Advertisement

Our coronavirus coverage is free for the first 24 hours. Find the latest information at tampabay.com/coronavirus. Please consider subscribing or donating.

  1. Archive

BEYOND TAMPA BAY

NORTH CAROLINA regulators are joining with Duke Energy to appeal a judge's ruling on cleaning up groundwater pollution leeching from the company's coal ash dumps after a Feb. 2 coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic gray sludge brought the issue to the forefront. The commission and Duke contend North Carolina law does not give the state the authority to order an immediate cleanup. Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway ruled the 15-member commission appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory and Republican legislative leaders had been misinterpreting the law for years.

* * *

GENERAL MOTORS dealers were to start replacing defective ignition switches at the start of this week, but many dealers said they don't have parts yet. GM said dealers would start getting the switches Monday for 2.5 million recalled small cars, mostly from 2003-2007, linked to 13 fatalities in which vehicles lose power and airbags fail to deploy because the switch fails when a key chain is too heavy or the car hits a bump. But GM said production won't be finished for all the parts until late fall.

* * *

THE U.S. LABOR DEPARTMENT said Tuesday that employers advertised 4.2 million job openings in February, up 7.7 percent from January. That's the most postings since January 2008, when the Great Recession was just starting and the economy had yet to suffer the full shock of the downturn. Total hiring edged up 1.5 percent to 4.6 million in February. In a healthy job market, about 5 million people are hired each month.

* * *

ALASKA DISPATCH PUBLISHING, the parent company of online newspaper the Alaska Dispatch, will purchase the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska's largest daily newspaper, from McClatchy for $34 million. Plans are to integrate the two websites - www.alaskadispatch.com and www.adn.com - into one site within six months, and the printed newspaper will continue to be printed daily.

* * *

1.7M

NUMBER OF PAYING SUBSCRIBERS to music subscription service Rhapsody, up 63 percent over the past year, but still far behind Spotify, the world leader with more than 6 million paying subscribers

* * *

THE BOTTOM LINE: Energy Department forecasts national average price for regular unleaded gas will fall 1 cent to $3.57 per gallon between now and September ... Wal-Mart Stores to open 50 more wholesale stores in India over next five years, adding to current total of 20 there ... Aluminum manufacturer Alcoa lost $178 million in the first quarter while revenue dipped to $5.45 billion

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

Advertisement
Advertisement