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Electrify America to Double EV Charging Stations by 2025
Infrastructure
Electrify America to Double EV Charging Stations by 2025

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Electrify America, an electric vehicle charging network funded with money paid by Volkswagen as punishment for its emissions cheating scandal, says it plans to more than double its number of charging stations throughout the United... Read More

Court Blocks Order Lifting CDC Virus Rules on Cruise Ships
Tourism
Court Blocks Order Lifting CDC Virus Rules on Cruise Ships

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Pandemic restrictions on Florida-based cruise ships will remain in place after a federal appeals court temporarily blocked a previous ruling that sided with a Florida lawsuit challenging the regulations. The one-paragraph decision by a three-judge... Read More

Congress Searches for Way to Make Supply Chains Resilient
Economy
Congress Searches for Way to Make Supply Chains Resilient
2021-07-15 20:29:05
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Senate continued its search Thursday for ways to prevent the kind of devastation brought to U.S. supply chains by COVID-19. Industry executives told a Senate panel the pandemic exposed U.S. dependence on foreign suppliers to keep the... Read More

House Subcommittee Considers Increase of Incentives for Small Business Accelerators
Congress
House Subcommittee Considers Increase of Incentives for Small Business Accelerators
2021-07-15 12:59:25
by Victoria Turner

When Foster Care Technologies created an algorithm to match foster children with foster parents, the University of Kansas’ Innovation Park was able to assist the non-profit agency’s creation and management of the Every Child A Priority software platform. Now, this... Read More

Small Business Advocates Plead for Help Recovering from the Pandemic
Congress
Small Business Advocates Plead for Help Recovering from the Pandemic
2021-07-14 14:31:03
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress threw their support Tuesday behind President Joe Biden’s goal of helping small and rural businesses but with different perspectives on how to achieve it. Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, suggested that Congress provide a dedicated source... Read More

Explainer: Where are America’s Workers?
Employment
Explainer: Where are America’s Workers?
2021-07-12 16:05:13
by Brock Blasdell

As the American economic engines churn back to life, one major hurdle stands in the way of our market renaissance - labor. Businesses, especially low wage, low skill businesses, are having a difficult time finding people to work for them. ... Read More

Musk Under Fire Again: CEO to Testify Over Tesla Acquisition
Business
Musk Under Fire Again: CEO to Testify Over Tesla Acquisition

In the runup to Tesla Inc.'s 2016 acquisition of a company called SolarCity, Elon Musk hailed the deal as a "no brainer" — a purchase that would combine the leading maker of electric vehicles with a manufacturer of solar panels... Read More

Business Groups Push Back Against Sweeping EO Aimed At Curbing Corporate Power
White House
Business Groups Push Back Against Sweeping EO Aimed At Curbing Corporate Power
2021-07-10 15:48:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Business groups are pushing back this weekend against a sweeping executive order signed by President Joe Biden on Friday intended to curb anti-competitive practice in tech, telecom and other business sectors. Executive Order 14036, also known by its... Read More

Pfizer to Seek OK for 3rd Vaccine Dose; Shots Still Protect
Health
Pfizer to Seek OK for 3rd Vaccine Dose; Shots Still Protect

Pfizer is about to seek U.S. authorization for a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine, saying Thursday that another shot within 12 months could dramatically boost immunity and maybe help ward off the latest worrisome coronavirus mutant. Research from multiple... Read More

Attorneys General Sue Google For Anticompetitive Practices
Antitrust
Attorneys General Sue Google For Anticompetitive Practices

Attorneys general from 36 states and Washington, D.C., hit Google LLC with yet another antitrust lawsuit Wednesday, accusing the company of unfair business tactics to monopolize sales of apps used on Android phones.  The lawsuit says Google bought off competitors... Read More

