Blue Cross, CHI both healthy enterprises, but long-term impact of health care price dispute unknown

At issue in the conflict between the two health care entities is Blue Cross Blue Shield's contention that CHI Health's prices are too high and need to be lowered to the market average. The dispute has separated organizations that have worked together closely in the past. And it has tested the patience of individuals involved.

With Aksarben Village feel, Bluffs' 'River's Edge' gains momentum

The 25-acre, city-owned site now is on track to become a village of nearly 300,000 square feet of office and retail space, 1,606 parking stalls, entertainment spots, bike and walking paths and 353 residences.

Warren Buffett Watch: Looks like IBM was propping up price

There are reasons behind the recent drop in the stock price of IBM, which cost Berkshire Hathaway Inc. to lose m…

Your Office Coach: You need to rise above this juvenile office rivalry

Last week, a colleague called me to complain about a new program that I started. “Joanne” talked at great length about her own ideas for making the program more effective. When I pointed out the flaws in her thinking, she said, “You’ve upset me so much that I have to get off the phone.” Then she hung up. She actually sounded like she was about to cry.

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Nebraska Educational Savings Trust hosting bonus program for new accounts

The Nebraska Educational Savings Trust, or NEST, is hosting a bonus program for new college savings accounts opened for children age 8 or younger through the end of the year.

$400,000 UNO 'mega lab' has applications for businesses, military, among other uses

Which CEO candidate makes better decisions under stress? How does radical propaganda turn people toward violence? Answers to such questions can flow from a new behavioral research laboratory at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s College of Business Administration.

Union Pacific profit up 19% as its service faces more scrutiny

Union Pacific Corp., employer of 8,000 Nebraskans, reported Thursday that third-quarter profit rose 19 percent, though two gauges of the railroad’s network efficiency worsened.

Women’s Fund of Omaha luncheon

‘Be the change and take action’ to become leaders, women urged

Former Bank of America executive Sallie Krawcheck was the keynote speaker for the Women’s Fund of Omaha’s annual luncheon at the CenturyLink Center. About 1,100 people attended, a record crowd for the 14-year-old event.

'Don't think ... you won't be a target': Panelists’ tips aim to thwart hackers

Four panelists spoke at a free cybersecurity event hosted Thursday by the Better Business Bureau at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Mammel Hall.

In China, Mark Zuckerberg playing the long game

Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, gave a dramatic display this week of his interest in the country, speaking in Chinese for about a half-hour at a Wednesday forum at Tsinghua University in Beijing. 

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Rebuilding her life, she gets a lift through Recycled Rides program

Maurisa Machacha has come a long way since she arrived in Omaha from Canada just two years ago.

Final Frontier flight departs from Sioux City airport

Frontier Airlines is saying goodbye to the Sioux City airport, ending a four-month stint serving the community.

Procter & Gamble plans to make Duracell a stand-alone company

The world's largest consumer products maker, which acquired Duracell in 2005, has been trimming its product lineup to focus on its top performers. After it finishes jettisoning more than half its brands around the globe over the next year or two, P&G said it will be left with about 70 to 80 brands.

Iowa-based halal food supplier indicted over beef exports

A federal grand jury returned the indictment Thursday against Bill Aossey, Jr., who founded the Midamar Corp. in 1974. The Cedar Rapids company grew into the leading U.S. halal brand, selling more than 200 products in the U.S. and abroad.

Earnings roundup: Cloud services lift Microsoft profits above expectations

Microsoft’s latest earnings report shows CEO Satya Nadella is making progress in his push to embrace cloud computing. The company said Thursday that revenue from cloud services, including software delivered over the Internet, more than doubled in the last quarter. That helped lift quarterly profit and revenue above expectations.

In brief: Mortgage rates fall for fifth straight week

Average U.S. mortgage rates continued to slide this week, raising prospects of a wave of consumers refinancing their loans. 

Money Talks

Small Business Administration to host free seminar for new businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Nebraska office will hold a free brown-bag seminar about federally guaranteed loans for new businesses from 11 a.m. to noon on Oct. 28 at the office, 10675 Bedford Ave.

Mutual of Omaha’s leap fuels Omaha banking growth

Omaha metro area banks hold almost half of the state’s total of deposits.

Cabela’s stock down as firearms surge slows

Cabela’s stock fell 14.9 percent Thursday and hit a new low for the year as the retailer lowered its earnings outlook, saying same-store sales dropped more than expected in the third quarter, largely because customers spent less on firearms and ammunition.

Midlands feel squeeze as construction labor pool shrinks

Shortage worsens across U.S., survey shows; economist points to insufficient training.

Chico’s style guru, former executive is back home in Nebraska for Village Pointe event

In her defense, it was 1978. A teen-aged Sherry Moeller wore corduroy bell bottoms with a matching vest and blazer in her senior yearbook picture at Wisner-Pilger High School. The outfit was an early expression of style for a Nebraska girl who would go on to have a successful career as a fashion executive.

Valmont profits are down from year-ago period

Valmont Industries Inc. of Omaha reported net income of $23.6 million or 92 cents per share, in the three months that ended Sept. 28, down more than half from $56.5 million, or $2.10 per share, in the same period a year ago.

State oversight of Medicaid could cut costs, executive says

State governments can make health care more efficient and citizens healthier through their power over Medicaid and other services, an official from the National Governors Association told a Nebraska audience of health care professionals and policymakers Wednesday.

Most uninsured are unaware of health sign-up period

This year, the big challenge for officials behind the Affordable Care Act may not be making the website work but getting customers to come shop in the first place.

Review: Apple Pay a pleasure (when you can use it)

As cool as Apple Pay and contactless payments may be, you can’t go on much of a shopping spree with them just yet.

Amazon to refund Iowa customers over subscription

Online retailer Amazon has agreed to refund more than 1,000 Iowa customers over issues regarding a subscription service.

2 senators ask gov't for nationwide air bag recall

Two U.S. senators are calling on U.S. auto safety regulators to immediately issue a nationwide recall for cars with faulty air bags made by Takata Corp.

Confusion over affected cars mires air bag recalls

Safety agency’s warning now covers 7.8 million vehicles, with a focus on high-humidity areas.

Year after holiday struggles, FedEx and UPS gear up for surge

FedEx predicts a record for holiday deliveries, with the peak day coming Dec. 15.

Railroad mergers don’t ‘make sense at this time,’ Norfolk Southern’s CEO says

The idea of a merger has been on investors’ minds lately, because Canadian Pacific Railway approached CSX about a possible deal. CP CEO Hunter Harrison said Tuesday that talks fell apart after several meetings.

Selling homes of hoarders can be messy job for agents

Hoarding is often brought to a crisis point when a homeowner has to move, and it is a major obstacle in a real estate market where “Get rid of clutter” is usually the first advice real estate agents offer sellers.

Marissa Mayer defends Yahoo strategy

Signaling her reign has reached a pivotal juncture, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is trying to convince restless shareholders that the long-struggling Internet company is heading in the right direction.

Wally Weitz has carved out his own niche in the world of value investing

Anyone specializing in value investing – looking for gems in the bargain bin – shares the stage with some big names, none bigger than Warren Buffett. Weitz says his success has come from applying lessons learned by observing Buffett and his methods.

U.S. jobless aid applications rise to 283,000

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week after falling to a 14-year low the previous week. Despite the increase, weekly applications remain at historically low levels that suggest hiring is gaining steam.



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