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How the Pandemic Is Shaping Policies for Smoke-Free Air in Casinos
Health
How the Pandemic Is Shaping Policies for Smoke-Free Air in Casinos
2021-05-05 14:08:35
by Alexa Hornbeck

Nathan Moose, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, developed permanent lung damage equivalent to that of a heavy smoker, despite never having smoked a day in his life.   Moose was an employee of a casino for 11 years that... Read More

$28.6 Billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund Open for Enrollment
Business
$28.6 Billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund Open for Enrollment
2021-05-03 21:38:37
by Reece Nations

The Small Business Administration began accepting applications on Monday for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, a program authorized in March by the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act. To receive funding, businesses must submit their application to the SBA on... Read More

Dairy Farmer Groups Launch Bid for Better Post-Pandemic Milk Pricing
Agriculture
Dairy Farmer Groups Launch Bid for Better Post-Pandemic Milk Pricing
2021-04-28 15:20:00
by Dan McCue

Four Midwestern dairy groups who saw their revenues plummet as a result of the coronavirus pandemic have proposed a new pricing plan they hope will create greater long-term stability in fluid milk pricing and reduce the chance of similar income... Read More

DC Attorney General’s Lawsuit Says Baby Food Maker Misled
Health
DC Attorney General’s Lawsuit Says Baby Food Maker Misled
2021-04-26 15:47:21
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Washington, D.C.’s attorney general sued baby food maker Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp. this week with claims the company misled consumers by failing to disclose toxic metals in its food. The lawsuit filed in District of Columbia Superior Court incorporates... Read More

Lower Employment Figures Spur Concern for Airline Industry
Travel
Lower Employment Figures Spur Concern for Airline Industry
2021-04-19 20:07:32
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — As the industry continues to rally back from the lifting of pandemic travel restrictions, some passenger airline companies are still struggling to retain full-time employees. February employment figures for airlines were down nearly 1% from January, according to... Read More

Warren Buffett Joins Effort by Corporate America to Condemn Voting Restrictions
Political News
Warren Buffett Joins Effort by Corporate America to Condemn Voting Restrictions
2021-04-18 11:57:52
by Dan McCue

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett joined hundreds of other capitalists and corporate titans in signing an open letter condeming “discrimnatory” legislation designed to curtail voting rights. The letter, which appeared under the headline “We Stand for Democracy,” appeared as a double-page,... Read More

Disease Experts Look to the End Of Pandemic But Aren't Sure When
Health
Disease Experts Look to the End Of Pandemic But Aren't Sure When
2021-04-16 13:25:59
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- As the U.S. death toll reached 564,000 from COVID-19, the nation’s top disease experts said Thursday normal life will return for Americans only when enough of them get vaccinated. But with more than 70,000 new infections daily, they... Read More

The Risky Business of Employee-Ownership
Business
The Risky Business of Employee-Ownership
2021-04-15 21:42:54
by Victoria Turner

Employee Stock Ownership Plans, like other employee-ownership plans, have gotten much more attention lately due to the impact of the COVID-induced recession. This is because employee-owned firms tend to have more financial stability, fewer layoffs and higher survival rates, particularly... Read More

‘People can’t buy what can’t be delivered’: Addressing Global Supply Chain Vulnerabilities
Economy
‘People can’t buy what can’t be delivered’: Addressing Global Supply Chain Vulnerabilities
2021-04-14 13:52:27
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — We all remember last year’s short-term stampede for toilet paper. But while stores were able to eventually restock personal products and cleaning supplies, will we be able to do the same with a shortage of semiconductors and other... Read More

U.S. Airline Struggles Continue a Year After Onset of Pandemic
Travel
U.S. Airline Struggles Continue a Year After Onset of Pandemic
2021-04-13 18:08:10
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - U.S. airlines carried 61% fewer passengers in February 2021 than in February 2020, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Transportation Department. The analysis, which was carried out by the department's Bureau of Transportation Statistics, suggests airlines serving... Read More

