A better way to learn from what went wrong
4/28/2017 SmartBrief/Leadership

Using a "lessons learned" approach to recognizing and correcting errors is a common but flawed approach, writes Adriano Pianesi. Instead, meet before a project to forecast potential issues, or use recurring meetings during the project to address problems as they occur.

Purdue U. seeks to acquire Kaplan U.

Purdue University in Indiana is looking to launch a new online public university aimed at nontraditional students by purchasing the 15 campuses and learning centers of for-profit Kaplan University. According to the terms of the deal, which must be approved at both state and federal levels, Kaplan will continue to run the schools and collect a 12.5% fee for the first five years.

US GDP rises sluggish 0.7% in Q1
4/28/2017 ReutersBloomberg

US gross domestic product rose 0.7 percent in the first quarter, the most sluggish rate since the first quarter of 2014. Reasons for the slow growth included stagnant consumer spending, lower levels of investment by businesses and reductions in federal defense spending.

Sources: Lidl seeks US store sites further west

German discount grocer Lidl has widened its search for US store sites to include Pittsburgh, Erie and other areas in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio markets including Cincinnati and Dayton, sources said. The retailer is getting ready to open its first 20 US stores on the East Coast this summer, with plans to operate 100 stores in the US within a year.

Insider misuse is major cybersecurity threat in health care, report finds
4/27/2017 ZDNet

Verizon's 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report showed a 50% increase in ransomware incidents across all industries in 84 countries, with 68% of the threats in health care coming from internal sources. "Insider misuse is a major issue for the health care industry; in fact it is the only industry where employees are the predominant threat actors in breaches," Verizon said in the report.

Hulu teams with The Wing to promote "The Handmaid's Tale"
4/28/2017 Adweek

Hulu is touting its TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" by partnering with women's social club The Wing to reach its 100,000 social followers and 600 members. The partnership includes book club discussions, a pre-premiere screening, and an installation by graphic artists Paula Scher and Abbott Miller at New York's High Line park.

Ind. governor signs bill that raises $5B for roads, bridges

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed a bill that increases the gas tax by 10 cents, raises vehicle registration fees and charges a fee to owners of electric and hybrid vehicles. The law is expected to generate $5 billion over seven years for road and bridge projects, and it also allows the state to ask the federal government if it can toll existing interstates.

SiriusXM purchases Automatic
4/28/2017 TechCrunch

SiriusXM, in a deal valued at more than $100 million, has acquired maker of connected car port accessories Automatic. The acquisition signals a recognition that users are more frequently turning to smartphones for in-car entertainment.

BioMarin's Batten disease drug wins FDA nod

BioMarin Pharmaceutical has received FDA approval for its Brineura, or cerliponase alfa, as a treatment for symptomatic pediatric patients with late infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis type 2, a type of Batten disease that is also called tripeptidyl peptidase 1 deficiency. The drug is expected to gain marketing approval for Europe in June.

Fox News bounces back after O'Reilly goes off the air
4/28/2017 MediaPost Communications

Fox News suffered a hit from viewers and advertisers during early April broadcasts of Bill O'Reilly's "The O'Reilly Factor," airing just 11 commercials during its April 10 broadcast. However, the network has quickly bounced back, with Monday's "Tucker Carlson Live" broadcast -- the show's replacement -- bringing in 25 commercials and 3.18 million viewers.

Texas DOT implementing $70B infrastructure investment program
4/28/2017 KTRK-TV (Houston)

The Texas Department of Transportation has started a $70 billion, 10-year plan to improve transportation across the state. Houston-area projects will get about $12 billion of the total.

How the paper-making industry is making steps toward sustainability
4/28/2017 The Conversation (U.S.)

In pulp- and paper-making companies, 39% of the fiber used in the paper-making process comes from recycled paper, according to Gary Scott, chair of the Paper and Bioprocess Engineering Department at SUNY's College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Scott says that the waste levels of paper manufacturers has decreased during the past 40 years and now accounts for only 5% of the waste produced by US manufacturers.

Southwest announces plan to end overbooking

Southwest Airlines says it will end the practice of overbooking flights, a step the airline has been considering for some time, CEO Gary Kelly said. A new reservation system and better forecasting tools are making the practice unnecessary.

Silo Hotel opens in South Africa
4/28/2017 Forbes

The Silo Hotel has opened with 28 rooms in Cape Town, South Africa. The property is attached to the soon-to-open Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.