Walmart looks to add liquor stores in Manatee
MANATEE -- Walmart is requesting permission to build liquor store additions onto two of its stores in Manatee.
Walmart wants to build a 3,756-square-foot addition to the 6225 State Road 64 E., location in East Manatee and a 4,070-square-foot addition to the 8320 Lockwood Ridge Road location in University Park, according to plans filed with Manatee County.
The only Walmart in Manatee to have a liquor store so far is the Palmetto location, at 508 10th St. E. Plans for the store will be handled through the county's administrative review process.
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Air Products donates $3,000 to MTI Foundation
BRADENTON -- Air Products has donated $3,000 to the foundation for Manatee Technical Institute to thank the school for its training program. The school has been training welders for Air Products for about a year.
"At Air Products Port Manatee, we are very fortunate to work with you and truly appreciate the sincerity and energy that you put into our community," Evans wrote in a letter to MTI.
The checks, one for $2,000 and one for $1,000, were written to the MTI Foundation for the 2014 program. The Welding program plans to use the money to fund scholarships to help students with financial need purchase required welding gear.
Air Products also serves on the welding program's advisory board, which helps to ensure MTI students receive the training they need to achieve success in the welding industry.
Startups offer banking for smartphone users
NEW YORK -- The latest banks are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
Startups, such as Moven and Simple, offer banking that's designed specifically for smartphones, enabling users to track their spending on the go.
Like traditional banks, customers open a checking account, get a debit card and are able to make check deposits and pay their bills. Like many Internet banks before them, they have no maintenance or overdraft fees, there are no physical branches and depositing cash is a challenge.
What makes Moven and Simple different is their apps. Every time a debit card is swiped at a store, a notification is sent to the phone letting the user know how much was spent and how much money is left in the account.
US consumer spending dips 0.1 percent
WASHINGTON -- U.S. consumer spending fell in July, with a drop in auto purchases accounting for most of the weakness.
Consumer spending edged down 0.1 percent last month after a 0.4 percent increase in June, the Commerce Department reported Friday. It was the first decline in spending since January. Income growth slowed to 0.2 percent in July, the weakest showing in seven months.
-- Herald staff and wire reports