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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...

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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...

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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...

Alabama Plant Slammed With Labor Violations

October 30, 2014 12:07 pm | by OSHA | News | Comments

Wayne Farms LLC, which makes products under brand names Dutch Quality House and Platinum Harvest, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing workers to dangerous machinery, fall, and musculoskeletal disorder hazards. OSHA issued 11 citations...

Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Tick Up To 287K

October 30, 2014 11:47 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, but remained at historically low levels that signal a strengthening job market. Weekly applications increased 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 287,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined...

Entergy Cuts Money It's Seeking In MS Rate Case

October 30, 2014 11:33 am | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Entergy Corp. has agreed with Mississippi regulators to cut $35 million from the amount it is seeking from customers under a new rate plan, dropping the total to $14 million annually and setting the stage for the Public Service Commission to approve the plan by Dec. 9. Mississippi's largest private utility also...

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Government Pushes Airbag Maker On Replacement Parts

October 30, 2014 10:06 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's auto safety agency, responding to criticism of its slow response to safety issues, told the manufacturer of millions of potentially faulty air bags to make replacement parts faster and do more testing to find the cause of the problem. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent letters...

NY Revises Liquefied Gas Facilities Proposal

October 29, 2014 3:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York regulators have revised their proposed liquefied natural gas storage rules to include size restrictions in response to public comments. The regulations would allow LNG fueling and storage facilities in New York for the first time since 1973, when the state imposed a moratorium following a Staten Island explosion that killed...

Tesla Barred From Selling Cars In MI

October 29, 2014 2:01 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A battle line has been drawn between Tesla Motors and the state of Michigan. It started after the state's governor signed legislation that effectively bans the electric car maker from doing business there. CBS News' Elaine Quijano reports...

Russia, Ukraine Looking For Gas Deliveries Deal

October 29, 2014 12:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's energy chief is hoping talks between Ukraine and Russia will yield the breakthrough needed to guarantee Russian gas will continue to flow to Ukraine and, by extension, parts of the EU this winter. After inconclusive talks last week, Wednesday's negotiations...

SodaStream To Move Its West Bank Factory

October 29, 2014 11:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Israeli drink maker SodaStream International Ltd. will relocate a factory next year that activists criticized for being in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, a representative said Wednesday. Nirit Hurwitz said that the decision to move the facility to Lehavim in Israel's southern Negev...

How Well Did The Fed's Stimulus Work?

October 28, 2014 4:11 pm | by Matthew Craft, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Soaring inflation. A collapsing dollar. Bubbles in financial markets that would soon pop. One presidential candidate even suggested that the Federal Reserve chairman should be roughed up. Over the past five years, as the Fed has pumped ever-more money into the financial system, critics have warned...

Apple CEO Challenges Home State On LGBT Rights

October 28, 2014 1:35 pm | by Jay Reeves, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama was too slow to guarantee the rights of minorities during the civil rights era, and now it's too slow to ensure the rights of people based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Monday in challenging his home state to do better. Cook's comments came as he,...

Voters Weigh Expansion Of Bottle Deposit Law

October 27, 2014 2:30 pm | by Bob Salsberg, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Both sides in the debate over Question 2 on the Nov. 4 ballot say much has changed in the more than three decades since Massachusetts first passed a bottled deposit law. Proponents of the measure that would expand the scope of the law say a variety of beverages that were largely unheard-of on store...

Fed Will Likely Signal No Rate Hike Anytime Soon

October 27, 2014 12:36 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The global economy has slumped. Turmoil has gripped financial markets. And the U.S. job market, despite steady gains, still isn't fully healthy. Yet when the Federal Reserve meets this week, few foresee any major policy changes. The Fed is expected to complete a bond-buying program, which was...

Obama Taking Action To Push Manufacturing

October 27, 2014 6:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is expanding his push for increased manufacturing in the United States by directing federal money toward new technologies, apprenticeship programs and competitions designed to assist small manufacturers. The White House is announcing the executive actions Monday as part of...

Food Giants Spend Big Money To Defeat GMO Labeling

October 24, 2014 11:51 am | by Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Farms and fields dominate Colorado ads opposing a ballot measure to require labels on some foods that have been genetically modified, with farmers telling voters the labels will damage their businesses. But farmers and agriculture groups are just bit players in the $11 million campaign to...

New Poll Reveals Concern Over Proposed EPA Power Plant Regulations

October 23, 2014 4:26 pm | by National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

Polling data released today by the Partnership for a Better Energy Future (PBEF), a coalition of 175 members representing nearly every segment of the U.S. economy, finds that Americans have major concerns about the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas regulations and are unwilling to pay even a...

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