Daily business briefing: Charter trying to acquire competitor's assets

April 21, 2014 

Charter Communications is talking with Comcast and Time Warner Cable about purchasing up to $20 billion in assets, including up to five million subscribers. The St. Louis Business Journal reports that the move comes as Comcast awaits a decision from federal regulators regarding its $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. Read more at http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis. ...


Approximately 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Weiners made in Columbia, Mo. are being recalled by Kraft Foods Group Inc. because products may include Classic Cheese Dogs mistakenly included in the Classic Weiners packages. Find out more at http://www.bnd.com/business. ...


The National Association of Business Economics reports that the rising costs for materials and labor appear to be pressuring businesses. During the first quarter of the year, 31 percent of businesses surveyed reported higher material costs, more than double the 15 percent that saw costs rise in the previous survey. Learn more at http://www.bnd.com/business. ...


A new study shows biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term. Research concludes that biofuels made with corn residue release 7 percent more greenhouse gases in the early years compared with conventional gasoline. Find out more at http://www.bnd.com/business.

-- Will Buss, BND business writer

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