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: 43 min 12 sec ago

Behind Your Holiday Sweet Potato Dish, Hard Work In The Fields

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 4:32am

More than half of America's sweet potatoes were lifted by hand from the soil of North Carolina. It's some of the most back-breaking farm work to be found, and migrant laborers do most of it.

China Plans To Create A Nationwide Carbon Market By 2017

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 4:10am

China is building what could be the world's largest carbon market. Pilot programs are helping to lower emissions. But this is mostly due to slowing growth and the shift away from manufacturing.

California, An Environmental Leader, Eyes A Key Role In Climate Talks

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 4:03am

World leaders are set to meet in Paris, trying to agree on how to combat climate change. Also attending will be California Gov. Jerry Brown, who is spearheading his own international climate movement.

Pharmaceutical Companies Pfizer, Allergan To Merge In $160 Billion Deal

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 3:25pm

U.S. drug giant Pfizer and its rival Allergan have agreed to merge in order to lower its corporate taxes, creating the world's largest pharmaceutical company by sales.

5 Things To Know: FAA Task Force Recommends A Drone Registry

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 11:17am

A task force created by the Federal Aviation Administration recommends that people flying drones heavier than a half-pound should register with the government. Here are a few things to know.

In Wake Of Attacks, France Moves To Regulate Prepaid Bank Cards

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:59am

Extremists reportedly used such cards in preparation for the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, according to the country's finance minister.

U.S. Drug Giant Pfizer To Buy Ireland-Based Allergan

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 9:49am

In one of the biggest health care mergers ever, Pfizer says it has clinched a deal to buy Allergan for over $150 billion. Pfizer says it plans to move its headquarters to Dublin to avoid U.S. taxes.

Drug Giant Pfizer To Merge With Allergan In Deal To Lower Corporate Taxes

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 8:07am

The deal will create the world's largest pharmaceutical company by sales, bringing together the makers of Viagra and Botox.

The Scene In Paris: Fewer Tourists, More Armed Guards

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 4:07am

France is the world's most-visited country. But thousands of tourists have canceled trips since the Paris attacks. Big conventions have been postponed. Music acts like U2 have canceled concerts.

Attacks On Paris Wound City's Tourism Industry

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 4:07am

The terrorist attacks in Paris have led many to cancel plans to visit or study in the city. Local business owners hope it's only a temporary blip.

Seasonal Temps Prep For The Holiday Rush

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 4:07pm

As retailers prepare for the demand of the holiday season, they're hiring thousands of temporary workers. People who are looking for temporary holiday jobs this season talk about their experiences.

This Holiday Season, Retailers Will Be Wishing For More Workers

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 11:14am

U.S. retailers are looking to add more than 700,000 jobs this holiday season — about the same as last year. But retailers may have a harder time filling those jobs because of a shrinking labor pool.

Ford Workers Approve Contract With UAW By Slim Margin

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 3:07am

With a 51.4 percent vote, the last of the Big Three automakers has approved its new four-year labor contract. The deal, which covers 53,000 workers, raises wages and includes new seniority rights.

Sony CEO Reflects On Immobilizing Cyberattack 1 Year Later

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 4:59pm

One year ago this month, Sony suffered a cyberattack perpetrated by North Korean hackers. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton about how the company has recovered.

When Fees Attack: Rolling Over A 401(k) Can Trigger Big-Time Charges

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 3:21pm

One of the moments our retirement nest eggs are most vulnerable is when we change jobs. That's when some financial advisers charge fees to roll them over — and those fees can be hard to see.

Scandal-Plagued VW Will Trim Spending By A Billion Euros

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 9:46am

Volkswagen will be putting projects on hold — including the launch of an all-electric Phaeton sedan — to try to get on solid financial footing as it grapples with an emissions cheating scandal.

Women Dominate Car-Buying Decisions; Few Hold Auto Executive Jobs

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 4:09am

When it comes to buying a set of wheels, figures show women play a leading role in 85 percent of auto purchases. Women, however, represent a very small portion of auto executives.

Some States Are Cutting Poor Dads A Deal On Unpaid Child Support

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 3:36am

In exchange for completing job training and parenting programs, Maryland is writing off some of parents' back child support. Similar efforts across the country are addressing the staggering debt.

Square Goes Public And Fields A Flood Of Customer Complaints

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 3:33am

The mobile payment startup Square has grown rapidly and went public this week. But it is dogged by complaints from small businesses that use it.

A Grieving France Celebrates A Subdued Beaujolais Nouveau Day

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 7:22pm

While interest in the festivities was down this year, some Parisians said they were determined not to let the terrorist attacks destroy what is best in French life.

Pages

©2016 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