Wednesday - March 27, 2019

Business News

Cost-Cutting Travel Tips to Bring Together Faraway Friends - Mon, 25 Mar 2019
Getting old friends back together to share a vacation is a great way to catch up and build new memories. However refreshing these vacations may be, they can also get

MICHELLE SINGLETARY: How to appeal for more financial aid from your child's college - Sun, 24 Mar 2019
WASHINGTON — In contrast to the reports that super-wealthy parents have paid six-figure bribes to get their children into the best universities, many families struggle to find the cash to pay for their children's education.Part of the outrage over the college-admissions scandal — in which the FBI claims uber-rich parents spent a total of $25 million to get their children into elite colleges — is the amount of money that didn't go to pay for [...]

BUSINESS BUZZ: March 24, 2019 - Sun, 24 Mar 2019
• PELA GeoEnvironmental announces the expansion of its professional team. Abner Patton, PG (professional geologist), will serve as the company’s president. Also hired were Tuscaloosa natives Jackson Partlow, PG, as staff geologist/project manager and Susan LaMoreaux as business developer. Patton has over 37 years of experience in geology and hydrogeology. He has extensive expertise in various water [...]

Tyson recalls chicken strips due to metal fears - Fri, 22 Mar 2019
Arkansas-based Tyson Foods is recalling more than 69,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips because they may be contaminated with pieces of metal.The U.S. Agriculture Department said Thursday the products were produced on Nov. 30, 2018, and have a best if used by date of Nov. 30, 2019. The products have the establishment number “P-7221” on the back of the packages.The USDA says it received two complaints about the metal, but there are no confirmed [...]

Trump blames Fed for holding back economic growth in 2018 - Fri, 22 Mar 2019
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says the economy would have grown much faster last year if the Federal Reserve had not been tightening credit last year.In a broadcast interview, Trump said without the Fed's rate hikes last year and moves to trim its bond holdings, the economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, would have grown by over 4 percent.The GDP on an annualized basis grew by a solid 2.9 percent last year and when measured from the fourth quarter of [...]

Levi's through the years - Fri, 22 Mar 2019
NEW YORK — Levi Strauss & Co. is going back to the public markets after 34 years.Here are milestones of this iconic brand whose roots date back to 1853 when its founder Levi Strauss opened his first dry good business.1853: Levi Strauss arrives in San Francisco and opens a wholesale dry goods business, selling clothing, blankets and handkerchiefs.1873: Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a patent on the process of riveting pants by the U.S. Patent Trademark [...]

You dumped cable? Comcast hopes to reel you back in - Fri, 22 Mar 2019
NEW YORK — Comcast is launching an aggregated bundle of existing streaming-TV apps for $5 a month to appeal to cord-cutters.The new service, "Flex," available March 26, brings together apps that customers already pay for, like Netflix, Amazon's video or HBO, and free services like YouTube, Pluto and Tubi, and lets users search for TV shows and movies across the different services.Something that might make Comcast's offer a hard sell? All these apps are already available [...]

Gulf lease bids hit $244M, 37 percent more than August sale - Thu, 21 Mar 2019
NEW ORLEANS — Oil and gas companies made $244.3 million in high bids for federal leases in the Gulf of Mexico, about 37 percent above what the last gulf-wide sale generated in August and nearly twice as much as a sale a year ago.The Advocate reports the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said 30 companies bid on 227 tracts Wednesday, covering 1.26 million acres (404685 hectares). More than 78 million acres (31565480ha) were available, with 1.6 percent attracting bids. [...]

How to Give Money Advice That Sticks - Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Unsolicited money advice is like stale fruitcake: Most people wish the givers would just keep it to themselves. Still, those who are 'good with money' often want to help friends

LifeWay Christian stores closing nationwide - Thu, 21 Mar 2019
All 170 LifeWay Christian Resources stores are set to close this year.The organization cited fewer customers and lower sales as a reason for shuttering the stores, though it will maintain online sales and services.LifeWay Christian Resources, based in Nashville and owner of the stores, said it plans to focus on its digital strategy instead of brick-and-mortar stores, as it interacts with five times more people online in a month than in stores, according to a release from the [...]

3 Steps to Spring-Clean Your Credit Card Debt - Wed, 20 Mar 2019
Aja McClanahan, a Chicago-based writer, and her husband were staring down $120,000 in debt " about $20,000 of it credit card balances " and realized they needed to clean house.

Report: Luxury SUV to be produced in Tuscaloosa County - Wed, 20 Mar 2019
The most expensive passenger vehicle produced in the U.S. could soon be built in Tuscaloosa County.According to a report in Automotive News published Monday, the Mercedes Maybach SUV will be built exclusively at the Mercedes-Benz U.S. International plant in Vance and will go on sale in early 2020. The Maybach SUV, with a 560-plus horsepower V-8 engine, Nappa leather seats and rose gold diamond stitching, will be priced at $200,000. That will top the current most-expensive [...]

Reclaim Tax Breaks You May Have Missed in Recent Years - Tue, 19 Mar 2019
If doing this year's taxes made you wish you could go back in time and claim tax breaks you've realized you overlooked or forgot on an old tax return, then

In bid to survive, Victoria's Secret relaunching swimwear line - Tue, 19 Mar 2019
Victoria’s Secret is back in the swim.The L Brands lingerie chain relaunched its swimwear line on Monday with more than 300 selections in its online store.For now, at least, swimwear will be available only online at and not in Victoria’s Secret’s brick-and-mortar stores.In addition to Victoria’s Secret Swim, the brand is selling a select assortment of other swimwear brands, [...]

Summer Snow opens for the season - Tue, 19 Mar 2019
It’s one of the first signs that warmer weather is approaching -- Summer Snow in Alberta opens today.The popular shaved ice stand at 1501 University Blvd. E. opens at 1 p.m. Tuesday, according to the business’ Facebook page.Summer Snow is open from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and will be closed on Sundays.

Decades later, Alabama station retakes iconic WDIG call letters - Tue, 19 Mar 2019
DOTHAN — Blow that horn, swinger, because The Big Dig has returned to Dothan.After decades of residing elsewhere, the local 1450 AM station has reclaimed the WDIG call letters that made it famous when it played rock 'n' roll music in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Larry Williams, who purchased the station after the previous owner switched the call letters to WWNT, endeavored for years to recapture the iconic call letters but was not successful — until about a month ago. [...]

The Best Financial Advice at Every Age - Tue, 19 Mar 2019
Money doesn't really age: It's never too late to make smart financial decisions. But there are certain times in your life that are prime for specific money moves, times when

Should You Give Up Privacy for Car Insurance Discounts? - Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Michael Aminov-Tobin almost forgot a car insurance company was tracking his driving. He wasn't paying extra attention to how fast he drove or how hard he hit his brakes. So

What You Can Do About Gender-Based Rate Hikes for Car Insurance - Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Your driving record may be flawless. Your car may be one of the safest on the road. But, in most states, you might pay more for car insurance than an

MICHELLE SINGLETARY: How the college-admissions scheme exploited the tax code to hide bribes - Mon, 18 Mar 2019
WASHINGTON — The parents swept up in the nationwide college-admissions scam are accused of not only helping their children cheat their way into elite universities, but also of getting a tax deduction for their illicit payments.The Justice Department last week alleged that dozens of wealthy parents — including two well-known television actresses, a parenting-book author, a top attorney and several chief executives — participated in a $25 million [...]