ATD: How trust affects the workplace

Organizations that have a strong degree of trust, especially employees trusting managers, show higher levels of efficiency and productivity and reduced turnover costs, Randy Conley of The Ken Blanchard Cos. said at this week's ATD conference in Washington, D.C. Conley outlined his approach for nurturing trust using the ABCD trust model, which includes assessing oneself according to four categories: able, believable, connected and dependable.

Relationship is key to personalized learning gains

Positive relationships with students is the key to successful personalized learning, according to Rick Robins, superintendent of Juab School District in Utah. Robins outlines the elements of this approach -- including technology adoption and a competency-referenced grading system -- and how it moved graduation rates from 78% in 2009 to 97% over the past three years.

Trump says he won't work with Dems amid inquiries

President Donald Trump said he will not work with Democrats on a bipartisan infrastructure program if they continue to investigate his administration. He made the statement at an impromptu news conference after walking out of a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Kroger, Walgreens partner with Loop on reusable packaging

Kroger and Walgreens have partnered with zero-waste platform Loop for a pilot program in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Loop provides reusable packaging on hundreds of food products and everyday household items that is later picked up by a delivery service to be cleaned and refilled.

Medicaid expansion may reduce maternal, infant mortality

States that expanded Medicaid coverage had 1.6 fewer maternal deaths per 100,000 women and a more than 50% decline in infant mortality from 2010 to 2016, compared with states that didn't expand Medicaid eligibility, according to a report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. The report also showed reduced racial disparities in health care, as well as a greater decline in the rate of uninsured women ages 18 to 44 in states that expanded Medicaid.

Pandora gives NYC interactive DJ Khaled mural

Pandora, as part of its "Sound On" campaign, has unveiled an interactive wall mural in New York City of DJ Khaled, created by street artist Lexi Bella. The mural features a QR code, which unlocks an audio-visual experience of DJ Khaled's new album.

Ford partners with robotics startup to deliver packages

Agility Robotics, a startup that's designed walking, upright robots, has partnered with Ford. The companies say they will utilize as many as 100 self-driving Ford vehicles equipped with the robot, which can deliver packages.

Urban Outfitters debuts fashion rental program

Urban Outfitters has launched a monthly clothing rental subscription service called Nuuly, which it hopes will attract new customers and spur brand fans to spend more. Subscribers will pay $88 per month to rent up to six items from Urban Outfitters, Free People and Anthropologie.

Drugmaker sues HHS, CMS over Medicaid rebate decision

Mallinckrodt is suing HHS and the CMS for changing Medicaid rebate calculations on the company's Acthar gel for infantile spasms and multiple sclerosis. The Justice Department is party to two whistleblower lawsuits alleging that a Mallinckrodt subsidiary engaged in illegal promotion of Acthar and paid kickbacks for prescriptions.

Charter's revenue rises 5.1% in Q1

Charter Communications netted 428,000 broadband customers in the first quarter along with 176,000 new wireless lines while growing revenue by 5.1% compared to the period a year ago. The company reported gains in small and medium-size business video subscribers although overall it shed 145,000 video customers.

OSHA urged to create heat stress standard
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Changing weather patterns are leading to higher temperatures and safety and labor groups are urging the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to create heat stress standards for workers. OSHA currently has no clear guidelines on heat but has sought to enlighten employers on the dangers.

Musk: Solar tile production will ramp up slowly

Elon Musk on Wednesday said that Tesla's Solar Roof tiles will be manufactured at a slower rate to ensure they last as long as expected. Musk's comment came as his company reported a reduction in solar installations.

UPS delivers life-saving "gift" packages

In 2018, UPS delivered 5.2 billion packages and documents, and some of those deliveries included human organs and tissues. UPS made its first successful live organ delivery in 2016 -- a "gift" package with a kidney for a woman in South Carolina. "When I see them [UPS] in the store and all I just look at them and smile. You know, in the truck and it's UPS -- they delivered my kidney," said Sharon Cauthen.

Fla. airport to consolidate passenger screening checkpoints

The Southwest Florida International Airport is planning to consolidate three 12-lane security checkpoints into one centralized screening area. "When you combine all the checkpoint resources in one location, it gives you so much more capacity," said Jeff Mulder, executive director of Lee County Port Authority.