April 3 Business Briefs


Atlanta airport Wi-Fi finally operating after attack

ATLANTA (AP) — Travelers at the world’s busiest airport in Atlanta can once again use free Wi-Fi to go online after a cyberattack that hit the city last month. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport sent a tweet Monday saying that its free Wi-Fi is up and running. The message adds: “To all — thank you for your patience.” The system has been down since a ransomware cyberattack hit the city’s computer network on March 22.

Federal agents arrest designer of water slide that killed boy

DALLAS (AP) — Federal authorities in Dallas have arrested one of the designers of a Kansas water park slide that decapitated a 10-year-old boy. John Timothy Schooley, 72, was met by agents at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport late Monday. He will be held in Dallas pending arraignment and extradition to Kansas on charges that include second-degree murder. A Kansas grand jury last week indicted Schooley and Jeffrey Henry, a co-owner of Texas-based Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts. The indictment alleges Schooley lacked technical or engineering expertise in amusement park rides. Caleb Schwab died on the 17-story Verruckt ride in 2016 when the raft he was riding went airborne and hit an overhead loop.

Report: Idaho workers’ earnings increase led nation

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A recent report says Idaho led the nation last year in workers’ earnings growth. But Idaho’s ranking as having the biggest workers’ pay increase isn’t all that impressive, given that Idaho workers still make well below their counterparts in neighboring states. The federal Bureau of Economic Analysis says Idaho workers increased 5.3 percent last year, the fastest rate in the nation. But the Idaho Statesman says the problem is the statistics released measure by overall earnings, not earnings per worker. And because Idaho added 24,880 jobs in 2017, wages paid to those workers bulked up the earnings growth. The average Idaho worker earned $778 in the third quarter of 2017, the latest for which data is available. That’s $40,456 last year in wages and salaries.