GM announces $300 million investment for new American-made electric car | Fox News

The news comes at the end of a week that saw President Trump continually criticizing GM for closing a factory in Ohio while Ford revealed a $900 million plan that includes the manufacture of electric cars at its Flat Rock, Mich., plant.

Source: GM announces $300 million investment for new American-made electric car | Fox News

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Walmart to discontinue popular price-matching program | WPXI

Walmart recently announced it will discontinue its Savings Catcher program, a price-matching tool that refunds customers for any price difference between the big box retailer’s price and a competitor’s price for the same item.

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The last eReceipt via the program will be processed on May 14.


Here’s how the program works: First, shoppers scan their receipts. If a lower price is detected, the customer is then issued a Walmart gift card with the difference loaded to the card.

“Since the introduction of the program, we’ve worked hard to lower prices on thousands of everyday items across our stores, which has resulted in our prices winning the vast majority of the time when you submit receipts to Savings Catcher,” read a statement on Walmart’s website.

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US judge halts hundreds of drilling projects in groundbreaking climate change ruling | Environment | The Guardian

In a rebuke of the Trump administration’s ‘energy-first’ agenda, a judge rules greenhouse gas emissions must be considered

Drilling had been stalled on more than 300,000 acres of public land in Wyoming after it was ruled the Trump administration violated environmental laws by failing to consider greenhouse gas emissions. The federal judge has ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages US public lands and issues leases to the energy industry, to redo its analysis.

The decision stems from an environmental lawsuit. WildEarth Guardians, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Western Environmental Law Center sued the BLM in 2016 for failing to calculate and limit the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from future oil and gas projects.

Source: US judge halts hundreds of drilling projects in groundbreaking climate change ruling | Environment | The Guardian

 KeepViacom.com website gives details about keeping channels on DirecTV

Website says to call 888-250-5557 to Tell AT&T-DIRECTV to Keep My Channels!

Viacom’s 23 networks carried by AT&T-DirecTV are at risk.

DIRECTV, U-verse TV, DIRECTV NOW and WatchTV carry up to 23 Viacom networks. These networks are: MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH1, BET, Paramount Network, Nick Jr., CMT, TV Land, Logo, MTV2, Nicktoons, TeenNick, MTV Classic, NickMusic, MTV Live, BET Her, CMT Music, BET Jams, Tr3s, BET Soul, BET Gospel and MTVU.

AT&T-DirecTV is choosing to drop these channels rather than work on their customers’ behalf to keep Viacom channels on the air.

Viacom continues to make every effort to reach a new deal with AT&T-DirecTV to carry its channels. However, AT&T-DirecTV is putting its own bottom line ahead of the interests of its subscribers, which may force a disruption in their service.

Viacom’s offers enable AT&T-DirecTV to lower their subscribers’ bills while keeping the same channels.

Viacom is offering AT&T-DirecTV the ability to pay less tomorrow for Viacom channels than they pay today, enabling them to pass these savings on to subscribers and lower their bills. Instead, AT&T-DirecTV’s plan is to drop Viacom’s networks from subscribers’ lineups and pocket the profits, not lower their bills.

Source: AT&T-DIRECTV is about to drop up to 23 channels | KeepViacom | KeepViacom.com

Starbucks redesigns its loyalty program so you get free stuff sooner

 

Starbucks is ditching its single option rewards model in favor a tiered system that lets customers get free coffee, tea and other merchandise sooner.

Starting on April 16, Starbucks Rewards loyalty program is getting a  makeover, allowing members to earn Stars – aka rewards points – sooner, and use those points to buy more items than before.

“We know that with loyalty programs, people like to have different options for redeeming,” said Matt Ryan, chief marketing officer at Starbucks. Under the new points earning structure, “depending on what you want, in as little as two or three, visits you can have it.”

Starbucks reworked its Rewards structure to include tiers. Now if you spend $13, on your next visit, you can get an extra espresso shot or dairy substitute free of charge. The updated program also now lets you use points to buy packaged coffee and select merchandise for the first time.

In addition to the redesigned program, Starbucks credit and debit cardholders will be able to accrue points forever with no expiration date.

Source: Starbucks redesigns its loyalty program so you get free stuff sooner

SpaceX Crew Capsule Ends Test Flight With Ocean Splashdown | Newsradio 1020 KDKA

By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s swanky new crew capsule returned from the International Space Station to an old-fashioned splashdown in the Atlantic on Friday, successfully ending a test flight that could lead to astronaut rides later this year.

The Dragon capsule undocked from the orbiting lab early Friday. Six hours later, the capsule carrying a test dummy parachuted into the ocean, a couple hundred miles off the Florida coast.

It was the final hurdle for the six-day demo, a critical prelude to SpaceX’s first flight with astronauts as early as summer. While improvements still need to be made, the company aims to fly NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on the next test flight.

Astronauts have not launched from Florida for eight years, and NASA is eager to end the drought and reduce its costly dependence on Russia for space station trips.

Source: SpaceX Crew Capsule Ends Test Flight With Ocean Splashdown | Newsradio 1020 KDKA

HINES WARDS TABLE 86: Table 86 restaurant suddenly closes | WPXI

A popular restaurant that bears the jersey number of a former Steelers star is suddenly closing.

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That owner, Howard Schiller, said former Steeler Hines Ward is not a part-owner and his ties to the restaurant are in name and jersey number only.

Source: HINES WARDS TABLE 86: Table 86 restaurant suddenly closes | WPXI

IHOP to celebrate Free Pancake Day on Tuesday | myfox8.com

On Tuesday, March 12, IHOP will give away free pancakes in honor of Free Pancake Day.

The event will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at IHOPs across the country.

Guests can visit the restaurant to order up a free short stack of Original Buttermilk pancakes.

The promotion also goes to a good cause with this event supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Source: IHOP to celebrate Free Pancake Day on Tuesday | myfox8.com

Boeing postpones launch of 777X after Ethiopia Airlines crash – CNN

(CNN Business)Boeing has delayed plans to unveil its huge new 777X jetliner this week following the deadly crash of one of the company’s aircraft in Ethiopia.

A Boeing 737 MAX 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed on Sunday morning, just minutes after taking off from from Addis Ababa. All 157 people on board were killed. The disaster happened less than five months after another 737 MAX 8 went down off the coast of Indonesia in late October, killing 189 people.
Boeing announced last week that the 777X, which can carry as many as 425 passengers, would make its “debut to the world” this coming Wednesday. It described it as “the largest, most efficient twin-engine jet” on the planet.
But a Boeing spokesman said late Sunday that the company is postponing the 777X’s big reveal. He didn’t say when the event is now likely to take place but added that there are no other changes to the aircraft’s schedule.

Source: Boeing postpones launch of 777X after Ethiopia Airlines crash – CNN