Game on: Dallas-based Main Event Entertainment has announced its Baton Rouge location will be opening in August in the former H.H. Gregg store location at the Mall of Louisiana. The company is currently hiring for around 175 jobs, WAFB-TV reports. The new 50,000-square-foot facility will have laser tag, gravity ropes and a zip line, billiards, shuffleboard and a games gallery featuring more than 130 of the latest interactive virtual reality games along with 22 bowling lanes. Read the full story.
Hiring spike: U.S. employers sharply stepped up their hiring in June, adding a robust 224,000 jobs, an indication of the economy’s durability after more than a decade of expansion. The strength of the jobs report the Labor Department issued this morning could complicate a decision for the Federal Reserve late this month on whether to cut interest rates to help support the economy. June’s solid job growth followed a tepid gain of 72,000 jobs in May, a result that had fueled concerns about the economy. See the full report.
Magazine mourning: Long-running satirical publication MAD magazine will be leaving newsstands this fall. The illustrated humor magazine will still be available in comic shops and through mail to subscribers, but after its fall issue, it will just reprint previously published material. The only new material will come in special editions at the end of the year. DC, the division of Warner Brothers that publishes the magazine, said MAD will pull from nostalgic cartoons and parodies published over the magazine’s 67-year run. Read the full story.