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Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Oct. 21
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Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Oct. 21

Apple sold 39 million iPhones last quarter, shattering last year’s sales. The technology company made $8.5 billion in profit, according to the New York Times, which was 13.3 percent higher than 2013’s fourth quarter earnings. Analysts point to Apple’s skyrocketing sales of its new iPhones as one of the major reasons for its success, as […]

Must Read Money Stories, Thursday Oct. 16
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Must Read Money Stories, Thursday Oct. 16

Global markets plummeted on Wednesday. Though Wall Street had a resurgence toward the end of the day, the Dow Jones industrial average dropped by 173.45 points yesterday. The dip came after a massive sell-off in Europe as the Eurozone continues to struggle. The New York Times says investors fear that governments don’t have the policy […]

Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Oct. 14
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Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Oct. 14

  Expect Nike to use Kevin Durant’s injury to its advantage. In September, Durant signed a 10-year $275 million contract with the Portland-based company and will now miss at least part of the 2014-15 season after fracturing his foot. Injuries and career setbacks haven’t stopped Nike and other apparel companies from making millions off of […]

Why aren't teens interested in driving?
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Why aren’t teens interested in driving?

The number of teens getting their licenses at age 16 is at one of its lowest points ever. But, you’d think that the sons and daughters of the men and women who work in the auto industry would buck the trend. That’s not the case, as I found out last week. I was honored to […]

Pile of old computers
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New gadgets mean more demands for smart e-waste recycling

Last week’s news that Apple will be launching a new iPhone 6 and an iPhone watch — as well as the less-festive flash that poor Amazon has had to cut the price of its sluggish selling Fire mobile phone to 99 cents (from about $200) — conjured up visions of mountains of older models tossed […]

Will Santa's sleigh be full of drones this year?
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Will Santa’s sleigh be full of drones this year?

OK, it’s the first week in August and I’m going to go on record as predicting one of the hot gifts of the coming holiday season:  Personal drones. In fact, for the selfie-obsessed who want to take it to the next level, there’s the just-out Air Dog, a drone that follows its owner everwhere, shooting […]

As highway fund is debated, how does the local business of road building fare?
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As highway fund is debated, how does the local business of road building fare?

The federal Highway Trust Fund is projected to run out of money on August 1.   Congress is as usual eschewing a long-term, sweeping vision in favor of a short-term patch.   According to Bloomberg, odds are that a House version of a transportation bill will make it to President Obama for signature. With looming funding issues, […]

Goodwill Store deals on 4th of July
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Fourth of July stories sparkle on any business beat

Already 2014 is about half over and the Fourth of July holiday is speeding toward us like a runaway locomotive.  It’s the make-it or break-it bellwether for many summer tourism businesses and particularly interesting this year because the Fourth falls on a Friday, making for an automatic three-day-weekend for many workers. According to Orbitz, many […]

Auto repair school
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Spotlight auto repair as a career path and a local economic indicator

Today kicks off Automotive Service Professionals Week, an industry observance that runs June 9-15, according to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). In light of last week’s monthly report on U.S. car sales – which in May reflected a sales pace not seen since before the recession, after nearly a decade of consumers […]