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TN Governor Questions UAW Process At VW

December 9, 2014 5:30 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | Comments

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, a longtime critic of the United Auto Workers' efforts to organize foreign automakers in the South, on Tuesday questioned the process by which the union qualified under a new labor policy at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee. Volkswagen announced on Monday that an independent...

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Exxon Sees Abundant Oil, Gas Far Into Future

December 9, 2014 2:18 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | Comments

North America, once a sponge that sucked in a significant portion of the world's oil, will instead be supplying the world with oil and other liquid hydrocarbons by the end of this decade, according to ExxonMobil's annual long-term energy forecast. And the "almost unspeakable" amount of...

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Company President In Chemical Spill Facing Charges

December 9, 2014 2:08 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press | Comments

The top executive charged in a chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water lied about his role with the company to protect his personal wealth of nearly $8 million from lawsuits, according to an FBI affidavit. Freedom Industries President Gary Southern repeatedly told...

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Up

December 9, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | Comments

October U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $417.80 million according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 35.0 percent from September and down 6.2 percent when...

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Short-Term Energy Outlook

December 9, 2014 1:35 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration‎ | Comments

North Sea Brent crude oil spot prices fell by more than 15% in November, declining from $85/barrel (bbl) on November 3 to $72/bbl on November 28. Monthly average Brent crude oil prices have declined 29% from their 2014 high of $112/bbl in June to an average of $79/bbl in...

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Chrysler Plans $266M Spending For IN Plants

December 9, 2014 12:12 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Chrysler is expected to spend $266 million on new equipment for two transmission factories in central Indiana. The company's plans include expanding production of the eight-speed automatic transmissions built at the Kokomo factories, the Kokomo Tribune reported. The Kokomo City Council voted...

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Supreme Court: No Pay For Time Spent At Amazon Warehouse Security Checks

December 9, 2014 11:58 am | by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press | Comments

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don't have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts. The unanimous decision is a victory for the growing number of retailers and other companies that...

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Nissan Recalls 407K Vehicles For Fuel Leak Problem

December 9, 2014 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Nissan is recalling about 470,000 cars and SUVs worldwide to fix a problem that can cause fuel leaks. In the U.S., the recall covers about 134,000 vehicles with direct fuel injection engines. That includes Nissan's Juke SUV from the 2012 through 2014 model years, and the Infiniti M56 and QX5...

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U.S. Job Openings Rise, Hiring Remains Healthy

December 9, 2014 10:40 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The number of available U.S. jobs rose in October to the second-highest level in 14 years, and companies kept hiring at a healthy pace, adding to evidence of an improving economy. Job openings increased 3.2 percent to 4.83 million, just below August's total, which was the highest on records...

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UAW Reaches Top Tier Of VW Labor Policy In TN

December 9, 2014 10:30 am | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | Comments

The United Auto Workers on Monday qualified for the top tier of a new labor policy at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, giving the union its first formal role within a foreign-owned auto plant in the South. Volkswagen said that an independent auditor had verified that the UAW's Local 42 had signed up...

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SC Johnson To Receive 2015 Gold Medal For Sustainable Development

December 9, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The World Environment Center (WEC) is pleased to announce that its 31st Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development will be awarded to SC Johnson. The company is being recognized for its comprehensive, company-wide focus on sustainability and...

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Honda Adds 2.6M Vehicles To Air Bag Repair List

December 8, 2014 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Honda says it will replace driver's air bag inflators on 2.6 million more vehicles as it expands repairs to the entire U.S. Honda is the only automaker to comply with government demands for national repairs. The company says it's doing so to address customer concerns. Air bags made by...

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Duke Buys Remaining Interest In KY Coal Plant

December 8, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved a transaction that makes Duke Energy the sole owner of the East Bend electric power plant in northern Kentucky. The PSC says Duke Energy Kentucky purchased the minority interest in the plant that was held by Dayton Power & Light Co. of...

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Workers Demand Accountability After Refinery Explosion

December 8, 2014 2:08 pm | by Clare Clancy, The Canadian Press | Comments

Kimberly Janvier says the sounds from a construction site are all it takes to trigger intense memories of that day. The 36-year-old scaffolder was working at an oil refinery in Regina when a pipe burst and her life changed forever. "There was this big boom, and I remember cringing," Janvier...

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Picturing & Realizing Growth

December 8, 2014 1:49 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

The paint is new. The pavement has been resurfaced. Infrastructure updates abound. But regardless of when you took that ride down Lexington Avenue in Rochester, NY, the years have failed to strip away the one constant for this location. The buildings and roads at 1600 Lexington are...

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EU Calls For Japan To Eliminate Trade Barriers

December 8, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The European Union is calling on Japan to make further efforts to eliminate trade barriers in the auto and food safety sectors as they began a fresh round of bilateral free trade negotiations Monday in Tokyo. In an additional list of so-called nontariff barriers recently submitted by the...

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Subaru Seeks $118M Tax Break For 4-Mile Move

December 8, 2014 1:29 pm | by Geoff Mulvihill, The Associated Press | Comments

Subaru announced plans to move its U.S. headquarters to Camden, just four miles from its current home in Cherry Hill, and said it is seeking $118 million in tax breaks intended to lure jobs to the impoverished city. The move by the fast-growing division...

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Economists Forecast Fast Growth In 2015

December 8, 2014 1:24 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The U.S. economy, helped by a stronger job market and falling oil prices, should enjoy the fastest economic growth in a decade next year, according to a panel of top business economists. The National Association for Business Economics said Monday it expects the overall economy, as measured by the...

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New Rules Expand EPA's Scope

December 8, 2014 12:54 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The state environmental agency says a proposed federal rule to reduce carbon dioxide releases from power plants exceeds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's authority, will put electrical grids at risk and is unfair in how it would be applied to...

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McD's Plans Customized Burgers As U.S. Sales Fall

December 8, 2014 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Hold the pickles, onions, and special sauce. The Big Mac is becoming a victim of finicky tastes. McDonald's is planning major changes in the U.S. as sales continue to slide, including an expansion of a test that lets people build their own burgers by tapping on a touchscreen. The company said...

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