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Recalls Of The Week: Wrapping Up A Record Year

January 16, 2015 10:11 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

So far, 2015 is off to a pretty good start in terms of recalls. At least compared to last year. Last year was a spectacularly bad year in recalls. In an article on the innovation and optimism at the Detroit Auto Show this week, AP’s Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher wrote, “Even record recalls that involved...

Obama Renews Push For Paid Leave For Working Parents

January 15, 2015 3:02 pm | by Nedra Pickler, Darlene Superville, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama on Thursday renewed his push for paid leave for parents and other workers, saying he's astonished that so many people don't get paid sick leave. "How can we support working families so they have the tools to succeed in this new economy?" Obama said at a Baltimore cafe that offers earned sick...

NAM On Tax Code: Doing Nothing Costs Us Something

January 15, 2015 2:22 pm | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | Articles | Comments

The delay by Washington lawmakers in overhauling the nation’s tax code is holding back the economic benefits of enacting a series of pro-growth tax policies, according to a new study commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and conducted by economists at the University of...

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Obama Pitching More Access To Fast Internet

January 14, 2015 3:04 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is once again challenging major cable and telephone companies by encouraging the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt state laws that stifle competition for high-speed Internet service. Obama wants to expand access to broadband communications...

WA Lawmaker Proposes Controversial 'Ag-Gag' Bill

January 14, 2015 3:00 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Washington Rep. Joe Schmick introduced a bill emulating Idaho's "ag-gag" law, which criminalizes undercover recordings at slaughterhouses and factory farms. According to the Capital Press, if House Bill 1104 becomes a law, anyone who is caught recording activities at...

MI Supreme Court Hears Major Right-To-Work Case

January 14, 2015 2:35 pm | by David Eggert, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan's conservative Supreme Court is seeking to reconcile whether 31,000 unionized state employees are covered by a right-to-work law, hearing opposing arguments Tuesday on whether lawmakers stepped on the turf of a panel that regulates labor conditions...

GOP Leader Says TN Lawmakers Will Approve VW Incentives

January 14, 2015 12:52 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A top Republican in the Tennessee General Assembly expects his colleagues to approve the state share of a $300 million incentive package for Volkswagen despite misgivings over a "secret deal" for the United Auto Workers union at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga. House Republican leader...

CA Unveils Strictest Rules On Pesticide

January 14, 2015 12:46 pm | by Scott Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

California farmers now must abide by the nation's strictest rules for a widely used pesticide in a change designed to protect farmworkers and people who live and work near agricultural fields but is likely to raise prices on produce. The restrictions announced Wednesday target chloropicrin, a...

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'Ghost Guns' Manufactured On Steps Of TX Capitol

January 14, 2015 12:24 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Articles | Comments

Yesterday when the Texas State Legislature convened in the Austin state capitol, they were greeted with a very unique form of demonstration — Advocates of open carry were manufacturing ‘ghost guns’ in front of the capital to celebrate three proposed open carry...

Energy Department Predicts Shale Slowdown As Oil Falls

January 14, 2015 10:32 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | Articles | Comments

As oil's long slide continued, the Energy Department forecast Tuesday that production from U.S. shale operators will begin to tail off in the second half of the year. The decline would mark the first such drop in what has been a 6-year boom in U.S. onshore crude...

Obama Moves To Create First Methane Limits For Gas Drilling

January 14, 2015 10:21 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration laid out designs Wednesday to issue the first regulations to cut down on methane emissions from new natural gas wells, aiming to curb the discharge of a potent greenhouse gas by roughly half. Relying once again on the Clean Air Act, the rules join a host of others that President...

Obama's Cybersecurity Proposals Receive Mixed Reviews

January 13, 2015 2:42 pm | by Jack Gillum, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is proposing cybersecurity legislation that increases government information-sharing and protects businesses from lawsuits for revealing cyberthreats. But an Associated Press review shows that some of his plans are retreads from years past. Privacy advocates criticized...

What Do Obama And Auto Executives Think About Low Gas Prices?

