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Court Upholds Iowa Natural Gas Tax Reviled By Ethanol Plants

April 10, 2015 2:36 pm | by Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Press | Comments

Ethanol industry officials said Friday they would now turn their focus to lobbying for a law that would address their concerns by letting plants pay taxes based on the value of assets.

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GM Says It Has Fixed 70 Percent Of Faulty Ignition Switches

April 10, 2015 2:26 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

In the months after the recalls began, GM was criticized by customers and members of Congress for a low completion rate, which the company blamed on a lack of parts.

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Treasury Report Knocks European, Asian Nations Over Currency

April 10, 2015 2:22 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

In the semiannual report to Congress on international economic and exchange rate policies, Treasury officials expressed concern about weak domestic demand in Japan and Germany.

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Feds OK Test Flights For Amazon Drones

April 10, 2015 2:17 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration this week granted an exemption to the Seattle-based e-commerce giant, which would enable testing of Prime Air drones limited to 400 feet in elevation and speeds of 100 miles per hour.

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High School Rocket Scientists Blast Off With NASA

April 10, 2015 12:06 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

“NASA doesn’t spare us at all,” says Brian Hastings, Spring Grove Area High School physics instructor and head coach of the team. “We essentially had to go through all the steps that anyone who tries to sell a product or tool to NASA would.”

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Mitsubishi Sets Sights On Niche In Aircraft Sector

April 10, 2015 10:37 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | Comments

"This is the last chance to get into real aircraft manufacturing. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has a long-term vision to get into the aircraft assembly industry," Hideyuki Kamiya, head of marketing for Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. said in an earlier briefing.

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Women In Manufacturing Files As Trade Association

April 10, 2015 10:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

WiM President Allison Grealis says, "With the help of our newly constituted board, we will continue to demonstrate that not only are women great for manufacturing, but that manufacturing is great for women."

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Obama Administration: Global Economy Needs More Support

April 10, 2015 10:28 am | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

American manufacturers contend that the progress to date has been small and the Chinese currency remains undervalued by as much as 40 percent against the dollar. That makes American products more expensive in China and Chinese goods cheaper for American consumers.

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Embedded Database Technology Will Enable The IoT

April 10, 2015 10:16 am | by Wayne Warren | Comments

Embedded database technology can address the challenge of managing high levels of data, efficiently, effectively, securely and in real-time.

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Oregon Ballot Initiative Could Allow GMO Restrictions

April 10, 2015 9:52 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The spat is just the latest fight over GMOs in Oregon and nationally; an Oregon legislator introduced bills that would establish where GMO crops could be grown, but the proposals received a cool reception during a committee hearing last month.

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The State Of Sustainable Manufacturing

April 10, 2015 9:48 am | by Industrial Maintenance And Plant Operations | Comments

As concerns regarding the environment continue to rise, the importance of sustainable manufacturing follows suit. Check out why it's important and what manufacturers and consumers think.

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Safety Chief Wants To Cap Big Rig Speeds To Fix Tire Problem

April 9, 2015 6:07 pm | by Meghan Barr, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | Comments

Tire manufacturers and safety advocates say that if tires are driven higher than their speed ratings for prolonged periods, heat can build up and cause them to blow out.

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Material Used In Skateboards Could Make Planes Use Less Power

April 9, 2015 3:18 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

A hard material called silicon carbide was originally used for abrasives like sandpaper and still gives many skateboards their rough grip. It can work at temperatures that are twice the boiling point of water where ordinary silicon chips falter.

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Consumer Group Asks FDA, FTC To Investigate Soda Giants For False Advertising

April 9, 2015 3:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Comments

It's no secret that both Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi products are sweetened with artificial sweeteners — Diet Coke uses aspartame and Diet Pepsi uses aspartame and acesulfame potassium. So is this really a case of deception and false advertising?

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Critics Call For Halt To Currency Manipulation In Pacific Trade Pact

April 9, 2015 2:33 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The push from labor groups comes amid a sustained effort by the Obama administration to receive Trade Promotion Authority from Congress. That would enable the White House to negotiate pacts in Asia and Europe while limiting Congress' ability to alter final agreements.

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Cybersecurity: The Ongoing Situation

April 9, 2015 2:26 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Comments

In the last 18 months, Heartbleed and the Bash Bug were the big viral threats, while companies —AT&T, JPMorgan, Home Depot and Staples among them — spent the year dealing with hackers and data breaches.  

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European Regulators Find Few Violations Of Pesticide Standards

April 9, 2015 2:22 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The European Food Safety Authority's latest analysis examined nearly 81,000 samples from 27 EU member nations as well as Iceland and Norway, including apples, cabbage, leeks, lettuce, milk, peaches, pork, rye, oats, strawberries, tomatoes and wine.

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Energy Department To Spend $200 Million On New Supercomputer

April 9, 2015 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The goal is to build a supercomputer that will help the U.S. compete internationally with other next-generation computing efforts and ensure the United States' economic and national security, agency officials said.

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Bloomberg Adds $30 Million To Anti-Coal Campaign

April 9, 2015 10:27 am | by Kevin Frecking, The Associated Press | Comments

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg says he is donating an additional $30 million to a Sierra Club initiative working to reduce the nation's use of coal.

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Number Of People Sickened By Listeria Outbreak Grows

April 9, 2015 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Blue Bell Creameries on Tuesday announced a third product recall as a result of the contamination. The company, based in Brenham, Texas, has recalled more than 25 of its products since last month.

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