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Alaska Station Sets Dubious Record: Most Senate Campaign Ads

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 4:51pm

The Center for Public Integrity calculates that KTUU in Anchorage ran more U.S. Senate ads this cycle than any station in the country.

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Jet Fuel Is Down, But Not Enough For A Thanksgiving Fare War

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 4:31pm

Airlines say they expect an uptick in Thanksgiving travel. This November, jet fuel prices are down, but carriers are using the saved money to upgrade equipment and software rather than cut fares.

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Amazon Wants To Put A Listening Speaker In Your Home

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 4:18pm

Are you ready to bring an eavesdropping device that's connected to the cloud into the privacy of your abode? Amazon thinks so, as it introduces Echo, a speaker that takes your questions and commands.

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New Pot Laws Could Be Good For Business

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 3:55pm

Pro-cannabis ballot measures were approved in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. in the midterms. Robert Siegel checks in with Chris Walsh, managing editor of Marijuana Business Media.

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Congressional Republicans Consider Energy Agenda

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 3:59am

Republicans will control both houses of Congress, giving energy firms allies on Capitol Hill. Among the issues lawmakers may take up: the Keystone XL pipeline and lifting the ban on crude exports.

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Republican Sweep Highlights Climate Change Politics In Alaska

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 2:26am

GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is set to head the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. It can be easier for her oil-reliant state to adapt to the changing climate rather than address its causes.

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In South Carolina, A Program That Makes Apprenticeships Work

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 2:24am

Apprenticeship programs have been in decline, but South Carolina is bucking the trend. Nearly 11,000 apprentices have been trained there since 2007 in fields ranging from manufacturing to nursing.

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Chevron Spends Big, And Loses Big, In A City Council Race

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 8:06pm

Tuesday's elections weren't just bad news for Democrats. Oil giant Chevron got clobbered in a city election in Richmond, Calif., that was widely seen as a referendum on the company itself.

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How Did Berkeley Pass A Soda Tax? Bloomberg's Cash Didn't Hurt

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 4:50pm

The American Beverage Association poured tons of cash into the effort to defeat the penny-per-ounce sugary-drink tax. But the effort to pass the tax also got cash infusions from some big-name donors.

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Banks Reluctant To Use 'White Hat' Hackers To Spot Security Flaws

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 3:47pm

High-tech firms have been offering bounties to security researchers to find holes and bugs in their software, but these reward programs haven't drawn much interest from major banks.

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Chinese Tech Company Combines Multiple App Types Into One — At Great Profit

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 3:20pm

The company Tencent has developed the world's second largest standalone messaging app Wechat, with over 300 million users.

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Business Leaders Hope Shifts In Congress Will Bring Tax Reform

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 3:20pm

Many business groups see an opportunity in the outcome of the election and plan to revive an agenda that's been dormant for years. From energy and trade to taxes and regulation, there is a lot on the table, but no guarantee anything will be passed anytime soon.

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Sotheby's Has Record Auction With Works By Giacometti, Van Gogh

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 3:20pm

On Tuesday night, Sotheby's brought in its highest total yet for a single auction: more than $422 million dollars. The record total owed a lot to the sale of two works — a Giacometti sculpture that went for $101 million and Van Gogh's "Still Life with Daisies and Poppies" fetched $61.8 million.

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Prison Dairy Gives Inmates Job Skills — And A Sense Of Purpose

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 2:21pm

California's high-security Corcoran prison is home to a dairy that provides milk to almost every prison in the state system. For inmates who staff it, it's more than a job: It's a refuge and a future.

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Employers Can't Skip Insurance Coverage For Hospitalization

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 11:42am

Many companies planned to offer health insurance without hospital coverage because it met requirements of a "minimum value" formula. But the Treasury Department says those plans aren't legal.

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Colorado, Oregon Reject GMO Labeling

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 11:39am

Voters in Colorado and Oregon rejected measures to require labels on foods produced with genetic engineering. Meanwhile, voters in Maui, Hawaii, approved a moratorium on GMO crops.

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Thumbs-Up For Higher Minimum Wages, And For Marijuana Industry

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 10:59am

Voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota overwhelmingly approved minimum-wage hikes. Illinois voters approved a non-binding wage-hike referendum. Recreational pot was approved in Oregon.

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Voters In Texas City Approve Ban On Fracking

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 8:34am

It's the first time a city in the energy-friendly state has voted to ban hydraulic fracturing. The vote is likely to face legal challenges.

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GMO Labeling: Colorado Voters Reject Food Measure; Maui Voters Approve

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 7:42am

While more than half of U.S. states have contemplated similar GMO legislation, the only one that has come close to requiring a label is Vermont.

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The Supreme Court Takes Up The Case Of The Missing Fish

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 2:33am

Prosecutors say that when undersized fish disappeared off of captain John Yates' boat, it constituted destruction of evidence. Business and civil liberties groups say the law only applies to papers.

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