Roundup: US productivity up 3.4% / Regulators clarify food labels /  BRAC Pathways cohort

    Hour for hour: U.S. productivity grew at a strong 3.4% rate in the January-March quarter, the best showing in more than four years, the Labor Department says. The first quarter gain was more than double the 1.3% increase in the fourth quarter, although it was slightly lower than an initial estimate of 3.6% made a month ago. Productivity, the amount of output per hour of work, is a key factor determining an economy’s growth potential. Read the full story.

    Is it safe to eat? U.S. regulators are urging food-makers to be more consistent with labeling terms like “Best By” and “Enjoy By” that cause confusion. By clarifying the meaning of such dates, they are trying to prevent people from prematurely tossing products and to reduce the mountains of food that goes to waste each year. Read the full story.  

    STEM: The Baton Rouge Area Chamber has announced the fifth cohort for its Pathways to Prosperity Fellowship. The program is intended to engage Capital Region school administrators in exploring career opportunities available to their students in STEM fields. More than 70 administrators submitted applications, creating the largest group of qualified candidates in the program’s history. Thirty-one teachers were selected from a total of seven districts.  

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