may find a new online tool useful. The SBDC Thursday will launch "Pulse," an online tool to compare trends, industry standards and even identify business plan gaps and recommend solutions. Pulse, a free tool created by Denver-based online small business service company BodeTree, will generate greater financial performance for startups and small businesses…
  • Colorado city makes top 10 on most-educated list (slideshow)

    Caitlin Hendee
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    Denver may be growing as a popular spot to attract the best and brightest, but it's not quite at the level of Colorado Springs. That's according to a new WalletHub report that ranks 150 U.S. cities for how educated or uneducated they are. Colorado Springs came in at No. 8 in the study, while Denver squeaked in No. 28. Colorado Springs and Denver were the only two Colorado cities on the list. Click the image (above right) to view a slideshow of the top 10 cities. The findings are similar…
  • SEC commissioner says agency needs to do more to help small businesses

    Kent Hoover
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    The Securities and Exchange Commission isn’t doing nearly enough to help small businesses access the capital they need to grow, says SEC Commissioner Daniel Gallagher. More than two years after the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act was signed into law, the SEC still hasn’t issued final regulations that would make interstate equity crowdfunding a reality and exempt securities offerings of up to $50 million from full SEC registration requirements. Congress is partly to blame for the delay in…
  • Veteran Chicago restaurateur Casey Eslick talks survival in a cutthroat business

    Lewis Lazare
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    The restaurant business can be brutal. National Restaurant Association data indicates that 80 percent of restaurants never make it to their fifth anniversary. But Bistrot Zinc on Chicago's near north side at 1131 N. State St. has done much better than that. The familiar restaurant, which serves accessible bistro fare, is celebrating its 16th anniversary this year. One of the key reasons Bistrot Zinc has beat the odds is that co-owner Casey Eslick genuinely loves the restaurant business. She's been…
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  • Former president of Saratoga Performing Arts Center dies

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Herbert Chesbrough, who led Saratoga Performing Arts Center for nearly three decades, has died at 67 following a long illness, according to a report by the Times Union. Chesbrough began working at the Saratoga Springs, New York arts venue as comptroller in 1970. He went on to lead the organization from 1978 until 2004, bringing a jazz festival, food and wine festival and chamber music to the city during his tenure, according to the report. Chesbrough, who was credited with transforming SPAC into…
  • Apple reportedly planning its next major product unveiling in October

    Jason McCormick
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Apple Inc. reportedly plans to unveil its next major product in October, only weeks after the retailer debuted new smartphones and a wristwatch, according to AppleInsider. Though the news website noted Wednesday that the source of the rumor had shared reliable information on previous products, the insider only speculated about possibilities of Apple’s forthcoming products, ranging from software updates to iPads. "This year, Apple is widely expected to unveil its latest iPads at an October media…
  • Pier 1 Imports posts $9.2M second quarter profit as it refines its e-commerce strategy

    Danielle Abril
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Pier 1 Imports reported a drop in profit, making $9.2 million, or 10 cents per share, on $418.6 million in sales during the second quarter. Last year, the retailer made $17.8 million on $395.6 million in revenue during the same quarter. Same store sales popped 4.5 percent due to a jump in brand traffic, conversion and average ticket. The company attributes the drop in profit mostly to soft store traffic and declines in merchandise margins. The company's e-commerce sales have grown to 9.7 percent…
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  • Amsterdam city leaders throw support behind Schenectady casino

    Michael DeMasi
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    City leaders in Amsterdam, New York, who saw their hopes for a resort casino get dashed by a state gambling oversight board, are backing a $350 million casino 18 miles away in Schenectady. The city council voted unanimously Tuesday to support the proposed Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor, according to Ray Gillen, chairman of the Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority. Both Gillen and David Buicko, chief operating officer at The Galesi Group in Rotterdam, which is developing the casino…
 
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  • EMCORE CEO: 'Nobody is going to be losing jobs due to the transaction'

    Dan Mayfield
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Hours after EMCORE announced it was selling its Albuquerque-based photovoltaics division to Veritas Capital, EMCORE CEO Hong Hou explained the company’s decision, and what he will do now. On Wednesday the company announced the $150 million sale and that Hou would be replaced following a search in the next three to four months. “It is good news, and I don’t think there are any downsides for the community at all,” Hou said on a conference call with reporters. Hou answered several other questions…
  • EMCORE sells only profitable division

    Dan Mayfield
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Though EMCORE's announcement on Wednesday that it is jettisoning CEO Hong Hou was a surprise to many, the sale of its most profitable division is also raising eyebrows. In its latest earnings release on Aug. 7, the company reported $44.6 million in consolidated revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2014, $18.4 million of which came from its solar division, which had a gross profit of $5.1 million and an operating profit of $1.96 million. It was the only profitable division of the company,…
  • The hunt begins for new EMCORE CEO

    Dan Mayfield
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Since 2008, Dr. Hong Hou has been the CEO at EMCORE Corp. But the company is looking for someone to succeed him now that it has announced the sale its Space Photovoltaics business to Veritas Capital for $150 million. The company said Hou will resign from his CEO post and from the board once a successor is in place. The board has formed a search committee, according to a statement, to find a new CEO. “The Search Committee has been granted the authority to identify, consider, assess, evaluate,…
  • CEO Hong Hou out in $150 million sale of EMCORE unit

    Dan Mayfield
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    EMCORE announced today that CEO Hong Hou will step down from the company and that it has sold its Space Photovoltaics business to private equity firm Veritas Capital. EMCORE, the state’s second-largest publicly traded company, sold its Space Photovoltaics business for $150 million in cash, pending shareholder approval. The sale is expected to close in December of 2014 or in early 2015. "Veritas Capital is excited to be associated with EMCORE's Space Photovoltaics business. The management and…
  • National Hispanic Cultural Center ditches RFPs for restaurant contract

    Dan Mayfield
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    One of the original six missions of the National Hispanic Cultural Center is to provide a culinary arts experience. That’s hard to do when the one restaurant on the campus has closed. The center’s director, Rebecca Avitia, is launching two new bidding processes that will improve the center by first bringing in three new food vendors and then renovating parts of the 14-year-old center. “The goal is to create a culinary destination on campus,” Avitia said. Instead of going through a traditional…
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  • Shovel turned on Northwest Corridor project

    Dave Williams
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Gov. Nathan Deal, state transportation officials and Cobb County leaders broke ground Wednesday on the most expensive highway project in Georgia history. The nearly $1 billion Northwest Corridor will involve building new toll lanes along 29 miles of interstates 75 and 575 through Cobb and Cherokee counties. It’s the first of several major highway projects planned for metro Atlanta, a list that includes a massive reconfiguration of the interchange at I-285 and Georgia 400 as well as another toll…
  • Towers at Wildwood Plaza bought for $145M

    Phil W. Hudson
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    The Towers at Wildwood Plaza in the Cumberland-Galleria sub-market was bought by America's Capital Partners from CBRE Global Investors. The building was purchased for $144.5 million or $160 per square foot, according to sources. Last year, The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) was evaluating commercial real estate options in the Atlanta market in connection with the upcoming expiration of an existing lease at The Towers at Wildwood Plaza but ended up moving downtown to SunTrust Plaza. The development,…
  • Clearside Biomedical raises $16M to fund clinical trial

    Urvaksh Karkaria
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
    Drug development company Clearside Biomedical Inc. has raised $16 million — capital it will invest in conducting a clinical trail. Alpharetta-based Clearside Biomedical has developed a micro-injection platform technology that allows a surgeon to deliver medication specifically to the retina — improving the effectiveness of the drug while reducing side effects that may occur when the drug enters into other parts of the eye. Clearside’s technology would deliver drugs to treat the leading causes…
  • Dad’s Garage launches Kickstarter to fund new home

    Ellie Hensley
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    Dad’s Garage Theatre Company launched a Kickstarter campaign to help finance its new home in the Old Fourth Ward, and it’s full of the wit and cleverness you’d expect from that bunch. Its goal is to raise $116,000 to help pay for the old church it has under contract at 569 Ezzard Street. The building will cost about $2 million, and the theater company needs about $100,000 (plus Kickstarter fees) to close by December. The benefits of donating are far more fun than the standard t-shirt or website…
  • Carter goes after Deal for undermining VC fund

    Dave Williams
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:47 am
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter criticized Republican Gov. Nathan Deal Wednesday for signing a budget containing no money for a state-run venture capital fund. Carter, a state senator from Decatur, and his Senate colleagues put $10 million into this year’s $20.8 billion budget to jump-start Invest Georgia, a VC fund authorized by the General Assembly last year. But legislative conferees negotiating the final version of the spending plan removed the money, marking the second year…
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  • Hill Country Galleria sold in blockbuster transaction, report says

    Jan Buchholz
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:08 pm
    The Hill Country Galleria shopping center, which got off to a rocky start during the recession and was sold in auction, has changed hands again. According to a report by the Bee Cave Bee, the California State Teacher's Retirement System is the buyer in the blockbuster transaction. Adrian Overstreet, the general manager of the Austin upscale shopping area near State Highway 71 and Ranch Road 2222, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. When contacted by Austin Business Journal, a…
  • Dell opens Internet of Things Lab

    Christopher Calnan
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Dell Inc. has opened a Silicon Valley laboratory where customers can develop software to improve business operations. The facility, dubbed the Dell Internet of Things Lab, opened in the Dell Silicon Valley Solution Center in Santa Clara, Calif., according to a company statement. It’s unclear how many employees work in the laboratory or what types of customers are using it. Dell spokeswoman Susan Torbitt declined to provide any details on Wednesday. The Round Rock-based company has scheduled…
  • Houston vein center operator continues push into Austin market

    Chad Swiatecki
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Hamilton Vein Centers has opened the second of what is likely to be a small wave of offices in the Austin area as the Houston-based company looks to make a move on Austin’s demographics that favor its growth. Dr. Carlos Hamilton III, founder and medical director of the company, told Austin Business Journal that the recently opened location on James Casey Street, off West Ben White Boulevard near St. David’s South Austin Medical Center offers outpatient, minimally invasive treatment of vein disorders…
  • Central Texas baby boom: Austin among fastest-growing family towns

    Michael Theis
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Is Austin in the midst of a baby boom? A demographic study commissioned by Forbes shows that the Austin area has the second-highest percentage increase in children since the turn of the century. According to the data, the Austin metro area saw a 49.3 percent increase in the number of children aged between 5 and 14 years between 2000-2013. As of last year, the number of children in that age bracket in the region stood at 261,199, according to Forbes. That's roughly 14 percent of the Austin-area…
  • $3M UT gift establishes research institute for stuttering

    Michael Theis
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The University of Texas at Austin, courtesy of a $3 million gift, will establish a new institute to study and treat stuttering, school officials said Wednesday. The gift, courtesy of Michael and Tami Lang, will result in the creation of the Michael and Tami Lang Stuttering Institute, which university officials claim will be the only specialized research center in the nation to provide free stuttering treatment to children and adults. Michael Lang is a graduate of UT's class of 1967, and earned his…
 
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  • Sheppard Pratt receives $2M gift, its largest individual donation ever

    Sarah Meehan
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Sheppard Pratt Health System received its largest individual donation yet in a $2 million gift from the estate of Baltimore resident Mildred Kern. Kern’s donation will support child and adolescent programs at Sheppard Pratt and go toward improving children’s opportunities for education and care. The gift was not her first to Sheppard Pratt. In 2009 she gifted Sheppard Pratt’s Forbush School at Hunt Valley with a playground for children with severe autism. She died on June 9, 2013. “For…
  • Rawlings-Blake suggests ways to improve landscape for immigrant-owned small businesses

    Kevin Litten
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Wednesday released a series of recommendations aimed at encouraging new immigrants to start businesses and match them with good jobs. Many of the recommendations are aimed at getting city agencies to think more about how to reach immigrants. But the recommendations, contained in a draft report written in consultation with the Abell Foundation, also call for initiatives such as making the BaltimoreMICRO revolving loan fund more accessible by translating…
  • Orioles playoff tickets will be 'extremely limited' unless you're a season-ticket holder

    James Briggs
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Unless you're a Baltimore Orioles season ticket holder — or plan to become one in the very near future — it might be time to start scanning the secondary market for playoff tickets. The Orioles are making playoff tickets available to season-ticket holders and those who put deposits down on 2015 season tickets by midnight Sunday, spokesman Greg Bader said in an email. "After that," he said, "we can still take deposits, but we cannot guarantee postseason access." Playoff tickets will be scarce…
  • McCormick CEO Alan Wilson: Headquarters search will be a 4-year process

