Business News

Subscribe to Business News feed Business News
Find the latest business news with reports on Wall Street, interest rates, banking, companies, and U.S. and world financial markets. Subscribe to the Business Story of the Day podcast.
Updated: 1 hour 31 min ago

Customer Dissatisfaction: The Fine Art Of The Funny Complaint

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

Anthony Matthews is a master of the consumer complaint, writing and collecting some of the best letters to customer service. Two of his tips for success: use humor and write a real, hard-copy letter.

» E-Mail This

Lego Releases Female Scientists Set; May Appease 7-Year-Old Critic

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 11:07am

Months after a girl took the company to task for its female toy figures, Lego has released the Research Institute, a play set created by a "real-life geophysicist, Ellen Kooijman," the company says.

» E-Mail This

Crushed Under Credit Card Debt: A Tale Of Survival

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 8:18am

Unexpected expenses and health issues sunk Claire Shrout and her family into frightening levels of debt. What she went through is familiar to a lot of Americans.

» E-Mail This

Stock Markets Take A Dive After Months Of Growth

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 4:05pm

On Friday, the stock markets took a dive for the first time in months. NPR's Eric Westervelt asks The Wall Street Journal's Erin McCarthy whether the mounting global conflicts had something to do with it.

» E-Mail This

Economic Growth Hits Headlines, But Not Wallets

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 4:05pm

Despite the economy adding more than 200,000 jobs last month, unemployment ticked up and incomes have stayed stagnant. For many people, stretching every dollar is still an economic necessity.

» E-Mail This

9 To 5 Not For You? Try T. Rex Puppetry Or Aquatic Mail Delivery

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 3:10pm

The daily grind isn't everyone's style. Around the nation, young people are hard at work at offbeat jobs — like tracking bats in the dark of night or wandering a museum in a 75-pound dinosaur costume.

» E-Mail This

Sanctions Target Russian Oil, But Will That Persuade Putin?

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 10:12am

Under new sanctions imposed this week, Russia will no longer be able to buy technology from Western companies to develop its oil fields. Still, the sanctions are limited, and Russia has vast reserves.

» E-Mail This

Tech Week: The CIA Apologizes, Twitter Soars, Foursquare Swarm

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 7:02am

In this week's roundup of digital culture headlines, the hardcore Foursquare users have a problem with Swarm. Twitter got a big boost. And why buy shoes when you can print your own?

» E-Mail This

GM Stays At The Top As U.S. Car Sales Surge In July

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 6:21pm

An analyst says GM might have benefited from the safety recalls that brought customers back to its dealerships. Many automakers saw strong gains compared to last year.

» E-Mail This

Some Public Pension Funds Making Big Bets On Hedge Funds

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:14pm

States and cities have been investing billions of pension money in hedge funds. That's costing a lot of money in fees, and experts say the pensions don't have much to show for it.

» E-Mail This

President Obama Slams Congress As He Welcomes Economy's Gains

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:03pm

Citing 6 months of strong job gains, President Obama says America's recovery from a debilitating recession is well underway. But he says the economy "could be doing even better" if Congress helped.

» E-Mail This

Restaurant's 'Prayer Discount' Sparks Mix Of Praise, Anger

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 12:22pm

When a patron of Mary's Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, N.C., posted a photo of her tab denoting a 15 percent discount for "praying in public," the post went viral.

» E-Mail This

These Ivory Coast Cacao Farmers Had Never Tasted Chocolate

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:46am

Ivory Coast is the world's No. 1 producer of the cacao beans that are the base of our beloved chocolate bars. But as a TV report shows, some cacao farmers have never enjoyed the final product.

» E-Mail This

As Labor Market Advances, Millions Stuck In Part-Time Jobs

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:52am

Payrolls have grown by more than 200,000 for six months in a row — the longest stretch since 1997. But 7.5 million people are working less than 40 hours per week even though they want full-time jobs.

» E-Mail This

Unemployment Ticks Up To 6.2 Percent; 209,000 Jobs Added

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 7:38am

The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the rate for July was little changed from June's 6.1 percent.

» E-Mail This

Everyone Goes To The Store To Get Milk. So Why's It Way In The Back?

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 5:46am

It's one of the most popular items, but often it seems to be as far as humanly possible from the entrance. The Planet Money team looks at two very different theories about why that is.

» E-Mail This

Minnesota's Minimum-Wage Workers Get 75-Cent Increase

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 4:48am

Workers and advocacy groups praise the hard-fought change, from $7.25 to $8, but opponents warn it will wreak havoc on business balance sheets.

» E-Mail This

Economists Expect Strong July Jobs Report

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 4:00am

The government releases the July unemployment report Friday. The June report was surprisingly strong, and economists will be watching to see if employers kept the hiring spree going.

» E-Mail This

Small French Company Challenges Telecom Titans For T-Mobile

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 4:00am

Iliad, a small French telecom company, is offering to pay $15 billion for a majority stake in T-Mobile, the U.S.'s smallest national wireless phone company. But it faces competing offers from much larger rivals.

» E-Mail This

Tensions Stir At EPA Hearings On New Emission Rules

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 4:00am

As the EPA develops new carbon emission rules for existing power plants, the agency is holding a series of public hearings around the country, where coal industry advocates made their concerns known.

» E-Mail This

Pages

©2014 WLRH PUBLIC RADIO

Address

WLRH Public Radio
UAH Campus
John Wright Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899

Get Directions

Phone

LOCAL:
(256) 895-9574

TOLL-FREE:
(800) 239-9574