Veteran business journalists Paul Kangas and Susie Gharib coanchor television’s most watched daily business news program, Nightly Business Report. The award-winning series combines business and economic news, extensive financial market coverage, corporate profiles, and commentaries by economists in a fast-paced format.
A small group of local business leaders who are using their proven investment techniques — and their personal fortunes — to assemble what they believe are the world's most promising researchers to slow, stop or reverse Alzheimer's Disease.
The New England Mobile Book Fair -- which is neither mobile nor a fair -- is up for sale, and its loyal customers are worried an ownership change could threaten a quirkiness that has taken 50 years to develop.
Experts say the current educational system and private-sector training efforts aren't preparing workers for job opportunities. So, a metal parts factory near Boston has done something unusual to ensure its workers have the necessary training: It started its own school.
The state's Department of Public Utilities Monday approved an agreement that will allow power distributor National Grid to buy half of the electricity generated by the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound.
Brazil, the world's largest coffee grower, is soon expected to consume more coffee than the U.S. Then there are new coffee drinkers in India and China whose expanding economies have already pushed up prices for raw materials like corn and cotton. Now, it's coffee.
Defense spending in Massachusetts has tripled since 2001, bringing 115,000 jobs to the Bay State.
The Shaws grocery store chain is closing five New England Stores. It's the latest in a string of major retail closures across the state.
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Evergreen Solar is closing its Massachusetts manufacturing plant, terminating 800 jobs it was given $68 million in state aid to create. One lawmaker is filing legislation that would help the state get its money back when companies fail to deliver on state aid.
On the heels of the holidays, the winter months tend to be slow for restaurants. But season that with a batch of snowstorms and, in the words of one restaurateur, it’s a killer. But some restaurants are trying to take advantage of the snow -- and succeeding.
At the heart of fisheries management is a delicate balancing act – weighing the needs of fishermen against those of fish. Unfortunately, managers often don’t have the quantity or quality of data one would wish for.
One of the state’s largest alternative energy companies, Evergreen Solar, is in the process of closing its manufacturing plant in Devens. But the landscape for solar manufacturing in Massachusetts isn’t all bleak. A solar startup in Lexington, 1366 Technologies, is looking to open a new plant in Massachusetts.
Two of the state's biggest health insurers have called off talks of a merger. In an email to staff obtained by WGBH, Tufts Health Plan CEO Jim Roosevelt said a review found it would be "ultimately too complex" to merge with Harvard Pilgrim.
Massachusetts lawmakers are demanding answers after Fidelity Investments announced this week that it's closing its Marlboro plant and moving its jobs out of state.
Gov. Deval Patrick has confirmed that Fidelity will not reverse its decision to move 1,000 jobs out of Massachusetts — and says the investment company has apologized to him for announcing its decision when he was out of the country.
Lawmakers on Beacon Hill are holding a hearing Thursday on a proposal to close the legal loophole that allows major Internet retailers like Amazon.com and Overstock.com to avoid charging sales tax. But local affiliates of those big online retailers say it will hurt their business.
Shares of Zipcar Inc. are soaring in their market debut after the initial public offering priced better than the company had predicted.
State officials say the Massachusetts unemployment rate dropped to 8 percent in March as 3,200 jobs were added during the month.
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is filing legislation that would allow her to prohibit nonprofits from paying their board members. The move follows the public uproar over generous salaries and severance packages at the state's largest health insurer.
Fisherman are wrapping up their first full year of compliance with a new set of federal regulations intended to prevent overfishing, called "sectors." Some fisherman say it's helped their businesses, but WGBH's Bob Seay speaks to a Plymouth fisherman who says he's lost 60 percent of his income because of the rules.
A South Boston woman is struggling with identity theft — and it may not have been difficult for the theives to get her information. A crop of websites are aggregating personal information and showing it to anyone who wants to see, for free.
Scientists from NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Center in Woods Hole have released an upbeat preliminary report on the 2010 fishing season — the first to be managed by catch-shares management. They say the year saw no overfishing and higher revenues for fishermen.
