Building permits, Nov. 22, 2015

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


Tom Loew Design, addition to single-family home at 2605 S. Nottingham Court, $110,000.

Wired In: Ryan Shelton

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet Ryan Shelton, 32, CEO of PhotoniCare, which was founded in 2013 to improve patient care, equipping physicians with better diagnostic tools developed at a bioengineering research lab here.

It's Your Business: December debut for Haymakers

Haymakers, a new convenience store, is opening its first shop in Champaign next month.

Gerry Kettler, a spokesman for Quincy-based Niemann Foods, said Haymakers will open in the Carriage Center on South Neil on Dec. 18.

"Haymakers has a focus on food," Kettler said. "We realize that customers have changed what they expect out of convenience stores.

John Roska: Can holiday work be required?

Q: Can an employer make you work on a holiday, like Thanksgiving or Christmas Day? If you do work on a holiday, don't they have to pay you overtime?

And during the holiday season, can an employer prohibit you from taking a day off?

Business listings, Nov. 22, 2015

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently with the Champaign County clerk's office:

Gal Friday Industries, 2011 N. Cottonwood Road, U, Laura Weidert, same address.

Prairie Sky Ranch Books, 1414 County Road 2150 E, St. Joseph, Kathryn Martin and Glen Martin, same address.

Shane's Auto Detailing, 306 Stout Ave., St. Joseph, Shane Beddow, same address.

#SundaySneak: Tumble Inn's close call

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CHAMPAIGN — Toby Herges was awakened by a call no business owner wants to get.

VW cutting investments, presenting U.S. engine fixes

WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen will cut its spending by 1 billion euros ($1.07 billion) next year and "strictly prioritize" investments as it shores up its finances to deal with its emissions-rigging scandal, CEO Matthias Mueller said Friday after a board meeting.

Plunging price of oil puts rare dent in profits

NEW YORK (AP) — Corporate America has a profit problem. U.S. company earnings are falling for the first time since 2009, when the economy was still reeling from the Great Recession.

House OKs raising Fed accountability

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House approved a bill Thursday that supporters said would make the Federal Reserve more transparent and accountable, defying a veto threat.

Best Buy reports weak third-quarter sales

NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy shares plunged Thursday after reporting disappointing quarterly sales and a cautious outlook for the key holiday shopping season as it faces price pressures and tougher competition from online stores.

The electronics retailer said it expects "near flat" revenue in the fourth quarter — which includes key holiday shopping.