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Banning Plastic Bags May Be Bad Science

October 9, 2014 9:41 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

My first instinct on a plastic bag ban was of warm, fuzzy, do-gooding feelings for the Earth, and I wasn’t alone. The Mnet comments section was split pretty evenly. I think most of us would agree that the feeling of environmentalism is nice, until some other facts set in ...

Perry Seeks Unlimited Natural Gas, Oil Exports

October 8, 2014 5:43 pm | by Jeff Amy - Associated Press | News | Comments

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling for unlimited natural gas and oil exports, saying it would help the American economy and aid American allies threatened by Russia's control of European natural gas supplies. "The first order of business to...

EPA Says New Vehicle Mileage Hits Record 24.1 MPG

October 8, 2014 4:50 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Gas mileage for new cars and trucks in the U.S. averaged a record 24.1 miles per gallon last year, but the rate of improvement is slowing. The Environmental Protection Agency says fuel economy last year rose one-half mile per gallon over the 2012 model year, mainly...

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Navy Uniforms Bring Textile Welding To U.S.

October 8, 2014 6:43 am | by Jennifer Mcdermott - Associated Press | News | Comments

Welding isn't just for aircraft carriers anymore. The U.S. Navy could be turning to ultrasonic welding to make its uniforms lighter, stronger, and cheaper. And if the project by a Rhode Island company and the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility is a success, it could help bring...

Army Awards Company $80M Contract Despite Federal Inquiry

October 8, 2014 12:43 am | by Richard Lardner - Associated Press | News | Comments

The Army has awarded $80 million in helicopter contracts to Wall Street executive Lynn Tilton even as the Justice Department is investigating whether she played by the rules to win earlier military work. Tilton is the founder of the private equity firm Patriarch Partners, which owns MD...

Defense Contractor Forks Over $13.7M In Settlement

October 7, 2014 7:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Justice Department says a Virginia-based defense contractor has agreed to pay $13.7 million to settle allegations it knowingly overbilled the government for work performed by people without proper job qualifications. According to the....

Apple, Google Fight Government Over Encryption

October 7, 2014 5:29 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

While the newest Apple and Google smartphones will automatically encrypt data stored on them, that won’t keep U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies from obtaining evidence linked to the devices. Bloomberg’s Jordan Robertson reports on...

Meeting Held To Harmonize U.S., Canada Regulation

October 7, 2014 5:25 pm | by Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

About 400 people will gather this week to work on a plan to more closely harmonize Canadian and American industrial regulations across a wide range of sectors.Industry groups and government regulators from both countries will meet Wednesday in...

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Syria Declares 4 More Chemical Weapons Facilities

October 7, 2014 3:51 pm | by Cara Anna - Associated Press | News | Comments

Syria has declared four chemical weapons facilities it hadn't mentioned before, a special representative of the U.N. secretary-general told the Security Council on Tuesday. The news heightened concerns that the Syrian government hasn't been fully open about...

Union Members Plan Rally At EPA Headquarters

October 7, 2014 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Mine Workers of America is organizing a rally against proposed stricter federal pollution regulations for coal-burning power plants.The union march and rally is scheduled for Tuesday outside the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's headquarters...

Amazon's Tax Practices Under Investigation

October 7, 2014 2:14 pm | by Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's competition authority on Tuesday opened an investigation into Amazon's corporate income tax practices on suspicion the online retailer is benefiting from an illegal rebate to stash away most of its profits made ...   

Chrysler CEO Talks Future Of Jeep With OH Governor

October 6, 2014 4:51 pm | by John Seewer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio's governor and the mayor of the state's fourth-largest city talked with the head of Chrysler over the weekend about the future of the Toledo-built Jeep Wrangler, just days after the automaker indicated production could be moved when...

Cutler Proposes Plans To Save Bucksport Mill

October 6, 2014 3:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Maine gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler is calling on the owner of a closing Bucksport paper mill to preserve the mill so it can be sold to a new operator. Cutler sent a letter to Verso Paper Corp. President David Paterson on Monday also asking Paterson to "operate and maintain" the mill's...

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U Maine Receives $700K For Particleboard Research, Plant

October 6, 2014 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Maine are receiving $700,000 in grants to develop environmentally friendly particleboard panels. The money is from P3Nano, a public-private partnership started by the federal Endowment for Forestry and Communities...

Feds Investigate Ford Power Steering

October 6, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints of power-assisted steering failure in three Ford Motor Co. midsize car models.The probe covers 938,000 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2010 through 2012 model years, as well as...

Dow Announces U.S. Apprenticeship Program

October 6, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Dow Chemical Company today announced that the Company will launch a U.S. Apprenticeship pilot program at various Dow sites across the nation in 2015. This pilot program supports a major initiative of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a...

3M Plant To Receive About $2M In Tax Incentives

October 4, 2014 6:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Dakota's tax policies and economic incentives were key in persuading The 3M Company to invest $70 million to expand its Brooking plant between now and 2018, the governor and company officials said this week at a ceremony announcing the project. The Minnesota-based company announced Friday...

United Technologies Tax Credit Looms Large In CT Governor Race

October 3, 2014 1:33 pm | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Tax credits worth hundreds of millions of dollars for Connecticut's largest private employer have emerged as a flashpoint in the governor's race, with Republican Tom Foley decrying the aid as corporate welfare and Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy...

VIDEO: I Am A Manufacturing Voter, Are You?

October 3, 2014 12:46 pm | by National Association of Manufacturers | Videos | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) today released a new video to inspire voters to make their voices heard in the upcoming elections. NAM Senior Vice President of External Relations Ned Monroe unveiled the video at the...  

U.S. Trade Deficit Drops To $40.1B In August

October 3, 2014 11:50 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit shrank for the fourth straight month in August, falling to the lowest level since January as exports rose to an all-time high.The deficit dropped 0.5 percent in August to $40.1 billion, compared to a revised $40.3 billion in July, the...

Obama's $200M Manufacturing Institute Investment

October 3, 2014 11:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Leaders of the National Photonics Initiative, an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, praised news that President Barack Obama will today unveil a new competition to award more...

Feds Blocking Utah Company For Illegal Rifle Scope Exports

October 3, 2014 9:48 am | by Lindsay Whitehurst - Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal authorities say a business in a small Utah town tried to ship rifle scopes to Russia and China without a license. The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security will block exports by X-TREME Motors, LLC. for about six months after customs authorities...

U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls Lowest In 6 Years

October 3, 2014 8:43 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber - AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers added 248,000 jobs in September, a burst of hiring that helped drive down the unemployment rate to 5.9 percent, the lowest since July 2008. The Labor Department report Friday also showed that employers added 69,000 more jobs in July and August than the government had previously...

Obama Highlights Nation's Manufacturing Gains

October 3, 2014 4:44 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn - Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is putting a manufacturing focus on his revived economic message, calling attention to industrial gains that have helped restore some higher-wage jobs during the recovery from the Great Recession. Obama was to visit a steel manufacturer Friday in Princeton, Indiana, as part...

NAM Congressional Voting Record Highlights Legislative Champions of Manufacturing

October 2, 2014 9:37 am | by National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

Manufacturers today are highlighting more than 270 champions of manufacturing in the 113th Congress with the release of the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) congressional Voting Record on manufacturing issues. The Voting Record reflects...

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