Business

WCDA: Local housing market challenging for young people

March 26, 2013

SHERIDAN — New figures from the Wyoming Community Development Association suggest that Sheridan County’s rapidly aging population is making it difficult for younger people to gain a foothold in the area’s housing market. While Wyoming’s market remains generally favorable to buyers, affordable housing is harder to come by in Sheridan County than in much of Read More

three free workshops Sat.

SHERIDAN — Landon’s Greenhouse and Nursery invites the public to three free workshops Saturday.The day will start at 8:30 a.m. with “Plotting the Veggie Garden: Companion Planting, Raised Beds and More.” Janelle Gray and Phil Gilmore will explain the many styles of vegetable gardens including raised beds, vertical and square foot gardening. Plant placement for Read More

British teen entrepreneur strikes deal with Yahoo

LONDON (AP) — One of Britain’s youngest Internet entrepreneurs has hit the jackpot after selling his top-selling mobile application Summly to search giant Yahoo. Seventeen-year-old Nick d’Aloisio, who dreamed up the idea for the content-shortening program when he was studying for his exams, said he was surprised by the deal. As with its other recent Read More

Investment orders drop in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. orders for long-lasting goods that signal business investment plans fell in February by the largest amount in seven months, although the decline followed a strong month in January and may prove to be a temporary setback.The Commerce Department says orders for core capital goods declined 2.7 percent in February. Demand weakened Read More

T-Mobile gets rid of contracts for cellphones

March 25, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile USA, the struggling No. 4 cellphone company, is ditching plans centered on familiar two-year contracts in favor of selling phones on installment plans. T-Mobile is the first major U.S. carrier to break from the contract model. The company changed its website over the weekend to begin selling the new plans. Read More

Brother of NY hedge fund founder pleads not guilty

NEW YORK (AP) — The brother of a jailed one-time billionaire hedge fund boss pleaded not guilty to federal fraud charges Monday after rushing from his Brazil home to the United States upon learning last week that he was swept up in a massive insider trading prosecution.Rengan Rajaratnam, 42, “dropped everything and headed to the Read More

FCC Chairman Genachowski to step down

March 22, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, on Friday announced his resignation in the “coming weeks.” The country’s top telecommunications regulator told a staff meeting of his decision Friday morning. His impending departure was reported Thursday by several news outlets.

Ga. lawmakers OK crackdown on so-called pill mills

March 21, 2013

ATLANTA (AP) — As Southern states cracked down on so-called pill mills, Georgia’s lax regulation made it a magnet for clinics known for prescribing powerful painkillers to drug dealers and addicts for an illicit high. The dozens of pain clinics across Georgia that authorities believe are illegally prescribing or dispensing the drugs often have parking Read More

Ky. court disbars class-action specialist Chesley

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An Ohio attorney known as the godfather of the modern class-action lawsuit was disbarred Thursday by the Kentucky Supreme Court, which said Stanley Chesley acted unethically in a $200 million settlement involving the makers of the diet drug fen-phen. The high court concluded that Chesley, who was based in Cincinnati, crossed Read More

Report: Jobs picture for veterans improved in 2012

March 20, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — The jobs picture for the nation’s veterans improved significantly last year, particularly for those who have served since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Labor Department said Wednesday. The annual report from the Bureau of Labor Statics shows that the unemployment rate for the latest generation of veterans fell from 12. 1 Read More

HP to face testy shareholders at annual meeting

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co.’s annual meeting will give shareholders an opportunity to vent their frustration over the personal computer maker’s botched acquisitions and other follies that have been plaguing the Silicon Valley pioneer for several years. The meeting, scheduled to be held Wednesday afternoon at a personal computer museum in Mountain View, Calif., Read More

US to revise cigarette warning labels

March 19, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The U.S. government is abandoning a legal battle to require that cigarette packs carry a set of large and often macabre warning labels depicting the dangers of smoking and encouraging smokers to quit. Instead, the Food and Drug Administration will go back to the drawing board and create labels to replace Read More

