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Electric Cars Get A Charge Out Of Portland Street

August 17, 2011 5:28 am | by Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Electric car drivers will get a charge out of a block-long stretch of a downtown Portland street that's been dubbed "Electric Avenue," and it may also help the automotive industry and others make important decisions as the use of electric cars evolves. Seven electric charging stations from six different manufacturers have been installed at Portland State University as part of a two-year study that will examine which chargers get the most use, who's plugging in, and what they do while their car drinks up a charge.

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Core Wholesale Inflation Up Most In Six Months

August 17, 2011 5:26 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies paid higher prices for tobacco, pickup trucks and pharmaceuticals in July, driving underlying wholesale inflation up by the most in six months. This measure of inflation, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, is known as the core Producer Price Index.

Feds Likely To Let Google Buy Motorola Mobility

August 16, 2011 9:24 am | by Joelle Tessler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are unlikely to block Google Inc. from buying cellphone maker Motorola Mobility since the acquisition could help drive competition in the fast growing mobile device market. But the deal comes as Google faces scrutiny in the U.S. and overseas from antitrust regulators concerned that the Web search giant may be abusing its clout as a major gateway to the Internet to muscle its way into new businesses and stifling competition in the process.

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Ammonia Leak Forces NC Plant Evacuation

August 16, 2011 9:22 am | News | Comments

MARSHVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A spokesman for a turkey processing plant in Union County says the company is investigating an ammonia leak that forced the evacuation of more than 100 people in the North Carolina community. Police say ammonia leaked from a refrigeration unit about 4 a.m.

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Seattle Green Jobs Program Falls Short Of Goals

August 16, 2011 9:19 am | News | Comments

By Vanessa Ho SEATTLE (AP) — Last year, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced the city had won a coveted $20 million federal grant to invest in weatherization. The unglamorous work of insulating crawl spaces and attics had emerged as a silver bullet in a bleak economy - able to create jobs and shrink carbon footprint - and the announcement came with great fanfare.

General Dynamics Wins $35M Army Contract

August 16, 2011 9:17 am | News | Comments

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — General Dynamics Corp. said Tuesday its Ordnance and Tactical Systems unit has been awarded a $35.6 million contract by the U.S. Army to make and deliver ammunition cartridges. Work will be performed at the company's Marion, Ill., operations. The ammunition called for in the order is primarily used by the Apache AH-64 helicopter, widely used in current combat operations.

Plan To Save GM Shreveport Faces Long Odds

August 16, 2011 9:15 am | by Alan Sayre, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Amid the rubble of the General Motors crash and federal bailout of 2009 are 89 orphan GM properties — including the GM plant in Shreveport — for which a special trust is trying to find a future. Only the Shreveport plant still produces vehicles — and that's scheduled to end by mid-2012.

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Automakers Rebound In July, Boost Factory Output

August 16, 2011 9:11 am | by Daniel Wagner, Derek Kravitz, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. automakers rebounded in July to boost factory production by the most since the Japan crisis. But builders broke ground on fewer single-family houses, leaving home construction at depressed levels. The mixed data suggest that the economy remains fragile but is not on the cusp of another recession.

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Step by Step - Innovation & Automation

August 16, 2011 6:40 am | by Mike Auerbach, Editor in Chief, PharmPro | Blogs | Comments

Not every drug has to be blockbuster. And not every pharmaceutical company is necessarily interested in developing blockbusters. There are plenty of opportunities for pharmaceutical companies to be successful by focusing their efforts on developing and producing products aimed at smaller but no less deserving patient populations.

Rising Job Figures Require Increase In Employment Law Knowledge

August 16, 2011 6:31 am | by Theresa Jones, CEO, Blue Gavel Press | Articles | Comments

Unemployment figures are improving in many small business niches, and according to the top executive of a national business publishing firm, that increase in employment will require an equivalent increase in America's knowledge of employment law.

Dutch Students On Track To Build World's Fastest Solar Car

August 16, 2011 6:27 am | Videos | Comments

Using carbon fibers and tailored drivers' suits to make their car even faster than in previous years, a team of Dutch students is preparing for Australia's solar race, hoping to win. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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WV Agency Nabs Fraudulent Unemployment Claims

August 16, 2011 5:50 am | News | Comments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — WorkForce West Virginia says more than $80,000 in fraudulently obtained unemployment benefits were recovered in the second quarter of this year. The agency says its unemployment compensation division detected fraud in claims filed by 257 people during the quarter and requested warrants in 106 of those cases.

Ford, US Reach $10.8M Deal Over Rouge Cleanup

August 16, 2011 5:48 am | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. government has agreed to pay $10.8 million to settle Ford Motor Co.'s claim for cleaning up its Rouge complex from pollutants dating back to its role as a military production site in World War I. The Dearborn automaker sued the government in Detroit federal court in 2004.

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Delphi To Invest $15M In MS Plant

August 16, 2011 5:45 am | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Delphi Automotive says it's investing about $15 million to improve its manufacturing plant in the south Mississippi city of Brookhaven. The investment by the international automotive supplier was announced Monday by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who said more than 200 jobs will be retained there.

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Columbia Falls Plant Shuts Down After Injuries

August 16, 2011 5:43 am | News | Comments

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Plum Creek Timber Co. has temporarily shut down its plywood plant in Columbia Falls after two workers were injured. Tom Ray is Plum Creek's vice president of Northwest Resources and Manufacturing. He told the Daily Inter Lake (http://bit.ly/pz7w77 ) the injuries prompted a safety review and the plant shut down Monday.

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Lockheed Martin Awarded $47M Army Contract

August 16, 2011 5:41 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (PRNewswire)—The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin  a $47 million contract to develop, demonstrate, and deliver autonomous technologies for unmanned air systems in support of in-theater unmanned cargo resupply missions. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin and Kaman will demonstrate intelligent autonomous technologies for unmanned aerial systems using the K-MAX helicopter platform.

Evergreen Solar Files For Bankruptcy Relief

August 16, 2011 5:39 am | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — A solar energy company that received millions of dollars in grants and tax incentives from Massachusetts before closing one of its facilities in the state has voluntarily filed for bankruptcy relief. Marlborough-based Evergreen Solar announced Monday that as part of its reorganization it would reduce its U.

Real-Time Hose Condition Monitoring

August 15, 2011 12:17 pm IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Eaton (Cleveland, OH) has introduced a new hydraulic hose technology that uses patented real-time hose condition monitoring to report imminent failure in high pressure hose assemblies. The LifeSense hose technology continuously monitors the health of hydraulic hose assemblies in a system and alerts users when an assembly approaches the end of its useful life.

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High Flex-High Voltage Silicone Wire

August 15, 2011 12:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

High flex-high voltage silicone wire from Cicoil (Valencia, CA) is rated for voltages up to 42,000 Volts DC and is durable, flame retardant (UL 94V-0), free of halogens, and performs well in extreme temperatures (-65°C to +260°C). The flexible silicones wire’s clear silicone encapsulation is tear-resistant and will not deform or wear during a lifetime of more than ten million cycles.

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Newloc Push-To-Connect Fittings

August 15, 2011 12:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

NewAge Industries (Southampton, PA) now offers easy-to-use Newloc push-to-connect fittings in acetal copolymer and brass. Both are stocked in a variety of sizes and styles and allow quick connections to a variety of tubing. Newloc fittings offer instant, leak-proof connections with no flow restrictions, as well as a full vacuum rating (29.

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