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Obama Calls For Additional Regulation, Investment In SOTU

January 23, 2015 11:23 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

President Barack Obama called on Congress to enact a slew of new requirements for workers while investing in education and infrastructure during his State of the Union address, declaring, "Middle-class economics works." "Those of us here tonight, we need to set our sights higher than just making sure...

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Past, Future Effects Of Oil Argued In BP Penalty Trial

January 23, 2015 11:18 am | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press | Comments

Environmental researchers and BP attorneys sparred Wednesday over the potential effects of the 2010 Gulf oil spill in a trial aimed at determining whether the oil giant should be made to pay some $13.7 billion in Clean Water Act penalties. A government witness, Dr. Stanley Rice, a retired National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

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Industry Group Issues Record Number Of Metalworking Credentials

January 23, 2015 10:22 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills issued a record number of credentials last year to individuals seeking to join or advance in the precision manufacturing industry. The Virginia-based group, which sets metalworking skills standards, issues certifications and accredits training programs...

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Siemens Touts Order For 21 Wind Turbines For KS Project

January 23, 2015 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Siemens says it has received an order to supply 21 wind turbines to the Alexander wind project located 120 miles northwest of Wichita. The Hutchinson-based company announced Thursday in a news release that it has reached a deal with NJR Clean Energy Ventures, a subsidiary of New Jersey...

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Oil Price Drop Sparks Steel Industry Layoffs

January 23, 2015 10:07 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

U.S. Steel this week announced 545 layoffs, bringing its January job cut total to more than 1,000 as the industry reels from the decline in oil prices. The company said Thursday it would idle plants in Indiana and Illinois. The shutting down of U.S. Steel's tin mill in East Chicago, Indiana affects 369 workers, with layoffs beginning...

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Report: Manufacturing Wages Significantly Higher Than Comparable Workers

January 23, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The average manufacturing worker made nearly 11 percent more than a comparable worker outside the manufacturing sector in 2012 and 2013, according to a newly released report. In the analysis from D.C.-based liberal think tank the Economic Policy Institute, author Robert E. Scott tabs the wage premium for manufacturing jobs...

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Unions Seek Jobs Threshold For Boeing Incentives

January 23, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Unions representing aerospace workers in Washington state are backing legislation to place conditions on industry tax credits, drawing the ire of one of the state's flagship companies. The state Legislature passed $8.7 billion in tax credits in 2013 as part of an effort to secure productionof Boeing Company's 777X jetliner...

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New Brazil Agriculture Minister Bats Down Anti-Environment Reputation

January 23, 2015 7:26 am | by Eduardo Barretto, The Associated Press | Comments

New Agriculture Minister Katia Abreu, nicknamed the "chainsaw queen" by Brazilian environmentalists for what they call her promotion of deforestation, strongly rejected the criticism Thursday, calling it sexist since she's the first woman to hold her post. Abreu told a small group of foreign...

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Hazy Skies The Backdrop For Obama's Climate Talks In India

January 23, 2015 2:21 am | by Katy Daigle, The Associated Press | Comments

When President Barack Obama arrives in New Delhi on Sunday he will join the Indian capital's masses in breathing some of the world's filthiest air. Hazy skies will serve as the backdrop to meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other officials who are expected to discuss India's...

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Montana City to Hear if Water Safe to Drink After Oil Spill

January 22, 2015 3:03 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

Initial tests show water supplies in a Montana city show no sign of a cancer-causing element for the first time since they were contaminated by a weekend crude oil spill, a state official said Thursday, raising hopes that thousands of residents can soon start drinking from their taps.

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Ex-Freedom Industries President Faces New Fraud Charge

January 22, 2015 1:45 pm | by PAM RAMSEY, Associated Press Writer | Comments

A federal grand jury in Beckley handed up a superseding indictment on Wednesday against former Freedom President Gary Southern and three other former executives. The indictment charges Southern with a new count of fraud by interstate commercial carrier and restates the original indictment's charges against him and the others.

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US Sen. Warren to File Bill Targeting Top Drug Companies

January 22, 2015 1:36 pm | by STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press | Comments

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is shifting her focus from Wall Street to the nation's top pharmaceutical companies. The Massachusetts Democrat next week plans to file a bill that she said would help fund basic medical research by targeting pharmaceutical companies accused of breaking the law.

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MeadWestvaco to Sell European Tobacco Carton Business

January 22, 2015 1:32 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Packaging company MeadWestvaco Corp. is selling its European-based tobacco folding carton business. The Richmond, Virginia-based company said Thursday it has signed a definitive agreement with Swedish company AR Packaging Group AB. Earlier this month, MeadWestvaco announced plans to spin off its specialty chemicals business into a separate, publicly traded company.

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Local Fracking Ban

January 22, 2015 1:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | Comments

U.S. District Judge James Browning ruled Mora County's 2013 ban on oil and gas drilling is unconstitutional, prohibiting corporate activities protected by the First Amendment. Browning's order also said the ban violates state law and that it could not be enforced on lands owned by the state.

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EBay to Cut 2,400 Jobs, Spin-Off, Sell Other Units

January 22, 2015 11:04 am | by Mae Anderson, AP | Comments

EBay plans to cut 2,400 jobs, or seven percent of its staff, in the first quarter to simplify its structure and boost profit ahead of a planned separation of its business. The job cuts will fall across its marketplaces, PayPal and enterprise businesses.

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Treasury Sec: Congress Should Turn Efforts Toward Business Taxes

January 22, 2015 10:59 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, AP | Comments

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew dismissed efforts in Congress to overhaul the nation's tax laws by lowering the top income tax rate paid by individuals, saying lawmakers should instead focus on simplifying taxes paid by businesses, where there is more agreement.

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Gun Maker Gets Lawsuit Moved to Federal Court

January 22, 2015 10:38 am | by Pat Eaton-Robb, AP | Comments

Gun maker Remington has moved a lawsuit filed against it by families of those shot in the Sandy Hook school from state to federal court, where at least one expert says it has less chance of succeeding. Nine families sued Remington and others in Bridgeport Superior Court in December.

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Montana Spill Renews Worries Over Aging Oil Pipelines

January 22, 2015 10:33 am | by Matthew Brown, AP | Comments

A second large oil spill into Montana's Yellowstone River in less than four years is reviving questions about the nation's aging pipeline network. "It's the nature of the beast. Pipelines leak and pipelines break. We're never going to get around that. We have to decide if water is more valuable than oil," stated a local rancher.

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Hyundai Reports Earnings Drop Due to Weak Sales Forecasts

January 22, 2015 10:25 am | by Youkyng Lee, AP | Comments

For this year, Hyundai forecast sales will grow just 1.8 percent to 5.05 million vehicles, the weakest growth in recent years. The company expects to begin production at a new factory in China next year, but until then its existing factories are operating at full capacity, leaving no room to boost sales significantly.

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Cleanup Underway For Saltwater Spill in North Dakota

January 22, 2015 10:19 am | by Regina Garcia Cano, AP | Comments

Farmers have been asked to keep their livestock away from the three-million gallon spill. Brine, also referred to as saltwater, is an unwanted byproduct of drilling that is much saltier than sea water and may also contain petroleum and residue from hydraulic fracturing operations.

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