Boeing Resumes 787 Dreamliner Deliveries
Aviation
Boeing Resumes 787 Dreamliner Deliveries
2021-04-13 15:01:55
by TWN Staff

Boeing's massive aircraft assembly facility in North Charleston, S.C. has resumed deliveries of the aerospace giant's 787 Dreamliner passenger jet, after the discovery of structural flaws in some of the planes led to five months of engineering analysis and inspection... Read More

Business Faces Tricky Path Navigating Post-Trump Politics
Political News
Business Faces Tricky Path Navigating Post-Trump Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — For more than a half-century, the voice emerging from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's monolithic, Beaux Arts-styled building near the White House was predictable: It was the embodiment of American business and, more specifically, a shared set... Read More

Norwegian‌ ‌Airline‌ ‌Opposed‌ ‌Over‌ ‌Low-Budget‌ ‌Business‌ ‌Model‌
Travel
Norwegian‌ ‌Airline‌ ‌Opposed‌ ‌Over‌ ‌Low-Budget‌ ‌Business‌ ‌Model‌
2021-04-12 16:24:20
by Tom Ramstack

A startup airline based in Norway is running into opposition from a leading U.S. congressman on transportation policy over its plan to expand into the United States. The issue is its “flag of convenience” business plan. The startup, called Norse... Read More

Amazon Survives Drive to Unionize Plant in Alabama
Labor
Amazon Survives Drive to Unionize Plant in Alabama
2021-04-09 20:27:00
by Dan McCue

Amazon appears to have enough votes to thwart an effort to unionize its warehouse in Bessemer, Ala.  By Friday afternoon, the company had crossed the threshold to secure a majority of votes, with 1,700 warehouse workers voting against the union... Read More

‘Devil is in the Details’ of Corporate Tax Reform
Business
‘Devil is in the Details’ of Corporate Tax Reform
2021-04-09 14:32:23
by Victoria Turner

Just as corporations and tax practitioners are beginning to adjust to the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Biden administration’s proposed changes would introduce further complexities into an already complicated system, according to three U.S.-based tax attorneys. Biden’s proposal... Read More

States Likely to Determine COVID-Related Workers’ Comp
Employment
States Likely to Determine COVID-Related Workers’ Comp
2021-04-08 14:57:28
by Victoria Turner

When James Reidy worked at the Labor Department in the 1980s, processing worker compensation claims from asbestos exposure in shipyards, he found that many of the cases stalled over the question of causation. The workers had been exposed to asbestos... Read More

ESG Definitions and Standards Currently ‘A Little Bit of the Wild Wild West’
Think Tanks
ESG Definitions and Standards Currently ‘A Little Bit of the Wild Wild West’
2021-04-01 13:32:35
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance are three central factors that shareholders are increasingly using to measure the sustainability and societal impact of their investments in companies or businesses. But there continues to be a range of opinions on... Read More

FTC Announces Reorganization to Make Rules Against Deceptive Businesses
Business
FTC Announces Reorganization to Make Rules Against Deceptive Businesses
2021-03-30 13:26:56
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission is organizing a new rulemaking office to coordinate its efforts against what it calls deceptive business practices. The agency’s chairwoman described the reorganization as the start of a more aggressive campaign to protect consumers... Read More

Report: Companies Face a New Era of Scrutiny on Political Activity
Business
Report: Companies Face a New Era of Scrutiny on Political Activity
2021-03-29 13:17:36
by TWN Staff

Companies are facing ever-greater scrutiny of their political activities, with some of America's biggest businesses still grappling with a response to January’s Capitol riot. As companies reevaluate their role in the political sphere, a new report by The Conference Board... Read More

COVID-19 Sniffing Dogs Are Here To Stay, But Will They Make A Difference?
Health
COVID-19 Sniffing Dogs Are Here To Stay, But Will They Make A Difference?
2021-03-24 13:07:39
by Daniel Mollenkamp

