A news summary focused on big employers; updated 6:06 p.m.
FORD: Uber said today it’s using hybrid Fusions as it starts testing self-driving cars in Pittsburgh (Fortune). Also, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and former Ford CEO Alan Mulally will receive awards at an innovation conference in Lexington starting Sunday (Daily Journal).
KFC: Activists are pressing KFC to stop buying chicken from industrial farms that use antibiotics meant for humans. The Natural Resources Defense Council created a mascot, Auntie Biotic, to draw attention to its cause (blog post). Australian restaurant operator Collins Foods is paying $19 million for 13 KFC outlets around the New South Wales and Victorian border (Business Insider). And teenage inmates who were involved in a tense standoff with police in Melbourne were promised KFC in exchange for their surrender (Daily Mirror). Yum shares closed at $80.07, little changed.
AMAZON CEO Jeff Bezos defended the company against criticism by White House hopeful Donald Trump, who said earlier that the retail giant was “getting away with murder, tax-wise (Seattle Times). Also, how Google Home could be Amazon Echo’s worst nightmare in the digital home assistant space (Verge). Shares closed at $698.52, up $1.07.
TACO BELL: How the company turns fried chicken into taco shells (Consumerist). Meanwhile, the Internet can’t get enough stories about Florida’s Jack Booth, who woke up from a 42-day coma and almost immediately demanded 8½ crunch tacos. “I didn’t expect him to eat as many as he did, but he sure crushed it,” said friend and co-worker Andrew Haldeman (Naples News).
CHURCHILL DOWNS: Otabek Umarov, the owner and trainer of Looks to Spare, the longshot third-place finisher in last year’s Grade 1 Clark Handicap, has been ejected from the track’s facilities and suspended by state stewards (Racing Form).
TEXAS ROADHOUSE has weighed in on new overtime regulations mandated by the Obama Administration (Insider Louisville).
UPS is preparing to add on-demand 3-D printer services (3 D Print)
In other news, Louisville ranked No. 18 on employment site Glassdoor’s list of the 25 best U.S. cities to find work, well down from No. 8 a year ago (Business First). Glass door says its picks stand out for ease in finding work, affordability, and job satisfaction. This year’s No. 8 is Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; full list.