Below please find daily updates pertaining to the latest in financial, business, and tax news:

Fed chair addresses inflation concerns

April 17, 2014

As long-term unemployed people return to the workforce it is expected to put a check on rising wages and hold down inflation, says Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Speaking for the first time on monetary policy since taking over leadership of the Fed, Yellen addressed concerns about inflation as the economy improves,  Bloomberg reports. ?The long-term unemployed are likely to move back mor...

Gov. Deal ducks TV debate

April 17, 2014

Gov. Nathan Deal will be represented by an empty podium at an upcoming Republican primary debate sponsored by the Atlanta Press Club. The GOP incumbent has turned down an invitation to debate two opponents at the May 14 event, which will be aired live at 7 p.m. on Georgia Public Broadcasting, his campaign citing a ?long-standing commitment? to be elsewhere. ?We are disappointed Gov. Deal is n...

Doctors have $20 billion economic impact in Tennessee

April 17, 2014

Tennessee doctors support more than 143,000 jobs and generate more than $20 billion in economic activity, according to a new report released Wednesday by state and national physicians? lobbying groups. The report, completed by the American Medical Association in conjunction with Tennessee Medical Association and other state medical societies, quantifies the economic impact physicians have on e...

SNAPSHOT: Cloudy + Wolves lose + Pothole haikus + STD report + Coach's chilly return + Vanska surprise + Ferry disaster (Video)

April 17, 2014

Today's Twin Cities weather, sports scores and schedules, conversation starters, trending news, traffic and flight information: Local Weather Cloudy, high of 41. Chance of precipitation: 10 percent. National Weather East chilly now, warming coming Today's Talkers Mankato players refuse to practice under Hoffner Vanska makes surprise appearance at Minneapolis school Pothole haikus STD repo...

Is your ice cream ready to eat? Violin-playing digital pixies in Häagen-Dazs app will tell you

April 17, 2014

An app launched by Häagen-Dazs that uses a violin-playing digital apparition on your smartphone to tell you when your ice cream has softened enough for eating has gotten plenty of love on the Internet. OC Weekly is the  latest to profile the ice cream maker's Concerto software, which is used by downloading the app and then holding a smartphone camera up to a pint of Häagen-Dazs ice cream, a br...

Meharry looking for a president who will 'preserve and enhance' its legacy

April 17, 2014

Meharry Medical College announced Wednesday it is beginning its search for a new president, the 12 th in the school?s history and its third in seven years. But while there?s been some transition at the top for the historically black academic sciences center, Janet Caldwell, senior vice president for marketing and communications, said whoever the new candidate is will see that ?now is a really ...

The Mayo Clinic for $50/month

April 17, 2014

The Mayo Clinic has partnered with a tele-medicine guru and a former Facebook executive to put its resources in the hands of millions of consumers, via a new app called "Better." The Rochester, Minn.-based clinic has been working for about two years on the app, which launched Wednesday. TechCrunch  reports that Mayo is an investor in the venture, which was co-founded by entrepreneur Geoff Clap...

Jay Brodie: Baltimore's tech scene needs a common vision

April 17, 2014

In the winter of 1996, as part of my new position as president of the Baltimore Development Corp., I searched for evidence of the city?s technology scene. There wasn?t much to see. I first visited the BDC?s ?incubator,? housed in an old ? but not historic ? building at 1444 Key Highway in South Baltimore. It was the only incubator in the region. As I met with the staff, I observed that severa...

Corizon moving to larger Maryland Farms HQ

April 17, 2014

Brentwood-based Corizon Health Inc., which provides health care services at correctional facilities, is moving its headquarters to Maryland Farms. The Tennessean reports that Corizon is moving into 91,000 square feet of space at Highwoods Plaza II, space owned by Highwoods Properties that was vacated by LifePoint Hospitals. Corizon currently takes up almost 60,000 square feet of space in a Hi...

Nissan sweetens the deal for Leaf buyers

April 17, 2014

Nissan is aiming to give sales of its all-electric Leaf some extra juice. The company announced this week that it is expanding its "No Charge to Charge" promotion, providing two years of no-cost public charging in 25 U.S. markets. The 25 U.S. markets, which includes Nashville, account for 80 percent of the Leaf's sales, according to a news release. The program will allow Leaf owners to use a...

PepsiCo Beats Wall Street's First-Quarter Earnings Estimates in a Big Way

April 17, 2014

PepsiCo reported better-than-expected earnings today for its fiscal first quarter. Soda volume dipped in North America....

3 Critical Numbers From Bank of America's Earnings Release

April 17, 2014

Think you know what's going on at Bank of America? If so, then you might want to check out these three numbers....

These Big Dividends Face Big Challenges

April 17, 2014

Why self-storage REITs are my least favorite dividend play....

Post Earnings, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan, and Citigroup Are Looking Like Solid Buys

April 17, 2014

JP Morgan and Wells Fargo are seeing improving metrics, so they are raising their dividends and buying back their shares....

Does Keurig Green Mountain Play Fair?

April 17, 2014

Keurig Green Mountain had a marvelous March: the company revamped its name, joined the S&P 500, and broke the shackles of an exclusive licensing deal with Starbucks. However, in the wake of a lawsuit over unfair competition, investors must decide if Keurig plays fair....

Why I'm Done With Financial Goals

April 16, 2014

Maybe you should be, too....

Here's Why You Should Cut Intel Some Slack

April 16, 2014

While Intel's smartphone efforts to date haven't been financially successful, here's why you should cut Intel some slack....

China GDP Growth, Plus Twitter and Google Headlines, As Dow Gains 162

April 16, 2014

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Why the Dow Jumped for the Third Straight Day

April 16, 2014

The blue chips tacked on another 1% as SodaStream jumped on a partnership rumors and Google fell in its earnings report....

SanDisk Corporation Gains 5.8% on a Big Earnings Surprise

April 16, 2014

SanDisk delivered a huge earnings surprise in the first quarter, driven by a sustainable shift in the product mix....

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