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Future Cloudy As Work Winds Down At Avondale Shipyard

September 27, 2014 1:44 am | by Richard Thompson - The New Orleans Advocate - Associated Press | News | Comments

Avondale Shipyard, once Louisiana's largest private employer, is quietly winding down operations, nearly six months after Huntington Ingalls Industries brought in one of the country's largest pipeline and terminal operators in hopes it could help turn the 76-year-old West Bank facility into a...

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Plastic Made From Thin Air

September 26, 2014 11:58 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Newlight Technologies is turning carbon into plastic and taking on a $373 billion dollar-a-year industry.                                          

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CA May Impose Steep Restrictions On Common Pesticide

September 26, 2014 11:53 am | by Scott Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

California farmers who spray a widely used insecticide on some of the state's most abundant crops may soon have to overcome the nation's steepest restrictions or find another pest killer, officials said Thursday. Regulators are proposing ...  

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Chiquita, Fyffes Alter Merger Agreement

September 26, 2014 11:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Changes to the proposed merger between Chiquita and the Irish fruit importer Fyffes will give Chiquita shareholders a larger stake in what would become the world's largest banana supplier. The companies said Friday that ...      

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Ford To Add 1,200 Workers At Transit Van Plant

September 26, 2014 10:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it's adding 1,200 workers and another shift to a Missouri plant that makes its new Transit van. The Transit arrived at dealerships in June, but ...                   

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Boeing To Bring Hundreds Of Jobs To Charleston

September 26, 2014 10:29 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Boeing is bringing hundreds of new jobs to South Carolina. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that the aerospace company has leased a 100,000-square-foot building in North Charleston for a new research center that will employ as many as ... 

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US-Russian Crew Docks With Space Station

September 25, 2014 10:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S.-Russian crew docked early Friday with the International Space Station, about six hours after launching from Russia's manned space facility in Kazakhstan. The Russian Soyuz-TMA14M spacecraft joined up with the space laboratory as it ...

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Fed's Lockhart Says Inflation Risk Still Low

September 25, 2014 6:44 pm | by Jeff Amy - Associated Press | News | Comments

Atlanta Federal Reserve President Dennis Lockhart said Thursday that he has increasing confidence in the economy but still wants to see more data to prove that growth is on a sustainable path before raising interest rates, saying he doesn't expect rates to ...

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North Dakota Calls For More Environmental Protections

September 25, 2014 6:12 pm | by Josh Wood, Associated Press | News | Comments

A top North Dakota public health official told a meeting of energy company representatives in Dickinson on Wednesday that more needs to be done to ensure environmental protections in the state amid its oil boom. "Drill. Develop. Let's get that oil, but let's get it in a responsible manner," said...

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Weak Demand, Plentiful Supply Drive Decline In Oil Prices

September 25, 2014 5:57 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

North Sea Brent crude oil prices have remained under the symbolic $100/barrel level since September 5, falling to $94.13/barrel this afternoon, the lowest level in more than two years. Prices have declined almost $21 (18%) from the 2014 daily peak of $115/barrel on...

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ShipCarsNow Wins EPA Award For Leadership In Freight Supply Chain Efficiency

September 25, 2014 5:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ShipCarsNow, a wholly owned Union Pacific Railroad subsidiary, received the 2014 SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual honor recognizes the top 1 percent of EPA partners that have optimized their...

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Gold Mine Firm Pays Fine For Not Reporting Pollution

September 25, 2014 4:44 pm | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Canadian-based owner of a gold mine in northern Nevada has agreed to pay a $182,000 civil penalty for failing to correctly report to federal environmental regulators the release of millions of pounds of toxic chemicals — including arsenic and cyanide — into the air and ground. The U.S....

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EPA's Proposed Power Plant Climate Rule Could Reach Far Beyond Power Plants

September 25, 2014 4:25 pm | by Adam Reidel | Articles | Comments

EPA recently released a proposed rule to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power plants. Although the proposed rule only requires states to limit GHG emissions from existing power plants, states may choose instead to regulate GHG emissions from a...

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Duke Energy To Build Solar Plant In NC

September 25, 2014 4:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy says it plans to build a solar plant in Bladen County. The Fayetteville Observer reports the utility said Arizona-based Phoenix Solar is the contractor, and the solar panels will be manufactured by Yingli Solar. A Duke spokesman said...

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Brew U? University Launches Beer-Making Program

September 25, 2014 4:07 pm | by David N. Goodman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Colleges and beer have a long shared history. A university in Michigan is taking that partnership to a new level with the creation of a program to train and certify experts in "fermentation science."Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant this week announced plans to...

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Old Forester Bourbon Distillery Planned For Louisville

September 25, 2014 4:00 pm | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Spirits maker Brown-Forman Corp. is returning to its roots to build a distillery to produce Old Forester bourbon, its founding brand. The company revealed its plans Thursday to invest about $30 million to transform two historic buildings into the production facility and tourist attraction along...

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Drone Use For Filmmaking Wins FAA Approval

September 25, 2014 3:47 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government granted six movie and television production companies permission to use drones for filming, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Thursday. Dozens of other industries are...

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Chrysler Redesigns Assembly Line

September 25, 2014 3:30 pm | by Chrysler Group, LLC | News | Comments

With sales of the Ram 1500 on a 52-month sales streak, Chrysler Group's Warren Truck Assembly Plant is increasing production. The plant that built back-to-back Motor Trend Truck of the Year winners in 2013 and 2014 will be building an average of an additional...

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Amazon’s Involvement With Manufacturing: When Is It Too Much?

September 25, 2014 3:07 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The internet has changed the way we do everything, including how we shop. E-commerce giants like Amazon and Alibaba control a large chunk of online buying and selling, but what is the secret to their success? Alibaba’s success is partly due to its strategy of forming extremely close partnerships with the manufacturers themselves, and Amazon has...

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Victory Packaging Receives Global Standard For Storage And Distribution Certification

September 25, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Victory Packaging is pleased to announce that its storage and distribution warehouse located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma has received certification from British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for Storage and Distribution Scheme recognized by the...

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