Business briefs

Jan. 09, 2013 @ 06:41 PM

Delta to offer daily service from RDU to LAX

MORRISVILLE – Delta Air Lines will expand its service between the Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Los Angeles to a daily service April 8.

The airline is adding a second flight to Orlando, and is launching new service to Tampa March 2.

“We have known for some time that our market could support daily service to Los Angeles and support Delta’s decision to upgrade this service,” Teresa Damiano, RDU deputy airport director of marketing and customer relations, said in a news release.

NC’s Blue Cross launches business fitness challenge

CHAPEL HILL –   Employees will have access to a software-generated customized health and fitness program as part of a fitness challenge for businesses by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the state’s largest health insurer.

The insurer announced Wednesday that it’s starting a 60-day program in which businesses will compete to see who can improve their health measurements the most. Eighty-five North Carolina businesses are expected to participate.

The list includes the City of Durham, Mark Jacobson Toyota, MetaMetrics Durham, Eye Care Associates, First Citizens Bank and The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences.

 “Our Get Fit Challenge is a way to spark a little healthy competition within the business community and help companies introduce a new wellness option that can help reduce medical spending,” Sean Kerns, vice president of specialty markets, said in a news release.

The companies are Blue Cross customers with 50 or more employees, according to the release. They will compete against similarly sized companies.

Raleigh-based Rival Health will provide Rival Fusion software that will be used to create a 60-day customized health and fitness program for participating employees. Employees will also get Rival Fusion DVDs with personalized exercise routines.

The insurer is paying for the program for up to 100 employees at each company. The winners will be announced in March. Three companies will receive up to $5,000 to help encourage healthy workplace habits.

NC Warn appeals Duke-Progress merger approval

DURHAM – Durham-based NC WARN said in a news release Wednesday that it has filed with the NC Court of Appeals to challenge the N.C. Utilities Commission’s approval of the Duke Energy and Progress Energy merger.

The nonprofit is a climate-change organization that is an advocate for renewable energy sources and for phasing out the state’s existing coal-fired power plants, according to its website,

“We are alleging numerous errors in the Commission’s process and its end result, and are seeking to revoke or modify the merger so that Duke’s management and stockholders – not its customers – bear the costs of its corporate mistakes and secret deal-making,” the group said in the news release.

The group alleges in the release that the commission refused to allow NC WARN to argue and introduce evidence that supposed savings could be eliminated by costs that Duke did not disclose.