Aurora Business

Scott Garwood of Cardinal Farms displays an Asian sea bass called barramundi, which he grows in Dakota City, Neb., Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. Farmers in the Midwest are increasingly turning to land-based, indoor fish farms to grow everything from freshwater trout to Atlantic salmon and sea bass, effectively bringing the surf to the turf. The reasons for the advent of indoor fish farming include overfishing of the world's waters and soaring consumption of fish, especially in the U.S., outstripping supply. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

“I’m afraid to tell you, the U.S. is way behind the rest of the world in terms of developing aquaculture or keeping up with production of aquaculture,” says Dr. Yonathan Zohar, chairman of the Department of Marine Biotechnology at the University of Maryland.

Bruce Abel, assistant general manager of the Bus Operations Department for the Regional Transportation District, demonstrates the new smart card technology, Dec. 31 at the Denver Union Station light rail platform. RTD launched its new program on Jan. 1 that uses an embedded chip that instantaneously process information when boarding buses and light rails.  (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

“The other day I went on the light rail with my partner Downtown. It cost us $16. My car gets 40 miles to the gallon. I think the prices are really a discouragement,” said Andrea Chiriboga-flor, a transit organizer with Colorado 9to5, a group that advocates on behalf of working women

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is expected to be a heated topic of debate for lawmakers. During the session, they will also be getting recommendations from a task force studying how to resolve land disputes over energy development.

FILE - In this April 1, 2014 file photo, a Austrian Airlines airplane takes off from the airport in Munich, southern Germany. Flying could get cheaper next year as airlines say they will finally start passing on some of the savings made on plummeting oil prices. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)

“It’s going to be six months or so before airlines are seeing lower fuel costs, and at that point consumers are likely to see a fall in travel costs,” Pearce told The Associated Press.

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2009 file photo, a customer looks at the menu at McDonald's drive-thru in Williamsville, N.Y. McDonald's is planning to trim its menu, review its cooking methods and maybe even get rid of some of the ingredients it uses to change perceptions that it serves junk food, CEO Don Thompson said Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/David Duprey, File)

Thompson has conceded McDonald’s Corp. has failed to keep up with changing tastes. One of the problems is that people are increasingly moving toward foods they feel are fresh or wholesome, and the image of fast-food burgers and fries doesn’t exactly fit that bill.

The U.S. Energy Department reported a surprise increase in domestic oil inventories and OPEC projected that demand for its crude would sink next year to levels not seen in more than a decade.

FILE - In this June 11, 2014 file photo, a demonstrator kicks a car, suspected to be a private taxi during a 24 hour taxi strike and protest in Madrid, Spain against unregulated competition from private companies, in particular, Uber. A judge has ordered the precautionary suspension of the ridesharing service Uber in Spain on Tuesday Dec. 9, 2014, saying it represents unfair competition. The suspension had been sought by Madrid’s Taxi Association, which is planning a legal case against Uber which allows passengers to hail a ride from a mobile app. The company takes a cut from what the drivers charge. Taxi drivers say such services are unfair as the drivers do not have to fulfill the same requirements or pay tens of thousands of euros (dollars) for training and licences as taxi drivers do. The San Francisco-based company has met with opposition in other European Union countries. (AP Photo/Paul White, File)

Uber spokesman Benjamin Novick called the decision a “highly unusual court commercial proceeding and ruling,” adding that the company is considering its legal options and that Uber will obey Spain law.

DENVER | Billionaire investor Philip Anschutz is exploring the possibility of resurrecting the Rocky Mountain News after the daily newspaper in Denver was shuttered five years ago. The Denver Business Journal was the first to report Tuesday that Anschutz’s Clarity Media Group has posted a prototype newspaper online and is researching the feasibility of publishing the […]