Some of lowest-paid US workers get raises

Many of the lowest-paid workers in the US were left out of the economic recovery, but they're starting to get raises as companies find they have to compete for employees. For full-time workers paid about $13 an hour, weekly wages increased 3.1% in the second quarter compared with Q2 of 2015, the Labor Department said.

NLRB decision allows for graduate-student unions

The National Labor Relations Board, reversing a 2004 decision, has found that graduate students at private universities should be considered employees if they hold jobs as teaching or research assistants. A lawyer representing several schools says allowing such students to unionize will be disruptive to higher education.

SEC settles with 71 muni borrowers who lied about disclosure
8/25/2016 BloombergReutersThinkAdvisor

The Securities and Exchange Commission said it has settled enforcement actions against 71 state and local governments that made "materially false statements or omissions about their compliance with continuing disclosure obligations" to investors. The agreement requires bond issuers to cease and desist future violations but doesn't impose any fines.

Meijer connects with college students through Meijer Mania

Meijer will host about 40,000 college students during its Meijer Mania events, which bus students from nearby campuses to stores to introduce them to the retail brand. The events, which will be held through early September, include DJs, photo booths, samples, coupons and contests.

Study: Millions of Americans exposed to harmful chemicals in water
8/24/2016 HealthDay News

At least 6 million Americans are exposed to levels of polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl chemicals in drinking water that are higher than recommended for safety, which could raise the risk of health problems, according to a study in Environmental Science & Technology Letters. Researchers said the chemicals are found in products used as part of daily life or in manufacturing, and while some have been phased out, they still remain in the environment.

Honey Bunches of Oats, Burns Group combine nostalgia and Snapchat
8/25/2016 MediaPost Communications

Honey Bunches Of Oats' new campaign from Burns Group is turning to pop culture and Snapchat to woo younger consumers. A TV ad features nostalgic icon Wonder Woman, and the brand is using Snapchat's Snap Ads Between Friends, which will show video content in between users' posts.

Judge to weigh in on Aeropostale's future this week

A bankruptcy court judge will rule this week on a dispute between Aeropostale and major creditor Sycamore Partners, and his decision could determine whether the teen fashion retailer has a future. Sycamore is pushing to liquidate the chain, while Aeropostale and some of its junior creditors want to find a way to save the retailer.

Shadow Brokers' NSA hack reveals VPN weaknesses
8/25/2016 Forbes

The recent leak of National Security Agency files by Shadow Brokers calls into question the security of virtual private networks, particularly in the case of weaknesses associated with Cisco's PIX product, which was discontinued in 2009, Thomas Fox-Brewster writes.

Pfizer acquires small-molecule antibiotics from AstraZeneca

Pfizer has agreed to acquire AstraZeneca's small molecule-antibiotics business, which includes the approved drugs Zavicefta, Merrem and Zinforo, as well as the investigational treatments ATM-AVI and CXL. Pfizer will provide a $550 million upfront payment, another $175 million unconditional payment in January 2019, milestone fees of $250 million, plus $600 million tied to royalties and future sales of Zavicefta and ATM-AVI.

Fox News aims to increase younger viewership
8/25/2016 Bloomberg

Fox News averages 2.26 million viewers per night and has a commanding lead over other cable news networks, but the average age of its primetime viewer is 68. The network has been focusing on digital to help bring in younger viewers, while also holding on to programming popular with young demographics, including "The Kelly File" and "The Five."

Construction starts at $1B commuter rail project in Texas

Work is underway on a $1 billion commuter-rail project to connect Fort Worth with North Richland Hills, Grapevine and the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Texas. The project is not yet fully funded, but the Fort Worth Transportation Authority received the go-ahead to start from the federal government.

Report: Sanchez Energy soliciting buyers for some Eagle Ford acreage
8/25/2016 Bloomberg

Reports indicate that Sanchez Energy is soliciting buyers for about 25,000 net acres in the Eagle Ford Shale region in south Texas. Sanchez is said to be raising cash to further develop its best prospects, including a lucrative patch of the Eagle Ford known as the Catarina.

Pa. to spend $8.8 million on safety upgrades to 23 airports

Pennsylvania will invest $8.8 million to upgrade 23 airports statewide, including $5.4 million in grants via the Aviation Transportation Assistance Program. "Hundreds of thousands of jobs are supported by aviation in Pennsylvania, and these investments will help them operate safely, expand to meet demands or attract more growth," said Gov. Tom Wolf.

Luxury Minn. hotel offers tailgating in style with the Vikings

The Hotel Ivy in Minneapolis is offering a $12,000 Ultimate Tailgate Package that includes a night in the penthouse, three more hotel rooms for friends, six 40-yard-line tickets to the Sept. 1 Vikings football game, limo transportation and lots of food and beverages. The feature follows a national trend of luxury pregame accommodations for gridiron fans.