Judges asked to rule on warrantless GPS tracking

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court was asked Tuesday to decide whether the government must obtain a warrant before placing a GPS tracker on a suspect’s car. The case before the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia involves three brothers suspected of robbing several pharmacies. Authorities placed a GPS device on their Read More

Landon’s holding free workshops Sat. and March 26

SHERIDAN — Landon’s Greenhouse and Nursery invites the public to free workshops Saturday and March 26 at Landon’s, 505 College Meadow Drive. At 10 a.m. Landon’s will present “Orchids — the Ultimate Houseplant.” Stan Gordon of Fantasy Orchids will offer advice on how to bring a taste of the tropics into your home. He will Read More

Chamber committee offering drug-free workplace training

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Development Committee is offering supervisors’ training to help businesses establish policies for maintaining a drug-free workplace and identifying substance use and abuse in the workplace. This free training is a great way to see how a drug-free workplace policy could benefit your organization.

Chamber accepting nominations for REACH awards

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce and Sheridan Travel and Tourism are encouraging local nominations for Wyoming’s third annual Rare and Exceptional Achievement for Customer Service and Hospitality awards. The Wyoming Office of Tourism is accepting nominations through April 2.The four nomination categories for 2012 are customer service organization of the year, customer Read More

BeneTerra garners ‘Company of the Year’ award

SHERIDAN — Sheridan-based BeneTerra was selected as one of six finalists for the Rocky Mountain Region Water Management Company of the Year Award and ultimately named the 2012 Water Management Company of the Year at the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Awards ceremony held earlier this month in Denver. The award recognizes organizations that provide Read More

Taking the bite out of budget cuts

SHERIDAN — The board of directors of the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce is expected to consider this week whether to contribute money to an effort aimed at offsetting federal budget cuts that stand to threaten tourism in Wyoming. An initiative headed up by the Cody Chamber of Commerce and supported by several statewide organizations Read More

NYC plan would keep tobacco products out of sight

March 18, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — A new proposal would require New York City retailers to keep tobacco products out of sight under a first-in-the-nation proposal aimed at reducing the youth smoking rate, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday. The legislation would require stores to keep tobacco products in cabinets, drawers, under the counter, behind a curtain or Read More

Man gets over 3 years in iPad data breach case

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An admitted online “troll” was sentenced Monday to the maximum prison term under federal guidelines — more than three years — for illegally gaining access to AT&T’s servers and stealing more than 100,000 email addresses of iPad users. Dozens of Andrew Auernheimer’s supporters packed the hearing, and clapped when he made Read More

Boeing boosted CEO’s 2012 pay 15 percent

March 16, 2013

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney’s compensation rose 15 percent last year to $21.1 million, as the company rewarded him for better-than-expected profits and faster airplane production. McNerney’s pay was disclosed in a regulatory filing Friday and analyzed by The Associated Press. It covered 2012, before problems emerged with Boeing’s new 787 that have grounded the plane Read More

Boss at ailing Calif. nuke plant made $2M in 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The top executive overseeing the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant on the California coast received compensation valued at nearly $2 million last year, according to a regulatory filing released Friday. The seaside reactors between San Diego and Los Angeles haven’t produced electricity since January 2012, when a tiny radiation leak Read More

House passes GOP bill to streamline job training

March 15, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided House on Friday passed Republican legislation that would end or consolidate dozens of duplicative job training programs with the objective of making it easier for people to gain the skills they need in a changing job market. It’s a goal that President Barack Obama says he shares while disagreeing with Read More

Ex-JPMorgan exec says Dimon withheld data from US

WASHINGTON (AP) — JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon held back showing federal regulators reports in May that revealed the bank had accumulated billions of dollars in trading losses, according to congressional testimony Friday from the firm’s former chief financial officer. Douglas Braunstein, who is now a vice chairman at the bank, told the Senate Permanent Read More

Maine school laptop contract to be open to others

March 14, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The only state to provide laptops to public school students statewide said Thursday the contract it’s negotiating for new devices can be used by other states if they’re interested in following suit. Maine has zeroed in on five different laptops and tablets as it prepares to replace more than 35,000 Apple Read More

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