    Rick Seltzer
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    McCormick & Co. Inc.'s slow grind of a search for a new headquarters continues. The spice maker views its headquarters hunt as a long-term process, CEO Alan Wilson said Wednesday. McCormick (NYSE: MKC) touched off a wave of speculation when it revealed earlier this year that it is looking to leave its current headquarters, which is spread across four buildings in Hunt Valley and Sparks. McCormick has indicated it is wiling to consider locations in Maryland, Delaware, southern Pennsylvania and northern…
  • Orioles' AL East-clinching game draws record TV rating on MASN

    Ryan Sharrow
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    The Baltimore Orioles clinched their first American League East title in 17 years on Tuesday — and delivered a monster television rating in the process. The team drew an 11.6 rating on MASN in the Baltimore market, according to overnight ratings from Nielsen. Excluding simulcasts — games also broadcast on WJZ-TV — last night’s 8-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays marked the highest-rated Orioles game in MASN’s nine-year history. The Orioles are averaging a 5.9 household rating this season. From…
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  • Paxen Learning expands footprint in Frank Nelson building

    Bryan Davis
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    A GED prep program is expanding its footprint in Birmingham. Paxen Learning, a GED Prep Accelerator, which allows learners a second chance at a high school completion, is expanding its space in the historic downtown Frank Nelson building. Located at 2012 Second Ave. N., Paxen Learning will now occupy 1,850 square feet in the building. John Tally and Lochrane Smith of Red Rock Realty Group represented the landlord in the lease, which was signed this week. Paxen's online product is one of only…
  • St. Vincent's CEO John O'Neil explains the $15M One Nineteen expansion

    Alan Alexander
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    St. Vincent's Health System is planning a $15 million, 40,000-square-foot expansion for their One Nineteen campus and I caught up with CEO John O'Neil to find out more on the project. He said the expansion is part of a planning initiative that dates back to when the facility was originally built 10 years ago and that the expansion, which includes an ambulatory surgery center and urgent care center, will provide increased and faster health care options for that community. O'Neil emphasized a changing…
  • Hoover development said to be the home of second Sprouts location

    Bryan Davis
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    The Crossings of Hoover, a retail development at the intersection of John Hawkins Parkway and I-459 in Hoover is confirmed to be the site of Birmingham's second Sprouts Farmers Market. Sprouts did not confirm the location, stating that it typically announces new stores about six months from opening. Donna Egan, a spokesperson for Sprouts did issue a statement on the grocer entering the market. "Sprouts is thrilled to be coming to Birmingham," Egan said."Birmingham city demographics represent…
  • Demolition begins on transit facility

    Bryan Davis
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Birmingham's $30 million intermodal facility is one step closer to being built. The former home of the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority's AX Central Station is currently being demolished to make room for the new facility, which will merge MAX bus service, Greyhound bus lines and Amtrak. According to a report from AL.com, demolition began this week and will continue gradually throughout the next several weeks. Located at the corner of 18 th Street N. and Morris Ave., preparation for…
  • What could branch of the future concepts mean for consumers?

    Antrenise Cole
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:37 pm
    As I reported yesterday, some financial institutions are reconfiguring their branches to attract tech savvy consumers and also boost operating efficiency. Jim Marous, co-publisher of The Financial Brand and publisher of the Digital Banking Report, said the future branch concept allows banks and credit unions to give their customers the best of both worlds - their neighborhood branch and the convenience and increased functionality of online and mobile banking. He said the objective of most financial…
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  • Gaming panel gave minimal weight to saving Suffolk's horse-racing jobs

    Jon Chesto
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:37 pm
    When Penn National competed with Cordish Cos. for the state’s sole slots parlor license in February, there was one big thing that gave Penn National the edge. Keeping horse racing alive. As the five commission members reported back to the group on their assessments of each of the three applicants— Raynham Park was a distant third — the benefits of keeping the Plainridge harness track open kept coming up, again and again. In the end, Penn National committed to maintaining the horse racing…
  • Here's one big Massachusetts power plant that keeps changing hands

    Jon Chesto
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    The days are long gone when someone went to work at a Boston Edison plant and knew that they would eventually retire from the same company. The deregulation of the electricity market changed all that, by forcing the incumbent utilities to sell off their plants and usher in a new era of competition. That was back in the 1990s. Since then, we’ve seen a long line of natural gas turbines, windmills and solar arrays go up, in a world where just about anyone with the right financing could build a power…
  • GateHouse Media parent is raising $100M-plus as it eyes more deals

    Jon Chesto
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:32 pm
    The GateHouse Media team just bought the biggest newspaper in its portfolio — The Providence Journal — in a $46 million deal earlier this month. But the execs at the recently created New Media Investment Group won’t be stopping there. New Media, publicly traded since February, unveiled plans today to sell 6.5 million shares in the company on top of the roughly 30 million shares that are already circulating. New Media is expecting that the net proceeds from the sale will be about $107 million,…
  • Boston Properties sells stakes in two Boston buildings to Norwegian sovereign wealth fund

    Eric Convey
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Boston Properties says it is selling a 45 percent stake in three buildings, including two in Boston, to the sovereign wealth fund that manages Norway's vast oil wealth. The purchase price as reported by both the buyer and seller is about $1.5 billion in cash. Boston Properties says the combined value of the three buildings is a little more than $4 billion. The Boston buildings are 100 Federal Street, the brown tower with a bulge that houses many Bank of America employees, and the Atlantic Wharf…
  • Massachusetts needs a Gina Raimondo moment

    Craig Douglas
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:37 pm
    My beef with Rhode Island has little to do with its quality of life or the grating, almost unrecognizable accents of its native speakers. Rather, when I think of Rhode Island, images of gross fiscal mismanagement come to mind; it is without question one of the worst-managed states in the country. Enter Gina Raimondo, the state’s newly annointed Democratic candidate for governor. Raimondo rose to national prominence roughly four years ago when, as state treasurer, she applied some tough love to…
 
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  • Foundation supports career forum in Niagara

    Tracey Drury
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    With a goal toward supporting Niagara County workforce needs, the Niagara Area Foundation will host a forum Thursday aimed at strengthening career paths. The Niagara County Solutions Forum: On-ramps to Success will bring together residents, local funders, as well as business and civic leaders to discuss the connection between educational preparation and workforce outcomes. Besides taking a look at the strength and needs of the area’s workforce, organizers hope to spark a community conversation…
  • NYS creates employment commission for disabled

    Tracey Drury
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:31 pm
    With a goal of improving work opportunities for people with disabilities, Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday announced the creation of a state-level employment commission. The Employment First Commission initiative will work toward increasing the employment rate and decreasing poverty rates, while making competitive, integrated employment the first option when considering support and services for people with disabilities. Additionally, the state hopes to register 100 businesses with formal policies for…
  • FedEx, Samson move to Cheektowaga’s Concourse Center

    James Fink
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    FedEx’s continued expansion in the Buffalo region has taken another major step. The freight handling behemoth has leased 53,000-square-feet in McGuire Development’s Concourse Center for its ground package systems. The Concourse Center operation should be running later this fall. The deal comes at a time when FedEx is working with the Hamburg Industrial Development Agency on constructing a massive warehouse and distribution center for its ground package systems just off of Route 5. Meanwhile,…
  • Ciminelli wants to make Buffalo firehouse private residence

    James Fink
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    A private citizen has expressed an interest in purchasing a vacant city of Buffalo firehouse with the intent of turning it into his own residence. John Ciminelli, LPCiminelli senior vice president, hopes to do just that with the former Engine 24/Ladder 7 firehouse at 110 Leroy Avenue. Ciminelli has the 10,000-square-foot firehouse, which dates back to the 1890s, under contract and will proceed with his proposal pending approval from the Buffalo Planning Board. The planning board will consider Ciminelli’s…
  • Federal legislation could extend VA child care program

    Tracey Drury
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:07 pm
    A free child care program for veterans seeking health care could be saved, once again. The Kids Korner day care program is slated to close Sept. 30 at the VA Western New York Healthcare System’s Bailey Avenue hospital when federal funds run out. Congressman Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, is hoping to extend the program through December 2015 via federal legislation. The House of Representatives has approved legislation to provide $1.5 million for H.R. 5404, the Extending Veterans Expiring Authorities…
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  • John M. Belk Endowment awards $2.3 million grant to Central Piedmont Community College

    David Harris
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:49 pm
    The John M. Belk Endowment is donating $2.3 million to Central Piedmont Community College for a program intended to keep developmental students on the path to earning a college degree. The Development Education Program targets students who otherwise might drop out. One goal, for example, is to help students in remedial classes to advance more quickly to college-credit courses. “We’re delighted the John M. Belk Endowment has partnered with us to expand this approach that reduces burnout and…
  • Greg Hardy takes voluntary leave from Carolina Panthers

    Erik Spanberg
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Greg Hardy took voluntary leave from the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday, the latest twist in a white-hot controversy caused by Hardy’s guilty verdict in a domestic violence case and similar issues rocking pro football. The decision allows Hardy to continue receiving his $13 million annual salary. The Panthers, the NFL, the players association and Hardy and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, spent the past 24 hours discussing options. Panthers GM Dave Gettleman and head coach Ron Rivera, in back-to-back…
  • Higher rate of uninsured in N.C. than in states that expanded Medicaid

    Jason deBruyn
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    There are fewer uninsured people in North Carolina today than there were a year ago, but the decrease has negligible compared with those states that expanded Medicaid. In states that expanded Medicaid eligibility — typically those with a state legislature controlled by Democrats — the percentage of those uninsured declined from 18.4 percent in 2013 to 15.7 percent in the first three months of 2014, according to the National Health Interview Survey, one of the most respected statistical surveys…
  • Fall 'leaf-peepers' bring about $1B to N.C. tourism

    Dawn Wallace
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Appalachian State University economics professors estimate the changing fall leaves generate $1 billion in tourism revenue for North Carolina each year. ASU has compiled a map of locations where you’ll see fall colors emerging after the first week of October. "While we can’t extrapolate from our data how many visitors come specifically to see the leaves, we do know that N.C. welcomes about 12.6 million visitors during the fall season (September through November)," says Marlise Moody Taylor,…
  • Alro Steel envisions steel-supply hub centered at Charlotte facility

    Ken Elkins
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    Executives at Alro Steel Corp. are pondering whether the Charlotte region will support a major steel processing and distribution hub at its Sam Neely Road facility. That system, which would add spoke facilities in perhaps Greenville-Spartanburg and Orangeburg, S.C., in addition to an existing facility in Greensboro, would mimic the company's Midwest network of metal-supply facilities. Scott Kraft, Charlotte regional manager for the Jackson, Mich.-based company, says the local plant’s work force…
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  • ​Haile Foundation’s streetcar funding plan seen as viable, but Cranley has other ideas

    Chris Wetterich
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    The Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation’s plan to create a special improvement district to pay for the day-to-day operations of Cincinnati’s streetcar is seen as viable by a City Council majority, but Mayor John Cranley said he is crafting his own plan. While the Haile plan requires the consent of 60 percent of property owners, Cranley believes he can accomplish his idea with a majority of City Council’s support. If council can act on its own without property owners having to sign a petition, it could…
  • Chart of the Day: Cincinnati construction jobs rebound, still a long way to go

    Tom Demeropolis
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    The number of people welding steel and hammering nails in Greater Cincinnati is on the rise, but the region’s construction industry has a long way to go before employment levels return to pre-recession highs. As of the end of this past July, 42,700 people worked in the construction, mining and logging industries in the Greater Cincinnati metropolitan statistical area, according to an analysis of federal employment data by the Associated General Contractors of America. That’s up 6 percent from…
  • EXCLUSIVE: Over-the-Rhine’s Hanke Building now full, preparing next phase of redevelopment

    Tom Demeropolis
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    The historic Hanke Building in Over-the-Rhine is completely leased out with the addition of its latest office tenant. The Creative Department, a Pendleton-based advertising, branding and marketing agency, signed a long-term lease for 4,600 square feet of space at the 1130 Main St. building. That takes the nearly 50,000-square-foot building to 100 percent occupancy. The Creative Department will move into a space that was formerly the Cell Block Nightclub. This two-story space includes a 1,400-square-foot…
  • Cincinnati insiders sell millions in stock