Biden: US Damage Appears Minimal in Big Ransomware Attack
Cybercrime
Biden: US Damage Appears Minimal in Big Ransomware Attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that damage to U.S. businesses in the biggest ransomware attack on record appears minimal, though information remained incomplete. The company whose software was exploited said fewer than 1,500 businesses worldwide appeared compromised... Read More

Record High Confidence Levels Wane for Agricultural Producers
Agriculture
Record High Confidence Levels Wane for Agricultural Producers
2021-07-07 16:13:34
by Brock Blasdell

An Ag Economy Barometer report published Tuesday found a 21-point decline in the confidence of food producers in the United States for June. This solidifies a second month of waning optimism from record highs set earlier in 2021, and indicates... Read More

As Employers Struggle to Fill Jobs, Teens Come to the Rescue
Employment
As Employers Struggle to Fill Jobs, Teens Come to the Rescue

WASHINGTON (AP) — The owners of restaurants, amusement parks and retail shops, many of them desperate for workers, are sounding an unusual note of gratitude this summer: Thank goodness for teenagers. As the U.S. economy bounds back with unexpected speed... Read More

Movie Theaters Slowly Recovering From Pandemic Closures
Entertainment
Movie Theaters Slowly Recovering From Pandemic Closures
2021-07-06 17:59:25
by Dan McCue

Movie theaters are seeing a slow uptick in their business as summer and reopenings continue, but the box office take for 2021 to date is still 81% below where it was pre-pandemic, according to analysis by Variety magazine. Though the... Read More

Turning Risk into Opportunity as Businesses Grapple with Social Upheaval
Business
Turning Risk into Opportunity as Businesses Grapple with Social Upheaval
2021-07-01 15:01:16
by Dan McCue

As social justice incidents and general discord and divisiveness across society have increased, a growing number of companies are feeling pressure both from their employees and their customers to take a stand and provide leadership. It’s not enough to issue... Read More

National Press Club Discusses Best Practices for COVID-Safe Workplaces
Business
National Press Club Discusses Best Practices for COVID-Safe Workplaces
2021-06-30 20:26:19
by Alexa Hornbeck

The National Press Club held an event this week to explore some of the key factors relating to safety and security as more employees head back to the workplace. “The new world post pandemic is all about flexibility, but now... Read More

South Carolina Governor Signs Bill to Protect Small Businesses
In The States
South Carolina Governor Signs Bill to Protect Small Businesses
2021-06-29 13:18:25
by Ansley Puckett

COLUMBIA, S.C.- South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed a bill on June 24 that protects small businesses from COVID-related lawsuits.   The South Carolina COVID-19 Liability Safe Harbor Act provides legal immunity to businesses, health care facilities and state agencies that... Read More

Bipartisan Report Says Sourcing Small Businesses for Government Contracts is Step Forward
Business
Bipartisan Report Says Sourcing Small Businesses for Government Contracts is Step Forward
2021-06-28 19:35:33
by Brock Blasdell

The Bipartisan Policy Center, in conjunction with Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses Voices and Center Forward, have published a policy report favoring measures taken by the Biden administration to support small businesses during America’s economic recovery.  The report praises the... Read More

Consistently Teaching Employees New Skills Enhances Loyalty, New Report Shows
Future of Work
Consistently Teaching Employees New Skills Enhances Loyalty, New Report Shows
2021-06-28 15:01:39
by Dan McCue

Programs that teach employees a new skill - whether it's something additional to better perform a current role, or a new set of capabilities to prepare someone for a different role, will be a key component in competing for the... Read More

From Biden to Congress, Big Tech is Under Mounting Pressure
Antitrust
From Biden to Congress, Big Tech is Under Mounting Pressure

WASHINGTON (AP) — Without speaking a word or scratching a pen across paper, President Joe Biden drove up the pressure on Big Tech companies already smarting under federal and congressional investigations, epic antitrust lawsuits and near-constant condemnation from politicians of... Read More

