VA needs to hire ‘tens of thousands’ of workers

The VA is going on a hiring blitz.

The beleaguered Veterans Affairs department is launching a major recruitment campaign to bring aboard legions of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. Plans are to also beef up the ranks of support staff, hiring for roles as diverse as chaplain, clerk, electrician, librarian and plumber.

“We need tens of thousands of new doctors, new nurses, new clinicians,” Secretary Bob McDonald said Monday, about a month into his new role.

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Coke Takes a Monster Step Beyond Soda

Coke, which is buying 17 percent of Monster, has long been savvy about liquid hedges. The company was an early mover on bottled water, with Dasani, and its Minute Maid is dominant in juice. It bought the Vitaminwater brand in 2007 and Honest Tea in 2011. Since January, Coke has amassed a 16 percent stake in Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), giving it a healthy dose of coffee and coffee-making technology.

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Tesla Ready to Pump Out 100,000 Cars Per Year by 2015

Tesla’s second quarter results and forecast for the year head were good enough to kick the company’s shares slightly higher in after-hours trading. It reported revenue of $769 million in the second quarter, up from $405 million in the same period last year. The company’s net loss expanded to $62 million from $31 million, as Tesla spends on building its network of charging stations and service centers and on the development of its upcoming Model X SUV.

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GE profits rises 13%, expects retail finance IPO end-July

GE reported $36.2 billion in second quarter revenue, up 3% from the prior-year period and falling roughly in line with what Wall Street analysts had expected. Net income came in at $3.5 billion, up 13% from the same time in 2013 and resulting in earnings of 35 cents per share on a GAAP basis. Excluding special items — like the effect of discontinued operations — GE reported an earnings-per-share figure of 39 cents, a result that falls in line with the analyst consensus.

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