    Steve Watkins
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    High-ranking executives at two of Cincinnati’s biggest public companies have combined to sell more than $5 million in stock in their respective companies. Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) CFO Mike Schlotman sold 80,000 shares of the supermarket giant’s stock on Sept. 12 for $4.1 million, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Schlotman got an average price of $51.74 per share for the holdings. He sold those shares immediately after exercising an option to buy them at a much lower price.…
  • I Tried It: Cincinnati chili on Doritos

    Andy Brownfield
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    Xavier University students will get their chili fix with a planned Gold Star Chili opening in University Station early next year, but that might not be in time to grab the limited-edition return of the Doritos Nachos. So I tried them today in case those students want to experience the menu offering through the magic of journalism. Gold Star's choice to open a location at University Station was in part to target the younger demographic. So were the Doritos Nachos. The price: $5.29. Doritos are a…
 
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  • M & A Architects opening Cincinnati office to manage projects, drum up more business

    Brian R. Ball
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    The M & A Architects design firm expects to open a modest Cincinnati office later this fall to manage of spurt of projects underway as it looks for even more business in the Queen City. The Grandview Heights-based firm has worked on occasional projects in the city these past several years, including seven or eight affordable housing projects since 2009. More recently, M&A director of business development Matt Canterbury told me the firm has worked on a few mixed-use projects in Cincinnati’s urban…
  • ‘Much larger pool of potential believers’ needed to boost Columbus' startup scene, entrepreneur says

    Carrie Ghose
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Want to send Tanisha Robinson into a rage? Tell her the plan to build Print Syndicate LLC past $100 million revenue in the next few years is “adorable.” Robinson says she heard the sentiment too often while seeking Central Ohio investors who grasp the breakneck scale of growth for an e-commerce business where tech meets fashion. TechColumbus is an early investor in Print Syndicate, which quickly turns cultural trends into marketable designs, but most of the money she’s raised has come from…
  • Glimcher expects to add 50 jobs at merged HQ in Columbus

    Brian R. Ball
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    Glimcher Realty Trust says its merger with Washington Prime Group Inc. (NYSE:WPG) will mean more jobs in Columbus. The $4.3 billion deal calls for the redubbed WP Glimcher to be based here. Glimcher (NYSE:GRT) spokeswoman Karen Bailey told me the company has 156 workers at its 180 E. Broad St. headquarters among 949 it employs throughout the company. “Our plan is to build out additional space within our current location to accommodate what we expect could be approximately 50 additional new…
  • Skyline Exhibits nearly doubles space, launches SmartBox Creative

    Laura Newpoff
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    Skyline Exhibits of Central Ohio LLC has expanded, launched a sister company and doubled its work force. The company this month moved from 26,000 square feet at 2801 Charter St. to 40,000 square feet at 2843 Charter St. in the same commercial complex on the city’s west side. The expansion includes a new interior design and branding company, called SmartBox Creative LLC. Employee count doubled to 22 workers, although the company didn’t want to say how many people work in each business. Skyline…
  • Trader Joe’s-anchored center in Dublin sold after long delay

    Brian R. Ball
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    A Cincinnati investor has purchased the Trader Joe’s-anchored shopping center on Sawmill Road in Dublin after a year-long wait to close. Phillips Edison & Co. late last week paid $11.2 million for the 75,859-square-foot center, which also counts as tenants the Shi Chi Japanese Steakhouse, Nissin Travel Service, Wendy’s Bridal and Romanoff’s Classic Tuxedos. Sekulovski Group broker Tony Sekulovski said seller Dublin-Sawmill Properties LLC, an affiliate of Plaza Properties Inc.’s Ruben family…
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  • Bezos' Blue Origin to blast out of obscurity with rocket engine for Boeing, Lockheed Martin

    Steve Wilhelm
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced Wednesday that his rocket launch company, Blue Origin, will be developing a new rocket engine called the BE-4 for the United Launch Alliance. The engine is to replace the Russian-built RS-180, which now powers the Atlas launch vehicle. United Launch Alliance is a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The rockets will likely carry the space station capsules that Boeing will be building for NASA. Dragon capsules built by SpaceX, a Blue Origin competitor,…
  • UNT visual arts and design school receives $2.5M donation, name change

    Korri Kezar
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:40 pm
    The University of North Texas' College of Visual Arts and Design received a $2.5 million donation from the estate of supporters Jo Ann (Jody) and Dr. Charles O. Onstead. The money will fund research, support educators and help build partnerships to advance art awareness at UNT. "The Onsteads understood how central an appreciation of the fine arts is to a child's development," said Robert Milnes, former dean of the College of Visual Arts and Design. "Arts and design integrated learning is imperative…
  • Dallas Stars net more than 2,000 new season tickets in off-season

    Candace Carlisle
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    The Dallas Stars netted more than 2,000 new season ticket holders during the off-season, bringing the club's total to more than 10,000. It's a major step forward, considering the Stars' season ticket holder base shrank to under 5,000 in recent years — a result of the bankruptcy and lack of ownership prior to new owner Tom Gaglardi taking the reins of the team. Gaglardi's capital investment in the team was seen as the Stars took a slap at the playoffs in the 2013-14 season, which spurred a…
  • Sprint, T-Mobile battle hits closer to Sprint's home

    Bobby Burch
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    A nationwide bout between the third- and fourth-largest U.S. wireless carriers is heating up in Sprint's Kansas City-area backyard and it has a North Texas connection. T-Mobile US Inc. recently announced that its prepaid brand, Richardson-based MetroPCS, is expanding in the City of Fountains and nine other markets. The No. 4 U.S. carrier, T-Mobile already has 41 MetroPCS locations in the Kansas City area, and the company hopes to have more than 50 by year's end. T-Mobile also will be moving further…
  • 3 things Amazon needs to watch out for with Alibaba's IPO

    Rachel Lerman
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Much has been made of the potential threat Alibaba’s initial public offering could present to Amazon this week, but how much does the Seattle-based Amazon really need to be concerned? The short answer is it’s a bit unclear what the Chinese e-commerce giant’s foray into the U.S. market will mean for Amazon. But the threats and potential impacts can be broken down into a few categories. Dan Geiman, a retail analyst at McAdams Wright Ragan in Seattle, chatted with me about what Amazon needs…
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  • Lebanon sign business for sale

    Tristan Navera
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    A sign business in Lebanon is for sale. Owner Steve Bahns said he is asking for $79,500 for Signarama of Lebanon, a local franchise of the sign, banner and decal-making business. Bahns said the franchise has been in business for eight years and serves customers in Warren County and parts of Butler County. Part of the sale includes an industrial printer, laminator and some other equipment. The company employs two in addition to Bahns and his wife. The company produces outdoor signs, indoor signs,…
  • Emerson’s $35M Dayton facility lands Ohio incentives

    Tristan Navera
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Emerson Climate Technologies has landed state funding toward its new $35 million facility on the University of Dayton’s campus. The Emerson Climate Technologies Innovation Center has been approved for Ohio Third Frontier incentives. The project represents a $35 million investment from the company, including $20 million in capital investment on the building. It’s expected to create 30 to 50 new jobs. The amount of the incentive hasn’t yet been released. “As a member of the Ohio Third Frontier…
  • Warren County manufacturer buys Cincinnati-area company

    Joe Cogliano
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    A Lebanon-based auto restoration parts maker has changed its name and bought its fourth company in less than four months. Trim Parts Holdings Corp. is now going by the name Restoration Parts Group — or RPG — and has purchased Harrison-based SoffSeal, a maker of classic car weatherstripping, rubber extrusions and rubber seals. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “The addition of SoffSeal to RPG is a logical extension of the growth shown by our company in the last few months,” said Mitch…
  • Investors happy AK Steel finalized Michigan plant deal

    Joe Cogliano
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    AK Steel has closed on its $707 million deal to buy a plant in Michigan, which is helping drive interest from investors. News that the acquisition was completed sent shares of the West Chester-based steelmaker up more than 3 percent, or 32 cents, to $9.96 in early afternoon trading. Nearly 11 million shares changed hands before noon, compared to 8.3 million shares for an average day. AK Steel expects efficiencies from its new plant to save $25 million in 2015 and eventually save $50 million per…
  • Owner of Dayton’s largest malls being acquired

    Tristan Navera
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    The owner of the Dayton region’s two largest malls is being acquired. Columbus-based Glimcher Realty Trust will be bought by Maryland-based Washington Prime Group inc. for $4.3 billion in stock and cash including the assumption of debt, the company announced. Its new name will be WP Glimcher. The group manages the area’s two largest malls — the Dayton Mall and The Mall at Fairfield Commons. New management could mean new investment into those properties, which are major retail anchors in the…
 
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  • Poll shows Udall, Gardner in dead heat for Senate; Obama seen as factor

    Mark Harden
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and challenger Cory Gardner are in a virtual tie in their race for Udall's Senate seat, a new poll of Colorado voters from Suffolk University and USA Today shows. The survey of 500 likely voters shows Gardner, a Republican congressman, with 43 percent support and Udall, a Democrat, with 42 percent backing — well within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent. Another 10 percent are undecided. It's the first major public survey since a Quinnipiac University…
  • Colorado Rockies drop Sky Sox, pick up Albuquerque Isotopes

    Heather Draper
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:29 pm
    The Colorado Rockies are changing affiliates, dropping their Triple A affiliate Colorado Springs Sky Sox and picking up the Triple A Albuquerque Isotopes, the Isotopes announced. Denver's Major League Baseball team has entered into a four-year player development contract with the Isotopes, the clubs said in a press conference in Albuquerque. “The Rockies are a class organization and are a natural geographic fit for us,” said Ken Young, Isotopes president. “We have known them for several years…
  • Oil and gas bounty from fracking leads to debate over exports, conference told

    Cathy Proctor
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have changed the nation’s energy supplies so dramatically that now people are pushing to export domestic oil and natural gas internationally, Gale Norton, a former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, said at an oil and gas conference Wednesday. That's a big change from a decade ago when many worried that the American oil and gas industry would dry up completely. Norton opened up the two-day “Clean Frac’ing 3” conference at Colorado’s Beaver Creek…
  • Women may hold key to bridging Colorado talent gap, report says

    Caitlin Hendee
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Colorado faces a potential gap in talent as its highly-educated workforce begins to retire and following generations aren't getting the necessary education to close that gap. That's according to Colorado State University's (CSU) 2014 Innovation Report, released Wednesday, which analyzed the state for its job growth, talent pool and small business financing. But don't get too bent out of shape just yet. The report also notes that the recent strong growth of skilled women — where 42 percent…
  • Consumer prices ease in Colorado, western states as energy dips

    Mark Harden
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Lower gasoline prices in the West helped keep the lid on consumer costs last month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday. The consumer price index (CPI) for Colorado and other western states dipped 0.1 percent in August from July levels, with energy costs down 2.3 percent. Gas in particular was cheaper last month, down 3.2 percent fem July, BLS said. On the other hand, food prices in the West were up 0.6 percent. Over the year ending in August, the CPI rose 2.1 percent in the…
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  • Krispy Kreme expands share repurchase program to $105M

    Catherine Carlock
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. late Wednesday announced its board has approved a $25 million increase in its share repurchase program, taking the buyback from $80 million to $105 million. The Winston-Salem-based doughnut maker had already expanded its share repurchase program from $50 million to $80 million earlier this year. There is $50 million remaining for future repurchases under the expanded program, Krispy Kreme said. Jim Morgan, Krispy Kreme’s executive chairman and former CEO, said the…
  • Weaver Foundation names Kevin Gray as its new president

    Owen Covington
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Kevin Gray has been named president of Greensboro's Weaver Foundation, following Richard (Skip) Moore in the post. Gray has been serving as interim president since Moore, who led the foundation for close to 15 years, retired on Jan. 1. "Since joining us 10 years ago, Kevin has been a great addition to the Foundation, and the community at-large," said Katherine Stern Weaver, who chairs the foundation board. Gray began working with the foundation in 2004 as a volunteer, and moved to part-time…
  • I-74 Northern Beltway poised to benefit as Gov. McCrory calls for $1 billion bond

    Katie Arcieri
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Gov. Pat McCrory announced today that in January he will propose to the state legislature a more than $1 billion revenue bond to help fund 21 projects across the state, including the I-74 Northern Beltway project in Winston-Salem. McCrory's announcement was made at Smith Reynolds Airport as part of a series of fly-in visits that started in Greenville, continued to Winston-Salem and then Asheville. Gov. Pat McCrory was unveiling the state's new 25-year transportation plan to support economic growth,…
  • Flywheel to host code camps for web newbies

