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How will state and local economies adjust to Pentagon belt-tightening?
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How will state and local economies adjust to Pentagon belt-tightening?

The announcement Monday that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has laid out a five-year plan to drastically shrink miliitary spending likely has a lot of businesses, workers and consumers alarmed. While Hagel’s outline is merely, as one news outlet put it, the opening salvo in a budget battle with Congress, the plan to shrink the U.S. […]

How widespread are coal ash dumps and who’s working to prevent spills?
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How widespread are coal ash dumps and who’s working to prevent spills?

News has been coming thick and fast the last few weeks, so you might have missed the uproar over the coal ash spill in North Carolina.  According to the Raleigh News & Observer, coal ash – a byproduct of burning coal for energy production – escaped from a Duke Energy storage facility on Feb. 2 […]

As guidelines evolve, what happens to the business of mammography?
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As guidelines evolve, what happens to the business of mammography?

Recent news of a study that casts doubt on the life-saving value of mammograms is a huge health science story — fueling more intense debate about the tests’ role in detecting breast cancer at treatable stages — but it’s also a pretty big business-of-healthcare story you may wish to follow up on, as well. To […]

Funeral-home e-mail scam highlights new phishing woes
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Funeral-home e-mail scam highlights new phishing woes

It’s been a rough few months for consumers.  First, millions learned that shopping at their friendly discount store – or upscale department store – may have exposed their financial information to overseas hackers. That series of incidents – on top of drumbeat headlines about government spying and invasion of privacy – has percolated fears about […]

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 […]

Tapping into the local buzz on the recent ‘net neutrality’ ruling
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Tapping into the local buzz on the recent ‘net neutrality’ ruling

We all know those topics or fields, like “supply chain logistics” and “corporate governance” that due to their unfortunate nomenclature, start the eyes glazing over before the final syllable is typed.  Which is a shame, because they and many other boring-sounding matters actually can be the source of some compelling stories. Same with “net neutrality,” […]

More ideas for localizing the spreading consumer data breach story
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More ideas for localizing the spreading consumer data breach story

The story merchants wish would go away actually just got bigger, with Target admitting that far more customers than earlier reported had been victims of its data breach, and as CNBC reports, it’s still a mystery as to exactly what database was hacked, since information not encoded onto debit and credit cards, like e-mail addresses, […]

Annual CES show serves up story ideas far beyond Las Vegas
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Annual CES show serves up story ideas far beyond Las Vegas

In addition to “Auld Lang Syne,” the Rose Bowl and diet resolutions, one of the rituals of early January is the big gadget convention in Las Vegas produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). The International CES (formerly known as the “Consumer Electronics Show”) is a four-day extravaganza of new product launches, hundreds of speeches […]

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 […]

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