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Groundbreaking Planned for $1.3B Arkansas Steel Mill

September 22, 2014 10:45 am | by The Associated Press

Officials will break ground Monday on a $1.3 billion steel mill that's promised to be an economic boon for northeast Arkansas.                                   

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Clorox Exits Venezuela Citing Government Restrictions

September 22, 2014 10:37 am | by The Associated Press

Clorox is shutting down all operations in Venezuela, citing restrictions by the government, supply disruptions and economic uncertainty.                                 

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Guilty Verdict in Peanut Trial Should Send Warning

September 22, 2014 10:05 am | by Kate Brumback, The Associated Press

Food safety advocates say a guilty verdict in a rare federal food-poisoning trial should send a stern warning to anyone who may be tempted to place profits over people's welfare.                     

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San Francisco Orders 175 Light Rail Cars From Siemens

September 22, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press

San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency has awarded Siemens a contract to deliver an initial 175 light rail cars for its Muni transit system at a value of US$648 million.                     

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The Panama Canal is Opening up to a Busy Future

September 22, 2014 9:39 am | by GE Report

The Panama Canal is a full century old, but that doesn’t mean it still can’t grow. The 48-mile-long landmark that cuts across “the backbone of the Western Hemisphere” is going through the final year of a massive expansion.        

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2015 Super Bowl to be Played Under LED Lights

September 22, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press

University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ has installed high performance LED stadium lights from Ephesus Lighting, Inc., the leader in providing LED lighting solutions for sports facilities, making it the first NFL venue to illuminate the playing surface exclusively with LED lighting.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon to be Sold to Russian Company

September 22, 2014 9:17 am | by The Associated Press

The maker of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer is being sold to Russian company Oasis Beverages for an undisclosed sum.                                         

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CT Panel Quizzes Millstone Over Safety

September 19, 2014 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press

A citizens' panel that oversees safety issues at Millstone Power Station closely questioned representatives of the nuclear plant about whether three recent federal inspections signal a problem with the plant's operation.         

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Nestle Purina Expands Suit Against Blue Buffalo

September 19, 2014 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press

St. Louis-based Nestle Purina PetCare Co. is expanding its lawsuit against Blue Buffalo Co. to include additional allegations of false advertising.                               

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Unemployment Rates Rise in 24 States

September 19, 2014 12:36 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Unemployment rates rose in nearly half of U.S. states in August, even as employers in two-thirds of the states added jobs.                                      

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NAM Welcomes Extension of Internet Tax Moratorium

September 19, 2014 11:15 am | by National Association of Manufacturers

The National Association of Manufacturers Vice President of Tax and Domestic Economic Policy, Dorothy Coleman, issued a statement thanking Congress for including the ban on taxing Internet access in the continuing resolution approved this week.    

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Deliberations To Resume in Ga. Salmonella Trial

September 19, 2014 10:35 am | by The Associated Press

Jurors are scheduled to continue working toward a verdict in the trial of a Georgia peanut plant owner charged in a salmonella outbreak that sickened hundreds five years ago.                      

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Old Company Policies Become a Point of Interest for Foley

September 19, 2014 10:31 am | by Susan Haigh, The Associated Press

Connecticut Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley defended his business record on Thursday, saying he ultimately saved unionized workers' jobs following a lengthy strike at a Pennsylvania plant he previously owned.         

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Workers Accused of Stealing Parts From Texas Plant

September 19, 2014 10:20 am | by The Associated Press

Police say eight workers at a Caterpillar plant in Texas are accused of stealing more at least $160,000 in parts from the company.                                   

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FDA Changes Food Safety Rules for Next Year

September 19, 2014 9:43 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press

The government is rewriting sweeping new food safety rules after farmers complained that they could hurt business.                                       

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Senators Coons, Ayotte Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Boost Manufacturing Training

September 19, 2014 9:36 am | by Office of U.S. Senator Chris Coons

U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) introduced bipartisan legislation to help cities and states build 21st century manufacturing training programs.                       

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Bankruptcy Judge Approves WV Spill Settlement

September 19, 2014 9:28 am | by Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press

A federal bankruptcy judge in West Virginia has approved a $2.9 million settlement to benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in a January chemical spill.                          

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GM Plans a New, High-End Cadillac for Next Year

September 19, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors will begin building a new, top-end Cadillac sedan late next year at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.                                       

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Amazon Founder's Firm To Build New Rocket Engines

September 18, 2014 2:01 pm

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos plans to build a rocket engine that would eventually replace the Russian mainstay used in many American unmanned launches.                            

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IL Delays Decision on Fracking Rules

September 18, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press

A legislative panel said that it wants more time to decide whether rules written by the Department of Natural Resources to govern hydraulic fracturing in Illinois can take effect.                    

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