AT&T mobile-device users can now access free Wi-Fi from the seats and concession areas at Bank of America Stadium just in time for the Democratic National Convention.
The upgrades at the 70,000-seat stadium, announced Tuesday, should boost the experience of Carolina Panthers fans using AT&T Wi-Fi-enabled cellphones and tablets, according to the telecommunications company.
Since the 460 access points are in place now, attendees of President Barack Obamas Sept. 6 acceptance speech at the stadium will benefit, according to AT&T.
So will Panthers fans, according to Danny Morrison, president of the Carolina Panthers.
Now they can combine the excitement of cheering on their favorite team with having real-time stats, access to popular social media and all their favorite apps right at their fingertips, Morrison said. Celeste Smith
NGK plans Mooresville expansion, adding 86 jobs
NGK Ceramics USA Inc., a manufacturer of catalytic converter parts, will expand its Iredell County facility, bringing 86 jobs and more than $93 million to Mooresville over the next three years, Gov. Bev Perdues office announced Tuesday. The NGK facility, which employs 540 people, has undergone several expansions since coming to Mooresville in 1988.
The average annual wage of the new jobs will be $38,416, with benefits. The Iredell County average annual wage is $37,492, and the unemployment rate was 10.1 percent in June. Chelsey Dulaney
Snyders-Lance swings to second-quarter profit
Charlotte-based snack-food maker Snyders-Lance Inc. returned to profitability in its second quarter as it faced lower expenses related to the merger of its two businesses.
Lance Inc. and Snyders of Hanover Inc. combined in 2010 in an all-stock deal. The company earned $19.3 million, or 28 cents per share, in the quarter that ended June 30. That compares with a loss of $3.8 million, or 6 cents per share, a year earlier.
Merger-related expenses totaled $500,000 in the current quarter. These expenses were $14.9 million a year ago. AP
Pfizer, SEC reach $45M settlement in bribery cases
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Tuesday that it had reached a $45 million settlement with Pfizer to resolve charges that subsidiaries of Pfizer and Wyeth, which it acquired in 2009, bribed overseas doctors and other health care workers to increase sales of their drugs.
At the same time, the Justice Department announced that another subsidiary, Pfizer HCP Corp., had agreed to pay a $15 million penalty to settle similar charges.
The allegations, which date to 2001 and in the case of Wyeth are said to have continued after Pfizers acquisition of the company, involve violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which forbids paying bribes to government officials. In many countries, doctors are government employees. New York Times
Employers post most job openings since July 2008
U.S. employers posted the most job openings in four years in June, a positive sign that hiring may pick up.
The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings rose to a seasonally adjusted 3.8 million in June, up from 3.7 million in May. Thats the most since July 2008. Layoffs fell.
The data follow Fridays report that said employers in July added the most jobs in five months. AP