News archive from 6 February 2015

Starbucks to roll out coconut milk option

Starbucks to roll out coconut milk option

Starbucks is about to sell yet another thing to stir into your brew: coconut milk. Beginning Feb. 17, the coffee giant will begin to offer coconut milk — Starbucks Single Origin Sumatra Coconut Milk — nationally as a non-dairy option, for an extra 60...

 

Charlotte Douglas airport breaks all-time passenger record

Pop the champagne at Charlotte Douglas International: The airport said Thursday that it set a new passenger record in 2014, with more than 44.3 million travelers. The vast majority of those travelers were on American Airlines, which merged with US...

 

Did Alaska Fish Board appointee really discover an endangered species?

Kenai Peninsula fisherman Roland Maw, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker's controversial appointee to the Alaska Board of Fisheries, claims in his resume to have been responsible for a significant scientific achievement, the first identification of a new,...

 
Depot to lay off 190 by April 30

Depot to lay off 190 by April 30

Anniston Army Depot will lay off 190 temporary workers by April 30, depot officials announced Thursday. The commander of the installation — the city’s largest employer and one of the Army’s sites for refurbishing weapons and vehicles — said the depot...

 

Golden LEAF Foundation says $50 million reserved for auto plant deal

The North Carolina foundation that is funded with national tobacco settlement money is reserving $50 million as an incentive to help lure an auto manufacturing plant to the state. The decision was announced Thursday by the Golden LEAF Foundation and...

 

Marsh comments on gay marriage go viral

The president pro tempore of the Alabama Senate says he has no plan to introduce legislation opposing same-sex marriage if federal court rulings make it legal this year. "I would think it would be out of our hands," said Sen. Del Marsh,...

 

House Democrat tries to turn routine ANWR drilling resolution into oil tax "gotcha"

JUNEAU -- Challenging the state House of Representatives leadership that last year supported Gov. Sean Parnell's Senate Bill 21 oil tax cut, Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, tried to use the popular issue of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge...

 

American Airlines pushes for NC sales tax break

RALEIGH State lawmakers are weighing a proposal from American Airlines and other carriers to exempt them from millions of dollars in sales taxes on fuel, a request that could affect Charlotte's status as one of the nation's largest airline hubs. With...

 
Shane Ruffin, YMCA’s new leader, sees Calhoun County as a giving community

Shane Ruffin, YMCA’s new leader, sees Calhoun County as a giving community

Shane Ruffin wants Calhoun County’s YMCA to be “the premier health and fitness operation in the area.” Chief executive officer and president of the nonprofit since December, Ruffin said by phone Wednesday he’s got a few ideas about how to do that....

 

RadioShack files for bankruptcy, plans deal with Sprint

NEW YORK - A diminished RadioShack will live on, but its future may lie with Sprint. Struggling consumer electronics chain RadioShack, founded nearly a century ago, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late Thursday. It plans to sell 1,500 to...

 

Budget Divide Senator proposes new funding split to fix ailing General Fund

With a $250-million-plus budget gap looming and less than a month left until the legislative session, one Alabama lawmaker is making a long-shot attempt to solve the state's long-term General Fund budget woes. Sen. Paul Sanford, R-Huntsville, has...

 
Two Japanese auto execs indicted for price fixing

Two Japanese auto execs indicted for price fixing

A pair of Japanese auto parts executives were indicted in Detroit for allegedly conspiring to fix prices and rig bids, obstructing justice and destroying evidence, the Justice Department announced Thursday. A Detroit federal grand jury returned two...

 

Judge sentences 4 from Carolinas in mortgage fraud case

A federal judge has sentenced four men from the Carolinas for their role in a mortgage fraud conspiracy that produced multimillion-dollar losses for consumers and the government, the U.S. attorney's office in Charlotte announced Thursday. The four,...

 

Cue Club opens near Hollis Crossroads

Since Jan. 1, the Hollis Crossroads area has had a little more recreation to offer its residents with the opening of Alabama Cue Club and Restaurant. Owner Wren Goodman built the club to house eight pool tables, a billiard supply store, dart boards,...

 

News Guide: Net neutrality and what it could mean to you

WASHINGTON A top U.S. regulator just announced he wants more power to oversee Internet service, much in the same way that the government already regulates phone service and other public utilities. The goal is to prevent Internet service providers like...

 

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