May 22, 2017

05/22/2017: Ford to fire CEO Mark Fields

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With Ford's stock down from 2014 levels, the company is gearing up to remove Mark Fields as CEO. We'll examine some of the criticisms that investors had about Fields, and who he's being replaced by. We'll also take a close look at one Rhode Island after-school program that faces closure over Trump's budget cuts. Plus: a report on the peripheral industry that's sprung out of crowdfunding, which includes consultants, social media managers and marketers.

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Education budget shows federally funded after-school programs are in jeopardy

May 22, 2017
The Trump administration is expected to release its detailed 2018 budget tomorrow. According to “near-final” documents leaked to the Washington Post last week, the proposed cuts include more than $10.5 billion in federal education initiatives. On the chopping block are more than $1 billion in grants that fund after-school and summer programs for low-income kids.  […]

What makes for winners in the Texas wind power boom?

May 22, 2017
Landowners with large swathes of land are at a definite advantage.
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General Mills sugary promotion comes as cereal is losing its charms

May 22, 2017
Take a stroll down the cereal aisle at your local grocery store, and check out the Lucky Charms. General Mills, the cereal’s maker, has an attention-grabbing promotion right now: It’s giving away 10,000 boxes with nothing but those brightly colored marshmallow pieces inside. It raises health and nutrition issues, and also points to some serious […]

Ford to fire CEO Mark Fields

May 22, 2017
Investors say the future-oriented CEO wasn't focusing enough on the present.
Ford CEO Mark Fields speaks at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22, 2017.
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05/22/2017: Cereal may no longer be a breakfast staple

May 22, 2017
As part of a wider shakeup at Ford, the car company is replacing CEO Mark Fields with Jim Hackett, a former leader of the company's self-driving car unit. We'll explore more of Hackett's background and why investors wanted Fields out. Afterwards, we'll look at the decline of cereal and then dive into the wind power boom happening in Texas.

Crowdfunding has created a whole new consulting industry

May 22, 2017
There are experts who will help with the pitch, the video and the PR. But it all costs money.
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With Ford’s stock down from 2014 levels, the company is gearing up to remove Mark Fields as CEO. We’ll examine some of the criticisms that investors had about Fields, and who he’s being replaced by. We’ll also take a close look at one Rhode Island after-school program that faces closure over Trump’s budget cuts. Plus: a report on the peripheral industry that’s sprung out of crowdfunding, which includes consultants, social media managers and marketers.

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Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC