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CA Governor Expected To OK Plastic Bag Ban

September 30, 2014 9:47 am | by Fenit Nirappil - Associated Press | News | Comments

California Gov. Jerry Brown has indicated that he is likely to sign a bill imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags as a way to address litter, primarily in waterways. Senate Bill 270 is one of the last major bills pending Tuesday, the deadline ...

China Approves iPhone 6 After Security Assurances

September 30, 2014 6:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's phone regulator said Tuesday it has approved Apple Inc.'s iPhone 6 for use on Chinese networks after the company promised never to install "backdoors" to give other governments access to users' information. Apple said sales start ... 

Consumer Spending Up In August

September 29, 2014 4:03 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Americans boosted spending by a healthy amount in August, offering welcome evidence that the economy is on solid footing heading into the final quarter of the year. Consumer spending in August rose 0.5 percent from the previous month after...

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Biden Announces $450M Grant For Community Colleges Working On Job Training

September 29, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vice President Joe Biden announced almost a half-billion dollars of grants Monday to community colleges working with employers on job training. Linking training to industry demand is key to the Obama administration's strategy for improving wages and...

The Inversion Crackdown Is In Full Swing

September 29, 2014 10:02 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

It looks like the Obama administration has finally thrown down the gauntlet with companies moving their headquarters overseas. For years, companies have been buying smaller businesses abroad and, in turn, evading good old Uncle Sam and his taxes. This practice is called inversion, and President Obama...

CA May Impose Steep Restrictions On Common Pesticide

September 26, 2014 11:53 am | by Scott Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

California farmers who spray a widely used insecticide on some of the state's most abundant crops may soon have to overcome the nation's steepest restrictions or find another pest killer, officials said Thursday. Regulators are proposing ...  

North Dakota Calls For More Environmental Protections

September 25, 2014 6:12 pm | by Josh Wood, Associated Press | News | Comments

A top North Dakota public health official told a meeting of energy company representatives in Dickinson on Wednesday that more needs to be done to ensure environmental protections in the state amid its oil boom. "Drill. Develop. Let's get that oil, but let's get it in a responsible manner," said...

ShipCarsNow Wins EPA Award For Leadership In Freight Supply Chain Efficiency

September 25, 2014 5:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ShipCarsNow, a wholly owned Union Pacific Railroad subsidiary, received the 2014 SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual honor recognizes the top 1 percent of EPA partners that have optimized their...

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Gold Mine Firm Pays Fine For Not Reporting Pollution

September 25, 2014 4:44 pm | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Canadian-based owner of a gold mine in northern Nevada has agreed to pay a $182,000 civil penalty for failing to correctly report to federal environmental regulators the release of millions of pounds of toxic chemicals — including arsenic and cyanide — into the air and ground. The U.S....

EPA's Proposed Power Plant Climate Rule Could Reach Far Beyond Power Plants

September 25, 2014 4:25 pm | by Adam Reidel | Articles | Comments

EPA recently released a proposed rule to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power plants. Although the proposed rule only requires states to limit GHG emissions from existing power plants, states may choose instead to regulate GHG emissions from a...

Drone Use For Filmmaking Wins FAA Approval

September 25, 2014 3:47 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government granted six movie and television production companies permission to use drones for filming, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Thursday. Dozens of other industries are...

Fed Keeps Rates Low, But Brace For The Inevitable

September 19, 2014 3:53 pm | by Paul Wiseman & Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writers | News | Comments

Record-low interest rates will be around for at least a few more months, the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday. Enjoy the easy money while it lasts. By mid-2015, economists expect the Fed to abandon a nearly 6-year-old policy of... 

FDA Tweaks Food Safety Rules For Next Year

September 19, 2014 10:36 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The government is rewriting sweeping new food safety rules after farmers complained that they could hurt business.The Food and Drug Administration is proposing the revised rules Friday. The FDA is tweaking earlier proposals that included...

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NAM Welcomes Extension Of Internet Tax Moratorium

September 19, 2014 9:40 am | by National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers Vice President of Tax and Domestic Economic Policy Dorothy Coleman issued this statement thanking Congress for including the ban on taxing Internet access in the continuing resolution approved this...

Senators Coons, Ayotte Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Boost Manufacturing Training

September 18, 2014 4:49 pm | by Office of U.S. Senator Chris Coons | News | Comments

U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) introduced bipartisan legislation Thursday to help cities and states build 21st century manufacturing training programs. The Manufacturing Skills Act would create an annual $100 million competitive grant to support initiatives that...

Collective Bargaining And Immigration

September 18, 2014 4:16 pm | by Frida Glucoft and John E. Exner | Articles | Comments

United States manufacturing industries have increasingly relied on the services of foreign-born employees. Though unions have historically opposed immigration, that trend has completely reversed since the turn of the century. Declining union membership and a new found perception...

NAM: Congress Must Focus On Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization

September 18, 2014 10:00 am | by National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

Following House passage of a continuing resolution that temporarily reauthorizes the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of International Economic Affairs Linda Dempsey issued this statement...

Senator Asks Congress To Suspend Coal Sales

September 17, 2014 1:47 pm | by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. senator said Tuesday he will ask fellow lawmakers to halt coal sales on federal lands in the West after a senior Obama administration official declined to suspend the troubled government program. Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey said... 

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...  

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...

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