ATLANTA - On Sunday, NASCAR joined the list of places using coronavirus-sniffing dogs as a tool to battle the virus's spread. The dogs can be taught to speedily screen large, busy crowds. This, together with the low cost involved in... Read More

High Court Won’t Wade Into Undersea Monument Case
Supreme Court
High Court Won’t Wade Into Undersea Monument Case
2021-03-22 15:55:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider whether the Obama Administration overstepped its authority in designating nearly 5,000 undersea acres off the Massachusetts coast a national monument, but Chief Justice John Roberts suggested it may be... Read More

Supply Bottlenecks Leave Ships Stranded, Businesses Stymied
Economy
Supply Bottlenecks Leave Ships Stranded, Businesses Stymied

NEW YORK (AP) — A trade bottleneck born of the COVID-19 outbreak has U.S. businesses anxiously awaiting goods from Asia — while off the coast of California, dozens of container ships sit anchored, unable to unload their cargo.  The pandemic... Read More

Whiskey Makers Face Worsening Hangover From Trade Dispute
Trade
Whiskey Makers Face Worsening Hangover From Trade Dispute

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A hangover from Trump-era tariff disputes could become even more painful for American whiskey distillers unless their entanglement in a trans-Atlantic trade fight is resolved soon. Bourbon, Tennessee whiskey and rye whiskey were left out of... Read More

Chicago Expanding Outdoor Dining and Creative Spaces
Cities
Chicago Expanding Outdoor Dining and Creative Spaces
2021-03-19 20:14:26
by Sara Wilkerson

CHICAGO – The City of Chicago announced a new initiative called Chicago Alfresco, which seeks to not only expand the city’s outdoor dining program but also allow businesses and non-profit organizations to design creative long-term outdoor spaces. The initiative is... Read More

Amazon Jumps Into Health Care With Telemedicine Initiative
Health
Amazon Jumps Into Health Care With Telemedicine Initiative

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Amazon is making its first foray into providing health care services, announcing Wednesday that it will be offering its Amazon Care telemedicine program to employers nationwide. Currently available to the company's employees in Washington state,... Read More

State Department Continues to Advise Against International Travel
Travel
State Department Continues to Advise Against International Travel
2021-03-15 13:28:27
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — COVID-19 has caused colossal damage to the U.S. travel industry, grounding airlines, emptying hotels, and stopping almost all business and leisure travel for months. The State Department isn’t suggesting this will change any time soon. In a discussion... Read More

FCC Targets Five Chinese Telecoms as Threat to National Security
Technology
FCC Targets Five Chinese Telecoms as Threat to National Security
2021-03-12 18:36:55
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Five Chinese companies are producing telecommunications equipment and services that pose "an unacceptable risk" to national security and the security and safety of U.S. citizens, the Federal Communications Commission announced Friday. The companies include Huawei Technologies Co., ZTE... Read More

Railroads Want in on Biden’s $2 Trillion Infrastructure Proposal
Infrastructure
Railroads Want in on Biden’s $2 Trillion Infrastructure Proposal
2021-03-11 17:14:19
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The railroad industry moved closer Wednesday to becoming a big winner in President Joe Biden’s environmentally friendly policies. A House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee weighed options during a hearing on which passenger and freight railroad projects should get... Read More

From Job Cuts to Online Commerce, Virus Reshaped US Economy
Economy
From Job Cuts to Online Commerce, Virus Reshaped US Economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — At first, it was expected to be brief. At least that was the hope.  Instead, a once-in-a-century pandemic has ground on for a year, throwing millions out of work and upending wide swathes of the American economy.... Read More

Face Masks Are Piling Up In Warehouses, Indy Makers Say
Health
Face Masks Are Piling Up In Warehouses, Indy Makers Say
2021-03-04 20:54:19
by Dan McCue

AUSTIN, Texas – It was a dire situation that Lloyd Armbrust can almost laugh about now.  A global pandemic had swept across the United States, a baby was on the way, and Armbrust, hard as he tried, could not find... Read More

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