Former Massachusetts Energy & Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles is heading into the private sector. He left his post as the state's top environmental official at the beginning of this year, and is now starting a new consulting firm with three other colleagues from the state.
WHERE WE LIVE: JAMAICA PLAIN
When Whole Foods announced in January it was moving into the Hi-Lo Foods supermarket in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood, it was met with a firestorm of criticism, igniting a debate over gentrification and business rights. Six months later, the conversation continues — and in some ways, it’s only gotten louder.
A group of Massachusetts’ lawmakers is coming down hard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the agency at the center of a contentious debate over regional fishing rights — and the subject of a damning Commerce Department investigation last year.
Boston is home to a bigger proportion of adults ages 20-34 than any other city in America, with 35 percent of its population falling into the age group. Both Mayor Menino and an independent economist agree that's good for the city.
Environmental activists in Massachusetts are pushing for quick passage of a bill that would restrict potentially harmful chemicals found in everyday products from window cleaners to shampoo. The so-called Safer Alternatives Bill had an initial hearing Tuesday on Beacon Hill.
The casino gambling bill unveiled by Massachusetts legislative leaders earlier this week could give a boost to the Mashpee Wampanoag Native American tribe, but there are caveats.
Dan Wolf is a state Senator and the owner of Cape Air, the small airline that flies in and out of Cape Cod to several cities around the United States. He spoke with WGBH's Bob Seay about the dramatic, immediate effect the attacks had on his business.
Momentum may be growing behind efforts to legalize online poker in Massachusetts. State Treasurer Steve Grossman’s Office is considering plans to legalize online poker for state residents.
Thousands of biotech and pharmaceutical dealmakers from around the work gathered in Boston this week for a Bio-Pharm America 2011 conference in Boston — and Gov. Deval Patrick is stressing the importance of their work to the Massachusetts economy.
After securing what officials say is the highest credit rating in the state’s history, Massachusetts has sold $500 million in bonds at an interest rate of slightly below 3 percent.
THE CALLIE CROSSLEY SHOW
Nuclear plants in New England have come under increased scrutiny since the Fukushima-Daiichi disaster in Japan earlier this year. The scrutiny comes as the Pilgrim plant in Plymouth and the Vermont Yankee plant in Vernon, Vermont look to renew their operating licenses for another 20 years.
Welcome to Innovation Hub! Each week on this show, we’ll hear from the most inventive, creative minds around and ask: What are they thinking? Building? Creating?
This week, we tackle two big questions: What are the newest green-energy technologies available, and how can the United States be encouraged to embrace them? Then, we turn to a conversation on tackling obesity. Find both conversations after the jump.
A Massachusetts-based family-friendly restaurant chain is heading into bankruptcy. Friendly's is shutting down 63 locations across the country after more than 75 years in business.
For the first time in most than two decades, bars and restaurants may be able to offer discounted drinks in Massachusetts, under a measure passed by the state Senate on Tuesday.
There’s a new entry in the hyper-competitive world of food shopping in Massachusetts. The N.Y.-based chain Wegmans inspires fierce loyalty among its customers and employees — and now it's opened the largest supermarket in Massachusetts. Can it replicate its success here?
Most shoppers, even label lovers, agree that clothing doesn't give you a great return on your investment, only your sense of style. To stay stylish in this rugged economy, people are turning more to second hand clothing.
State Treasurer Steve Grossman called for an investigation into a state lottery game called Cash WinFall after a handful of gamblers exploited a flaw and raked in millions.
An investigative report on how big utility companies are pulling the plug on competition in Massachusetts.
Just in time for early holiday shopping, the Massachusetts Abandoned Property Division is auctioning off unclaimed valuables on eBay.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is teaming with a Russian government–sponsored foundation to build a world-class graduate school of technology, known as SkTech, just outside Moscow.
Rental car companies beware! A new peer-to-peer car sharing program allows neighbors to borrow each other's cars instead of owning one. See how RelayRides has shaken up the car-sharing marketplace.
Many successful startups — including Rovio, creator of "Angry Birds" — had to experience a lot of failure first.
