NEW YORK (CNN) -- CNN Money's Maribel Aber has your top business and financial news on this Monday, May 6.
Landowners along Mississippi River could get financial help
Owners of land along the Mississippi River in Arkansas may be eligible for financial and other assistance for participating in a federal Wetlands Reserve Program. Landowners enrolling in the voluntary Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program can receive up to $2,000 per acre for placing an easement on their land, removing land in the Mississippi's active flood plain from agricultural use and allowing for its restoration. The program's goal is to reduce sediment and nutrients entering waterways, decrease flooding and improve bird and fish habitat in six states, including Arkansas.
Eating and shopping lead job rebound
What could be more American than shopping and eating our way to an economic recovery? Retail and food services experienced some of the strongest job growth in this month's jobs report, adding 29,000 and 38,000 positions respectively. Economists say these sectors are growing because people feel better about the economy. Housing prices and stock prices have been rising for the past several months, which has boosted consumer confidence. Gas prices have also been falling, putting more money in people's pockets.
Wal-Mart ads tout 'American success story'
Facing criticism over bribery allegations, worker protests and conditions at the foreign factories that make its goods, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. WMT +1.01% is aiming to burnish its image with a feel-good advertising campaign that depicts the retail giant as an "American success story." Airing for the first time on Saturday during the Kentucky Derby, the ads-reminiscent of those purchased by political candidates-come at a time when some branding experts say Wal-Mart's reputation among more educated consumers is declining, even though its sales remain steady.
Apple to give $10,000 gift card to user who downloads 50 billionth app
To say Apple is excited about reaching 50 billion downloads would be an understatement. The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant has put up a countdown ticker online to track the 50 billionth app, and whoever the lucky person is to download that app will win $10,000 in an App Store gift card. "As of today, nearly 50 billion apps have been downloaded worldwide. And we couldn't have done it without you. So we want to say thanks," Apple says on a Web page showing the App Store open on an iPad mini along with a tracker that currently shows about 49.25 billion apps have been downloaded.