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    If terms like HTML, CSS and JavaScript make your head spin and the process of building a website seems daunting, then code camp may be for you. The camps will offer highly targeted, in-depth training on web and mobile development. They’re targeted at training and developing the Triad’s digital workforce and will be held at newly created coworking space Flywheel in Winston-Salem, Flywheel said in a news release. “The tech industry in Winston-Salem continues to grow year over year,“ said…
  • Carolina Premium Foods to hire 700 in Siler City

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    Carolina Premium Foods, a Moore County company establishing an antibiotic free chicken processing plant at a former Townsend Chicken facility in Siler City, hopes to hire 700 employees at full-scale production, with 200 anticipated hires by next summer. Read: Poultry producer to restart production in old Townsend chicken plant in Siler City CEO Brian Thomsen says contracts to distribute antibiotic free chicken are in place with distributors across the country. “We have agreements with distributors…
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  • Hawaii Ecotourism Association awards tour operator of the year

    Jason Ubay
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Hawaii Ecotourism Association named Hawaiian Legacy Tours, a company that takes guests on a tour of Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods' forest and helps guest plant a koa tree on the Big Island, as its tour operator of the year at a luncheon Wednesday at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel. HEA also awarded the 2014 Ecotour Guides of the Year to Kaiulani Manuwai-Oiph of Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks, Jason Lee of Maui Kayak Adventures, Denver Leaman of Body Glove Cruises and Erik Storm of VolcanoDiscovery Hawaii. HEA’s…
  • CEO says Honolulu Seawater A/C project to start construction in August 2015

    Duane Shimogawa
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:59 pm
    The long-planned $250 million Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning project, which will cool Downtown Honolulu office buildings and condominium towers with cold water from the ocean, is slated to start construction by Aug. 1, 2015, and be operational by the first quarter of 2017, the head of the company said Wednesday. Eric Masutomi, president and CEO of Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning — who also was a panelist at the Asia-Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit and Expo in Honolulu that covered…
  • Owner of Honolulu radio station KSSK changes name to iHeartMedia

    Janis L. Magin
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Clear Channel, which owns seven radio stations in Hawaii, said Wednesday that it has changed it name to iHeartMedia Inc. to reflect the company’s emphasis on digital media. The iHeartMedia company includes 859 radio stations in more than 150 markets, including Honolulu, iHeartRadio Digital, Premiere Networks, the Total Traffic and Weather Network, live music events, related companies including Katz Media Group and the Clear Channel Outdoor advertising company. The New York-based company owns…
  • Hawaii fashion brand Fighting Eel to open fourth store in Kahala Mall

    Bill Cresenzo
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Fighting Eel, the Hawaii-based boutique women's clothing brand, is opening its fourth Oahu store at Kahala Mall, the mall Wednesday. The Fighting Eel store will occupy a 1,138-square-foot space formerly occupied by Adore, between Up & Riding and T&C Surf Designs. Designers Rona Bennett and Lan Chung f ounded the company in 2003 and started a new line for girls called Ava Sky in 2012. The designers describe their designs, which have been worn by such celebrities as Rachel McAdams, Eva Longoria,…
  • University of Hawaii nursing school won't take new students for spring semester

    Matt Tuohy
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:39 pm
    The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene will not be accepting new students for the spring 2015 semester because of funding troubles and job placement uncertainty for graduates. Mary Boland, the school’s dean, blames a lack of new funding for an increasingly expensive program and uncertainty in the job market for nurses graduating with bachelor's degrees as the primary reasons for the change in schedule. “For some graduates, it takes almost a year to find employment,”…
 
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  • Foreign investor purchases Galleria-area townhomes, paving way for new project

    Paul Takahashi
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
    A foreign investor has purchased a Galleria-area townhome complex, likely paving the way for a new project. CBRE Group Inc. (NYSE: CBG) brokered the deal for Post Oak Park Townhomes, on Post Oak Park Drive, just inside the 610 Loop near the southwest corner of Memorial Park. Last month, an anonymous overseas investor bought the 5.4-acre property, according to Elizabeth Clampitt, CBRE’s senior associate of land services. The purchase price was not disclosed. The investor is still finalizing…
  • Job cuts expected at CSN Houston under new ownership

    Olivia Pulsinelli
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:14 pm
    If a bankruptcy judge approves the reorganization plan for Comcast SportsNet Houston, 75 jobs reportedly would be cut at the network. The Houston Chronicle reports 40 of CSN Houston’s 115 employees were notified they would keep their jobs under the reorganization plan. Most of those who would be retained are involved in game production, as well as some broadcasters and sportscasters, the Chronicle reports. Several of the reporters and anchors whose contracts would not be retained likely could…
  • Houston company's MLP launches IPO worth up to $422.6M

    Olivia Pulsinelli
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Cone Midstream Partners LP, jointly owned by Houston-based Noble Energy Inc. and Pittsburgh-based Consol Energy Inc., said Sept. 17 it has launched its initial public offering of 17.5 million common units. The IPO has a proposed maximum aggregate offering price of about $422.6 million, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Cone said in the filing it expects to price the units between $19 and $21 each, and underwriters will have a 30-day option to purchase an additional…
  • Houston schools' entrepreneurship programs ranked among top 5 in U.S. — again

    Olivia Pulsinelli
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine have named two Houston schools among the top five graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurship programs nationwide for another year in a row. The Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Houston C.T. Bauer College of Business took the No. 2 spot among undergraduate programs, and Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business has the No. 4 graduate entrepreneurship program. This is the eighth year that UH made the…
  • Japan seeks stronger Houston energy partnership, with LNG exports and more

    Jordan Blum
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Nozomu Takaoka has only been in Houston for a year, but the consul-general of Japan sees a growing partnership between his nation and the energy capital of the world through liquefied natural gas exports and much more. Takaoka said he sees the Houston area helping Japan's energy needs through LNG exports, while more Japanese companies are continuing to invest in the North American shale boom and the upcoming petrochemical and manufacturing booms. As such, Gov. Rick Perry traveled to Japan for…
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  • Steakhouse, rooftop bar on tap for former Bostwick Building

    Andrew Thurlow
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    The historic building Bostwick building Downtown will be the home of a steakhouse restaurant and rooftop bar, new owner Jacques Klempf said today while presenting his plans to the city's Downtown Investment Authority. Called the Cowford Chophouse, the restaurant could be open by the end of the year. Since 2013, Klempf had suggested he had such plans for the building, which he picked up for $165,000 at auction in July. The restaurant will be run by Wine Lounge Concepts, which was founded by Jacques…
  • New LGBT fund awards $100,000 in local grants

    Erin Ostrowsky
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:09 pm
    The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida announced the establishment of a new fund, the LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida, and identified the organizations that will receive a total of $100,000 in grants. The newly created fund is a giving circle, a group of individuals that collectively gives to and focuses on meeting specific needs, in this case, the needs of the local LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community. The fund’s contributors include Jeff Chartrand, advisor…
  • Thinking about investing in Alibaba? Here's what Jacksonville money managers advise

    Colleen Michele Jones
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    Will Alibaba have the “open sesame” effect on the market some financial analysists believe it could once stock for the Chinese e-commerce conglomerate goes public Friday? Only time will tell, say local private wealth managers. The Asian answer to EBay, Amazon and a host of other U.S. companies is set to launch its Initial Public Offering on the New York Stock Exchange in just two days, and it is certainly engendering interest among potential investors, particularly those with an appetite for…
  • TPO long-range plans include harbor deepening and First Coast Expressway, will cost nearly $8 billion

    Jensen Werley
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    The North Florida Transportation Planning Organization is adding about 20 new projects to its priority list the next 25 years, the most costly being a $118 million interchange modification to the junction of Interstates 10 295. The priority list consists of projects that will be worked on over the next five years, kicking off the long-range plans for the following two decades. Projects that were not fully funded in the 2035 plan that was adopted in 2009 as well as new ones like the I-10 project…
  • Victoria Park Apartments bought for $26.2 million

    Andrew Thurlow
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Iowa-based property management firm BH Management Services purchased five Florida apartment complexes, including four in Jacksonville, as part of a $55 million investment. The largest transaction, Victoria Park Apartments, was purchased for $26.2 million, according to county records filed Tuesday, or about $5,038 per unit. Brian Moulder, a senior vice president at CBRE, along with CBRE financial analyst Dhaval Patel represented seller IMT Residential, a California-based apartment operator, in the…
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  • Fresh off its HQ move, Perceptive announces layoffs

    Bobby Burch
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Days after 750 staffers arrived at its new Lenexa-based headquarters, Perceptive Software Inc. announced layoffs. In an email to staff, Perceptive CEO Scott Coons said the company will be eliminating "a number of" positions around the world and also closing offices in Beverly, Mass., and San Francisco. The company declined to comment on how many people in the area would be affected by the layoffs, saying its parent company, Lexmark International Inc., has a policy to not comment on internal human…
  • EPR Properties plans stock sale to keep projects rolling

    Brian Kaberline
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Kansas City-based EPR Properties plans a public stock offering of more than 3 million shares to help it keep its pipeline of entertainment-related real estate projects flowing. EPR (NYSE: EPR) intends to sell 3.2 million shares, with an underwriter allotment of as much as an additional 480,000, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday. The real estate investment trust's stock closed at $54.63 a share on Wednesday. At that price, the offering would be worth nearly…
  • Ameristar deals out a new KC general manager

    Andrew Vaupel
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City announced that Rod Centers is its new general manager. He started in late August. Centers, who previously was general manager at the Boomtown Casino Hotel in Bossier City, La., succeeds Sean Barnard. His previous positions in the gaming industry were in Las Vegas and Louisiana. Before that, Centers was a manager and executive in the manufacturing industry for 20 years. "Since joining the company, Rod has demonstrated an ability to effectively lead by developing…
  • Georgetown Apartments gets $16M loan for refi, improvements

    Rob Roberts
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Georgetown Apartments, a 395-unit complex just down the highway from the new IKEA store in Merriam, has secured a loan for capital improvements. Malkin Properties, which owns and manages the complex, secured a $16.25 million Fannie Mae DUS loan to refinance and upgrade the complex, which opened at 72nd Street and Interstate 35 in 1964. Pillar Finance LLC, a Chicago-based firm that specializes in financing solutions for affordable and conventional multifamily properties, originated the low, fixed-rate…
  • Sprint, T-Mobile battle hits closer to home

    Bobby Burch
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    A nationwide bout between the third- and fourth-largest U.S. wireless carriers is heating up in Kansas City. T-Mobile US Inc. recently announced that its prepaid brand, MetroPCS, is expanding in the City of Fountains and nine other markets. The No. 4 U.S. carrier, T-Mobile already has 41 MetroPCS locations in the Kansas City area, and the company hopes to have more than 50 by year's end. T-Mobile also will be moving further into St. Louis, Chicago and other locations. The expansion effort comes…
 
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  • Google donating $1 million to LAUSD schools

    Scott Bridges
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Try googling “donation LAUSD $1 million” and you’ll be directed to articles about Google, itself. That’s because the tech giant on Monday flash-funded Los Angeles schools to the tune of about a million bucks through the crowd-funding website DonorsChoose.org. On DonorsChoose.org, teachers post requests for classroom materials, and donors support the projects they want. Thomas Williams, head of Google’s Venice office, said the donations are part of the company’s continuing aim to support…
  • LAX begins $508-million renovation of Terminal 1

    Scott Bridges
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:41 pm
    As part of its $7.4 billion overhaul of Los Angeles International Airport, officials on Tuesday broke ground on a $508 million modernization of Terminal 1. When finished four years from now, the terminal will showcase a new façade, 12-lane security checkpoint and more space for restaurants, according to the Los Angeles Register. Plans calls for a better illuminated open ticketing lobby, fully automated system to handle checked bags and several structural improvements, refurbishment of the baggage…
  • Miller Lite ad account headed to TBWA/Chiat/Day

    Lewis Lazare
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    A Los Angeles shop, TBWA/Chiat/Day, has prevailed in a three-way shootout to become the new ad agency of record for Miller Lite. A Miller Lite spokesman said that MillerCoors marketing executives moved quicker than expected to select TBWA over two Chicago-based agency finalists, Leo Burnett and and Royal Order, after it became clear during final presentations that TBWA demonstrated the best feel for the Millennial audience that is the core market for Miller Lite. MillerCoors had expected to do…
  • Los Angeles to improve train stations with federal money

