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EPA Says Farmington Plant Violated Law

November 24, 2014 10:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Farmington, NM officials are disputing the Environmental Protection Agency's claim that a local power plant violated water pollution laws. The Daily Times reports that the EPA said Friday that the agency is working with Farmington to address the Animas Power...

Most U.S. Unemployed Don't Get Benefits: Here's Why

November 21, 2014 2:08 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Even though the U.S. job market is gaining strength, there are still a lot of unemployed...

EPA Delays Decision On Ethanol In Gas

November 21, 2014 1:55 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Friday it is delaying a decision on whether to reduce the amount...

NAM CEO: Congress Must Take Action On Immigration Reform

November 21, 2014 9:22 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released this...

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PA Senator: Obama Climate Change Plan Unfair

November 20, 2014 3:33 pm | by Hope Yen, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pennsylvania's Democratic senator is criticizing President Barack Obama's proposed climate change rules, urging revisions to a plan that he says imposes unfair costs and burdens on the state. In a 22-page letter sent Thursday to the Environmental Protection Agency, Sen. Bob Casey makes clear he supports broad goals of combating global warming and agrees...

Obama Plugs STEM Education At Ceremony

November 20, 2014 2:12 pm | by Darlene Superville, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama said Thursday that 19 scientists, researchers, and innovators who received the country's highest honor for their life-changing work embody the spirit of the nation and its "sense that we push against limits and that we're not afraid to ask...

NAM: Coalition Representing U.S. Economy Calls For Extension Of Temporary Tax Provisions

November 20, 2014 1:51 pm | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

More than 500 organizations representing millions of individuals, businesses of all sizes and community development and nonprofit organizations delivered a letter to Congress today urging policymakers to work together during the lame-duck session to extend seamlessly, enhance...

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Applications For U.S. Unemployment Benefits Fall To 291K

November 20, 2014 1:45 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined slightly last week, suggesting that job gains should remain solid. Weekly applications for jobless aid fell 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 291,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a...

EPA Approves 2 Permits For TX Resin Plant

November 20, 2014 11:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has issued two final greenhouse gas permits for a planned $1 billion resin processing plant in South Texas. The EPA on Wednesday announced the permits for M&G Resins USA for a facility in Corpus Christi. The Corpus Christi...

NAM: Manufacturers Call On Congress To End Tax Hike

November 20, 2014 10:43 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

Manufacturers hosted a press conference call Nov 19 to discuss the urgent need for lawmakers to pass a long-delayed bipartisan jobs bill—the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB). The MTB is critical legislation that would support job creation, spur economic growth and enhance manufacturers’ global...

VA To Re-Examine Spaceport Deal After Explosion

November 20, 2014 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginia officials plan to re-examine a spaceport deal with Orbital Sciences Corp. following a rocket explosion that damaged a state-owned launch pad.Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration may seek to renegotiate a memorandum of understanding and launch services agreement...

State Releases Proposed Air Quality Rules

November 19, 2014 5:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Proposed state regulations for meeting federal air quality standards include limits on what could be burned in wood stoves. In areas with chronically bad air, such as Fairbanks and North Pole, the regulations call for using dry wood, wood pellet products, manufacture-approved biomass fuels and...

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Syngenta Faces Dozens Of Lawsuits Over GMO Seed

November 19, 2014 1:36 pm | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Agrochemicals giant Syngenta is facing a growing number of lawsuits challenging its release of a genetically modified corn seed that China had not approved for import, with losses to farmers estimated to be at least $1 billion. More than 50 lawsuits have been filed in...

Public Hearing Set For Plans To Cut Carbon Emissions

November 19, 2014 12:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are holding a hearing Wednesday in Phoenix on a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from four power plants on tribal land. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a proposal last month for three coal-fired plants and one gas-fired...

Showdown Looms Between Government, Air Bag Maker

November 19, 2014 12:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A showdown is looming between U.S. safety regulators and a Japanese company that makes air bags linked to multiple deaths and injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants Takata Corp. to recall millions of potentially faulty driver's side air bag inflators across...

NY City Council Eyes New Zoning To Boost Manufacturing

November 19, 2014 11:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York City lawmakers are envisioning new zoning districts to encourage growth of manufacturing, technology and design companies, according to a report released Wednesday. It calls for adjusting zoning rules to help make sure there's space for such companies to start, stay and grow in the city....

