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Haslam: VW Tax Credits Not Contingent On Union Status

September 19, 2013 2:07 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee has not made economic incentives for Volkswagen contingent on the German automaker rejecting the United Auto Workers union at its Chattanooga assembly plant, Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday. A top Democrat in the state House last week alleged that Haslam was trying to use economic incentives to sway Volkswagen against working with the UAW.

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Court Upholds CA's Low Carbon Fuel Standard

September 19, 2013 2:06 pm | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press | News | Comments

A panel of federal judges on Wednesday upheld California's first-in-the-nation mandate requiring fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected arguments from fuel makers that California's "Low Carbon Fuel Standard" discriminated against out-of-state producers.

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GE Plans To Move NY Capacitor Work To FL

September 19, 2013 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. says it plans to close an electrical components plant in upstate New York and move the work to Florida. Local media outlets report that the Fairfield, Conn., company gave union workers in Fort Edward notice on Wednesday it could close by September 2014.

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Boeing To End C-17 Airlifter Production In 2015

September 19, 2013 2:02 pm | by Robert Jablon, Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing Co. announced Wednesday that it will end production of its C-17 Globemaster III military cargo jet and close the final assembly plant in Long Beach in 2015, putting as many as 3,000 jobs at risk as orders plunged in the fragile world economy.

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Driverless Shuttles Seen As Public Transport Alternative

September 19, 2013 1:52 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

A collaboration between French company Induct and a Singapore university aims to replace conventional shuttle buses with a driverless, electric alternative. The team are currently testing the vehicle on a two kilometer test route virtually devoid of other traffic, but hope eventually to increase its range.

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Klein Tools Enters Australian Market, Partnership With Mumme Tools

September 18, 2013 2:41 pm | by Klein Tools | News | Comments

Klein Tools, a top hand tool choice of professional electricians in the United States, today announced its entry into the Australian market through a significant financial investment and strategic partnership with Mumme Tools, Australia’s leading mining tool manufacturer.

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Terra Motors Looks To Restart Japan's Entrepreneurial Engine

September 18, 2013 2:29 pm | by Japan, entrepreneur, start-up, renaissance, CEO, Terra, motorcycle, electric | Videos | Comments

Japan was one a country of innovative entrepreneurs who turned 'made in Japan' into a synonym of quality and advanced technology. The CEO of Japan's leading electric motorcycle maker speaks to Reuters' Yonggi Kang about its international expansion drive, and why the country's start-up culture may be poised for a renaissance.

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Is This Tech CEO The Steve Jobs Of China?

September 18, 2013 2:25 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Lei Jun might not be a household name outside of China, but he has turned his company into one of China's most watched brands. Xiaomi founder Lei Jun is running an innovative technology giant in China, but he's quick to point out the differences from Apple. 

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Volvo Trucks - The Hamster Stunt

September 18, 2013 2:21 pm | by VolvoTrucks | Videos | Comments

Can a hamster drive a 15-ton truck? Watch cute little Charlie steer a brand new Volvo FMX in a rough quarry. Will he make it to the top? This is a daring test of the latest steering system. One that's so easy to handle you can steer a heavy truck with your fingertips. 

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"Practical" Solar Car Hits The Road In Sydney

September 18, 2013 2:16 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

Among the teams competing in next month's 3000 kilometer World Solar Challenge race across Australia, is a group from the University of New South Wales that's built a solar-powered vehicle designed to look like a conventional car. In a field dominated by vehicles that look anything but conventional, the car provides a glimpse of what we could be driving on the roads in years to come. 

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CEOs Less Optimistic About The U.S. Economy

September 18, 2013 1:35 pm | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. chief executives are less optimistic about the economy, according to a survey released Wednesday. The survey also indicates that disagreements over the 2014 budget and raising the debt ceiling in Washington are making them cautious about hiring.

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Ecotality Files For Ch. 11 Bankruptcy Protection

September 18, 2013 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ecotality, which makes charging systems for electric vehicles, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and wants to sell its assets in an auction. Ecotality Inc. said it made the filing Monday in Arizona. The company had said in August that it might be forced into a sale or bankruptcy filing after disappointing sales and a suspension of payments from the federal government.

VW's Plant In TN Is Front-Runner For New SUV

September 18, 2013 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen AG says its factory in Tennessee is the front-runner to build a new SUV. Marc Trahan, executive vice president of quality for Volkswagen in the U.S., said at an Automotive Press Association luncheon on Tuesday that Volkswagen will decide by the end of this year where to build the seven-passenger SUV, which the company believes it needs in the U.S. market.

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WI Senate Passes Lemon Law Changes

September 18, 2013 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Wisconsin state Senate has voted to tighten the state's lemon law, which covers when consumers can sue auto manufacturers. The Senate passed a bill Tuesday would remove the ability to receive double damages in such cases and shorten the deadline for bringing a lawsuit from six years after purchasing a faulty vehicle to three years.

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Appeals Court Sides With Spirit AeroSystems

September 18, 2013 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court sided Tuesday with Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc. in a labor dispute stemming from the way the Wichita-based aircraft parts maker evaluates employee performance. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals found that the district court properly refused the union's efforts to compel arbitration over the issue.

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Administration Announces $474M For Skills Training

September 18, 2013 12:47 pm | by U.S. Department of Labor | News | Comments

Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced $474.5 million in grants to community colleges and universities around the country for the development and expansion of innovative training programs in partnership with local employers. The grants are part of a multiyear, nearly $2 billion initiative to expand targeted training programs for unemployed workers, especially those impacted by foreign trade.

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World's Largest Solar Plant Comes To CA

September 18, 2013 12:29 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A massive solar project in the Mojave Desert will hook up to the power grid this weekend, and could start supplying electricity to homes by the end of the year. The plant has 170,000 heliostats, each with the capacity to power one home.    

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Energy Department To Sell Fisker Loan

September 18, 2013 10:00 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Energy Department says it is selling a $192 million loan made to struggling electric car maker Fisker Automotive Inc. The sale, to be held next month, is the latest setback for a half-billion-dollar loan guarantee offered to the California car maker in 2009 as part of the Obama administration's program to promote green energy.

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Obama Takes Economy Message To Corporate Leaders

September 18, 2013 9:58 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama, facing a budget showdown with Congress, is pushing his economic agenda to some of the nation's top corporate executives while cautioning Republicans not to precipitate a government shutdown or an unprecedented debt default.

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Toyota Makes 1 Millionth Truck In San Antonio

September 18, 2013 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A South Texas vehicle assembly plant has produced its 1 millionth truck. Officials with Toyota Motor Corp. say workers at its San Antonio plant on Tuesday completed a 1794 Edition Tundra pickup truck. The vehicle's color is described as sunset bronze mica.

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