January 13, 2015 2:28 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | News | Comments

Low gas prices are a double edged sword, for some it is a blessing while others are less pleased about the plummeting prices. For many consumers decreasing gas prices is cause for celebration, but are we as consumers busting out the party supplies to soon? As for the auto...

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Senate Advances Keystone Bill Despite Obama Veto Threat

January 13, 2015 9:31 am | by Dina Cappiello, David Epso, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislation approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared an initial Senate hurdle Monday, a victory for newly empowered Republicans angling for a quick veto showdown with President Barack Obama. The bipartisan 63-32 vote was three more than the 60 required, and well above the level...

Labor Unions Intensify Opposition To Emerging Free-Trade Pact

January 13, 2015 4:42 am | by Tom Raum, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Just over two decades after lobbying unsuccessfully against the North American Free Trade Agreement, U.S. labor unions are again voicing strong reservations to a proposed major trade-liberalization deal. At issue now is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a measure expected to call for lowering or...

Interview With New U.S. Auto Safety Chief Mark Rosekind

January 12, 2015 6:46 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Mark Rosekind, the U.S. government's new auto safety chief, knew all along that the agency he was taking over lacked resources and staff to do its job properly. But after a week on the job, Rosekind says he discovered the shortages are much worse than he thought. Rosekind, 59, who leads the...

Energy Hub Seeks To Improve Production Of Composites

January 12, 2015 2:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The latest in a series of national innovation hubs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy will focus on reducing the cost and energy needed to build advanced composites. The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation will include 122 public...

Obama: With Tech Advances Come Privacy Risks For U.S.

January 12, 2015 1:56 pm | by Nedra Pickler, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama on Monday proposed strengthening laws against identity theft by requiring notification when consumer information is hacked, providing more free access to credit scores and protecting students' private data. Obama said identity theft is a growing problem that costs billions...

Justices Will Not Question California Delta Smelt Protections

January 12, 2015 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court has left in place restrictions on water deliveries from California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect a tiny, threatened fish. The justices on Monday rejected appeals from farmers in California's Central Valley and urban water districts who had challenged a plan...

FCC Hints At Utility-Style Rules For Internet

January 8, 2015 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler appears poised to propose new rules that would classify Internet service providers as public utilities in a move designed to ensure everyone has the same access to free content online. Wheeler strongly indicated Wednesday that he favors the shift to tougher regulations, describing...

CA Says Bullet Train Could Be Climate Solution

January 8, 2015 2:15 pm | by Scott Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

California broke ground Tuesday on its $68 billion high-speed rail system, promising to combat global warming while whisking travelers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours. The bullet train project, the first in the nation to get underway, faces challenges from...

Keystone Pipeline Odds Remain Long Following Veto Threat

January 8, 2015 10:02 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Control of the United States Senate changed hands this week, but that appears unlikely to change the fortunes of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline following a veto threat from the White House. Shortly after the introduction of a new Senate bill to authorize construction of the pipeline, White House...

EPA Delays Final Rule On Emissions From New Power Plants

January 8, 2015 9:30 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | News | Comments

The final ruling on carbon dioxide emissions from new coal-fired power plants, which was supposed to be due on January 8th, has been delayed, leaving many frustrated. Republicans are claiming it is a political move on the part of the Obama administration.The proposed rule was announced in September 2013, published...

Tobacco Companies Criticize Federal Judge For Misleading Public

January 7, 2015 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tobacco companies say they are being forced by a federal judge to inaccurately call themselves unscrupulous villains who continue to deceive the American public. In an appeals court filing Wednesday, the industry says the statements ordered by the judge in a government lawsuit would only trigger...

Strong Dollar Means Cheap Gas, Imports For U.S.

January 7, 2015 12:19 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

As the global economy has weakened, a forcefully stronger U.S. dollar has emerged. The fallout from the greenback's appreciation is reverberating around the world. A more valuable dollar translates into cheaper oil and the imports lining U.S. store shelves. That represents both a boon for American consumers and a...

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