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5 Things Small Businesses Need To Know This Fall

September 17, 2014 1:44 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg - AP Business Writer | News | Comments

What do small business owners need to pay attention to this fall? Heath care, Internet Security and new technology make the list. Here are five things that small businesses need to be on top of over the next several months...   

New York Awards $55M In Manufacturing Education, Research Grants

September 17, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York state is investing $55 million in five projects around the state that aim to boost economic development through education and research. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state grants Tuesday during stops in...     

Natural Gas Company Seeks Federal Approval For Pipeline

September 17, 2014 11:36 am | by Philip Marcelo, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company is seeking federal approval for a natural gas pipeline through northern Massachusetts that has already garnered significant local opposition. Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc. filed a request with...  

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VIDEO: How Food Regulations Make Us Less Healthy

September 17, 2014 10:19 am | by Learn Liberty | Videos | Comments

Considering how government regulations impede competition and how subsidies affect pricing, this video asks, "is government the best way to promote food quality, health, and nutrition?" Learn Liberty argues that a freer market without distortions would allow consumers to buy cheaper, healthier foods...

Financial Markets Awaiting News On Interest Rate Increase

September 17, 2014 12:44 am | by Martin Crutsinger - AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Financial markets are awaiting the end of a Federal Reserve meeting Wednesday to see whether the Fed sends any clearer signal about the timing of an interest rate increase. The phrase that investors will be alert for is "considerable time." The presence or absence of those two words is viewed as...

Shell And Motiva To Pay Nearly $4.5M In Overtime Back Wages

September 16, 2014 5:23 pm | by United States Department Of Labor | News | Comments

Shell Oil Co. and Motiva Enterprises LLC, which markets Shell gasoline and other products, have agreed to pay $4,470,764 in overtime back wages to 2,677 current and former chemical and refinery employees as a result of investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor that found violations of...

Business Roundtable Says U.S. CEOs Less Optimistic About Spending, Hiring

September 16, 2014 4:46 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Optimism among chief executives at the largest U.S. companies fell in the July-September quarter after reaching a two-year high in the previous quarter. The Business Roundtable said Tuesday that its CEO outlook index fell to 86.4 in the third quarter, down from 95.4 in the April-June period. Fewer CEOs expect to...

OSHA's Top 10 Violations For 2014 Announced

September 16, 2014 3:16 pm | by National Safety Council News Release | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2014. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the...

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RAMI Act Passes U.S. House Of Representatives

September 16, 2014 11:50 am | by IPC News Release | News | Comments

On September 15, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2996, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act. Viewed as a critical piece of legislation in America's renewed effort to preserve and recapture manufacturing jobs, the RAMI Act focuses efforts to...

When A Worker Loses An Arm, Who Knows About It?

September 15, 2014 4:16 pm | by Dr. David Michaels | News | Comments

Did you know that if you lose an eye or a limb at your current job, your employer is not required to report it to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration? Well, that’s about to change. Starting on Jan. 1, 2015, all employers under federal OSHA jurisdiction will be required to report not only all work-related fatalities within eight hours, but also...

Chemical Industry Tries To Shape Regulations

September 15, 2014 11:54 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The powerful chemical industry is putting its lobbying muscle behind legislation that would establish standards for chemicals used in products from household goods to cellphones and plastic water bottles — but also make it tougher for states to enact...

USDA Boosts Record Corn, Soybean Harvest

September 12, 2014 5:34 pm | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's corn and soybean farmers will bring in by far the largest harvest ever this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday in a new report. Corn farmers are expected to harvest nearly 14.4 billion bushels of corn, up from...

IN City Backs Deal For $800M Power Plant

September 12, 2014 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A northern Indiana city council has approved a development agreement for a proposed $800 million power plant despite some doubts remaining over the project's financing. The Logansport City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to...  

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Pennsylvania DEP Announces Listening Session On EPA Proposal

September 12, 2014 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a listening session to obtain public input on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed carbon pollution emission guidelines for existing fossil fuel-fired power plants and the...

NAM Opposes Resolution Limiting First Amendment Rights

September 12, 2014 12:02 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

On September 10th, Aric Newhouse of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) penned a letter to the Senate, urging opposition to S.J. Res. 19, a proposed amendment to the Constitution that the NAM claims would "place limits on right guaranteed by the First Amendment." The proposed amendment increases...

Treasury To Limit Profitability Of Overseas Shifts

September 12, 2014 9:55 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Monday the Obama administration will decide "in the very near future" what actions it can take to make it less profitable for U.S. companies to shift their legal addresses to other countries. A growing number of U.S. companies are shifting their addresses abroad in an effort to...

Arizona Public Service Planning Changes For Power Plant

September 11, 2014 5:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Arizona Public Service Co. is planning to close one of its four generators at a northern Arizona power plant in less than two years. Under a proposal APS is discussing with the Environmental Protection Agency, the 260-megawatt Unit 2 of the Cholla Power Plant in Joseph City will...

LaSalle County Approves Sand-Processing Facility

September 11, 2014 11:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LaSalle County officials cleared the way for expansion of a sand mine this week, voting to allow construction of a sand-processing and transportation facility. The County Board voted 18-5 on Tuesday to approve a special-use permit for...

Tech Giants Struggle With FDA Regulations

September 11, 2014 10:00 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar, Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have famously disrupted so many industries are now facing...

U.S. Industry Pay Hikes Since The Recession

September 10, 2014 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite steady job growth and a drop in the unemployment rate from 10 percent during 2009 to 6.1 percent in August, most Americans have received little increase in pay. Average wages, before inflation, have risen only about 2 percent a year since the downturn ended five years ago. That's far below...

WV Miners Warned About Layoffs

September 10, 2014 12:32 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

In what has become a painful exercise across Appalachia, Patriot Coal is again telling hundreds of West Virginia mine workers that they could lose their jobs. On Tuesday, the St. Louis-based company said it sent federally-required warning notices to...

House Blocks EPA Water Rules

September 10, 2014 12:23 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Republican-controlled House on Tuesday approved a bill to block the Obama administration from implementing a rule that asserts regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands — an action that critics call a... 

Nevada Lawmakers Considering $1.3B Tesla Package

September 10, 2014 12:01 pm | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Brian Sandoval has ordered the Nevada Legislature into a special session to consider $1.3 billion in tax breaks and other incentives for electric car-maker Tesla Motors as part of "an extraordinary opportunity" to seal the deal for its... 

Big River Steel Gets Extension In Suit Over Mill

September 10, 2014 11:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge is giving Big River Steel more time to respond to a federal lawsuit that seeks to stop the billion-dollar project from moving forward in northeast Arkansas.U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes agreed Wednesday for a...     

GE Software Enables Cincinnati's Sewer District To Reduce Overflows

September 9, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE Intelligent Platforms today announced that the City of Cincinnati’s Metropolitan Sewer District has standardized its Proficy® Software platform for optimizing its wet weather facilities, equipment, and operations. Proficy solutions will assist the city’s management in... 

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