LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's unemployment rate inched up a tenth of a point to 2.7 percent in July, but remained the lowest rate in the nation, according to reports issued Friday.
The Nebraska Labor Department said the preliminary July rate was six-tenths of a point under the July 2014 rate of 3.3 percent.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers have heard presentations on digital services that allow people to sell car rides through a smart phone app or rent out rooms to travelers.
Car services such as Uber and Lyft and short-term rental sites including Airbnb represent a new business model that legislators are studying ahead of the session that begins in January.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Solar energy companies can legally sell power directly to customers, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday in a boost to the small but growing source of renewable energy.
The ruling will likely expedite the adoption of rooftop solar power generating systems — particularly by cities, schools and nonprofit groups — that can reduce users' energy costs and their impact on the environment.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two universities in the nation's capital have agreed to a major energy deal to buy more than half their power from three new solar power farms that will be built in North Carolina, the schools announced Monday night.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The last thing lawmakers did as they passed California's $108 billion general fund budget this week was take up a mysterious tax break for the solar industry.
SB871, which extends a property tax for solar credits through 2024, was never heard by a regular policy committee and the public had little chance to provide input before the Democratic Legislature rammed it through last weekend.
DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas-area chemical engineer has been accused of stealing trade secrets from a New Jersey-based company where he formerly worked.
Federal prosecutors in Dallas say Mattias Tezock (TEE'-zahk) of Terrell (TEHR'-ehl) is charged with four counts of unauthorized possession of stolen trade secrets.
NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola has raised its stake in Keurig Green Mountain Inc., the beverage dispenser maker, as it looks to bring its familiar drink brands to the fast-growing at-home market.
The world's biggest beverage company disclosed in a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday that its subsidiary, Atlantic Industries, now has a 16 percent stake in Keurig Green Mountain.
MAPLEWOOD, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's solar energy industry rallied Monday to resurrect a popular rebate program created by a 2008 renewable-energy ballot initiative that was curtailed when the state's largest utilities said they had to cease participation to avoid rate increases capped by the voter-approved law.
DENVER (AP) — Xcel Energy Inc. and two solar industry groups have made a joint proposal to Colorado utility regulators on incentives that encourage customers to put panels on their roofs, they said Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Creative industries led by Hollywood account for about $504 billion, or at least 3.2 percent of U.S. goods and services, the U.S. government said in its first official measure of how the arts and culture affect the economy.
Slowing the buildup of greenhouse gases responsible for warming the planet is one of the biggest challenges the United States and President Barack Obama face. The effects of rising global temperatures are widespread and costly: more severe storms, rising seas, species extinctions, and changes in weather patterns that will alter food production and the spread of disease.
NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan says that Joseph Walker is rejoining the bank as a vice chairman of investment banking.
The appointment comes amid investigations into JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s $2 billion in credit derivative trading losses.
DETROIT (AP) — The owner of a German factory that makes a key resin used in auto parts said Thursday that the plant will be out of commission until at least October.
The Evonik Industries AG plant was badly damaged in a March 31 explosion and fire, setting off a mad scramble by global automakers to find substitute materials.