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U.S. Retail Sale Increase Led By Auto Spending

September 12, 2014 | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | Comments

Auto buying drove U.S. retail sales higher in August, a possible sign that job growth in recent months has led to accelerated consumer spending. The Commerce Department said Friday that seasonally adjusted retail sales rose 0.6 per cent compared with the prior month. Sales are up...

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IL Delays Decision On Fracking Rules

September 18, 2014 12:33 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A legislative panel said that it wants more time to decide whether rules written by the Department of Natural Resources to govern hydraulic fracturing in Illinois can take effect. The legislature's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules received proposed rules for...

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Deconstructed Locomotive Will Power Nigeria’s Economy

September 18, 2014 12:07 pm | by GE Report | Comments

Nigeria has fast become Africa’s largest economy, but its infrastructure is still lagging. The electrical grid is so unpredictable that many businesses use natural gas to produce their own power. But that’s not enough. Sand and water often clog up pipelines and idle generators...

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Nestle Creates 8K New Positions In Europe

September 18, 2014 11:48 am | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | Comments

Some 200 companies on Thursday pledged to create new work and training opportunities for Europe's young jobseekers, of which one out of four is unemployed.The alliance of major companies, including Nestle and Google, aims to create tens of thousands additional...

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Dayton Leaders Considering Tax Deal For Medical Device Facility

September 18, 2014 11:36 am | by Cornelius Frolik | Comments

The owners of a medical-device manufacturing company plan to build a multimillion-dollar facility in north Dayton, creating at least 50 middle-class jobs within about two years. KBK Eight Properties wants to construct a 75,000-square-foot facility in...

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NAM: Congress Must Focus On Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization

September 18, 2014 10:00 am | by National Association of Manufacturers | Comments

Following House passage of a continuing resolution that temporarily reauthorizes the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of International Economic Affairs Linda Dempsey issued this statement...

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UPS Begins Hiring For 2014 Holiday Season

September 18, 2014 9:24 am | by UPS | Comments

UPS® announced today that it expects to hire between 90,000-95,000 seasonal employees to support the anticipated holiday surge in package deliveries that will begin in October and continue through January 2015. The company is gearing up...

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GA Peanut Plant Undergoes Trial For 2009 Salmonella Outbreak

September 18, 2014 4:43 am | by Russ Bynum - Associated Press | Comments

A jury weighing criminal charges Thursday against the owner of a Georgia peanut plant blamed for a nationwide salmonella outbreak five years ago will decide the case without hearing one fact — that nine people died after eating the company's tainted peanut butter. Former Peanut Corporation of...

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Horse Power Gains Favor With Small-Scale Farmers

September 18, 2014 2:44 am | by Mary Esch - Associated Press | Comments

While most modern farmers work their fields accompanied by the rumble of a trusty tractor, sheep farmer Donn Hewes labors to the faint jingling of harnesses in rhythm with the hoofbeats of horses and mules. He readily admits that horse-powered farming takes more time and effort than tractor...

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U.S. Economic Rebound Slow To Reach Philadelphia

September 18, 2014 12:41 am | by Hope Yen - Associated Press | Comments

The nation's economic recovery has been slow to reach the Philadelphia metropolitan area, hurt in part by an exodus of residents and a continued collapse in mid-wage jobs, new census data show. Across the U.S., many metropolitan areas saw declines in median household income from 2010 to 2013,...

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Lincoln Logs Production Returns To U.S.

September 17, 2014 4:54 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Lincoln Logs will soon be manufactured in Maine. Republican Gov. Paul LePage announced Wednesday that the iconic toy logs used to construct miniature buildings will be made at Pride Manufacturing in Burnham. The toys were previously...

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Most U.S. Companies Project Increased Efficiency In 2015

September 17, 2014 3:54 pm | by Schneider Electric | Comments

Three quarters of decision-makers at U.S. companies have invested in energy efficiency programs in the past 12 months, and more than half (56 percent) project their investment in energy efficiency next year will be more than last year, according to survey results released by Schneider Electric today. This represents...

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Aircraft Interior Manufacturer Announces Arkansas Facility

September 17, 2014 2:44 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A French aircraft cabin interior manufacturer said Wednesday that it is spending $2.5 million to open a new facility in Arkansas that will initially employ 75 people. Beaudet Aviation said its new facility is adjacent to the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport and that it will supply...

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Shoe Manufacturer CEO, Cash Vanish

September 17, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Chinese shoe manufacturer says two of its top executives have vanished, along with most of the company's cash. Germany-listed Ultrasonic AG said in a statement Tuesday it has been unable to reach its chief executive, Qingyong Wu, and chief operating officer, Minghong Wu, since...

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Tennessee Clean Water Network Prepared To Sue Ammunition Plant

September 17, 2014 1:51 pm | by Travis Loller, The Associated Press | Comments

The Tennessee Clean Water Network says it is prepared to sue a Kingsport ammunition plant over its continued pollution of local drinking water. BAE Systems Ordnance Systems Inc. operates the Holston Army Ammunition Plant for...    

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Senator Asks Congress To Suspend Coal Sales

September 17, 2014 1:47 pm | by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | Comments

A U.S. senator said Tuesday he will ask fellow lawmakers to halt coal sales on federal lands in the West after a senior Obama administration official declined to suspend the troubled government program. Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey said... 

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5 Things Small Businesses Need To Know This Fall

September 17, 2014 1:44 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg - AP Business Writer | Comments

What do small business owners need to pay attention to this fall? Heath care, Internet Security and new technology make the list. Here are five things that small businesses need to be on top of over the next several months...   

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EPA Grants Extension On Power Plant Pollution Plan

September 17, 2014 1:43 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday gave the public 45 more days to weigh in on a plan that would for the first time curb the pollution blamed for global warming from the nation's coal-fired power plants. The agency said... 

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New York Awards $55M In Manufacturing Education, Research Grants

September 17, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

New York state is investing $55 million in five projects around the state that aim to boost economic development through education and research. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state grants Tuesday during stops in...     

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Steelworkers To Meet With U.S. Steel Canada For Details Restructuring

September 17, 2014 12:15 pm | by The Canadian Press | Comments

Leaders with the United Steelworkers union are planning to meet with U.S. Steel Canada executives to find out more details about the company's restructuring under court protection. The former Stelco Inc., which U.S. Steel bought in 2007, has recorded...

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Natural Gas Company Seeks Federal Approval For Pipeline

September 17, 2014 11:36 am | by Philip Marcelo, The Associated Press | Comments

An energy company is seeking federal approval for a natural gas pipeline through northern Massachusetts that has already garnered significant local opposition. Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc. filed a request with...  

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