Japan 3 Product Preview (7/25/14)

Our look at what’s ahead for Nissan, Honda and Toyota; what has Mercedes saying ‘ah;’ Crain joins Hall of Fame.

What Every Family Needs this Summer

Summer is officially here, and along with it traditionally comes a season when many families take time to vacation and be together to rest, regroup and have some fun.

I say “traditionally” because such vacations may be becoming increasingly rare.

There are no legally mandated paid holidays in the United States, but many businesses and organizations do offer their workers paid time off as part of their compensation package.

However, do you know that Americans leave as many as 175 million available vacation days unused in the typical year? CNN Money reported a few years ago that “about 57 percent of working Americans had unused vacation … and most of them left an average of 11 days on the table – or nearly 70 percent of their allotted time off.”

I can certainly understand the stresses that might prompt workers to eschew time off and vacations – the economy is bad, unemployment is high, and overworked employees feel they can’t take time away.

The unfortunate result is more and more Americans are making do without times of rest and relaxation.

But God Himself modeled the importance of rest for us.

In Genesis 2, we read, “And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.”

Different denominations and faith traditions have various interpretations of the Sabbath, but I think we can all agree the principle of rest is one we would be wise to follow. After all, studies show taking time off is good for our health and increases our productivity.

The problem is, whether you’re a high-level executive at a Fortune 500 company or a stay-at-home mom trying to keep a house orderly, dinner on the table and kids’ homework up-to-date, many of us feel like we can’t stop.

This summer, before it’s too late, I encourage you to take some time to recharge. Not all of us can take a two-week vacation on the beach in Hawaii – although there’s nothing wrong with that. But most of us can at least take a few days off a year to rest.

In fact, I’m going to practice what I preach. The Daly’s will be heading out next week for some more camping, a favorite pastime. Maybe we’ll see you on the road!

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FBI Search of Ford HQ (7/25/14)

Paper: Bureau seizes listening devices in probe of ex-worker; VW chief denounces anti-Semitism; shoppers ring up dealers.

FBI Search of Ford HQ (7/25/14)

Paper: Bureau seizes listening devices in probe of ex-worker; VW chief denounces anti-Semitism; shoppers ring up dealers.

NAS Storage Products include 6 TB, 5-platter HDDs.

Intended for SOHO NAS (network attached storage) systems, WD® Red® 3.5 in. SATA HDDs come in 1–6 TB capacities. Models with 5 and 6 TB capacities feature NASware® v3.0 reliability and system performance optimization technology as well as 3D Active Balance Plus balance control technology. Offering 2–4 TB storage powered by NASware 3.0, WD Red Pro HDDs address medium to large business NAS market and specifically support 8- to 16-bay NAS systems. WD Green™ HDDs come in 5 and 6 TB capacities.

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Southwest’s innovative upcycling experiment

What can you do with 14 shipping containers of used leather? The airline is teaming with social entrepreneurs to find out.

Southwest's innovative upcycling experiment

GM Near End of Recall Push (7/24/14)

Safety blitz ‘substantially complete’ Barra says; Ford’s Europe product plan; Acura supercar fire; Keith Crain’s big night.

Tips for Budgeting for Back-to-School Spending

A new school year is just around the corner, and you know what that means:

The annual hunt for school supplies.

Did you know preparing for school in the fall is, on average, a family’s second largest expenditure each year, outranked only by Christmas?

Maybe that comes as a surprise to you, but I’m sure this won’t: The time and cost required of parents to get their kids ready for a new school year can not only put a strain on their wallet, but on their marriage. So a little planning goes a long way.

To that end, we’ve invited financial experts Scott and Bethany Palmer to join us on today’s broadcast, “Budgeting for Back-to-School Spending.” Their advice is priceless (no pun intended) for moms and dads who’d like to approach this yearly task as efficiently and economically as possible. I learned a lot from my conversation with the Palmers that’ll help Jean and me make the most of every dollar and, hopefully, eliminate some stress along the way. I think you’ll get plenty of practical ideas as well.

So join us on your local radio station, online or via our free, downloadable mobile phone app.

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If not for recalls, GM would have had a great Q2; Profits instead plummet

After launching 60 recalls covering 29 million vehicles this year, as well as a highly-publicized recall of a deadly ignition switch default, General Motors Co.’s second quarter profits took a hit.

Recalls Slash GM Earnings (7/24/14)

Embattled company’s net falls 85% in Q2; Ford nets $1.3 billion, ekes out Europe profit; Keith Crain’s Hall of Fame journey.