Thursday’s business headlines

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) –  Here’s a look at Thursday’s business headlines.

Duke Energy

Duke Energy renewables will use new technology to help protect bats at its wind sites.

Bats are often drawn to the spinning turbines.

To help discourage them from approaching, Duke Energy renewables is working with NRG Systems, Inc. to install an innovative bat deterrent system.

The technology uses ultrasound to block the sonar that bats use to navigate in the dark, causing them to avoid areas around the wind turbines.

It’s been shown to reduce fatalities by 50 percent.

P & G expands

Procter and Gamble is expanding its offering of sleep aids, including gummies for kids.

The drug-free, non-habit forming products help people fall asleep naturally, according to the company.

The key ingredient is melatonin, a hormone found in the body that helps regulate sleep.

All of the items are Vick’s Zzquil brand.

Bill paid online

Nearly three-quarters of all bills will be paid digitally by 2022.

That’s thanks to rising customer familiarity with digital payments, and the rise in digital payment options.

Between housing costs, utilities, taxes, insurance and loans, Americans paid an estimated $3.9 trillion in online bills in 2018.

Walmart and Ebay

Walmart is hoping to steal some fire from Amazon Prime Day.

The retailer is planning to release thousands of “special buys” and “rollbacks” – which is Walmart’s term for discounts between July 14 and July 17.

Those dates coincide with Amazon’s Prime Days and Target’s Days.


4 children taken to hospital after car crashes into Pennsylvania day care center

 (CNN) — Four children were injured after a woman crashed her car through the window of a day care center classroom, according to Pennsylvania authorities.

The black BMW traveled all the way through one classroom of the Children of America Educational Childcare center before stopping at a back wall, the Bucks County Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

Four children were taken to the hospital, one of whom suffered serious injuries, the statement said.

“The driver of the vehicle sustained minor injuries, was treated and remains hospitalized,” it said.

The crash is under investigation, according to James O’Malley, the spokesperson for the district attorney’s office. He told CNN the woman was working as a delivery driver.

At the time of the crash — about 1:30 p.m. — there were about 17 children inside that room and about 79 total in the building .

All of the children have been accounted for and reunited with their families, the statement said.