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Oregon Food Label Measure Headed For Recount

November 25, 2014 5:19 pm | by Jonathan J. Cooper, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Statewide vote totals released Monday show an Oregon ballot measure that would require labeling of genetically modified foods was losing by a mere 809 votes and will go to an automatic recount. Results from all 36 counties three weeks after Election Day showed Measure 92 was defeated by a margin...

VT Auditor Questions State's Role In Liquor Business

November 25, 2014 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont state Auditor of Accounts Doug Hoffer is questioning the state's role in the liquor...

MT Supreme Court Takes Up Coal Tax Dispute

November 25, 2014 1:04 pm | by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Montana tax authorities were expected to argue Tuesday before the state Supreme Court that a...

New FDA Rules Put Calorie Counts On Menus

November 25, 2014 12:05 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when...

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Stocks Open Higher Following Strong U.S. Growth

November 25, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. stocks are opening higher after news that the U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.9 percent annual rate in the July-September quarter. The rate of growth reported by the government early Tuesday was even faster than first estimated. The expansion gave the U.S. its strongest six months of growth in...

FAA Chief: Disaster Response Depends On Funding

November 25, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration outlined steps Monday to improve its security and air traffic control backup systems following the sabotage of a suburban Chicago air traffic control center that disrupted travel nationwide — but said widespread upgrades will require money from...

NAM Joins Letter Calling To Improve Environment For U.S. Businesses In India

November 25, 2014 9:43 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

In a letter sent today, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) joined 15 U.S. business organizations in urging U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to use tomorrow’s U.S.–India Trade Policy Forum meeting in New Delhi to address longstanding bilateral trade irritants and new barriers imposed by...

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EPA: Coal Plants Should Spend $2B To Cut Emissions

November 24, 2014 4:53 pm | by Emily Schmall, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators are proposing that the largest coal-powered plants in Texas invest $2 billion in new technology to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions, a measure energy companies are likely to resist. The plan released Monday would require that 15 units at eight...

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 Americans. Yet only a fraction of them are receiving financial aid from the government. Fewer than 25 percent of those out of work are signed up for weekly unemployment benefits, a near-record low since the...

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 of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply. Last year the Environmental Protection Agency proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol in fuel for the first time, acknowledging that a biofuel law that both...

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 statement following President Obama’s announcement of executive action on immigration: “Today’s announcement further underscores that congressional action is critically needed on immigration...

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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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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