Jane Wells, NBR, CNBC.com’s Posts

Three years ago, Massachusetts approved legalized gambling, after companies competed fiercely for regional licenses and millions were spent on real estate, planning, hiring and lobbying, Come Tuesday, however, voters in the Bay State may decide they don’t want gambling after all. This week, voters are set to decide whether to repeal a law that hasn’t …

How many bottles of water go in that beer on the wall? A lot. “Beer has to have water,” said Luis Cayo, general manager for the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Los Angeles, which has survived many droughts over the last 60 years. “The amount of water in a standard can of beer is about 92 percent.” This …

Nikki Barua runs BeyondCurious, a 3-year-old company that provides consulting services aimed at speeding up clients’ innovation. The Los Angeles business employs about 50 people. Revenue is somewhere between $5 million and $10 million, but Barua hopes to “grow our revenues by another 20 to 30 percent.” A first-of-its-kind law that would affect firms owned by …

College is expensive. Fast food workers are battling against low wages. If you are armed with only a high school diploma, it can be tough finding a job that you can turn into a career. Glassdoor.com, a website where employees rate and review their own companies, has released a list of the top places to work for …

Park City, Utah’s most popular ski resort is a mountain divided. The top—where the ski runs are—is owned by one company. The bottom—where public parking and the lifts start—is owned by another. Currently neither company is allowing the other access to its property. Because of this legal spat over big bucks and white powder, it’s …

They call farming a cyclical business, but few cycles have had the ups and downs of corn prices over the last few years. Two years ago, corn and soybean farmer Carol Miller surveyed her 118 dry acres in Ankeny, Iowa, during the worst Midwest drought in a half century. “We probably are going to lose …

Vegas is back. Mostly. Tourism through the first half of the year is up more than 4 percent. Sin City is on track to top 41 million visitors in 2014. However, this isn’t your prerecession Las Vegas. The Strip is more heavily reliant on international visitors, who spend on average $400 more per trip than Americans …

Food prices are high, but for the $100 watermelons and pumpkins Tony Dighera grows organically in Fillmore, California, demand is outstripping supply. That’s $100 wholesale, by the way. Retail is $200. “I’ve got people from Dubai calling me to order these things,” he said. What’s so special about his crop? Dighera has managed to grow …

A group of California farm workers for the nation’s largest peach operation voted on whether to kick out or accept representation by the United Farm Workers. That was last November. They still don’t know the results of the vote. The state’s Agriculture Labor Relations Board (ALRB) won’t reveal the vote pending the outcome of an investigation into …

The rising price of bread was one reason Hosni Mubarak lost power in Egypt. Food inflation is one reason his replacement, Mohammed Morsi, also lost the job. “Egypt is the largest importer of wheat in the world, but they have to buy it on the spot market,” said Philip Blumberg of Blumberg Capital. That may change. …

Higher food prices have Americans crying in their beer. Beer prices may have them crying, too. Craft beers continue to take market share from traditional beer giants, though they still having only about 15 percent of the overall market. These smaller companies which make batches of flavorful beer have seen demand grow so much, they’re …

Back when President John Kennedy urged the nation to get to the moon ASAP, or when America decided to send rovers to Mars, space programs benefited from a desire by the U.S. to explore beyond our planet—and stay one step ahead of potential adversaries. In those days, NASA had a bigger budget and was able …

The American palate demands more excitement than it used to. Millennials, in particular, are open to experimenting. The spicier the better. Sriracha. Wasabe. IPAs with 100 IBUs. IB … what? IBU stands for International bitterness units, a measure of the bitterness in beer. A Budweiser, for example, might have 12 IBUs, while a Stone IPA …

We spend a lot of time in the bathroom. It’s a happy place. Yet most public restrooms repel rather than attract, though, like a tetanus shot, when you need one, you need one. It cannot be avoided. Talk about fertile territory for entrepreneurs. Two new bathroom start-ups may have you wondering, “Why didn’t I think …

Inside the Swine Barn at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, it smells like…a swine barn. At this year’s World Pork Expo, a record 4,007 pigs are registered for the show. Outside the Swine Barn, however, it smells, well, delicious. The Expo is hog heaven for those who love the other white meat. Hog farmers all over …