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Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Arrives At White House, Obama To Veto

February 24, 2015 2:46 pm | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama will veto a Republican-backed bill on Tuesday that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the White House said, putting a freeze on a top GOP priority — at least for now. The contentious legislation arrived at the White House on Tuesday morning...

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CA Lawmakers Consider Soft Drink Warning Label

February 24, 2015 2:43 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

A prominent California lawmaker seeks to place warning labels on soft drinks and other beverages containing added sugar, while industry groups gear up to combat the effort. Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning, a Democrat from Carmel, earlier this month introduced legislation requiring sweetened beverages...

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With Looming Regulations, Drones Struggle For Liftoff

February 24, 2015 2:09 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

There’s been lots of talk about drones lately in anticipation of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) releasing regulations on the use of the unmanned aircraft. Companies such as Amazon hope to use them to their advantage to step-up deliveries, while some worry...

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Fed Waits On Rate Raise, Wage Growth Disappoints

February 24, 2015 2:04 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Janet Yellen, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, announced in testimony before the Senate Banking Committee that the Federal Reserve will not rush to raise interest rates. Despite recent economic growth, one piece of the labor market puzzle...

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EU Moves Ahead With Greenhouse Gas Trading Reform

February 24, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European Union lawmakers have backed plans to reform the EU's vast greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme to protect it from fluctuations in the economy. The system sets limits on certain greenhouse gases that factories and power plants can emit and allows companies to trade allowances if they...

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Will Wal-Mart Pay Raises Move The Needle On Wages?

February 24, 2015 1:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

As the world's largest retailer and the nation's largest private employer, Wal-Mart serves as a convenient punching bag for those decrying the growing prevalence of low-wage service industry jobs in the U.S. So, last week's announcement that the Bentonville, Arkansas company would...

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Siemens To Supply Turbines For Fuel Efficient Plant

February 24, 2015 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Siemens is supplying two gas turbines and one steam turbine for the new Holland Energy Park combined cycle power plant in Holland, Michigan. The local municipal utility, Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW), is replacing an aging coal-fired plant with a new fuel efficient modern power...

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Study: Climate Change Extremely Harmful To Wheat Production

February 24, 2015 10:13 am | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

A recent study involving Kansas State University researchers finds that in the coming decades at least one-quarter of the world's wheat production will be lost to extreme weather from climate change if no adaptive measures are taken. Vara Prasad, professor of crop ecophysiology and director of...

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Ex-Im Bank Keeps Heartland Town Open For Business

February 24, 2015 10:08 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The light filters inside St. John’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, Pa., through a set of precious Tiffany windows framing its spacious nave. This life-size kaleidoscope of colors harkens back to a time over a century ago, when Franklin was at the epicenter of America’s first oil...

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A New Source of Biofuel — Leather Sludge

February 24, 2015 10:02 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

Leather processing produces large amounts of toxic waste including shavings, trimmings and fleshings. Much of this sludge is too dangerous to burn because it contains dioxins and nitrogen oxides that are harmful to the environment, so properly disposing of it is a costly and tricky...

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MO Bill Would Stop Cities From Banning Plastic Bags

February 24, 2015 9:59 am | by Summer Ballentine, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Missouri lawmaker who also leads an association of grocery stores is trying to stop cities and towns in the state from restricting the use of plastic bags, bucking a national trend toward banning their use to help the environment. The move comes as the city of Columbia, the home of the...

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Mysterious Drone Overflights In Paris Continue

February 24, 2015 7:12 am | by Angela Charlton, The Associated Press | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — At least five drones flew over the Eiffel Tower, the U.S. Embassy and other Paris landmarks overnight, authorities said Tuesday. It was the most audacious of several mysterious drone overflights around France in recent months. An investigation is underway into who was operating the...

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NY Attorney General Expands Herbal Supplement Investigation

February 24, 2015 1:13 am | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three weeks after ordering four major retailers to pull store-brand herbal supplements off their shelves following DNA tests that found little or none of the listed herbs, New York's attorney general is targeting manufacturers of the popular products. Attorney General Eric...

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Manufacturer Joins Firearm Industry's Largest Trade Show

February 23, 2015 7:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The owners of a Mitchell-based business specializing in wood and metal manufacturing said it was an honor to be involved in the firearm industry's largest trade show. Rex and Clem Boyd with Lucid Manufacturing Systems and Solutions helped build the auction Gun of the Year...

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MS Auto Parts Workers In Union Drive Plan Protest

February 23, 2015 5:14 pm | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at an automotive seat factory in Mississippi are protesting what they say are low wages and poor working conditions as they attempt to unionize in what could become a new front for the United Auto Workers in the state. A group of workers and supporters at the...

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UAW Chief Doesn’t Rule Out Work Stoppage

February 23, 2015 3:11 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The head of the United Autoworkers union recognizes the need to ensure the long-term health of the U.S. auto industry. But as the UAW prepares to enter negotiations with the "Big Three" auto companies — General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler — Dennis Williams says...

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Obama: DHS Shutdown Would Hurt State Economies

February 23, 2015 3:02 pm | by Jill Colvin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama says a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security would have a direct impact on state economies and the nation's security. Obama is speaking Monday to the nation's governors, who are gathered at the White House for a meeting with the president and...

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Business Loans For Manufacturers: Q&A With Evan Singer

February 23, 2015 2:44 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Many manufacturing companies experience growth as the economy recovers from the recent recession. Some, however, complain that they are having trouble finding business loans needed to stimulate production. I discussed the current economic climate for manufacturing and alternative ways manufacturers...

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Ports Increasingly Bustling Again After Tentative Labor Deal

February 23, 2015 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The seaports of the West Coast went from lagging to bustling over the weekend, a process that is expected to accelerate Monday in the wake of a tentative agreement between employers and dockworkers. More than 1,000 dockworker assignments were filled Sunday at the...

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Feds Inspecting Construction At SC Nuke Plant

February 23, 2015 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are conducting a special inspection after damage to a nuclear reactor under construction in South Carolina. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says officials began their inspection Monday at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Jenkinsville, about 25 miles northwest...

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