Keystone: Senate Votes No, McConnell Vows Replay

November 19, 2014 9:47 am | by Dina Cappiello, David Epso, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a combustible blend of oil and politics, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected legislation Tuesday night to force completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Republicans vowed to resurrect the controversial issue soon after taking two-house control of Congress in...

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US: Government Aircraft Regulations Apply To Drones

November 18, 2014 12:10 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government has the power to hold drone operators accountable when they operate the remote-control aircraft recklessly, a federal safety board ruled Tuesday in a setback to small drone operators chafing under Federal Aviation Administration restrictions. The FAA had fined Raphael Pirker, an aerial...

GOP Vows To Pass Keystone Later If Bill Fails Now

November 18, 2014 12:05 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican leaders vowed Tuesday to take up and pass a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline in Congress again next year if the Senate fails to advance the measure, or President Barack Obama vetoes it. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who will become the majority...

CO Panel Makes No Progress On Marijuana Edibles

November 18, 2014 11:56 am | by Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Colorado task force wrapped up a final task force meeting on Monday with no consensus on what marijuana-infused foods and drinks should look like. The group of regulators, law enforcement, parent groups and edible-pot makers has mostly argued about whether it would be...

NYC Adds $140M For Transforming Brooklyn Navy Yard

November 17, 2014 4:37 pm | by Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Brooklyn Navy Yard is getting a $140 million infusion of city money to upgrade a massive building from storage space to a workplace for 3,000 employees at companies ranging from a medical diagnostic laboratory to a motorcycle design startup, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced...

VT Fights Industry's Bid To Block GMO Law

November 17, 2014 3:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state of Vermont is asking a federal judge to throw out a food industry lawsuit that seeks to block Vermont's new GMO labeling law from taking effect. Attorney General Bill Sorrell said on Monday that his office on Friday had filed legal papers at the U.S. District Court in Burlington...

McDonald's Refuses To Buy USDA-Approved GMO Potato

November 17, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.'s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company's oldest business partners — McDonald's — hasn't. The fast-food giant says it doesn't use genetically modified potatoes, the Idaho Statesman reported...

U.S. Pension Insurer Ran Record $62B Deficit In 2014

November 17, 2014 2:09 pm | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The federal agency that insures pensions for about 41 million Americans saw its deficit nearly double in the latest fiscal year. The agency said the worsening finances of some multi-employer pension plans mainly caused the increased deficit. At about $62 billion for the budget year ending Sept....

Federal Ban Sought For Animal Testing On Cosmetics

November 15, 2014 4:07 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hoping to build off recent bans in Europe and India, opponents of animal testing for cosmetics plan to make a big push for a similar prohibition in the United States. The effort could be a tough sell in a Republican-controlled Congress. Virginia Democrat Don Beyer is expected to take the lead on...

NC Employers Avoid More Federal Unemployment Taxes

November 12, 2014 5:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina businesses won't have to pay even higher unemployment insurance taxes beyond what's required while the state still owes the federal government money to pay jobless benefits during the Great Recession. The U.S. Department of Labor told Gov. Pat McCrory this...

House To Vote On Keystone, Landrieu Seeks Action

November 12, 2014 4:56 pm | by Donna Cassata, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Call it a high-stakes political poker game, with the Louisiana Senate seat the big prize. Three-term Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, facing an uphill fight to hold her seat in a Dec. 6 runoff, on Wednesday called for vote on approving the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL...

Biden Pitches Infrastructure Improvements

November 12, 2014 4:09 pm | by Michael Graczyk, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday renewed his call for improvements to the nation's infrastructure, particularly at ports, saying failure to make upgrades will mean missed opportunities for economic growth. "This is a passion of mine," Biden told several hundred people attending the annual...

Energy Company Fined For Uranium Spills

November 12, 2014 3:27 pm | by Mead Gruver, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company has agreed to pay a $5,000 state penalty for two spills of uranium solution from pipelines at a new Wyoming mine. Over 20,000 gallons spilled July 17 at the Nichols Ranch in-situ uranium mine in Powder River Basin between Casper and Gillette. In-situ uranium mining...

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