    Scott Bridges
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Los Angeles will improve a pair of train stations with money it received from the Federal Government. Announced Wednesday by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be the recipient of two major infrastructure improvement projects, the Los Angeles Register reported. The first, the $11.8 million Eastside Access Improvement project, will create a network of sidewalks and bike lanes for pedestrians and bicyclists to access the new Regional Connector/1st…
  • Cisco adds Metacloud to 'Intercloud' strategy

    Annlee Ellingson
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    In a move that supports its vision for an “Intercloud,” Cisco has acquired cloud-solutions startup Metacloud. The Pasadena company founded by Sean Lynch (who previously worked at Ticketmaster) and Steve Curry (formerly of Yahoo!) deploys and supports private clouds for global organizations with an OpenStack-as-a-Service model. The platform will help Cisco build its worldwide network of clouds. "Cloud computing has dramatically changed the IT landscape," said Hilton Romanski, senior vice president…
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  • ​Kristen Yoffe

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Kristen Yoffe Manager, internal audit, Papa John’s International Inc. Years in current job: 6 Years in accounting: 16 Education: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, University of Alabama; master’s degree in accounting, University of Tennessee Certifications: CPA, certified internal auditor Type of music she listens to most: Anything acoustical and unplugged Favorite way to relax: Photography Favorite movie or TV show:“The Big Bang Theory” Type of cell phone she owns: iPhone What…
  • ​Eric Wheatley

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Eric Wheatley Senior manager, financial planning, KFC Corp. Years in current job:1 Years in accounting: 17 Education: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, Campbellsville University Certification: CPA Type of music he listens to most: Contemporary Christian and ’80s/’90s country Favorite way to relax: A long run or bike ride Favorite movie or TV show: “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy Type of cell phone he owns: iPhone What energizes/inspires him: The support of his wife and kids inspires…
  • ​Michael F. Wade

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Michael F. Wade IT finance consultant, Humana Inc.; adjunct professor, University of Louisville Years in current job: Less than 1 (Humana); 7 (UofL) Years in accounting: 27 Education: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, Kentucky Wesleyan College; MBA in management, Webster University; master’s in forensic accounting and certificate in health care fraud examination, risk management and compliance, both from Florida Atlantic University with expected graduation in 2015 Certifications: CPA, chartered…
  • ​Neal Thomas

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Neal Thomas Assurance executive director, EY Years in current job: 15 Years in accounting: 15 Education: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, University of Kentucky Type of music he listens to most: Anything acoustic Favorite way to relax: Spending time with his family Favorite movie or TV show:“Modern Family” Type of cell phone he owns: iPhone What energizes/inspires him: Working with people every day, both clients and internal staff. “I love being part of high-performing teams and…
  • ​Jim Tencza

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Jim Tencza Director of assurance services, Dean Dorton Years in current job:5 Years in accounting: 24 Education: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, Bellarmine University Certification: CPA Type of music he listens to most: All types, especially alternative rock such as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Imagine Dragons Favorite way to relax: Playing or coaching sports. “I play softball and basketball as well as golf. I also coach my youngest son’s tackle football team and competitive baseball team.” Favorite…
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  • First Lady visits St. Jude

    Michael Sheffield
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:25 pm
    First Lady Michelle Obama visited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital late this afternoon, interacting with and answering questions from St. Jude patients and their families in the hospital’s activity room, while promising to sing and dance with patients after the media left. Obama is the fourth First Lady to visit St. Jude. After a delay of nearly 90 minutes due to maintenance problems with her aircraft, Obama arrived a little after 5 p.m. and answered a variety of questions from patients,…
  • Tennessee gets mixed grades in national education report

    Madeline Faber
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has released the fourth edition of its Leaders & Laggards series, "A State-by-State Report Card on K–12 Educational Effectiveness." The report examines education systems through 11 critical areas, including academic achievement for low-income and minority students, post-secondary and workforce readiness and parental options. In its national overview, the report singles out Tennessee for "more academic achievement improvements than any other state in the…
  • Memphis’ largest women-owned businesses for 2014

    Ed Arnold
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    One of Memphis Business Journal’s lists in the Sept. 12 print edition is on Women-Owned Businesses, and we’re giving web readers a preview of the top five. The list ranks the Memphis businesses by their number of local, full-time equivalent employees. There are several new additions to the list this year, though none in the top 5. New additions to the full list include: Power and Telephone Supply, Universal Asset Management Inc., American Electrical Contractors Inc., Lanigan Worldwide Moving…
  • Governor launches $1M grant competition

    Michael Sheffield
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    As part of his Drive to 55 initiative, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has launched the Labor Education Alignment Program competition, a state effort focused on increasing opportunities for Tennesseans to obtain a certificate or degree beyond high school aligned with the needs of the workforce in their communities. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission will administer the program and is currently accepting applications from local organizations looking to create new programs or acquire equipment that…
  • First public presentation of Greenprint Plan Sept. 18

    Madeline Faber
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Livable Memphis is hosting a public session regarding the Greenprint 2015/2040 final plan. The Greenprint is a far-reaching plan that incorporates a federally donated $2.5 million Sustainable Communities Regional Planning grant. John Zeneah of the Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability will present the plan and field questions and input. This is the first public presentation of the entire plan, and according to a release, there will only be a few more presentations. The presentation…
 
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  • Niagara Bottling to fill 70 jobs for Pleasant Prairie facility

    Denise Lockwood
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Niagara Bottling LLC, which plans to open a 377,000-square-foot building in Pleasant Prairie in early 2015, plans to hire 70 employees, according to a press release by the Kenosha Area Business Alliance. The company packages and distributes private-label water for its customers and under its own Niagara label. A Niagara Bottling LLC affiliate paid $2.98 million for an almost 20-acre Pleasant Prairie site where the company will build a bottling plant expected to create up to 105 jobs. The California…
  • Manufacturers voice optimism and concern at manufacturing and distribution summit (Video)

    Denise Lockwood
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Manufacturers continue to grow in Wisconsin, but a number of executives still voiced concerns at the Innovate To Grow 2014 Manufacturing and Distribution Executive Summit, which was held at the Harley-Davidson Museum on Wednesday. An official from Brown Deer-based Badger Meter Inc., which makes flow meters and controls; Milwaukee-based Rexnord Industries LLC, which makes process and motion controls and water management products; and Menomonee Falls-based Power Products LLC, which makes inverters…
  • Beloit toymaker Patch Products acquired by private equity firm

    David Schuyler
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Patch Products LLC, a Beloit game manufacturer and distributor, has been acquired by New York City-area private equity firm Topspin Partners for an undisclosed amount. Patch was purchased from co-founders Fran and Bryce Patch. Bob Wann, chief executive officer, will remain with the company. Patch was founded in 1985 and has grown from a small puzzle and game manufacturer to a family entertainment company that designs, manufactures, distributes and markets games, children's puzzles, preschool toys,…
  • Klisch and Falk — brewer and brewer-to-be — shared 'Little Rascals' roots in Brown Deer

    Sean Ryan
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    As he planned to revive his family’s namesake beer as a microbrewery, Rob Falk’s cohorts in Milwaukee suggested he call Russ Klisch. Falk was referred to Klisch in his quest to save the former Falk Brewing Co. Bavaria Brewery in Milwaukee and restart brewing of beer under the Falk brand. The Klisch name rang a bell for Falk, a radiologist who lives in Kentucky, but not because Klisch is owner of Lakefront Brewery Inc. in Milwaukee. “He and I were best friends from fourth grade to seventh…
  • ​Kohl’s adding 67,000 temporary jobs for holiday season

    Alison Bauter
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Kohl’s Department Stores is anticipating hiring more than 67,000 workers to meet demand this holiday season, the company said Wednesday. Menomonee Falls-based Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) said it plans to hire about 50 associates per store throughout the holiday season. Kohl’s has 1,163 stores in 49 states, including three stores opening at the end of the month. Kohl’s also plans to hire about 9,300 seasonal positions at distribution centers across the country and some 670 seasonal credit operations…
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  • Tech startup launches video-sharing app for business

    Katharine Grayson
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Tech startup ilos Videos, which makes a business application for creating and sharing videos, has moved into new digs as it ramps up marketing for its flagship product. Co-founded by Nick Stokman and Sean Higgins in 2012 , the company began developing its application last year. Ilos mostly targets companies that want to quickly create and share videos through a computer or mobile device. Part of the company’s pitch to businesses is building an easily searchable portfolio of videos to streamline…
  • Target will pull Adrian Peterson merchandise

    Nick Halter
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Target Corp. is pulling Adrian Peterson merchandise from its stores and from Target.com. "Taking into account the feedback from our guests, and in light of the team’s most recent actions, we are opting to remove Peterson merchandise from our stores and Target.com," the company said. Peterson was one of five NFL personalities Target featured in a line of T-Shirts for the 2014 football season. His "Run This Town" T-shirt was on store shelves in the Twin Cities as recently as Tuesday night. The…
  • General Mills' 'Project Century' sounds like a supervillain plot, and is just as secret

    Clare Kennedy
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:52 pm
    As U.S. sales decline, officials at General Mills Inc. said they would embark on a plan, dubbed 'Project Century,' to cut $100 million from operations at home, but have yet to say exactly what form the reductions will take. Officials told analysts on a conference call Wednesday morning that the initiative will start within the next two months, but did not offer specifics of the plan. The announcement wasn't unexpected — In June, the Golden Valley-based food manufacturer talked of cost-cutting…
  • Medtronic sells surgical instrument portfolio and French factory for $60M

    Katharine Grayson
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Medtronic Inc. has reached a deal to sell a portfolio of about 4,000 surgical instrument products to Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corp. for $60 million. The transaction includes devices made by Fridley-based Medtronic’s MicroFrance business for ear, nose and throat procedures. Plainsboro, N.J.-based Integra will also pick up a Medtronic manufacturing plant in St. Aubin le Monial, France, as part of the deal. Integra said it expects the all-cash acquisition to close in the fourth quarter. The…
  • General Mills CEO: We'll let Annie's Homegrown 'do their thing'

    Clare Kennedy
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Upper management at General Mills Inc. say they're going to give relatively free rein to recently acquired organic food company Annie's Homegrown. During an earnings call on Wednesday, officials at the Golden Valley-based food manufacturer said they would not force Annie's too far into the mainstream. The organic company, which posted 20 percent sales growth during 2014, will keep its headquarters in Berkeley, Calif. and much of its staff. RELATED: Can Annie's Homegrown take root at General…
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  • Reps for Studio A owner say no interested buyers

    E.J. Boyer
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Supporters of preserving Music Row's RCA Studio A are reinvigorating their push to save the studio, with a new grassroots push and an alternative report on the building set to be released next week. But a rep for current owner says preserving the space as is is only likely if the building is purchased, and so far, no takers have come forward. "The only way [preserving the studio] happens is if somebody buys it," said Jim Murphy, legal counsel for Bravo Development LLC, the building's new owner.…
  • What businesses can expect from a new GOP attorney general

    Scott Harrison
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Herbert Slatery, Gov. Bill Haslam’s chief legal counsel, got the nod from the state Supreme Court this week to become Tennessee’s next attorney general. What can the business community expect from Slatery? Gif Thornton, a Nashville attorney at Adams and Reese who represents the Tennessee Bar Association, said Slatery will bring “consistency and predictability” — two keys the “business community looks for in the judiciary.” “[Slatery] is a seasoned professional,” Thornton said.…
  • San Diego health tech company plots expansion with move to Franklin

    Eleanor Kennedy
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Peak Health Solutions, a medical coding company originally based in San Diego, is up and running at its new headquarters in Franklin, a move the Nashville Business Journal first reported in late June. Wednesday, I sat down with company President Justin Schmidt, who co-founded Peak Health in California back in 2004, and CEO John Morris, a local health care services veteran who joined the Peak team at the start of this year, to chat about why the company wanted to relocate to the Nashville area,…
  • Five steps to return to the workforce

    Kent Wilson, Guest Blogger
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    Have you been out of the workforce for a while and need to get back to work? Here are five steps to help you prepare for re-entering the workforce: Update your résumé. Your résumé needs to be two pages or less and needs to account for all of your working years after you graduated high school or college. You also need to account for the years that you were out of the workforce, whether it is because you were a stay-at-home parent, took time off to travel or for other reasons. Employers want to…
  • Family Dollar to shareholders: Ignore Dollar General's takeover attempt

    Ken Elkins
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    In a statement Wednesday morning, Family Dollar Stores Inc.’s board of directors advised the company's shareholders to reject the $9.1 billion hostile takeover attempt by Dollar General Corp. The board has twice rejected Goodlettsville-based Dollar General’s offers for the company. Again this time, the board of Matthews, N.C.-based Family Dollar says it prefers the $8.5 billion deal it’s planning with Virginia-based Dollar Tree Inc. This time, however, a major investor in Family Dollar,…
 
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  • Wawa en route to 57 C. Fla. stores by 2016

    Anjali Fluker
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Did you pass a Wawa on your way to work today? If not, don’t worry — you soon will. The Pennsylvania-based fuel-and-convenience retailer, which has been in huge growth mode since entering the Orlando market in 2012, is kicking off plans for the next round of 50 stores for the Sunshine State, as it debuts its 50th Florida store on Sept. 18 near downtown Orlando. A little closer to home, Wawa also is en route to having a total of 36 metro Orlando stores by the end of this year and will grow…
  • Coming soon: Duffy’s Sports Grill opening in Orlando, Keke’s expanding

    Megan Ribbens
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    A growing South Florida restaurant chain is breaking into the Central Florida market, while a popular Orlando-based breakfast chain plans its expansion into other parts of the Sunshine State. Lake Worth-based Duffy’s Sports Grill will open its first Orlando eatery Sept. 19 near the Mall at Millenia. The sports-themed restaurant will debut at 4158 Conroy Road and will be the chain’s 25th location. It’s also the first of several locations planned for Central Florida, with the next Duffy’s…
  • New Boeing, SpaceX plan may launch space tourism industry in C. Fla.

