Day: September 8, 2016

Just 239 days, 10 hours, and 57 minutes: When life hands you lemons…

. . . console yourself with dreams of the 143rd Kentucky Derby! It’s now fewer than 34 weeks away until May 6, 2017, according to our exclusive 2017 Derby Countdown Clock™. Until then, here’s one of this year’s high-profile guests from the first Saturday in May, CNN anchorman Don Lemon.
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Colorado Springs police release 312-page report on fatal July shooting outside Taco Bell

The latest crime news across the world of 48,000 restaurants*.

Crime scene tapeNeighbors painted a conflicting picture of 80-year-old Jack Rogers, who fatally shot 23-year-old Jesse Garcia on July 17 with a semi-automatic handgun in a Taco Bell parking lot, according to a 312-page case file Colorado Springs Police Department released yesterday.

Charges were not filed against Rogers following the road rage-related shooting, a decision that was made July 28, according to the case file, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

* Yum has 43,000 KFCs, Pizza Huts and Taco Bells in nearly 140 countries; Papa John’s has 4,900 outlets in 37 countries, and Texas Roadhouse has 485 restaurants across the U.S. and in five other nations. With that many locations, crimes inevitably occur — with potentially serious legal consequences for the companies.

KFC kicks off a new Colonel Sanders, and a pro football team to boot

A news summary focused on 10 big employers; updated 8:02 a.m.

KFC: The newest in the TV commercials starring a resurrected Colonel Harland Sanders  imagines him launching a professional football team, the chicken-fueled Kentucky Buckets, in a 30-second spot that starts airing today to promote $20 buckets. The chain posted the commercial to its YouTube page yesterday, where it’s already been viewed more than 153,000 times. Check it out:

The commercial stars “Saturday Night Live” cast member Rob Riggle, the latest actor to portray the KFC founder. Earlier ones were played by Darrell Hammond, Norm MacDonald, Jim Gaffigan and, most recently, perpetually tanned actor George Hamilton, as the “Extra Crispy” colonel. The campaign featuring resurrected KFC founders started in May 2015.

When the Yum unit unveiled the campaign last year, many customers were skeptical or disgusted that the chain would revive its founder — a real person — from the dead, according to Business Insider. But the controversial move has paid off for the chain; in July, Yum announced the fried chicken chain had its eighth consecutive quarter of same-store sales growth, after a period of slumping sales (Business Insider).

KINDRED‘s Gentiva Health Services unit successfully advocated for a Medicaid rule change that could extend care to 18,000 people in Mississippi. Eligible patients in the state will now be able to receive home and community-based services — “waiver services” — at the same time as hospice services. “The old program was unintentionally keeping patents away from hospice care,” Mullins told Home Health Care News. “Patients would be forced to choose between their waiver services, like Meals on Wheels, or hospice care” (Home Health Care News).