How MGM Resorts remade itself
4/25/2017 Wharton Magazine online

Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, explains the strategic steps that helped the company survive and restructure over the past decade. These include creating one company with a single culture, integrating a sense of social responsibility into the business model, and making MGM an entertainment and tourist destination, not just a casino operator.

How much do students know about music, arts?

The overall performance of eighth-graders participating in a national assessment of their understanding of music and visual arts largely has remained flat since 2008, according to data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. However, data show a narrowing achievement gap in these subject areas between some student groups.

Trump reportedly wants corporate tax rate of 15%

President Donald Trump has instructed that a reduction of the corporate tax rate to 15% be a key part of a tax-overhaul outline scheduled for announcement this week, sources say. Trump reportedly is ready to proceed even if loss of revenue requires him to abandon a campaign promise to reduce the budget deficit.

New Fresh Market format focuses more on everyday items

The Fresh Market will open a store in Columbia, S.C., this week under a new format that offers more everyday and traditional groceries, local products and a Mind & Body department featuring vitamins, minerals and supplements under a store design that includes signage to make navigation easier and guide shoppers with dietary restrictions. The retailer also announced that it will close five stores in New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Florida and Illinois.

Study examines parents' views on telemedicine use for children
4/24/2017 mHealth Intelligence

While 58% of parents would use telehealth to treat their children's cold and flu symptoms and about 41% would use it for well-child visits, 53% said they would never use the technology to treat a child with diabetes and 43% would not use it for asthma treatment, according to a study by the Nemours Children's Health System. Researchers also found that more fathers than mothers have used telemedicine services for themselves or their children.

Programmatic TV now part of Google's DoubleClick Bid Manager

Google is letting advertisers buy linear TV ads programmatically via DoubleClick Bid Manager, which will help bridge the gap between digital and traditional television advertising. "For example, an advertiser will be able to measure the lift when someone searches for their brand on Google or YouTube after seeing their TV ad," Google's Rany Ng wrote in a blog post.

Suppliers worry about payments from US retailers
4/24/2017 Bloomberg

More global suppliers and vendors are worried about payments from US retailers as more close stores and file for bankruptcy. Sears Holdings, for example, has warned investors it could not continue to operate, causing significant hostility between suppliers and the retailer.

Trend Micro: Hacking group directs attack at Macron campaign

Hacking group Pawn Storm, which is linked to Russia, has been directing a cyberattack at the campaign of Emmanuel Macron, a Trend Micro report states. There have been 160 attempts to penetrate the campaign, including the creation of a bogus website designed to steal the passwords of Macron staffers, the Trend Micro report states, confirming the candidate's digital director's earlier suggestions of an attack.

Mylan sued W.Va. to keep EpiPen on preferred Medicaid drug list

Mylan filed a lawsuit in 2015 against West Virginia in an effort to force the state to list EpiPen allergy shots as a preferred drug on the state's Medicaid formulary. State officials had decided to list a competing product as preferred, but EpiPen gained preferred status not through the lawsuit but when the other product was taken off the market.

DogTV launches SVOD service for dogs on Comcast
4/24/2017 Broadcasting & Cable

DogTV has launched a subscription-video-on-demand service on Comcast for $4.99 per month. The service includes original content that is "scientifically developed and tested" for dogs to view when their owners are away.

Report: High velocity water under spillway likely cause of Oroville failure

A report prepared for California's Department of Water Resources says the failure of the spillway at the Oroville Dam "likely occurred as a result of high velocity flow ... penetrating under the slab, causing a strong uplift force and causing the slab to lift, eventually causing all or part of the slab to break away" with "[s]ubsequent erosion of foundation material." A final report on the cause is expected in the fall.

East Coast refiners turn to oil from Texas
4/25/2017 Reuters

East Coast refiners, including Phillips 66 and Monroe Energy, are looking to take in higher volumes of oil shipped via tanker from Texas to Philadelphia as the incentive to transport Bakken crude by rail slowly disappears with the opening of the Dakota Access and other pipelines. Buying domestic oil from the US Gulf would give refiners access to a variety of grades, including Eagle Ford, Permian and even Bakken crude, although they'll likely continue to rely on foreign crude for most of their supply.

FedEx creating 200-plus jobs in Indianapolis
4/24/2017 WXIN-TV (Indianapolis)

FedEx is creating more than 200 jobs at Indianapolis International Airport, where the company is investing $170 million to expand. FedEx handled almost all of the freight that passed through the airport in 2016.

Top Broadway musical "Jersey Boys" takes to seas
4/25/2017 TravelMarketReport.com

Norwegian Cruise Lines is adding the Tony Award-winning Broadway show "Jersey Boys" to its lineup of entertainment on the Norwegian Bliss, which is scheduled to launch next year. The ship will also feature a Cuban-themed musical show, along with venues offered on Norwegian's other ships, such as the Cavern Club.