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Nashville Software School becomes pillar of tech community

May. 26, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When AllianceBernstein was still operating under secret code name "Project Stella" in Nashville last year, the global financial firm's chief technology officers visited the city to see whether to locate its new headquarters here. Among their stops was the Nashville Software School,...

Health tax splits California amid need for Trump's approval

May. 24, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are headed toward a confrontation with Gov. Gavin Newsom over whether to keep a tax that can generate nearly $2 billion for low-income health benefits but means approval from the Trump administration amid a feud between state and federal officials. Senate and...

Lake Tahoe's famed water gets clearer after all-time low

May. 24, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The clarity of Lake Tahoe's cobalt blue water improved last year from its worst level in a half-century after weather and runoff returned to more normal conditions at the alpine lake straddling the California-Nevada line. A dinner plate-sized disc used to measure clarity was visible at an...

NASA's first-of-kind tests look to manage drones in cities

May. 24, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing them in cities for the first time beyond the operator's line of sight as businesses look in the future to unleash the unmanned devices in droves above busy streets...

Family of incapacitated woman who was raped blames Arizona

May. 23, 2019 9:07 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The parents of an incapacitated woman who was raped and later gave birth at a Phoenix long-term care center alleges in a $45 million legal claim that the facility and state broke their promise to have only female caregivers tend to their daughter. A nurse charged with sexually assaulting the...

Pot backers ask Maine to put locals, small businesses first

May. 23, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Marijuana enthusiasts in Maine used a public hearing Thursday to implore the state to protect the small businesses and growers they think should make up the backbone of its budding cannabis industry. The Maine Office of Marijuana Policy held the public hearing about the state's draft...

How to create a good culture for your small business

May. 22, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — While the culture or atmosphere at any business can be critical to attracting and retaining top workers, it needs to be a focus for small business owners who can't offer the kind of salary and benefits that bigger companies do. Many owners are busy with customers, vendors and finances, and...

Small business cultures need to evolve along with work force

May. 22, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Meloney Perry once worked at a traditional big law firm with a formal, corporate atmosphere, and knew she wanted a different culture at her own firm. "I learned the 'old school' way, but it's changed," says Perry, founder of Perry Law in Dallas. "Nowadays, with the employees coming in...

California governor forms group for homelessness solutions

May. 21, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom called growing homelessness in California a national disgrace as he announced Tuesday that he is launching a task force to find solutions amid a housing crisis in the most populous state. The Democratic governor said the state has lacked a strategy to curb...

Colorado won't halt drilling as it refocuses rules on safety

May. 21, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado officials said Tuesday that they had no plans to stop energy companies from drilling for oil and gas while regulators overhaul state rules to make health, safety and the environment their top priority. Dan Gibbs, chief of the state Department of Natural Resources, said lawmakers did...