Business & Education

All Tech Considered
2:49 am
Tue July 30, 2013

With Smarter Cars, The Doors Are Open To Hacking Dangers

The Toyota Prius, seen here at the New York International Auto Show in March, was one of the cars security experts Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller showed to be susceptible to attacks by hackers.
Mike Segar Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 6:46 am

Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller have been hacking into products for a long time. But they don't steal stuff or mess with people; instead, their purpose is to pressure companies into making their products more secure.

This week, they scored big. Their research on hacking cars has captured the attention of millions and has been featured in Forbes and on the Today show.

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Law
4:27 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Legal Battles Over Land Rights, Pipelines Are On The Rise

The Crosstex NGL Pipeline is just one such project in the country that has forced long, unwanted legal battles between oil companies and landowners.
Mose Buchele KUT

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 8:01 pm

At Margaret O'Keefe's farm in East Texas, they grow high-quality Bermuda grass. The fields are flat and vibrant green, surrounded by woods of a darker, richer green. The family loves this land. O'Keefe inherited it from her mother, who divided it among eight children.

"She used to call it 'enchanted valley,' " O'Keefe says.

But her "enchanted valley" also lies in the path of the Crosstex NGL Pipeline.

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Business
4:27 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Amazon Goes On Hiring Spree To Staff New Facilities

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 1:24 pm

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

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Tomorrow, President Obama visits and Amazon distribution center in Chattanooga. He'll be talking about job creation. That may help explain the timing of an announcement today from Amazon. It's going on a hiring spree, looking for 5,000 new full-time employees for its U.S. distribution centers. NPR's Wendy Kaufman has more on Amazon's plans to grow.

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Business
4:27 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Ad Agency Merger Reflects New Realities Of Online Advertising

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 8:01 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

It's Paris meets Madison Avenue. Yesterday two of the world's largest advertising agencies announced plans to merge. The French ad company Publicis is combining with the New York-based Omnicom. The merger is largely a response to the growing dominance of Silicon Valley companies such as Google and Facebook.

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NPR's digital culture correspondent Laura Sydell joins us now to talk about what it all means. Hey there, Laura.

LAURA SYDELL, BYLINE: Hello.

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The Two-Way
10:39 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Amazon Says It Will Hire More Than 5,000 Workers In U.S.

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 12:53 pm

Amazon.com plans to hire more than 5,000 full-time workers for its warehouse and order-fulfillment centers, the retailing giant said Monday. Many of the jobs will be at Amazon outposts that are spread across more than 10 states.

"Median pay inside Amazon fulfillment centers is 30 percent higher than that of people who work in traditional retail stores," the company said in a news release announcing its plans.

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The Two-Way
8:04 am
Mon July 29, 2013

BMW's Electric Compact May Come With An Optional SUV Backup

BMW's electric i3 Concept is presented before the Paris Motor Show last September. The car was officially unveiled Monday; purchasers can reportedly opt for using a gas-powered SUV several weeks each year.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 11:37 am

As it unveils its all-electric i3 compact sedan Monday, BMW also plans to offer buyers the option of booking a gas-powered SUV for a few weeks every year, according to reports. The move is part of BMW's efforts to ease customers' concerns about relying on an electric vehicle year-round, particularly for long family trips.

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Parallels
7:05 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Group Faults Apple For Labor Violations At China Supplier

Apple is under fire again for labor violations at its supplier's factories in China.
Eugene Hoshiko AP

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 10:53 am

There's been concern about working conditions at factories run by Apple's foreign suppliers since the story last year about Foxconn. At the time, the tech giant moved to address those concerns to show that it took them seriously. But more allegations surfaced Monday centering on Apple's effort to build a cheaper iPhone.

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Business
5:25 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Mega Merger Combines Ad Companies Publicis, Omnicom

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 6:07 am

France's Publicis and U.S.-based Omnicom announced Sunday night that they're joining forces. Together, they'll be the largest advertising holding company in the world.

Business
4:08 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Why Don't More People Care About Insider Trading?

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 6:07 am

David Greene talks to Vanity Fair financial journalist Bryan Burrough about the SAC hedge fund insider trading case, and how little the public cares, compared with the 1980s insider trading crackdown that was widely followed and became a part of popular culture.

Business & Education
3:56 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Advocates Concerned About Ala. Special Education

Facebook.com/Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program

Advocates for the disabled say they're concerned about the future of special education programs since state officials plan to inspect them less often.

The Anniston Star (http://bit.ly/13QW7Qp ) reported Sunday that the state Department of Education will transition from inspecting the programs once every three years to once every four years beginning this school year.

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Business & Education
3:52 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

2 Ala. Teachers Allege Pressure to Change Grades

Two Montgomery Public Schools teachers have alleged that they felt pressured to make improper grade changes.

The Montgomery Advertiser reported Sunday that (http://on.mgmadv.com/11ogYd0) Pamela West and Gardenia Wilson told the Montgomery County Board of Education they thought the decision to transfer them to other schools stemmed from their refusal to give students easier work to raise their grades.

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Business & Education
6:36 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Few Ala. Private Schools Participate in Tax Credits

With the start of the year just three weeks away for most districts, only seven private schools have signed up for Alabama's new program of tax credits to help students transfer from failing public schools.

The state Department of Revenue is developing regulations for the tax credits, and it reports that it hasn't seen much interest from private schools.

Robin Mears of the Alabama Christian Education Association says one reason is the lateness of the regulations. Schools start around Aug. 19, and the state's regulations won't be final until after that.

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Business & Education
7:31 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Group Asks Cullman Schools to Stop Prayer Caravan

Officials with Cullman County Schools say they are going ahead with a prayer caravan in August, despite protests from a Wisconsin-based group.
briandoddonleadership.com

A group has sent a complaint to Cullman County Schools over a prayer caravan set for early August, claiming the district forcing religion on students.

The Cullman Times reported Friday (http://bit.ly/1aNHFe7 ) the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to Superintendent Billy Coleman this week asking that he cancel the Aug. 10 event, which involves a short prayer at each school campus before the school year starts.

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Law
4:56 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

After Five Years, Why So Few Charges In Financial Crisis?

Neil Barofsky, special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, testifies before Congress about the program in 2010. Barofsky now says of the financial crisis: "The folks responsible for this incredibly painful economic damage that struck our economy have gone free."
Harry Hamburg AP

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 11:01 am

In the latest in a string of insider trading cases, federal prosecutors this week indicted SAC Capital, one of the most prominent and profitable hedge funds in the world.

But when it comes to the 2008 financial crisis that sent the economy into a tailspin, criminal prosecutions have been few and far between.

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School System-Buses Eliminated
4:38 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Alabama School System To Host Forum On Bus Plans

The Hoover School System is back-tracking on its plan to end all school bus service after a wave of complaints by parents and school bus drivers.
Credit hoovercity.schoolinsites.com

A school system in suburban Birmingham is back-tracking on its plan to end all school bus service after a wave of complaints by parents and school bus drivers.


The Hoover School System's superintendent and school board members are expected to be at an Aug. 8 forum to give parents a chance to give feedback.


Earlier, the school board had voted to eliminate bus routes for everyone but special education students beginning in August 2014 as part of a plan to save $2.5 million annually.

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