    Richard Bilbao
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Taking the everyday person into space. We've heard billionaire and Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson talk about the possibility, but it always seemed too out of this world. Not so much anymore, folks. We are going to host a party on the moon ... maybe. NASA's announcement naming Boeing Co. and SpaceX as the agencies to transport astronauts to the International Space Station brings us one step closer to commercialized space tourism and the creation of new tourism business opportunities,…
  • Space Florida-Israel Innovation Partnership Program awards first round of funding

    Cindy Barth
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Space Florida and Israel’s Industrial Center for Research & Development have announced the first-round winners of research and development funding tied to the Space Florida-Israel Innovation Partnership Program. The program was established last October when the state of Florida and Israel formed a $2 million recurring joint program to support research, development and commercialization of aerospace and technology projects that benefit both. First-round funding of $460,000 went to two groups: Mirco…
  • 7 cool enhancements planned for I-4 makeover

    Anjali Fluker
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    We all know that the big $2.3 billion revamp of Interstate 4 is all about the highway — including better roads, ramps and optional express toll lanes. But along with the practical fixes and the new “Lexus lanes," did you know there will be some cool features built into the I-4 Ultimate project that will make your drive more pleasant? So said Cesar Souza, spokesman for I-4 Mobility Partners, the team that partnered with the Florida Department of Transportation to design, build, operate and maintain…
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  • Drexel Law gets $50M gift, the largest ever for the university

    Jeff Blumenthal
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Drexel University School of Law will be named the Thomas R. Kline School of Law in honor of a $50 million donation — the largest single gift in the university’s 123-year history — from the Philadelphia plaintiffs personal injury litigator. The donation includes a large bequest, plus the former Beneficial Savings Bank Building at 12th and Chestnut streets that will house the Thomas R. Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy of the Kline School of Law. Drexel hopes the new trial advocacy program,…
  • Philly restaurants make strong showing in OpenTable's Top 100

    Francis Hilario
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:10 am
    OpenTable users have spoken, and it looks like the Philadelphia area’s tops when it comes to dishing out quality restaurants (and, yes, dishes), as 12 local restaurants have made the reservation and review website's annual list of the best restaurants in the United States. The annual Diners' Choice Awards list of Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in America, showcased restaurants with “unique menus, easygoing ambience and passionate chefs who have a ‘source local, cook global’ approach.”…
  • Wistar, Penn get $12M grant to fund melanoma research

    John George
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    A team of Penn Medicine and Wistar Institute physicians and researchers studying melanoma have been awarded a $12.1 million Specialized Programs of Research Excellence grant from the from the National Cancer Institute. The five-year grant will fund four new melanoma research projects — collaborations between the two University City-based institutions in Philadelphia — seeking to translate laboratory discoveries into new therapeutics to treat melanoma and other skin cancers. Melanoma is the…
  • City launches online platform to match STEM professionals with youth

    Lauren Hertzler
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    Philadelphia wants more STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professionals mentoring youth – especially girls, low-income and minority students. This week, the city launched a new online STEM resource center, which will showcase STEM education programs on its “ asset map,” as well as host a volunteer matching platform for mentors and students. The website isn’t completely finished yet, said Kendrick Davis, director of STEM initiatives for the mayor's office of education. It’s…
  • Lynne Abraham plans to run for mayor of Philadelphia

    Jeff Blumenthal
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    Lynne Abraham said she is planning to run for mayor of Philadelphia. In an interview with the Philadelphia Business Journal Wednesday, the former district attorney said she is not ready to make a formal announcement because she is focused on helping fellow Democrat Tom Wolf defeat incumbent Republican Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett in November. She said she might not wait until after the election because that might be too late. But her intentions are clear. When asked why she was running, Abraham…
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  • Arizona Cardinals deactivate Jonathan Dwyer after domestic violence arrest in Phoenix

    Mike Sunnucks
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    The Arizona Cardinals have deactivated running back Jonathan Dwyer after he was arrested in Phoenix on domestic violence charges. The quick move comes as the National Football League grapples with a crisis over handling of the Ray Rice domestic assault case, child abuse charges against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and other domestic violence cases. KTVK-TV Channel 3 in Phoenix first reported Wednesday of Dwyer’s arrest. TMZ, which released the game-changing videos of Rice knocking…
  • Exports on tap for Arizona Commerce Authority forum

    Eric Jay Toll
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Exporting is a major emphasis in state economic policy, and Arizona Commerce Authority is combining forces with economic developers in Gilbert and Mesa for a half-day forum to teach businesses more about it. “Global Connect: Expanding through Exports” features panels with export experts talking about opportunities for business-to-business and business-to-government trade outside U.S. borders. The forum is slated for Sept. 30. “This program is a great opportunity for a business that wants…
  • Republican Rick Romley backs Democrat Felecia Rotellini for attorney general

    Mike Sunnucks
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Another prominent moderate Republican is crossing party lines and backing a Democrat in the November elections. Former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley is endorsing Democratic attorney Felecia Rotellini in this year attorney general’s race. Rotellini is taking on former state gaming director Mark Brnovich, who upset incumbent but scandal prone Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne in the Republican primary. “What is important is that we elect an attorney general we can be proud of and who…
  • Phoenix roofers flooded with phone calls following record rains

    Brandon Brown
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    After last week’s historic rainstorm, Phoenix roofers have been slammed with people needing fixes for leaky roofs. The phone at the Roofing Co. in Mesa has not stopped ringing since Sept. 8, the day of the Valley’s historic rainstorm, said the company’s owner, Vanessa Haught. She forwarded the office number to her cell phone and has been taking calls everywhere, even when she was grocery shopping. “I am scheduled out through Oct. 1,” Haught said. She has been giving people advice on how…
  • Why the little things are important to your business

    Jan & Jordan Ayan
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    One Little Thing One of us lost our iPad yesterday (we won’t point fingers). For the first time, we used Apple’s excellent Find My iPad feature, which enabled us to check late in the evening, and see that it was still in the same location and allowed us to put a message on the screen that it was lost. The good news is that the iPad is home, untouched and unharmed, thanks to those clever folks at Apple. If we hadn't recovered it, clear and simple instructions explained how to remove all data…
 
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  • A.R. Building Co. plans to break ground soon on new Baldwin apartment development

    Tim Schooley
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    A.R. Building Co., one of the region’s largest homegrown apartment developers, is preparing to start construction on a new $14 million multi-family project in Baldwin. Dan Mancosh, president of the Seven Fields-based company, said his company expects to begin laying the foundations soon for a 120-unit project expected to include three four-story buildings of 40 apartments each on a five-acre site near the YMCA on Route 51. “The whole project should be completed in he next 2 years,” said Mancosh,…
  • Capital BlueCross stops paying for surgical procedure

    Kris B. Mamula
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Harrisburg-based Capital BlueCross will no longer pay for gynecologic procedures involving a controversial surgical tool, the company announced. The ban becomes effective Nov. 1 for operations using a device called a power morcellator. The tool is used in minimally invasive procedures to remove the uterus or uterine fibroids. Uterine fibroids are the most common benign tumor in women and the leading reason for the surgical procedure to remove the uterus, called hysterectomy. Power morcellators…
  • Legal costs for August Wilson Center may still make sale a money loser, Dollar Bank says

    Tim Schooley
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    The legal costs of the ongoing dispute over the August Wilson Center for African American Culture are getting high enough that Dollar Bank is beginning to worry the court-approved high bid of $9.5 million may be eclipsed. Dollar Bank filed a procedural motion Tuesday in the Orphans’ Court Division of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas to separate legal issues in an upcoming trial in which the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh seeks to maintain its covenants that restrict the…
  • Franklin a finalist for PA Women Business Plan Competition

    Patty Tascarella
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    A Pittsburgh-area business owner is among the finalists for the Pennsylvania Women’s 2014 Business Plan Competition’s $10,000 cash prize. Esther Franklin, founder and manager of Tri-State Paralegal Service LLC, was chosen by the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. NAWBO chapters statewide and the Pennsylvania Commission for Women announced the finalists Wednesday. They’ll pitch their plans to judges at the Women’s Mentorship Symposium on Sept.…
  • Pitt creates Center for Research on Media

    Kris B. Mamula
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    The University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences have launched the Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health to tackle questions across a broad range of disciplines. Dr. Brian Primack, recently appointed assistant vice chancellor for health and society, will direct the new center, which is partly funded by the National Institutes of Health. Center faculty will explore ways to mitigate the negative effects of video games and other issues through collaborations with Pitt’s schools…
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  • University of Oregon's new sports product program likely headed to Old Town

    Matthew Kish
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    The University of Oregon is on the verge of launching a new master's degree program in sport product management in Portland's Old Town neighborhood. If approved as expected by the state, the program would launch in 2016. The program is likely to be housed in a new $37 million Gerding Edlen development at the corner of Northwest First Avenue and Davis Street, near other University of Oregon programs in the White Stag building. The White Stag building houses courses offered by the School of Architecture…
  • The Big Tiny: Author who lives in 84-foot tiny house on creating a business hub for the bubbling industry (Photos)

    Mason Walker
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Dee Williams built a tiny house 10 years ago. Before it was cool. In April, Williams chronicled her journey into 84 feet in Olympia, Washington, in a memoir titled " The Big Tiny" (Blue Rider Press, an arm of Penguin). Click the image for a look inside Williams' tiny house Last week, we wrote about the promise that tiny houses (and their cousins, accessory dwelling units) hold for Portland. Williams has witnessed first-hand the rising star of modest dwellings. I caught up with her to hear…
  • With 'The Boxtrolls' ready for theaters, Laika releases the film's tie-in video game

    Andy Giegerich
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    With the release of the stop-motion feature “The Boxtrolls” coming in nine days, the Hillsboro animation studio that created it has already hit the gaming circuit. Laika, working with the movie company Focus Features and RED Games, launched “The Boxtrolls: Slide ‘n’ Sneak” game, based on the 3D stop-motion-animated film. The movie opens Sept. 26. The game is available for iOS and, soon, Android. It aims to introduce players “to the underground cavern-dwelling community of fun and…
  • Learning.com founder back with a health care tech startup

    Malia Spencer
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Portland entrepreneur Bill Kelly is on to his next project and this time he and his co-founders are creating a platform designed at providing digital video for health care professionals. A pair of partnerships inked this month are expected to help the startup gain traction. ReelDX is the latest startup led by Kelly, who in 2012 stepped down from the CEO post of Learning.com. This company initially targeted the medical education market by capturing and curating libraries of real patient/ doctor interactions…
  • Oregon's minimum wage rises by a smidge. Is it enough?

