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Walmart And The U.S. Conference of Mayors Award $4M To Spark Innovation In American Manufacturing

August 15, 2014 9:38 am | Comments

Walmart, the Walmart Foundation, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), kicked off a new chapter in the modern American manufacturing story today as the global retailer announced the first grant recipients of ...       

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U.S. Factory Output Surges In July

August 15, 2014 9:31 am | by Josh Boak - AP Economics Writer - Associated Press | Comments

U.S. factory output rose for the sixth consecutive month in July, led by a jump in the production of motor vehicles, furniture, textiles and metals. The Federal Reserve reports that manufacturing production rose 1 percent in July compared to ...

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Illinois Unemployment Rate Falls Again In July

August 15, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Illinois unemployment fell in July to 6.8 percent, the fifth straight monthly decrease in the state's jobless rate and a six-year low, according to figures released Thursday by the state Department of Employment Security. The July figure represents a ...

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Missouri Utility Still Interested In Nuclear

August 15, 2014 4:39 am | by Jacob Barker - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Associated Press | Comments

Past the razor wire and security checkpoints that guard Missouri's first and only nuclear power plant, there's an empty gravel lot where a second reactor was to have been built.Union Electric — the utility now known as Ameren Missouri — envisioned an $839 million, two-reactor facility when ...

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Mattress Maker Bringing 300 Jobs To Indiana

August 15, 2014 4:29 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

State officials say mattress maker Tempur Sealy International Inc. will locate a new manufacturing plant and distribution facility near Plainfield, creating up to 300 new jobs by 2015. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says the Lexington, Kentucky-based company will ...

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84 MPG Car Gets Closer To Production

August 15, 2014 3:31 am | by Dee-ann Durbin - AP Auto Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Your next commuter car could have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon. Elio Motors wants to revolutionize U.S. roads with its tiny car, which is the same length as a Honda Fit but ...        

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NJ-Based Toy Company Opening New Plant

August 14, 2014 6:28 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A New Jersey-based toy company is opening a facility in Fairfield County to supply Wal-Mart Stores. Enor Corp. announced plans Thursday to make toys at a former golf-cart distribution facility in Winnsboro, creating 151 jobs. Hiring starts ...

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Scientists Racing To Test Ebola Vaccines In Humans

August 14, 2014 6:28 pm | by Matthew Perrone - Associated Press | Comments

Scientists are racing to begin the first human safety tests of two experimental Ebola vaccines, but it won't be easy to prove that the shots and other potential treatments in the pipeline really work. There are no proven drugs or vaccines for Ebola, a disease so rare that ...

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Minnesota Sheds Jobs; July Unemployment At 4.5%

August 14, 2014 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Minnesota has experienced a loss of 4,200 jobs in July but its seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains at 4.5 percent. State officials provided the figures Thursday. They also say 3,600 fewer jobs were added in June than ...    

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Americans Are Willing To Pay More For The Digital Grid

August 14, 2014 12:52 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

In an era when a smartphone can quickly pinpoint its location on a map, few power providers know that customers lost electricity before somebody calls them. Fewer still can see whether the outage was caused by a fallen tree branch, a lightning or faulty equipment. Americans are ...

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GM To Build $174M Stamping Facility In Lansing

August 14, 2014 12:34 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

General Motors Co. has announced plans to build a $174 million stamping facility in Lansing. GM says the new facility will create or retain about ...                 

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OSHA: Flammables Wrongly Put In Factory Oven Pre-Blast

August 14, 2014 12:31 pm | by Joe Mandak, Associated Press | Comments

Federal safety officials say a worker wrongly put parts coated with flammable materials into an electric oven before it exploded at a Mersen USA plant in Pennsylvania, killing a visiting employee. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing the plant ...

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Cisco To Lay Off Up To 6,000 Workers

August 14, 2014 12:13 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Cisco said Wednesday that it will lay off up to 6,000 workers, or 8 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring. The company, which makes routers, switches and software, said the layoffs will affect workers in operations ...   

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Walmart Cuts Profit Outlook

August 14, 2014 10:57 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | Comments

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its annual profit outlook on Thursday as the world's largest retailer faced another quarter of sluggish sales and traffic declines. Wal-Mart eked out a 0.6 percent increase in second-quarter profit and reported that ...

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Shell Sells Shale Gas Rights for $2.1B

August 14, 2014 10:52 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell says it has agreed to sell drilling rights in shale formations in Louisiana and Wyoming for $2.1 billion in two transactions. Shell said Thursday that it will also receive drilling rights to ...      

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Natural Gas Plant in Western KY Canceled

August 14, 2014 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric have announced that plans for a natural gas power-generating plant in western Kentucky won't go forward. The Messenger-Inquirer reports the utilities announced on Tuesday that they were ...

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China Panel Fires Adviser Over Ties To Qualcomm

August 14, 2014 10:14 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

A panel that advises China's Cabinet on anti-monopoly policy has fired an economist who was paid to help prepare a report for Qualcomm, a U.S. company that is the target of a pricing investigation ...          

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Lenovo Profit Up On Mobile Growth

August 14, 2014 10:09 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

Lenovo Group, the world's biggest personal computer maker, said Thursday its latest quarterly profit rose 23 percent on strong growth in sales of smartphones and other mobile devices. The company said ...         

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Eli Lilly To Close Terre Haute Animal Enzyme Plant

August 14, 2014 7:30 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co. says it will close its Elanco animal enzyme plant in Terre Haute by early 2016 as part of a consolidation push. Lilly spokesman Ed Sagebiel tells the Tribune-Star the Indianapolis-based company is consolidating all of its ...

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Apple Bans Use Of 2 Chemicals In iPhone Assembly

August 13, 2014 8:28 pm | by Michael Liedtke - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices. The decision announced Wednesday comes ...

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