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Low Oil Prices Unlikely to Hurt Railroads

January 2, 2015 1:44 pm | by Josh Funk, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The stunning collapse in oil prices over the past several months won't derail the railroads' profit engine even if it does slow the tremendous growth in crude shipments seen in recent years.                 

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Volkswagen Recalls 38K Cars Due to Fire Risk

January 2, 2015 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Volkswagen Group of America is recalling about 38,000 cars because a fuel leak in the engine may cause a fire.                                       

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Hyundai, Kia Brace for Weakest Growth in a Decade

January 2, 2015 1:34 pm | by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai Motor Co. and its affiliate Kia Motors Corp. are forecasting their weakest growth in yearly car sales in more than a decade as competition intensifies and the global economy slows.                 

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U.S. Factories Grow at Slowest Pace in 6 Months

January 2, 2015 1:26 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. factory activity grew at the slowest pace in six months in December, weakened by declines in orders and production. Yet growth was still healthy, a sign manufacturing may help drive the economy's expansion in 2015 as it did last year.   

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Bartlett Company Begins to Manufacture Vinyl Records

January 2, 2015 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company's record pressing plant has started work on a series of projects and once the plant reaches full capacity, it will have nine presses, able to make 7-inch and 12-inch records and producing 5,000 to 7,000 records per day.     

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Hasbro To Replace Phallic Play-Doh Toy

January 2, 2015 10:22 am | by Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hasbro is doing damage control over a  penis-shaped plastic cylinder extruder tool included with its Play-Doh Cake Mountain toy.                                 

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States Work To Meet New Renewable Energy Standards

January 2, 2015 10:17 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

From New Mexico and Texas to Montana and New York, PNM and other investor-owned utilities are facing higher renewable energy standards starting this year as numerous states and the federal government push for a reduction in the use of fossil fuels for generating electricity.

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Mississippi Groups Attack Carbon Dioxide Limits

January 2, 2015 10:10 am | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

"The CO2 emission goals set for Mississippi by EPA are unreasonable, unachievable and unfair," said Michael Callahan, CEO of Electric Power Associations of Mississippi.                       

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Taft Hill Plant Manager Insists Facility is Safe

January 2, 2015 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The manager of a Taft Hill asphalt plant that some people want relocated says the plant is safe and it would be difficult to move it to a location that wouldn't affect anyone.                     

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NY Offers $14.5M for Power Plant Upgrades

January 2, 2015 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state is offering $14.5 million in incentives for power plants to become cleaner and more efficient.                                         

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GM Recalls 92K Trucks, SUVs

January 2, 2015 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling 92,221 full-size trucks and SUVs for a defect in ignition lock systems that can cause safety problems in hot conditions.                             

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Proposed Fees Cause Major Concern Among Solar Industry

December 30, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

"This is the fight of the century for us," said Kevin Goodreau, vice president for business development at Direct Power & Water Corp. in Albuquerque, which designs and manufactures racks and other components for solar systems.     

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How Food Package Manufacturers Keep Pace With Today's Market

December 30, 2014 2:14 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Articles | Comments

The North American group marketing director for Dow, Nestor De Mattos has an inside look at the big issues food packaging manufacturers are facing and how they’re problem-solving their way through today’s market. Here, he takes stock of what changes are on the horizon and how manufacturers can try new trends on for size.

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2014 in Review: GE’s Industrial Revolution

December 30, 2014 2:07 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

2014 was in many respects a pivotal year for GE, in which the company delivered on plans to bulk up its industrial core and grow its services by connecting machines to the Industrial Internet.                 

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Rises in December

December 30, 2014 2:00 pm | by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Impressed with an improving economy, American consumers are feeling more confident, a private survey showed.                                         

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CA Plastic Bag Ban May Face Referendum

December 30, 2014 1:54 pm | by Judy Lin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

"SB270 was never a bill about the environment," said Lee Califf, executive director of the bag alliance. "It was a back room deal between the grocers and union bosses to scam California consumers out of billions of dollars in bag fees without providing any public benefit."

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SpaceX Marks the Spot

December 30, 2014 1:02 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Former NASA Astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison discusses SpaceX’s Elon Musk attempting a tricky, pin-point landing during his next space mission.                               

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Technology Could Have Tracked Missing AirAsia Flight

December 30, 2014 12:58 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

How could another commercial jet disappear? The technology needed to track it already exists, but it wasn't onboard AirAsia Flight QZ8501. Here's what's stopping airlines from adopting a live-streaming black box.           

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Manufacturing Outlook for 2015: Q&A with Dan Miklovic

December 30, 2014 10:51 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Editorial Director Jeff Reinke discussed the outlook for manufacturers in 2015 with Dan Miklovic, the Principal Analyst in Asset Performance Management at LNS Research. They covered topics such as Big Data, job creation and tech trends for the upcoming year.

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In 83 Speeches, Senator Pushes for Action Against Climate Change

December 30, 2014 10:40 am | by Jennifer McDermott, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Senator, has spoken on the floor of the Senate 83 times on the threat of climate change and the need for change. So while many expect a shift away from environmental regulations when Republicans regain the majority in the new year, people such as Sheldon Whitehouse will continue to fight to keep it in the forefront of American minds. 

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