Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 3:59 pm
CVS Caremark has pulled cigarettes from its shelves a month ahead of schedule.
In February, CVS, one of the nation's largest drugstore chains, said it would stop selling tobacco products by October, despite the profits they brought the company. Now cigarettes in the company's stores are history.
Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 6:55 am
BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico disrupted business all along the coastline. Through the end of July, the oil giant paid more than $13 billion to compensate people, businesses and communities affected. The company is disputing some of those claims in court battles that could drag on for years.
Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 10:32 pm
VF Corp. is one of the biggest clothing companies you might not have heard of. But its brands include Lee and Wrangler jeans, Timberland shoes and The North Face, and it also makes uniforms for police and major league sports teams.
It's also a large purchaser of cotton. "We buy roughly 1 percent of the cotton available in the world," says Letitia Webster, VF's senior director of sustainability. Her job is to both reduce the company's greenhouse gas footprint and reduce its risks from climate change.
Originally published on Sat August 23, 2014 10:48 am
President Obama's former campaign manager has gone to work for Uber. The ride-sharing start-up based in San Francisco has hired David Plouffe in hope that the political strategist who helped elect a president can steer the company through a thicket of local regulatory disputes.
This new power couple raises some questions:
Why does Uber need one of the best political strategists in the country?
First off, they can afford him. The company is valued at $18 billion. NPR tried to find out what Plouffe is getting paid, but Uber won't say.
The ridesharing company Uber has gotten a mixed reception in Louisiana. WWNO's Malorie Marshall has been following the company’s foray into New Orleans, where politicians and members of the taxi industry have been resistant.
Meanwhile, Baton Rouge has seized on the opportunity, quickly passing an ordinance that allowed Uber to get rolling in the capitol city in July. A couple weeks later, I opened up Uber’s app on my smartphone to see if I could catch a ride.
Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 7:57 am
From the aerospace sector to Silicon Valley, engineering has a retention problem: Close to 40 percent of women with engineering degrees either leave the profession or never enter the field.
Conventional wisdom says that women in engineering face obstacles such as the glass ceiling, a lack of self-confidence and a lack of mentors. But psychologists who delved deeper into the issue with a new study found that the biggest pushbacks female engineers receive come from the environments they work in.
Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 3:01 pm
The New Orleans City Council voted in July to rewrite the law regarding short-term rentals. But a lot remains to be decided about what that law should look like.
One of the biggest arguments against unlicensed vacation rentals typified by Airbnb is that they pose an unfair advantage because they’re not subject to the same permitting and taxation requirements as traditional bed and breakfasts.