Local & State
New Blacksburg customer returns facility to hire 250
A firm is establishing a facility to process consumer electronic returns in Blacksburg, a move that is expected to create nearly 250 jobs. The Recon Group Inc. is investing $1.3 million in the 180,000-square-foot facility, according to a statement from the S.C. Governor’s Office. It will be the firm’s seventh in the United States and ninth worldwide and will specialize in the refurbishment of customer return high-definition televisions. Submit resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Nation & World
Job gains solid in October
U.S. companies added 230,000 jobs in October, the most in four months and a sign that businesses are still willing to hire despite signs of slowing growth overseas. Payroll processer ADP says the job gains were slightly ahead of the 225,000 added in September, which was revised up from an initial estimate of 213,000. Job gains above 200,000 are usually enough to lower the unemployment rate.
Maine shrimp season canceled because of declining population, warmer ocean temps
Federal regulators shut down the commercial fishing season for northern shrimp in the Gulf of Maine for a second straight year on Wednesday, citing concerns about the declining population and warmer ocean temperatures. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Northern Shrimp Section voted to cancel the upcoming season, a year after the section closed this year’s season for the first time in more than 30 years.
The McRib is back
McDonald’s Corp., struggling to boost sales in the United States, is bringing back the McRib sandwich this week in about three-quarters of its domestic locations. The world’s largest restaurant chain has been trying to attract Americans with new and discounted fare. McDonald’s recently introduced a $2 jalapeno burger and also has given away free coffee to lure diners from competitors.
Texting and driving rampant
Nearly everyone agrees that texting and driving is dangerous. Most people do it anyway. In a new survey, 98 percent of motorists who own cellphones and text regularly said they were aware of the dangers, yet three-quarters of them admitted to texting while driving, despite laws against it in some states. Two-thirds said they have read text messages while stopped at a red light or stop sign, while more than a quarter said they have sent texts while driving.
Philip Morris partners with suppliers
Philip Morris International Inc. announced Wednesday that it is partnering with two U.S. tobacco leaf suppliers to buy its tobacco rather than working directly with farmers. The seller of Marlboro and other cigarette brands overseas said the agreements with Virginia-based Universal Corp. and North Carolina-based Alliance One International Inc. take effect in April and will affect about 35 Richmond, VA.-based employees.
The (Spartanburg) Herald-Journal, The Associated Press and Bloomberg News contributed.