McDonald's donates employees' time to charities
CHARLESTON -- McDonald's restaurants of the Tri-State area celebrated McDonald's National People Week Sept. 17-23, honoring employees for their dedication and special achievements. One employee from 20 McDonald's restaurants in the Tri-State had an opportunity to get paid by McDonald's while volunteering at their charity of choice for an eight hour shift.
Among the local non-profits that received volunteers during National People Week were: Covenant House, Ronald McDonald House and Habitat for Humanity of Charleston, and Meals on Wheels of Grayson, Ky. and Pomeroy, Ohio.
Flight attendants reject labor deal contract
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Flight attendants at U.S. Airways Group Inc. narrowly rejected a new contract on Thursday that would have given them their first combined labor deal since the airline's 2005 merger with America West.
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA said 51 percent of votes were against the tentative agreement.
The union said the agreement included pay raises and job protection, but the rejection means flight attendants "declared management didn't dig deep enough."
This is the second time U.S. Airways flight attendants have rejected a tentative agreement. In March, three quarters of voting flight attendants rejected a previous deal.
Wheeling Jamboree finds new home in casino showroom
WHEELING, W.Va. -- The Wheeling Jamboree has a new home at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack.
Officials are announcing details Thursday. The first live, weekly country music show in the casino showroom is Oct. 6.
The Jamboree is heard worldwide by radio, video on demand and a streaming internet feed. It was housed at the historic Capitol Music Hall from the early 1930s to 2007, when the hall was closed for safety reasons.
Campbell closes two U.S. soup plants
NEW YORK -- Campbell Soup Co. is closing two U.S. plants and cutting more than 700 jobs as it looks to trim costs amid declining consumption of its canned soups.
The world's largest soup maker said Thursday that it will close a plant in Sacramento, Calif., that has about 700 full-time workers. The plant, which makes soups, sauces and beverages, was built in 1947 and is the company's oldest in the country. That also means it has the highest production costs of Campbell's four U.S. soup plants.
Tempur-Pedic buying Sealy for $228.6M
NEW YORK -- Mattress rivals Tempur-Pedic and Sealy are becoming bedfellows.
Tempur-Pedic, the 20-year-old leader in foam mattresses, is buying more-than-a century-old rival Sealy for about $228.6 million in cash.
The acquisition comes as competition has increased in the mattress industry, with makers stepping up their marketing and promotions to help lure cost-conscious consumers into making big purchases.
Tempur-Pedic International Inc. said Thursday that it will pay $2.20 per Sealy share, which is a 3 percent premium to the company's Wednesday closing price of $2.14.
Rental car companies agree on recall plan
ALBANY, N.Y. -- When Cally Houck lost her two daughters in the wreck of what turned out to be a defective rental car, she thought there must be a rule keeping those vehicles off the road.
"There had to be some sort of law that prohibits this practice," the California lawyer said of unrepaired rentals leased after safety recalls. "We learned there was no such law."
So she took up the cause, knowing she couldn't bring her daughters back but hoping she might help save others.