    Andy Giegerich
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Oregon’s minimum wage, already the second-highest among all states, is getting set to rise by a fraction. Oregon Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian today announced that Oregon’s minimum wage will increase to $9.25 on Jan. 1. That’s a 15-cent rise, meaning Oregon will still trail only Washington ($9.32) in terms of statewide minimum wage rates. Avakian said the rate would apply to 141,822 workers, or 8 percent of Oregon’s workforce. The move helps keep up with the cost-of-living. “Oregon’s…
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  • ER doc-turned-entrepreneur snags $100K partnership with Triangle Orthopaedic

    Lauren K. Ohnesorge
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Durham-based EyeScribes was bootstrapped – until Tuesday. And in Lynchburg, Virginia, until March. And last year? The product was on the Google Glass bandwagon. As CEO Jared Pelo, an emergency medicine physician, will tell you, a lot can change when you’re an entrepreneur. Read: Entrepreneurship advice from Silicon Valley: Talk about your failures He says a $100,000 partnership with Triangle Orthopaedic Associates, announced at this week’s CED Tech Venture Conference, is a game changer. “The…
  • High-end home construction resumes at Hidden Lake after six-year hiatus

    Amanda Jones Hoyle
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Even at the height of the Raleigh real estate market, the gated Hidden Lake community near Youngsville was considered a luxury. With 588 acres, its own lake and home prices starting at $900,000, it was expected to rival Hasentree, Linville and The Barony for Triangle homeowners seeking seclusion and a place to build or buy a home with highest of custom home finishes and amenities. But with the 2008 downturn, Hidden Lake’s original developer, Crescent Communities of Charlotte, halted construction…
  • Though partners, hospitals still 'fiercely committed' to independence

    Jason deBruyn
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    A major partnership announced Wednesday brings together hospitals that want to remain independent, but find cost savings by joining forces in some small areas. WakeMed Health & Hospitals joined with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem and Vidant Health in Greenville, the hospital affiliated with East Carolina University, to form a new company with the goal of benefiting all three systems, which combined generate $6 billion of annual revenue. Read: Major partnership brings together…
  • Local business remodeling historic downtown Raleigh building

    Dawn Wallace
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    MA Allen, the Raleigh-based interior design firm behind locations such as Neomonde Lebanese Café, is remodeling a historic building downtown on Glenwood Avenue for its new location. In the company’s third year of business, owner MA Allen says she’s been fortunate in her growth. “I started in my guest bedroom and had one intern. Then, I stair-stepped into an industrial space I subleased from a contractor for about two and a half years,” she says. “Rent was just $900, so having low overhead…
  • Raleigh retailers ready for iPhone 6 release

    Lauren K. Ohnesorge
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Friday is a big deal if you’re a phone retailer. That’s the day the iPhone 6 hits the shelves– and the day Kevin Wright readies for battle. Read: How Touch ID ups Apple's security game in iPhone 6 Wright, the manager of AT&T’s new Store of the Future on Capital Boulevard in Raleigh, has been through it before. While that store has only been open since March, he’s been with the firm for five years. So he’s survived previous launches. “My first thought was, this is going to be the…
 
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  • Republic FC signs letter of intent for railyard stadium; Larry Kelley joins ownership group

    Ben van der Meer
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    On the eve of a critical visit by Major League Soccer, the Sacramento Republic FC has signed a letter of intent to build a future soccer stadium at the railyard, and future railyard developer Larry Kelley has joined the ownership group. The team also released a rendering of a stadium at 7th Street and Railyards Boulevard, near the property’s southeast corner. According to team officials, the stadium would seat 20,000 to 22,000 people and take up 12 to 13 acres, though that could be the entire…
  • Governor signs much-debated ridesharing bill

    Allen Young
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    A months-long Capitol battle over insurance requirements for drivers with upstart ridesharing companies ended Wednesday as Gov. Jerry Brown signed a compromise regulation into law. The battle over ridesharing was one of the most intensely watched legislative spectacles all year. What started as an insider skirmish between the taxi and insurance industries against new-school "sharing economy" companies elevated into a greater debate about how peer-to-peer businesses should be regulated. The discussion…
  • Bill Camp back at work, but announces retirement at year-end

    Kathy Robertson
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Longtime Central Labor Council executive secretary Bill Camp is back at work today — but plans to retire at the end of the year. Camp was abruptly terminated in late August over what appears to be a split among member unions — and Camp’s opposition to — Mayor Kevin Johnson’s “strong mayor” initiative on the November ballot. The termination was rescinded days later, and Camp was placed on leave while the labor council board looked at a variety of issues related to his tenure. Camp,…
  • Citing noise risks, Folsom going to court over Mather expansion

    Ben van der Meer
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    The city of Folsom is going to court over a plan by Sacramento County to expand neighboring Mather Airport, saying the plan doesn’t consider the effects of noise on city residents. Approved by the Folsom City Council in closed session Tuesday, the suit takes issue with a recently completed and approved environmental impact report for the airport master plan, which was also approved. According to Folsom city officials, the plan’s approval ends any possibility of addressing noise issues through…
  • State buys $250M in World Bank green bonds

    Allen Young
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    The state of California is purchasing another round of green bonds issued by the World Bank that finance renewable energy and other climate change-related projects across the globe. The purchase announced Wednesday will be for $250 million, marking the fifth green bond deal by State Treasurer Bill Lockyer since 2009. The state’s total purchase under the World Bank’s green bond program is $1.1 billion. The state will earn 0.65 percent yield on the bonds, which mature on September 23, 2016. U.S.…
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  • What we missed: St. Louis food trucks you love

    Kelly Moffitt
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:22 pm
    We’re running a survey right now to see what your favorite food trucks were this summer season. With the ever-changing food truck environment, it was hard to round up all the mobile food choices St. Louisans have. Lucky for us, you clued us in on some of your favorites that we missed. Here are some of the food trucks you said are must-visits when they roll in front of your office. And don’t forget to vote for your favorites here— we’ll profile those with the most votes (or write-ins!) in…
  • Metro, union reach tentative agreement

    Jacob Kirn
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Metro and the union that represents some 1,500 of its workers have reached a tentative contract agreement, both parties confirmed Wednesday. The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788 said the agreement preserved workers’ defined benefit pension plan, increased wages and improved health care coverage. A Metro spokeswoman declined to comment on specifics, saying Metro workers and Metro’s board of commissioners still must vote on it. A union vote is scheduled for Sept. 25. Those employees have…
  • Family Dollar urges shareholders to reject ‘illusory’ offer from Dollar General

    Ben Unglesbee
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    The board of Family Dollar Stores Inc. has recommended that its shareholders reject the unsolicited bid made by rival discount retailer Dollar General Corporation last week. The board also raffirmed its endorsement of Family Dollar’s $8.5 billion bid from this summer. Earlier in September, Family Dollar rejected a direct bid by Dollar General, citing antitrust concerns. Last week, Dollar General repeated the $80-per-share offer, this time trying to sway Family Dollar shareholders by making a hostile…
  • Tweets made easy for bankers lobbying lawmakers

    Greg Edwards
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:18 pm
    The American Bankers Association has a new Twitter map to make it easier for bankers to tweet their complaints, suggestions and maybe even thanks to members of Congress. In St. Louis and nationally, bankers have been complaining to lawmakers about the federal corporate income tax that credit unions receive, and credit union executives have responded in kind. Within the last week, Dave Osborn, chief executive of Anheuser-Busch Employees’ Credit Union, complained that large numbers of banks receive…
  • All 2014-2015 Blues games to be televised on Fox Sports Midwest, NBC Sports Network and NBC

    Vince Brennan
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    It won’t be easy for St. Louis Blues fans to miss a game this year with all 82 regular season contests televised during the 2014-2015 season. According to Fox Sports Midwest, this marks the fourth consecutive year that all 82 games will be televised. Fox Sports Midwest, which will operate as the Blues’ television partner for the 19th season, will air 71 games this year, including the season opener Oct. 9 when the Blues host the New York Rangers. Last year, the Blues viewership ratings on Fox…
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  • Homebuilders in San Antonio are turning their attention to the suburbs

    Tricia Lynn Silva
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Last week, Los Angeles-based KB Home celebrated the grand opening of Remington Place. The 79-home subdivision is located east of Interstate Highway 35, just inside Loop 1604, in Universal City. Remington Place marks KB Home’s return to Universal City — one of several thriving communities located just northeast of San Antonio. The homes in Remington Place will be priced from the mid $100,000s, and they will range in size from 1,353 to 2,488 square feet. KB Home is expanding its presence at…
  • Methodist Healthcare Ministries awarded major federal grant

    W. Scott Bailey
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    The U.S. government's Corporation for National & Community Services has awarded a $10 million Social Innovation Fund to San Antonio's Methodist Healthcare Ministries. The grant is the first awarded to a Texas organization and is part of the more than $50 million handed out by the federal agency on Wednesday. Methodist Healthcare Ministries is the 50 percent nonprofit owner of Methodist Healthcare System. The organization provides health and human services to some of Texas' most impoverished individuals.
  • Delta joins American in expanding nonstop service from San Antonio to L.A.

    James Aldridge
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    Delta Air Lines Inc. will begin offering twice-daily nonstop service from San Antonio to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), starting Tuesday, April 7, 2015. With the addition of Los Angeles, Delta will serve six destinations from San Antonio International Airport, including Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Salt Lake City. The nonstop service also will give San Antonio passengers the ability to connect on Delta’s…
  • Rating agency gives U.S. Global top rating for tax-free fund

    James Aldridge
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    Morningstar awarded U.S. Global Investors Inc. its 5-star rating for the investment firm’s Near-Term Tax Free Fund for the three-year performance period. Only 10 percent of the funds in this category earn five stars. U.S. Global’s fund has a 4-star rating for the 5- and 10-year performance periods and its overall performance. “During this prolonged environment of low interest rates and volatile global stock markets, investors and financial advisors have appreciated the steady performance…
  • Perry extends olive branch to Mexico after Peña Nieto criticized Texas’ border policy

    James Aldridge
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry wrote a letter to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to mollify the leader over remarks he made criticizing Perry’s decision to deploy National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border. Peña Nieto called Texas’ increased security presence on the border “reprehensible.” In the letter, Perry stresses that while the United States and Mexico are neighbors, economic partners and friends, there must be a willingness for Mexico to address the shared border security challenges…
 
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  • Williams-Sonoma returns to Sonoma with flagship store, cooking school and new products

    Annie Sciacca
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Williams-Sonoma is going back home. The San Francisco-based retailer is poised to open up a massive new flagship store. It will include a museum exhibit of founder Chuck Williams’ original and iconic “finds” from Europe, a cooking school, a garden equipped with an outdoor kitchen and pizza oven. It will also feature a new Williams-Sonoma Home showroom with a home office, library and design studio, where customers can get decorating consultations. The 2,441-square-foot site is the same spot…
  • Uber, Lyft, Sidecar drive average taxi usage down 65% in S.F.

    Patrick Hoge
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:51 pm
    The popularity of transportation network services like UberX, Lyft and Sidecar caused individual taxi usage in San Francisco to plummet by an average of 65 percent between the spring of 2012 and this summer, according to a report produced by staff at the city's Metropolitan Transportation Agency. "There have been a lot of impacts on the taxi industry related to the TNCs," said Kate Toran, San Francisco's new director of taxi and accessible services in a presentation to the SFMTA board of directors…
  • Governor signs much-debated ridesharing insurance bill

    Allen Young
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    A months-long Capitol battle over insurance requirements for drivers with upstart ridesharing companies ended Wednesday as Gov. Jerry Brown signed a compromise regulation into law. The battle over ridesharing was one of the most intensely watched legislative spectacles all year. What started as an insider skirmish between the taxi and insurance industries against new-school "sharing economy" companies elevated into a greater debate about how peer-to-peer businesses should be regulated. The discussion…
  • FDA delays decision on Impax Parkinson's drug

    Ron Leuty
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    An FDA decision on a treatment for Parkinson's disease symptoms — the first non-generic drug developed by Impax Laboratories Inc. — has been pushed back three months to January. The Hayward-based drug maker (NASDAQ: IPXL) blamed the delay on changes it made to its new drug application to the Food and Drug Administration after the agency inspected Impax's Taiwan facility. The FDA's new decision date on Rytary, an extended-release capsule of carbidopa and levodopa aimed at the jerky movements…
  • Earnest debuts personal loans with interest rates based on 'merit'

    Mark Calvey
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:14 pm
    San Francisco-based Earnest introduced personal loans that charge interest based on several factors beyond traditional credit scores. The lending marketplace offers unsecured, personal loans from $2,000 to $30,000 with fixed interest rates ranging from 4.25 percent to 9.25 percent. The loans are for one-, two-, or three-year terms. Earnest sets what it calls "merit-based interest rates" based on such factors as an applicant's income and savings to monthly budget, credit history, education and "career…
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  • Inside the garage that built the Renovo Coupe, a wicked-fast electric supercar

