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Massive beef recall prompts a look at local food-safety concerns
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Massive beef recall prompts a look at local food-safety concerns

News that a staggering 9 million pounds of beef are being recalled by Northern California processing plant, apparently due to incomplete inspection, is the sort of stomach-churning headline that catches readers’ eyes. It follows last month’s tainted-chicken problem, also in California, that eventually sickened prison inmates in Tennessee, according to CorrectionsOne.com, a site with news [...]

What do retailers gain, lose by kicking tobacco from their shelves?
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What do retailers gain, lose by kicking tobacco from their shelves?

CVS Caremark Corp. fired up business news this week with word that it’s kicking tobacco products out of its stores this fall, in favor of what it says is a wellness-oriented business model. The company’s press release said it will lose $2 billion in annual sales by the move – a relative drop in its [...]

Lap dogs in New York to hot laps in Daytona, February is full of news
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Lap dogs in New York to hot laps in Daytona, February is full of news

The old Bulgarian term for February was “month of dreadful ice” and while that may be true meteorologically, especially this year, it’s a hot-hot-hot little 28 days for news pegs. In addition to the just-past Super  Groundhog Day, and Valaentine’s Day (also known this year as Val-Pres weekend due to its confluence with the President’s [...]

Still a good time to write about the multi-billion-dollar self-help industry
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Still a good time to write about the multi-billion-dollar self-help industry

Before that fresh new-calendar feeling wears off, you might want to take time in this early part of the year to check up on the various practitioners in the self-improvement industries.  Coaches, counselors and purveyors of wellness products are enjoying their peak season right now, and whether you seek advice and caveats for consumers shopping [...]

What’s Next in Covering the Affordable Care Act: Online, Aug. 6
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What’s Next in Covering the Affordable Care Act: Online, Aug. 6

Get ready to cover open enrollment this fall for both individuals and small businesses under the Affordable Care Act. A year after the launch of healthcare.gov, individuals will be anxious to see whether premiums go up when open enrollment starts Nov. 15, and for the first time, small businesses will be shopping on healthcare.gov to buy the coverage they must provide. In In this free, one-hour webinar, Tami Luhby, who covers health care for CNNMoney, will help you identify local story ideas and give you a road map to possible sources to develop them.

From plumbers to bird-seed sellers, who gains when sub-zero temps hit?
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From plumbers to bird-seed sellers, who gains when sub-zero temps hit?

It’ll take something pretty amazing to compete for headlines with the extreme weather outbreak ongoing this week across much of the United States.  When people are trying to make it through the daily commute and  other activities despite zero-degree temperatures, another half-foot of snow and other manifestations of Mother Nature, they won’t be in the [...]

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Healthcare, Snowden, side hustles: Learn by exploring Slideshare

If you don’t already spend time on Slideshare, you might check it out. Slideshare.net is a huge website where people share presentations – PowerPoints, documents, PDFs, videos and webinars. I know it’s popular to diss PowerPoints, and I agree that bad ones are terrible, but good ones can be great tools for learning something new. [...]

Brainstorm story projects for 2014: A checklist
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Brainstorm story projects for 2014: A checklist

This post follows Melissa’s post yesterday on Brainstorm 2014 story projects before opportunities slip away.  Today she offers a brainstorming checklist. One great thing about being a business journalist: Never any shortage of news. Other beats might hit seasonal doldrums or dry spells, but the world’s financial and economic engines always are serving up something [...]

Plenty of angles on the growing ranks of plus-size businesses
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Plenty of angles on the growing ranks of plus-size businesses

An intriguing conference is taking place in Atlanta this week.  Obesity Week, the Nov. 11-16 convention billed as “Where Science and Treatment Meet,” is a new event that coordinates the annual meetings of The Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.   The program is packed with seminars ranging from the technical aspects [...]

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