SBA Chief Says Ensuring Equity Critical to Success of COVID Relief Program
Business
SBA Chief Says Ensuring Equity Critical to Success of COVID Relief Program
2021-06-22 21:27:29
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — While much good came from the COVID relief funds doled out by the Small Business Administration as the pandemic ran its course time has shown that certain businesses -- particularly those owned by women and minorities -- went... Read More

American Powered Air-Purifying Respirators Set New Standard
Health
American Powered Air-Purifying Respirators Set New Standard
2021-06-18 15:56:40
by Reece Nations

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it became clear that the nation’s manufacturing capabilities were ill-prepared to respond to the urgent needs of the medical community. As the pandemic’s scope progressed, so did China’s chokehold on supplying countries with... Read More

Biden Moves to End Long-running Boeing, Airbus Dispute
Business
Biden Moves to End Long-running Boeing, Airbus Dispute
2021-06-15 14:58:38
by Dan McCue

President Joe Biden on Tuesday moved to end a 17-year dispute with the European Union over how big a government subsidy each can provide to its major aircraft manufacturer. That’s Boeing in the case of the U.S.; Airbus in the... Read More

Bipartisan Antitrust Package Seeks to Rein in Tech Giants
Congress
Bipartisan Antitrust Package Seeks to Rein in Tech Giants
2021-06-11 19:58:30
by Dan McCue

House lawmakers on Friday introduced sweeping antitrust legislation aimed at restraining the power of large tech companies and preventing corporate consolidation across the economy. Introduced by Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Antitrust Subcommittee Ranking Member Ken Buck, R-Colo.,... Read More

Kansas Receives Gold Shovel Award
Economy
Kansas Receives Gold Shovel Award
2021-06-11 14:28:28
by Brock Blasdell

The state of Kansas has been awarded Area Development Magazine’s prestigious Gold Shovel award in recognition of its successful year attracting high-value business investment. Over $6 billion in new business dollars and more than 26 thousand jobs have been created... Read More

Retail Panelists Discuss Inclusivity Inside and Outside Their Organizations
Business
Retail Panelists Discuss Inclusivity Inside and Outside Their Organizations
2021-06-11 14:20:17
by Ansley Puckett

Open to All and Yelp hosted a panel with leaders from Gap, H&M and The Body Shop to discuss ways to promote inclusivity on Thursday.  Executives with the companies discussed rainbow-washing and inclusivity that goes beyond Pride Month. Rainbow-washing is... Read More

Justices Reject Johnson & Johnson Bid to Overturn $2B Talc Verdict
Supreme Court
Justices Reject Johnson & Johnson Bid to Overturn $2B Talc Verdict
2021-06-10 11:24:56
by TWN Staff

The Supreme Court this week decided to leave in place a $2 billion verdict in favor of women who claim they developed ovarian cancer from using Johnson & Johnson talc products. As is their custom, the justices did not comment Tuesday on... Read More

Ohio AG Yost Sues Google
In The States
Ohio AG Yost Sues Google
2021-06-09 17:16:55
by Victoria Turner

COLUMBUS, Ohio - As Congress continues to grapple with whether high-speed internet should be considered essential infrastructure, as important as water and electricity, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost took an unprecedented step against Alphabet's Google yesterday. In what the AG's... Read More

Wedding Boom is On in US as Vendors Scramble to Keep Up
Business
Wedding Boom is On in US as Vendors Scramble to Keep Up

NEW YORK (AP) — Couples in the U.S. are racing to the altar in a vaccination-era wedding boom that has venues and other vendors in high demand. With restrictions on large gatherings loosening, wedding planners and others who make the... Read More

Senate Passes Bill to Boost US Tech Industry, Counter Rivals
Technology
Senate Passes Bill to Boost US Tech Industry, Counter Rivals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that aims to boost U.S. semiconductor production and the development of artificial intelligence and other technology in the face of growing international competition, most notably from China. The 68-32 vote... Read More

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