Business

5:28am

Thu January 19, 2012
Business

So, Um, What Is A Private Equity Firm?

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 1:57 pm

Before entering politics in the 1990s, Romney co-founded Bain Capital, one of the nation's largest and most profitable private equity funds.
David L. Ryan Boston Globe via Getty Images

In the run-up to Saturday's GOP presidential primary in South Carolina, candidates have clashed over the role of Bain Capital — a firm that either creates or kills jobs, depending upon whom you believe.

Front-runner Mitt Romney sees the bright side. Before entering politics in the 1990s, he co-founded Boston-based Bain Capital, one of the nation's largest and most profitable private equity funds. He has said he created 100,000 jobs while at Bain.

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5:25am

Thu January 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Kodak Calls Bankruptcy Filing 'Necessary Step'

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 5:36 am

Eastman Kodak Co.'s corporate headquarters in Rochester, N.Y.
Guy Solimano Getty Images

"Running short of cash and unable to sell 1,100 digital imaging patents that could have rescued it," as Rochester's Democrat and Chronicle writes, Eastman Kodak Co. today took the long-expected but still painful step of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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5:00am

Thu January 19, 2012
Business

Longmont Ponders Next Phase for Former Butterball Plant

Last year’s closure of the Butterball turkey-processing plant in Longmont has city leaders pondering what to do with the plant. KUNC’s Brian Larson spoke to Boulder County Business Report publisher Chris Wood about what might be next.

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5:00am

Thu January 19, 2012
Agriculture

Organic Dairy Industry Soars, Scrambles to Meet High Demand

Across all Natural Grocers stores, which span 10 western states, sales of organic milk have gone up 25 percent.
Grace Hood

Sales of organic milk went up by 15 percent last year compared to 2010. People like the taste and perceived health benefits from cows free of artificial hormones and not fed grains exposed to pesticides. 

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2:00am

Thu January 19, 2012
Around the Nation

How Oklahoma City Avoided Economic Pitfalls

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 8:36 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

State and local governments have finally slowed their mass elimination of jobs in recent years. They have repeatedly cut back on services as tax revenues fell.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Many still have cuts to make, but as the economy slowly improves, city governments are looking again to grow their economies. Many of the nation's mayors have been meeting this week in Washington, D.C., and economic growth is on their minds.

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