Labor shortages loom for skilled trades
7/25/2016 Fast Company online

Skilled trades such as electrical and machining work, plus health care, manufacturing, sales and math-focused jobs, are at high risk for labor shortages, a recent report predicts. The report suggests that a labor shortage will disproportionately affect some traditional industries in the next 10 years.

Va. teachers create culturally responsive approaches for students

In a Virginia school district, four teachers recently earned certifications in culturally responsive teaching, which considers students' individual backgrounds to help close the achievement gap. The teachers created portfolios to document and demonstrate how they used students' cultures to design relevant strategies to boost achievement.

Web pioneer Yahoo to sell itself to Verizon for $4.8B

Yahoo, which began in 1994 as a directory of websites, has agreed to sell its core internet operations and land holdings to Verizon Communications for $4.8 billion. Verizon plans to combine Yahoo with AOL and use its content and technology to enhance services to customers and advertisers.

Domino's expected to come out on top this quarter

Domino's expects to have the best sales of any large US restaurant chain this quarter. Its improved pizza recipe, enhanced marketing campaigns and easier digital ordering have contributed to the chain's success.

New opioid law includes provisions for drug-dependent newborns
7/25/2016 Reuters

A law signed by President Barack Obama last week calls for better tracking of cases of newborns exposed to heroin and opioid drugs and "safe care plans" for the infants and their families. Only nine states had been following a reporting mandate in a 2003 law.

Facebook's social ad domination looks unstoppable
7/25/2016 eMarketer

Facebook gets 67.9% of global social ad revenue, compared to nearest rival Twitter's 7.9%, eMarketer reports. The potential for more growth is high, as the platform hasn't even implemented any advertising yet on Messenger or WhatsApp, each of which have more than 1 billion users.

LVMH sells Donna Karan brand to G-III Apparel

LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton will sell fashion brand Donna Karan International to G-III Apparel Group in a $650 million deal, the company announced Monday. The move marks the second fashion brand sale for LVMH, which sold Christian Lacroix in 2005.

Hackers try to steal Ill. voter records
7/25/2016 The Hill

Hackers have executed an SQL injection attack on the Illinois State Board of Elections to attempt to steal online voter records. The number of voters affected is unclear, but authorities say voter signature images and histories were protected.

Hemophilia treatment from Pfizer, Spark gains FDA breakthrough status
7/25/2016 PharmaTimes (U.K.)

The FDA awarded breakthrough therapy status to Pfizer and Spark Therapeutics' investigational hemophilia B gene therapy SPK-9001, a bioengineered adeno-associated virus capsid. The drug is being evaluated in a Phase I/II study as a potential one-time, intravenous treatment.

Brazile's CNN contract suspended for DNC interim chair role
7/25/2016 Multichannel NewsCNN

CNN political commentator Donna Brazile has mutually agreed to suspend her contract with the network as she steps into the role of interim chair of the Democratic National Convention, and her contract will be re-evaluated at the end of the convention. This comes after Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned after emails were leaked showing that the party favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders.

Plans unveiled for 234-acre project near Atlanta-area movie studio
7/25/2016 Shopping Center Business

Business executives and local leaders in the Atlanta area have teamed up for a 234-acre development 24 miles from downtown Atlanta near the 700-acre Pinewood Atlanta movie studio. It will feature about 300 hotel rooms; at least 1,000 residences; and commercial, retail and community spaces. Construction could start this year.

GAO calls on BLM to update methane venting policies

The Government Accountability Office has released a report calling on the Bureau of Land Management to strengthen oversight of methane emissions at oil and natural gas sites.

Melcher: Industry plays a key role in speeding up foreign military sales
7/25/2016 Defense News

Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO David Melcher highlights the industry's work with government to accelerate the foreign military sales process. "I think everybody is cognizant now that American competitiveness rides on our ability to be successful with FMS," he said during an interview at the Farnborough International Airshow, noting "two years, three years will not work" for approval timelines.

Tech tools teach Marriott what individual travelers want
7/25/2016 Skift

Marriott International will use big data to learn and meet evolving traveler preferences across its diverse brands, says Brian King, the company's global brand officer. Guests will set aside privacy concerns when trust is earned and personalized service is delivered, he adds.