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  • Now taking off: new runways
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    Now taking off: new runways

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    Runway construction is big business for the country’s airports, as both a driver of jobs and an economic impact.  Two cities recently opened new runways that both claim will be a benefit to travelers and the local community. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida recently opened the $719 million, 8,000-foot South Runway, built to help […]

  • Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Oct. 21
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    Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Oct. 21

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    Apple sold 39 million iPhones last quarter, shattering last year’s sales. The technology company made $8.5 billion in profit, according to the New York Times, which was 13.3 percent higher than 2013’s fourth quarter earnings. Analysts point to Apple’s skyrocketing sales of its new iPhones as one of the major reasons for its success, as […]

  • Airport restaurants get a major upgrade
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    Airport restaurants get a major upgrade

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    I’m of an age when I remember when airport eateries were utilitarian affairs, where you were lucky to get a snack bar, a generic fast-food joint and an unbranded, Soviet-style restaurant as your only food options. Those days passed after airports realized that one, airline revenues continue to drop as carriers consolidate and cut service. And two, with […]

  • Must Read Money Stories, Monday, Oct. 20
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    Must Read Money Stories, Monday, Oct. 20

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    Business jet demand is slowly climbing. The National Business Aviation Association convention opens on Monday, and there is some cautious optimism that orders are picking up. An annual forecast from Honeywell International Inc. estimates global deliveries of as many as 9,450 new business jets valued at about $280 billion between 2014 and 2024, according to […]

  • The money tale of two World Series teams
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    The money tale of two World Series teams

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    After a lot of extra-inning games, the 2014 World Series matchup has finally been decided. The Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants have some things in common regarding how they got so deep into October — both reached the Series via wild card games and strong bullpens. But that’s where the similarities between these […]

  • 5 things to know about Taylor Swift's latest marketing ploy
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    5 things to know about Taylor Swift’s latest marketing ploy

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    When it comes to marketing, Taylor Swift seems to have a golden touch. She senses the right moment to put out a new single, and flash! it hits the top of the charts. She ranks No. 18 on Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list, earning an estimated $64 million last year. Now, she’s come up with a […]

  • How aircraft orders contribute to the local economy
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    How aircraft orders contribute to the local economy

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    You often hear stories about airlines order new jets, from big companies such as Boeing or Airbus. But, what do they mean to the communities where those airlines are from? Seattle-based Alaska Airlines recently announced an order of 10 new Boeing 737-900 jets. The carrier also happens to be in the back yard of where […]

  • Must Read Money Stories, Friday, Oct. 17
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    Must Read Money Stories, Friday, Oct. 17

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    Give Janet Yellin a raise. At least, if you want the Federal Reserve chairwoman to be on a par with 113 of her direct reports. Reuters says that many people earn more than Yellen, whose annual salary is $201,700. That figure is set by Congress. Those top 113 earners receive paychecks averaging $246,506, according to […]

  • Bad news for Airbnb in New York State
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    Bad news for Airbnb in New York State

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    Millions of people have booked rooms around the world through Airbnb, the online site. But the attorney general of New York State raises some serious questions about Airbnb’s legality. According to a report released Thursday, as many as 72 percent of Airbnb reservations over the last several years violated New York law. The report, “Airbnb […]

  • Must Read Money Stories, Thursday Oct. 16
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    Must Read Money Stories, Thursday Oct. 16

    Economy, Featured, Investing | Banking, Media | Advertising, Must Read Money Stories, News, Sports, Technology, Uncategorized

    Global markets plummeted on Wednesday. Though Wall Street had a resurgence toward the end of the day, the Dow Jones industrial average dropped by 173.45 points yesterday. The dip came after a massive sell-off in Europe as the Eurozone continues to struggle. The New York Times says investors fear that governments don’t have the policy […]

  • Elizabeth Mays joins the Reynolds Center
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    Elizabeth Mays joins the Reynolds Center

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    I’m delighted to announce that Elizabeth Mays has been named to the new position of assistant director at the Reynolds Center. She comes to us from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, home to Reynolds. At Reynolds, Mays will take charge of marketing activities and digital initiatives.  Known […]

  • Who actually pays for airport WiFi?
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    Who actually pays for airport WiFi?

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    Anyone who has traveled in the past year knows that WiFi in airports varies wildly. There are airports like Las Vegas’s McCarran International Airport, which has very robust — and most importantly, free — WiFi.  There are airports like Phoenix Sky Harbor and Mineta San Jose that offer completely free WiFi.  Baltimore-Washington International is among […]

  • Ebola's catastrophic blow to African economies
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    Ebola’s catastrophic blow to African economies

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    As the United States wrestles with its handful of Ebola cases, the impact on the economies of African nations has been far more devastating. The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has already claimed nearly 3,000 lives since January. In addition to lost lives, the disease has also dealt a severe blow to the families and […]

  • Must Read Money Stories, Wednesday Oct. 15
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    Must Read Money Stories, Wednesday Oct. 15

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    Google and Amazon, ready for a street fight. Google announced an expansion of its same-day delivery service, which will now be called Google Express. Wired reports the service will expand to Chicago, Boston and Washington D.C. The company already offered same-day delivery for online purchases in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Google isn’t the […]

  • In Ohio, a governor in the economic spotlight
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    In Ohio, a governor in the economic spotlight

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    Ohio Gov. John Kasich has seen his share of controversy since his election in 2009. Not long after, the state legislature voted to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights, only to see the move overturned by voters. Kasich decided to let the voters’ choice stand, and not re-introduce another such measure. Now, according to […]

  • Stack of credit cards
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    Credit cards making a comeback after years of bank neglect

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    Big banks are reporting results this week. Reuters says that many are paying more attention to a neglected business: credit cards. According to writer David Henry, “JPMorgan Chase & Co, Citigroup Inc and other big banks are making more credit card loans, after years of focusing mainly on customers who paid off their balances each […]

  • Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Oct. 14
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    Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Oct. 14

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      Expect Nike to use Kevin Durant’s injury to its advantage. In September, Durant signed a 10-year $275 million contract with the Portland-based company and will now miss at least part of the 2014-15 season after fracturing his foot. Injuries and career setbacks haven’t stopped Nike and other apparel companies from making millions off of […]

  • Why aren't teens interested in driving?
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    Why aren’t teens interested in driving?

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    The number of teens getting their licenses at age 16 is at one of its lowest points ever. But, you’d think that the sons and daughters of the men and women who work in the auto industry would buck the trend. That’s not the case, as I found out last week. I was honored to […]

  • The big economic story In Chicago's ATC meltdown
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    The big economic story In Chicago’s ATC meltdown

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        This week, the big aviation meltdown that plagued Chicago is finally expected to end. But it turned the Midwest into a nightmare for the Federal Aviation Administration, and exposed some key flaws in the FAA’s ability to handle emergencies. On Sept. 26, a disgruntled contract employee at the Aurora, Ill., air route traffic […]

  • Must Read Money Stories, Monday, Oct. 13
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    Must Read Money Stories, Monday, Oct. 13

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    Good times rolling in downtown Nola. Hurricane Katrina dealt New Orleans a body blow from which the city may never fully recover. But there has been a revival in downtown New Orleans, thanks to aggressive tax incentives, reports Next City. It says $6 billion has been pumped into the area’s economy since the storm hit […]