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Egg Prices Jump as Bird Flu Spreads
By Kelsey Gee, The Wall Street Journal
The financial toll of the worst U.S. bird-flu outbreak in history is soaring, forcing some poultry companies to suspend operations and boosting prices for eggs and turkeys as supplies tighten. Egg companies—the sector hit hardest by the virus—and turkey producers are spending millions of dollars to try to contain the disease. With eggs in particular, the problem is greatly complicated by the way the American industry is concentrated in the hands of relatively few producers.
Failed Retail Brands Get New Lives on Web
By Sara Randazzo, The Wall Street Journal
The going-out-of-business sales had already ended at Delia’s, a teen-clothing chain. But then, this message popped up on Delia’s dormant Instagram page: “The internets have spoken! We are coming BACK!” it said, below tiled images of a model mugging at the camera in Delia’s shirts. Entrepreneurs and investment firms are snapping up the intellectual-property rights to retailers that have fallen on hard times, taking advantage of a built-in audience to launch lower-cost small businesses online without the overhead of maintaining dozens or hundreds of locations.
Wal-Mart U.S. Asking Meat Suppliers to Reduce Antibiotic Use
By Sruthi Ramakrishnan, FOX News
Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT) said its U.S. units were asking meat suppliers to reduce the use of antibiotics in animals, joining the list of U.S. companies that have responded to consumer and government concerns over the excess use of drugs in livestock. Walmart U.S. and Sam's Club U.S. will also ask suppliers to provide annual reports on antibiotics management and animal welfare, the world's largest retailer said on Friday.

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A Biblical View of Wealth and Riches
By Patrick Layhee
We business professionals understand revenues and profit. It’s in our fiscal DNA. We know how to strike the right balance between risk and reward while growing the top-line and delivering the bottom-line. This is what we do with our business enterprises and our personal finances. Our careers and businesses pay off more frequently than they let us down, and at the end of the day we have generally created wealth where there was none before. Even if our wealth seems unexceptional by U.S. standards, we are all wealthy and richly blessed by the world’s standards.
Biblically Based HR Principles
By Wallace Henley
The era of the 1960s has been lambasted for the destructive philosophies and behaviors it foisted on society. But there were some good things that happened in that turbulent decade as well—the civil rights movement and end of racial segregation, and a new way of regarding employees.
Identity Theft Began in the Garden of Eden
By Gary L. Selman
We are bombarded with the headlines almost daily. News reports tell us about the latest assault or breach of security for yet another retail chain, major banking or healthcare institution, or governmental agency, and the loss of sensitive, personal data for millions of people. Firewalls are hacked, passwords are stolen and confidential data and information is downloaded and passed into the hands of criminals. Hackers now have your digital picture or identity (name, address, social security number, employer, bank accounts, and passwords). Suddenly your personal financial details, medical history, employee benefits and services, checking, savings, credit card accounts, and credit rating are at risk.

The Legal Corner

A Common Sense Guide to Same Sex Marriage and the Constitution
By T. Kyle Bryant
Next Tuesday, April 28, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments in four consolidated cases, all of which deal with the issue of same-sex marriage. It promises to be a "landmark case," whichever way it is decided. In all likelihood this will be the Roe v. Wade of the current generation.
Results-Based Reasoning
By Kyle Bryant
I want to follow up with a few thoughts related to my earlier post on King v. Burwell, the rule of law, and original sin. There, I dealt with certain legal nuances in the King v. Burwell case and extrapolated those into the broader culture. Eventually we ended up, like many times before, at the Garden of Eden. But there is more to this case—and the underlying principles—that warrants investigation. First, let's start with a question. Why was King v. Burwell so highly politicized? Statutory construction isn't one of the hot-button wedge issues between the Left and Right. Yet this case made front-page news for days. What did the media focus on? Was it methods for determining the meaning of a sentence in a statute? "Republicans are strongly committed to the historical-grammatical approach, but Democrats have been calling to use the narrative context approach." No, that didn't happen. What happened was that the media—and the political narratives—focused on the results of both possible outcomes of the case.

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