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Labor Department Suing For Steelworker Pension Funds

November 7, 2014 12:30 pm | by Matt Stroud, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal labor department is suing to protect West Virginia steelworkers who may have lost millions in retirement savings because investment managers hired by Severstal Wheeling failed to properly oversee the plan. "This case underscores the department's commitment to hold...

Manufacturers Urge Obama To Intercede In Port Dispute

November 7, 2014 10:24 am | by National Retail Federation | News | Comments

A diverse coalition including retailers, manufacturers, farmers, and other supply chain stakeholders sent a letter to President Obama urging the government’s immediate involvement in contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse...

NC Panel Discusses Revisions To Fracking Rules

November 6, 2014 3:05 pm | by Jonathan Drew, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The North Carolina panel developing rules on hydraulic fracturing agreed Thursday that regulators should have the explicit ability to halt work if there are violations at a drilling operation. Three members of the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission who presided over public hearings on...

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NRA Blocks Ban On Serving Dog, Cat Meat In PA

November 6, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Colbert Report | Videos | Comments

Thanks to pressure from the National Rifle Association, people remain free to dine on dogs and cats in Pennsylvania. Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report" explains how Pennsylvania butchers selling dog and cat meat brought upon a House bill designed to outlaw the human consumption of common household pets...

IN Panel Projecting Stronger Economy For 2015

November 6, 2014 12:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Indiana University economists projected Thursday that the number of people working in the state will return to its pre-recession peak next year. The panel from the Kelley School of Business released its annual economic forecast, saying Indiana is expected to see slightly less economic growth than...

GOP Eager To Move On Keystone XL

November 6, 2014 12:02 pm | by Donna Cassata, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republicans' resounding victory gives them an opportunity to push legislation that's been bottled up in the Democratic Senate, from targeting elements of President Barack Obama's health care law to constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline to rolling back environmental regulations. Democrats suffered...

100K Workers Protest Belgian Labor Reform

November 6, 2014 11:43 am | by Raf Casert, The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of Belgium's biggest postwar labor demonstrations brought about 100,000 workers to the capital on Thursday to protest government free-market reforms and austerity measures that they claim undermine Belgium's vaunted welfare state. For two hours, the demonstrators peacefully...

HeathCare.gov Gets Cybersecurity Upgrade

November 6, 2014 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say HealthCare.gov has gotten cybersecurity upgrades ahead of a Nov. 15 start for the second open enrollment season under President Barack Obama's health care law. Andy Slavitt, overseeing the complex technology, says the facility that hosts HealthCare.gov is now certified to meet the...

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Productivity, Labor Costs Rise In 3Q

November 6, 2014 10:06 am | by Bureau of Labor Statistics | News | Comments

Nonfarm business sector labor productivity increased at a 2.0 percent annual rate during the third quarter of 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, as output increased 4.4 percent and hours worked increased 2.3 percent. (All quarterly percent changes...

Applications For U.S. Unemployment Fall To 278K

November 6, 2014 9:33 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, adding to signs that the job market should continue to improve. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications fell 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 278,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined...

Despite Losses, GMO Label Backers Aren't Quitting

November 6, 2014 2:06 am | by Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the end, not even Oregon's backyard chicken owners and vegan foodies had enough money and clout to persuade voters to pass a ballot measure that would have required labeling of genetically modified foods. Oregon is the fourth state in the West that has failed to pass a...

NAM: Now Is The Time To Govern

November 5, 2014 2:02 pm | by National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released this statement on the results of the 2014 midterm election: "Manufacturers were engaged in this election more than ever before. Whether supporting pro-manufacturing candidates through the NAM’s Political Action...

Election Overview: Minimum Wage, Gun Sales, GMOs, Soda Tax

November 5, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Marijuana activists who have longed for decades to end America's drug war pocketed more major victories Tuesday, with Oregon and the nation's capital approving recreational pot use and a measure in Alaska holding a steady lead. Here are how some other ballot measured fared on...

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$13B In State, Local Conservation Measures Pass

November 5, 2014 1:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Election Day was not just about the Republican landslide: Voters in states and counties across the nation supported about $13 billion in conservation funding. That amount was a record for money approved at the ballot box on Tuesday, according to the Trust for Public Land, which has been tracking such environmental...

Maui Votes To Ban GMOs

November 5, 2014 11:13 am | by Audrey Mcavoy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Maui County voters opted Tuesday to temporarily ban the cultivation of genetically engineered crops after a hard-fought campaign featuring $8 million in advertising from some of the world's largest corn-seed producers. The ban passed by a narrow margin, with 50 percent in favor and 48 percent...

NSA Director: U.S. Intelligence Depends On Silicon Valley

November 5, 2014 10:32 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

U.S. intelligence depends on Silicon Valley innovation for technologies that strengthen the Internet and staff to provide national cybersecurity, National Security Agency director Mike Rogers told Stanford University professors and students Monday. While the federal government is never going to match...

Judge Tosses Mining Company Violation Notice

November 5, 2014 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge dismissed a notice from the U.S. Secretary of Labor finding that a Patriot Coal subsidiary displayed a "pattern of violations" in its operations. The subsidiary, Brody Mining, had been cited with 54 orders concerning mine safety or health hazards. Those orders caused Secretary of...

Manufacturing Growth: Missouri Got It Right

November 5, 2014 9:21 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Missouri manufacturing is certainly having a moment. I recently chatted with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, and she shared some of what Missouri did right to revive its economic growth in the wake of the Great Recession. It seems that the key...

ISM: Manufacturing Continues Strong Growth Trajectory

November 4, 2014 1:21 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the 17th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 65th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. Manufacturing expanded in October as the...

U.S. Investigating Honda For Incomplete Reports

November 4, 2014 10:25 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Federal regulators are investigating whether Honda Motor Co. failed to report deaths and injuries that occurred in its vehicles. Federal law requires automakers to report any claims they receive alleging that defective vehicles or parts caused a death or injury. They are required to...

Consumers United: What's Your Role In Corporate Campaign Financing?

November 4, 2014 10:09 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

In honor of the Mid-term election voting today, I want to look at corporate campaign financing and easy consumer access to this information through a new app called BuyPartisan. Campaign finance reform has been a hot topic lately. This September, Senate Democrats led by...

Fracking Ban On The Ballot In North Texas

November 3, 2014 11:33 am | by Emily Schmall, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Anti-fracking activists and campaigners backed by big oil and gas companies sparred outside of voting sites on the last day of early voting in a North Texas university town that's considering a ban on new permits for hydraulic fracturing. The referendum is on Tuesday's ballot in Denton, which is about...

Manufacturing Technology Trends Shaping The Industry

November 3, 2014 9:53 am | by Christina Chatfield | Articles | Comments

One of the most impressive changes in manufacturing is the renewed awareness of government officials and economists that manufacturing is the real engine behind a robust economy. President Obama has commissioned and funded various manufacturing hubs around the country to focus on...

CA Counties Take Fracking To The Booth

November 3, 2014 9:26 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Voters in three coastal California counties vote Tuesday on whether to ban fracking and other intensive oil production, even as slumping prices globally are leading companies to start to scale back on production. Chevron, ExxonMobil, and other oil companies have donated about $7 million to try to...

KS Gov Uses EPA Rule To Tie Foe To Obama

October 30, 2014 2:17 pm | by John Hanna, AP Political Writer | News | Comments

A protest by Kansas regulators against federal efforts to limit carbon emissions is giving Republican Gov. Sam Brownback an opportunity in the final days of his close re-election race to tie his Democratic rival to President Barack Obama. The Kansas Corporation Commission, which...

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