It's harder than ever to find an affordable place to live in greater Boston — and a research institute chalks it up partly to growing income inequality.
With parent company Syms filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, is it finally time to give up hope for the survival of Filene's Basement?
On Monday, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook is recruiting at Harvard and MIT to tap into Boston's hot startup market — epitomized by fast-growing upstarts such as HubSpot, Gemvara, Kayak, TripAdvisor and Wayfair.
Harvard students and the media crowded around to hear Mark Zuckerberg explain his plans for Facebook — which do not involve opening a Boston office any time soon. UPDATE: Listen to his speech to students.
Wireless electricity offers the promise of a life free from the worry of losing one's phone charger — or maybe even losing power after a storm.
We welcome two nationally-known business insiders for a wide-ranging conversation about seeding new companies, technologies on the rise and, of course, the next big thing.
The consensus bill licenses three resort-style casinos and one slots parlor in Massachusetts.
WHERE WE LIVE
The amenities that have attracted biotech execs to Worcester are no accident: Starting 30 years ago, the city has been working to attract new industries. But will it be enough?
WHERE WE LIVE
Despite health challenges, Terry Palardy is living her retirement dream in the North Shore town where she and her husband have made toys and gifts since the '70s.
Will the new Harvard Innovation Lab, opening today, keep the next Zuck or Gates in Boston? That's the $20 million question.
AOL co-founder Steve Case has invested in a Boston startup that's created a smartphone app popular among runners.
As the holiday shopping season starts, one familiar face is back in Cambridge: Bob Slate Stationer, which closed earlier this year. If its demise represented the death of local retail, paper and Harvard Square, what does the store's revival mean?
We look at new frontiers in sustainable food. Is a new model of food production changing the way we eat? The way we think about food? How do you run a green, 21st-century farm? How can you compete with inexpensive imports?
In this week's top life sciences and innovation news, Michael J. Fox's charity has given a local startup funding to improve Parkinson's treatment.
Today, we look at what it takes for young people to start their own businesses in tough economic times. What ideas are viable? Where do you get money? And how do you cater to financially-strapped consumers? We talk to some of the most creative young minds in the Boston area.
Observers say that casinos will have a major impact on both the state's bottom line and politicians' careers.
Gov. Deval Patrick is finishing his nine-day trade mission to South America excited by new collaborations with countries there.
This week, we look at how to create spaces that encourage creativity and inventiveness. What happens when you put hundreds of ambitious entrepreneurs in one building? Do great minds feed off each other? What can they teach us about success — and about potential pitfalls?
We hear from the people with the purse. Some of the Boston area’s most knowledgeable venture capitalists, seed-funders and prize-givers join us to talk about what they’re investing in, how to spot great talent, and whether the economy is finally springing back to life in Boston. MORE INNOVATION HUB
This Week On Beacon Hill
The Governor is back on Beacon Hill Monday, fresh from a trade mission to Brazil and Chile. This week, he'll weigh a pick for the casino-gaming commission and hear a tax-revenue forecast. Meanwhile, some are pushing to legalize the sale of alcohol in Mass. on the day after Christmas.
Over the past few weeks at Innovation Hub, we have spoken with a number of young entrepreneurs, and the people who help their businesses grow, with space and money. And, no matter how you slice it, there's one fact we can't get away from: Young people today are flocking toward start-ups and entrepreneurship at newly high levels. MORE INNOVATION HUB
The U.S. Postal Service has agreed to delay the closing of 252 mail processing centers and 3,700 local post offices until mid-May. This week, WGBH News explores the question of whether two of these offices matter to the people of Cambridge, Mass.
New gaming commission chairman Stephen Crosby told WGBH News that upholding ethics was his top concern.
Pols probably didn't consider this consequence in the lengthy, heated debate over gambling: Casino licensing may finally spur action at the former Filene's site in Downtown Crossing.
The region's wholesale electricity market overseer has determined that Cape Wind will not be ready to generate electricity within the next 3.5 years.
We take a walk through Harvard's new Innovation Lab,where students and graduate students can take courses, find mentors, compete for start-up money… and work together while doing it.