How Big Beer is going green

Some of America's biggest beer producers are amping up their corporate social responsibility programs, with a focus on promoting water conservation and more sustainable agricultural technologies. "Hopefully it will be an example for other companies to replicate. What helps with barley can also help with wheat, can help with potatoes, can help with soy," said John Rogers, global director of agricultural development at Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Report highlights student data trends
The Hechinger Report

A majority of educators -- 70% -- who participated in the 2015 Vision K-20 Survey reported an increase in the use of student data during the last two years. Educators most often use such data to track student performance, improve instruction and identify instructional needs.

Many older consumers rely on credits cards for financial survival
USA Today

Baby boomer and Generation X consumers often view credit cards as a financial lifeline, says a report by Allianz Life. Early credit card adoption has led many people to live beyond their means and to put off retirement savings, says Katie Libbe, an Allianz vice president.

Starbucks boosts drink prices as labor costs rise

Starbucks will add 10 cents to the price of a cup of brewed coffee starting Tuesday and raise prices on other select drinks by between five cents and 20 cents, the company said. Raw coffee prices are falling, but Starbucks needs to increase prices to offset rising rents and labor costs.

Study links consumption of sugary drinks to high diabetes mortality
Medical Economics

The consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages was responsible for an estimated 184,000 deaths worldwide in 2010, 133,000 of which were related to diabetes, according to a study in the journal Circulation. Researchers found that Mexico had the highest mortality rate from sugary drinks, with an estimated 405 deaths per one million adults, followed by the U.S. with an estimated 125 deaths per one million adults.

Instagram to upgrade photo resolution

Instagram is preparing to step up the clarity of its users' photos with 1080×1080 pixel resolution, up from 640×640. The better resolution takes into account the growing screen size of newer smartphones.

Sears Canada CEO named to Barnes & Noble's retail arm

Barnes & Noble has chosen Sears Canada CEO Ronald Boire to head the bookseller's retail operations after it spins off its college stores into a separate company next month. Boire joined Sears Canada in 2012 and was named acting CEO two years later; his resume also includes stints at Brookstone, Toys R Us and Best Buy.

Celebrities to voice "Minecraft: Story Mode"

"Minecraft: Story Mode" will debut on PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360, and PCs and Macs by the end of the year, Adam Rosenberg writes. The game, developed by Telltale Games, will be "driven by the choices that players make" and will feature a celebrity cast led by Patton Oswalt. Brian Posehn, Ashley Johnson and Corey Feldman will be among the other actors lending their voices to the game.

Cephalon, AstraZeneca reach settlement deals in Medicaid rebates cases

AstraZeneca and Cephalon have reached settlement deals with the U.S. and state governments for separate lawsuits claiming the companies underpaid rebates for their prescription drugs covered under state Medicaid programs. AstraZeneca will pay $46.5 million, while Teva, which owns Cephalon, will pay $7.5 million to settle the allegations. Among the medications named in the lawsuits are Cephalon's wakefulness drug Provigil and pain treatment Actiq, as well as AstraZeneca's Seroquel antipsychotic and Crestor cholesterol medication.

Samsung offers downbeat earnings preview on Galaxy shortages

Samsung Electronics expects its second-quarter earnings to fall short of analysts' expectations, thanks in large part to production issues with the curved-screen Galaxy S6 Edge, which has enjoyed strong sales. A Q2 dip would mark the seventh consecutive quarter in which the South Korean company's profits declined from year to year.

Ore. to spend $300M on seismic upgrades for public buildings

More than 1,000 schools in Oregon are at risk in the event of an earthquake, but that will change with $300 million in bond funding dedicated to seismic upgrades of public buildings and other improvements. The funds are part of the state's capital construction budget of $1.2 billion.

Opinion: Ohio's wind industry supports schools, economic development

Ohio lawmakers should support wind energy development because the taxes paid by wind farms yield huge economic rewards for the state's schools and other areas of development, writes Jeff Snyder, superintendent of the Lincolnview school district in Ohio. The school district receives $400,000 in taxes annually from Iberdrola Renewables. "We didn't have to go ask our community to pay more in taxes. Instead we took advantage of the natural wind that has always blown in our own backyards," he writes.

United Airlines first to fly major route on biofuel
GeekWireDigital Trends

United Airlines is preparing to launch a test-flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco powered by biofuels. The plan is to then gradually phase a 30% biofuel blend out to the rest of the fleet.

AccorHotels announces deal to establish hotel group in Angola

AccorHotels is partnering with AAA ACTIVOS to build a chain of 50 hotels in Angola. "This historical and unheard of establishment of a hospitality group in Angola, which was made possible through our partnership with AAA ACTIVOS LDA, testifies to AccorHotels' ambition in Africa, where tourism is rapidly evolving," said AccorHotels CEO and Chairman Sebastien Bazin.