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Drivers prepping for the holiday sift through roadside aid deals
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Drivers prepping for the holiday sift through roadside aid deals

With legions of Americans about to hit the road for a three-day weekend provided by the Independence Day holiday’s serendipitously falling on a Friday this year, you might want to take a look at  personal finance quirk related to roadside assistance plans. AAA forecasts that 41 million people will travel more than 50 miles from […]

Tornado-related stories: Insurance, utilities, prep and cleanup
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Tornado-related stories: Insurance, utilities, prep and cleanup

It’s hard to believe that after the devastation in 2013, we’re back to another tornado season with the twisters already killing more than a dozen people in Arkansas and nearby states.  And with more severe weather happening as I write, and  forecast for the coming days, you might want to brush up on your storm […]

Doctors, clinics and the pent-up demand from newly insured patients
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Doctors, clinics and the pent-up demand from newly insured patients

President Obama last week relished his announcement that some 8 million people already have signed up for private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and that milestone sets the stage for a number of business angles related to the demand for and delivery of  health care services: Where’s the pent-up demand?  Curiously, a number […]

As jetliner mystery deepens, offer answers to consumer, worker concerns
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As jetliner mystery deepens, offer answers to consumer, worker concerns

While sometimes it’s distasteful to pounce on disasters and tragedies as a source of story ideas, when an occurrence dominates headlines for 10 days and counting, like the Malaysia Airlines mystery has, it’s probably time to look for business angles that might be on your audience members’ minds. The riveting story of the missing jetliner […]

Insurance, auto repairs, vacations: Winter’s impact
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Insurance, auto repairs, vacations: Winter’s impact

It’s been a rough six weeks of bitter cold and giant snowbanks for may parts of the country, and a break in the frigid temperatures this week now is bringing the threat of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms to the midwest, while southern cities unaccustomed to ice and snow tote up the cost of recent storms. […]

Readers need details if their employer self-insures for medical costs
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Readers need details if their employer self-insures for medical costs

AOL’s about-face on cuts to its 401(k) program (which I covered in this earlier blog post along with tips for localizing 401(k) trends) raises some other interesting issues regarding employee privacy and employers that self-insure for the medical benefits they extend to workers. Self-insurance is when employers pay medical benefits claims directly rather than paying […]

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 […]

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 […]

Truckers and sleep apnea: Pending law should be easy to localize
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Truckers and sleep apnea: Pending law should be easy to localize

When you think about it, pretty much everything in our homes or offices was on a truck at some point, so it always surprises me that a trucking beat isn’t a greater part of transportation coverage by most business desks.  About 1.6 million Americans make a livings as a heavy- or tractor-trailer truck operator, according […]

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