    Eric Van Susteren
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Renovo Motors, the makers of a fully electric supercar that can smoke a stock Tesla Model S off the line and costs more than $500,000, today said it closed a funding round led by True Ventures. The company did not disclose the size of the round but said it will use the money for research and development for its electric propulsion technology. The Renovo Coupe can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds with 500 horsepower and 1,000 foot-pounds of torque. We went to Renovo Motors' garage…
  • Apple reportedly plans its next major product unveiling for October

    Jason McCormick
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Apple Inc. reportedly plans to unveil its next major product in October, only weeks after the retailer debuted new smartphones and a wristwatch, according to AppleInsider. Though the news website noted Wednesday that the source of the rumor had shared reliable information on previous products, the insider only speculated about possibilities of Apple’s forthcoming products, ranging from software updates to iPads. “This year, Apple is widely expected to unveil its latest iPads at an October…
  • Governor signs much-debated ridesharing bill

    Allen Young
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:45 pm
    A months-long Capitol battle over insurance requirements for drivers with upstart ridesharing companies ended Wednesday as Gov. Jerry Brown signed a compromise regulation into law. The battle over ridesharing was one of the most intensely watched legislative spectacles all year. What started as an insider skirmish between the taxi and insurance industries against new-school "sharing economy" companies elevated into a greater debate about how peer-to-peer businesses should be regulated. The discussion…
  • Half of Hightail's workforce is cut after CEO ouster

    Cromwell Schubarth
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    It turns out Hightail CEO Brad Garlinghouse's ouster last week was just the start of an overhaul of the Campbell-based file transfer company. The company let go about 100 people on Wednesday, about half of its workers. Re/code reports that the moves come after Garlinghouse recommended the company be sold. The board didn't go along with the idea and co-founder Ranjith Kumaran took over as CEO. Kumaran told Re/code that Hightail's core business of file transfer, delivery and tracking is “doing…
  • Why would a Chinese tech company buy a $16 million Morgan Hill golf course?

    Nathan Donato-Weinstein
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    An affiliate of a Chinese technology company has paid about $16 million for Coyote Creek Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus-designed property located just south of San Jose, the latest deal in a burgeoning wave of overseas investors targeting diverse Bay Area real estate assets. The buyer is an entity associated with Beijing-based Sumavision Technologies Co. Ltd., which makers hardware and software for video delivery and broadcasting. Sumavision SFO LLC acquired the property earlier this month, according…
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  • Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair talks Scottish independence, ISIS, terrorism at Seattle event

    Patti Payne
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Under tight security Tony Blair, former three-term prime minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, spoke in Seattle to a packed luncheon audience at the Washington State Convention Center Wednesday for the William D. Ruckelshaus Center at its fourth annual Chairman’s Circle event, and received a standing ovation before he even started to speak. Ruckelshaus, who was the first head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and then director of the FBI before becoming deputy attorney general…
  • Boeing, Washington politicians quick to criticize House's shortened Ex-Im Bank authorization

    Steve Wilhelm
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:13 pm
    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a nine-month extension of the Export-Import Bank Wednesday. Boeing was not impressed. “Congress has left thousands of small, medium and large U.S. exporters and their workers in limbo until the middle of next year and this will likely negatively impact U.S. sales to foreign customers,” said a Boeing statement. “We will continue to press Congress for a multi-year reauthorization of Ex-Im.” While the extension preserves the bank’s ability to continue…
  • Updated: Vulcan's plan for controversial Lakefront Blocks project (slideshow)

    Marc Stiles
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Vulcan on Wednesday will give the public the first look of a residential tower it wants to build in the South Lake Union area. In addition, the company and its design team from Runberg Architecture Group on this project will show off updated designs for two other residential towers to the west. A city of Seattle board will review the renderings for all towers starting at 6:30 p.m. at Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 First Ave. W. Together the three towers comprise the Lakefront Blocks project…
  • Seattle company backs breakthrough LNG ship engine installation

    Steve Wilhelm
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    A just-installed liquefied natural gas ship engine – which, at 539 tons, is among the largest in the world – is propelling a Seattle-based maritime company into a new world of emissions reductions. While the engine will provide service in the Caribbean, and the ship is being assembled in San Diego, the project is being financed by Seattle-based Saltchuk, a $3 billion maritime conglomerate that operates a range of maritime companies around North America. The project makes Saltchuk among the…
  • Gerding Edlen aims for $500M payoff on apartment portfolio

    Wendy Culverwell
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
    One of Portland's most storied developers is poised to cash in on its bold recession-era bet that broken projects in great cities would yield big dividends. Real Estate Alert reports Gerding Edlen has hired CBRE to market a 788-unit apartment portfolio that includes projects in prime locations in Boston, Seattle, San Francisco and the Redondo Beach area of Los Angeles. In Seattle, Gerding Edlen is offering the 120-unit Pine & Minor at 1551 Minor Ave. in the Capital Hill neighborhood and the 118-unit…
 
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  • Miami-based Net Element has wild ride on NASDAQ

    Celia Ampel
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Miami company Net Element had a roller coaster day on the stock market Wednesday, with more than 28 million shares trading hands. The mobile payment and transaction firm (NASDAQ: NETE) saw stock prices rise nearly 65 percent to $4.28 from yesterday’s closing price of $2.60. By 4 p.m. Eastern, prices had settled at $2.98. Net Element’s skyrocketing stock prices came after the company announced it would use Apple’s new mobile payment system, Apple Pay. The company saw its stock plummet almost…
  • 5 data security tips for healthcare providers

    Celia Ampel
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Barbara Vaigauskaite sees some pretty silly mistakes when she visits healthcare providers to make sure patients’ electronic records are secure. Sometimes doctors’ offices will write passwords on a Post-It note and stick it on the computer monitor, the president of Hollywood IT provider CMIT Solutions said. “What is the point of a password then, if it’s visible to everyone?” Vaigauskaite said. RELATED CONTENT: Critical Conversations in Health Care As penalties increase for care providers…
  • 5 ways to make your business more transgender friendly

    Emon Reiser
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    As Broward County welcomes one of the largest transgender conferences to South Florida, local government and businesses discussed how they can provide the best "Southern" hospitality in a session Monday. Representatives from the Southern Comfort Conference, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau and LGBT consumer research firm Community Marketing & Insights shared the biggest concerns of the transgender community when traveling and how restaurants, hotels and retailers can best accommodate…
  • Property in Miami’s Edgewater sells for 74% premium

    Brian Bandell
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    A property in Miami’s fast growing Edgewater neighborhood sold for a 74 percent premium to its last price to a developer who is piecing together neighboring sites. The 43,133-square-foot site at 3333 Biscayne Blvd. and 32 N.E. 34th Street, which includes a 3,293-square-foot Wendy’s restaurant, was sold for $12.5 million by Miami-based BE 33 LLC. The seller, managed by Irene Arditi, paid $7.2 million for the property in 2006. It was purchased by Key Biscayne-based 1031 Miami Sunrise Holdings.…
  • Miami nursery: Proposed pot law favors out-of-state businesses

    Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    Almost before the ink was dry, the state's largest nursery is protesting a rule floated by health regulators setting up the framework for Florida's new medical-marijuana industry. Miami-based Costa Farms filed a challenge Monday in the state Division of Administrative Hearings, questioning the proposed use of a lottery to pick five licensees — one in each region of the state — to grow, process and distribute the non-euphoric strains of cannabis legalized by the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott…
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  • Eisenhower Commission decision delayed until Sept. 24

    Daniel J. Sernovitz
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:18 pm
    The Eisenhower Memorial Commission delayed a decision Wednesday on a path forward for the proposed memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower because it lacked a quorum. At issue: Whether to present a revised version of the design unveiled in September from architect Frank Gehry or choose instead to go with a recent proposal to strip away major elements of his design — controversial 80-foot columns and metal tapestries — and present the remaining elements to the National Capital Planning Commission. The…
  • Will there be a food fight in Capitol Riverfront as vegans, bacon lovers converge?

    Rebecca Cooper
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:06 pm
    The dueling bacon and vegan festivals near Nationals Park this weekend feel like an artisanal altercation waiting to happen. Yes, a bacon festival. And a vegan and vegetarian food festival. On the same day. Two blocks away from each other. The mascot fight potential is endless. I’m picturing a carrot mascot and a guy in a slice of bacon costume coming to blows only to end in a life-sized bacon-wrapped carrot. (Note to self, must try bacon wrapped carrots, as they would probably be delicious.) D.C.…
  • Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf likes direction of U.S. economy, but 'it's not a full recovery'

    Mark Holan
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf said he generally likes the post-recession direction of the national economy, but he still has concerns about the housing market. That remains a big part of his company's business. "It doesn't feel like a full recovery," Stempf said during a Wednesday luncheon address at the National Press Club. "There are mixed messages. ... But I am bullish about the longterm picture." He said the domestic energy, auto sales and the tech sectors are doing very well. Yet mortgage lending…
  • The five most Steve Case tweets from Steve Case's Forbes chat

    Bill Flook
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Steve Case spent an hour Wednesday afternoon dispensing some very Steve Case advice, as transcribed by Forbes, ahead of the Magazine's "Under 30 Summit" in Philadelphia next month. The chat was one part American-history-as-startup lesson, one part non-specific company-building wisdom, one part "hang in there, baby!" inspirational cat poster. It's tough to get granular at 140 characters. Case, founder of D.C.-based Revolution LLC, is the only, or maybe one of the only, investors in D.C. who could…
  • Del Frisco’s envisions more Del Frisco’s Grilles, starting with Northern Virginia

    Rebecca Cooper
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Del Frisco’s CEO Mark Mednansky has been passing through D.C. quite a bit in recent weeks, and not just because his Dallas-based company is about to open the city’s swankiest new steakhouse, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle. He’s also been looking at potential sites for new locations of Del Frisco’s Grille, the brand’s more casual spot that first entered the market in 2012 and will open a second location next week in Rockville’s Pike & Rose development. Northern Virginia is top of mind.…
 
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  • Sears to close Towne West store, auto center in December

    Emily Behlmann
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
    The Sears store and Sears Auto Center in Towne West Square mall, which together employ 103 people, will close in early December. Howard Riefs, director of corporate public relations for Sears Holdings, confirmed the company’s plans on Wednesday, saying this and other closures “are part of a series of actions we’re taking to reduce on-going expenses, adjust our asset base, and accelerate the transformation of our business model.” Sears had said previously that it expected to close at least…
  • With county funding secured, Sedgwick County Zoo starting construction on $10.5M elephant exhibit this year

    Josh Heck
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    The Sedgwick County Zoo may start construction on a new elephant exhibit yet this year. Gayle Malone, a zoo board member who is part of the organization’s fundraising team, tells me the zoo has raised $4.3 million in private donations over the past year to go toward the $10.5 million project. She says the zoo still needs to raise another $1 million for the project to be fully funded. She anticipates construction on the project will still be able to start, despite having some money yet to raise. The…
  • Ambassador Hotel lands only AAA Four Diamond rating in Kansas

    Bill Wilson
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Inspectors for AAA have designated Wichita’s Ambassador Hotel at Douglas and Broadway as a Four Diamond property, the only hotel in Kansas to receive the rating. According to AAA, the rating ranks the Wichita Ambassador among only 5.3 percent of the more than 29,000 hotels approved by AAA inspectors. Such hotels are required to be “refined and stylish with upscale physical attributes that reflect enhanced quality throughout,” AAA says, and offer “extensive amenities and a high degree of…
  • Site prep for new Southeast High to start later this month

    Josh Heck
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Site work for a new Southeast High School is expected to begin later this month. Momentum for Wichita USD 259’s plan to construct a new high school near 127th Street East and Pawnee has been building in recent weeks. The district has scheduled a formal groundbreaking ceremony for 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at 12301 E. Pawnee. That will mark the beginning of one of the most anticipated projects of the district’s 2008 bond issue. Earlier this month, the USD 259 Wichita Board of Education approved a $1.1…
  • This Nike-inspired aircraft interior is now on my wish list

    Daniel McCoy
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Nike has long been known for making sure athletes have solid footing when they compete. Now, the athletic-apparel giant is thinking about how to take care of athletes in the air. Design firm Teague has teamed with Nike to create the interior of the “Athlete’s Plane.” The idea was to create an air travel experience for athletes that helps negate some of the hindrances typical of air travel. As Teague calls it, the plane is a “home-team advantage at 40,000 feet.” While it isn’t in…
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