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10:16 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Monsanto Hired This Guy To Help It Win Over Millennials

The headquarters of Monsanto, near St. Louis, Mo. Monsanto is the world's largest seed supplier.
Juliette Michel AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 10:08 am

As I scrolled through tweets about a panel on agricultural entrepreneurs at the SXSW Eco conference earlier this month, one caught my eye. The sender was Vance Crowe, Monsanto's director of millennial engagement.

Corporate America is currently caught up in a torrid infatuation with millennials, who befuddle and torment the companies who want their dollars.

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Business
11:27 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

FTC Says AT&T Misled Customers About 'Unlimited' Data Plans

An AT&T Wireless store in Philadelphia.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 6:52 pm

The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint in federal court against AT&T over just how unlimited the company's unlimited data plans are. The FTC says that by "throttling," or slowing down, the data of high-volume users, AT&T in fact was not giving users unlimited data. This throttling would sometimes reduce users' data speeds by 90 percent.

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Business
4:47 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Overnight Delivery To Come To An End with Postal Service Changes

Credit Kevin Dooley / Flickr (Creative Commons License)

The local chapter of the American Postal Workers Union is preparing for the end of overnight delivery as the US Postal Services consolidates and changes its standards.

Paducah Local 2500 Vice President Gerl McKinney says the postal service standards will change Jan. 5, 2015, and the Paducah processing facility is set to close April 1, 2015, eliminating overnight delivery.

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Business
3:27 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Murray State Alumna Helps Write Untold Stories of Humanitarian Efforts

Holly Wise
Credit thevoiceboxmedia.org

Murray State alumna Holly Wise is passionate about multimedia storytelling with an emphasis on international humanitarian issues. She teaches at Texas State University near Austin and she founded VoiceBox Media in 2012. Its purpose is to create journalistically sound multimedia story packages for small to mid-sized nongovernmental organizations in order to bridge the gap between them and potential donors. Kate Lochte and Holly Wise chat on Sounds Good about her accomplishments.

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Business
7:22 am
Tue October 28, 2014

TeleTech Receives $100k from McCracken Co. Fiscal Court

Credit teletech.com

The technology based support provider TeleTech will receive $100,000 from the McCracken County Fiscal Court to assist in employee training. Judge Executive Van Newberry says the court will provide support to TeleTech after creating more jobs than originally expected.  

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Business
1:43 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

CVS Pulls Apple Pay, And Many See A Fight Over Mobile Wallets

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 2:25 pm

One week after Apple's new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, debuted in CVS stores, CVS has backtracked and barred its use. Rite Aid took the same step, leading many observers to note that the two companies are part of a group of retailers that's developing its own payment system, called CurrentC. Partners include Wal-Mart, Best Buy and 7-Eleven.

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Business
11:25 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Tobacco Farmers Lose Longtime Safety Net

Marvin Eaton owns a farm in Belew's Creek, N.C., where he grows 200 acres of tobacco. He bought the farm from his grandfather and plans to pass it down to his son.
Emily McCord WFDD

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 1:31 pm

Tobacco growers are about to face a completely free market. This month, they'll receive their last checks from a government program meant to ease them out of a Depression-era tobacco-price-fixing system.

That has left Stanley Smith, who grows about 60 acres of tobacco on his farm not far from Winston-Salem, N.C., feeling a little unsettled.

"I've farmed all my life," Smith says. "I think the best way to sum it up is our safety net now is gone."

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Business
2:17 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Local Tech Company Ranked 18th Among Top 100 Cloud Services Providers

Credit Facebook - Computer Services, Inc.

A national information service company has ranked a Paducah-based banking technology company as one of the best cloud service providers in the world. Penton Media reports Computer Services, Inc., or CSI, is 18th among the world’s top 100 cloud service providers based on revenue growth. For context, DropBox ranked 13th and Google ranked 7th. 

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Business
3:06 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Preservation Strategy Conference Focuses on Revitalizing Downtown Paducah

Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Kentucky Heritage Council, Preservation Kentucky Inc. the Kentucky Main Street Program and Paducah Main Street invite the public to a full day of information and discussion about the historic preservation of downtown Paducah this Saturday at Maiden Alley Cinema and the River Discovery Center. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Kentucky Heritage Council's executive director and state historic preservation officer Craig Potts about the conference, focusing on revitalizing downtown neighborhoods.

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Business
10:52 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Underwriter Spotlight: Red Roof Ranch Alpacas & Store

Credit Red Roof Ranch Alpacas

The Alpacas are coming! The Alpacas are coming!

Fall has officially arrived. The leaves are starting to turn, and the weather's getting a little cooler - making warm socks an official priority. So what better month to welcome our new underwriters: Red Roof Ranch Alpacas & Store in Cadiz? 

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