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China's Exports Rise To 9.4%, Imports Shrink

September 7, 2014 11:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 China's export growth eased in August while imports shrank for the second month in a row. Customs data released Monday showed that exports rose 9.4 percent to $208 billion last month, down from a 14.5 percent expansion in July. Imports contracted...

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Fight Erupts Over New England's Natural Gas

September 7, 2014 12:30 pm | by Stephen Singer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A new fight has emerged over efforts to shift New England from oil and coal to lower cost natural gas. Plans by New England's governors and energy officials to expand natural gas in the six states have drawn fights in the past year among energy companies, environmentalists, and local and state...

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Fines, Hearings Among Lingering Fracking Issues

September 7, 2014 11:31 am | by Tammy Webber - Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists want to lift a cap on fines for violations, while industry officials want to limit who can ask for a public hearing as each side prepares for their last shot at changing proposed rules governing high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois. As Illinois moves closer to allowing...

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Southeast Nebraska Plant To Lay Off 33 Workers

September 6, 2014 6:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A southeast Nebraska agriculture manufacturing plant will close part of its operations and eliminate more than half its workforce by November. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the Agrium plant in Fairbury will eliminate...   

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Pesticide Drift Persistent Problem For Farmers

September 6, 2014 10:31 am | by Steve Karnowski - Associated Press | News | Comments

The cloud of insecticide that drifted from a neighbor's corn field onto the asparagus on Andrew and Melissa Dunham's central Iowa farm cast a shadow over their organic vegetable business. They say the costs from the incident and resulting loss of organic certification on their asparagus patch for...

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NV Assembly Speaker Kirkpatrick To Scrutinize Tesla Deal

September 5, 2014 5:03 pm | by Martin Griffith and Michelle Rindels, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nevada Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick says it's too early to say whether a huge package of tax breaks and incentives needed to land Tesla Motors Inc.'s lithium battery factory will have smooth sailing at a special legislative session next week. The Las Vegas Democrat said Friday she and her colleagues need to scrutinize...

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Tech Companies Appeal Rejection Of Settlement

September 5, 2014 4:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Four tech companies--Apple, Google, Adobe Systems, and Intel--are appealing a judge's rejection of a $324.5 million settlement for a class-action lawsuit brought by more than 60,000 high-tech workers.The lawsuit alleged that...    

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Improving Bottom Line Through Workplace Safety

September 5, 2014 2:22 pm | by UL | News | Comments

Chemical manufacturing is a highly hazardous industry where the most common injuries—sprains, strains, and fractures—can result in a staggering $82,382 per claim and can take a worker out of commission for more than 30 days ...    

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BorgWarner Expanding Operations

September 5, 2014 2:19 pm | by Targeted News Service | News | Comments

Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from global powertrain supplier BorgWarner announced today the company is expanding operations in Water Valley to accommodate an increased demand for the company's advanced transmission solutions. The project is the company's fourth expansion in Water Valley. It represents a company investment of $43 million and will create...

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Hoeven Celebrates Grand Opening Of Bobcat's $28 Million Acceleration Center

September 5, 2014 2:11 pm | by Targeted News Services | News | Comments

Senator John Hoeven today marked the grand opening of the new $28 million Bobcat Company Acceleration Center located at the company's Bismarck-based Northern Plains Commerce Centre (NPCC) facility. The 190,000 square-foot facility will house...

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Boar's Head To Build Plant In New Castle, IN

September 5, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boar's Head Brand plans to build a meat processing plant in New Castle, Indiana that company executives say will create more than 200 new jobs over the next few years. The Sarasota, Florida-headquartered maker of premium delicatessen meats and cheeses announced...

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Court Rules Next Week On Fracking Case

September 5, 2014 1:42 pm | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge plans to decide next week whether to block the release of oil and gas leases in Nevada that critics say will be used for hydraulic fracturing and cause more environmental harm than the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) admits. Lawyers for the Reese River Basin Citizens Against Fracking urged...

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A. C. Simmonds and Sons To Acquire Environmental Waste International

September 5, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A.C. Simmonds and Sons Inc. (ACS) and Environmental Waste International Inc. (EWS) announced today that a non-binding letter of intent has been entered into regarding the proposed acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding common shares of EWS by ACS in exchange for...

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Belkin Partners With OSRAM SYLVANIA For Smart Connected Lighting Ecosystems

September 5, 2014 12:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Belkin International, a leading Internet of Things company, and OSRAM SYLVANIA, a leading global lighting manufacturer, today announced that the two companies have entered into a strategic partnership to collaborate on residential solutions with the...

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Southeast Manufacturing Activity Rallies For August

September 5, 2014 11:54 am | by Paula Stanton, Kennesaw State University | News | Comments

Southeast manufacturing activity saw a rebound in August, reversing an 8.5-point slide in June and July, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report released today by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center in the Michael J. Coles College of Business. The Southeast PMI for August increased...

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Jetpack Could Enhance Soldier Speed, Agility

September 5, 2014 11:38 am | by Arizona State University | Videos | Comments

What if every soldier could run a four-minute mile? That's the goal behind 4MM, or 4 Minute Mile, a student project to create a wearable jetpack that enhances speed and agility. Working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and a faculty mentor, Jason Kerestes is the...

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Ameren Increases Water Tests At Contaminated Callaway Plant

September 5, 2014 10:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ameren Missouri plans to increase testing of water near its nuclear power plant in Callaway County after contaminated water was found in July in one of its monitoring wells.Nuclear power plants are required to test water quarterly, but...

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2014 Global Brands From China Competition In Full Swing

September 5, 2014 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

While the 2014 FutureM Forum is approaching, "2014 Global Competitiveness Brands Top 10 from China" is in full swing. A total of 39 candidate companies participated in this activity organized by IDG, jointly demonstrating the branding power of Chinese companies to the world. They are all internationally renowned organizations including...

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U.S. Employers Add 142K Jobs, Employment Flat In Manufacturing

September 5, 2014 9:43 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers added just 142,000 jobs in August, snapping a six-month streak of hiring above 200,000 and posting the smallest gain in eight months. The unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent from 6.2 percent, the Labor Department said Friday. The rate dropped because...

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Hillary Clinton: U.S. Should Lead On Clean Energy

September 4, 2014 8:31 pm | by Ken Ritter - Associated Press | News | Comments

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday called for the U.S. to become what she called the world's 21st-century clean energy superpower. In remarks Thursday at the annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, Clinton credited northern Nevada's selection for...

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