Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods rose in April by the most since January. But much of the strength came from a surge in the volatile category of commercial aircraft. A key category that tracks business investment fell for a third straight month, a sign that manufacturing remains under stress (USA Today).

This month, we celebrate National Inventors Month by honoring those individuals that help drive America’s innovative spirit. From Thomas Edison to Steve Jobs, inventors and innovation have always been, and always will be, the force behind moving our nation’s economy forward (Post-Crescent).