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Southern States Ally To Win Tanker Contract

October 27, 2009 5:00 am

BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) — The governors of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi have announced the launch of an alliance designed to create an aerospace and aviation corridor from Panama City, Fla., to Louisiana. Alabama Gov. Bob Riley, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Louisiana Gov.

Vermont Home To New 150-Worker Capacitor Plant

October 27, 2009 4:57 am

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A Barre electronics manufacturer is poised to begin construction on a 52,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, which is expected to create 150 new jobs. On Monday, the District 5 Environmental Commission issued a land-use permit for SBE Inc., to build the plant in the Wilson Industrial Park.

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Dow Chemical Leak Prompts Evacuations In Texas

October 27, 2009 4:52 am

FREEPORT, Texas (AP) — A leak in a Dow Chemical underground pipeline is prompting the evacuation of more than 60 homes in Freeport. Dow Chemical spokeswoman Trish Rithaller says crews on Wednesday are expected to begin digging in an area around the pipeline, in a field, to repair the leak.

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Economic Recovery Coming, But Job Losses To Stay

October 27, 2009 4:43 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's about to become official: The recession is over — but not the pain. The government will release figures this week expected to show that the economy has awakened from its deepest slump since the 1930s and is in the early stages of a recovery. But the following week, the government will issue another set of figures expected to show unemployment continuing to rise toward and possibly above a clearly recessionary 10 percent.

S.C. ArcelorMittal Mill To Stay Closed Until 2011

October 27, 2009 4:39 am

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — A union leader says he doesn't think a South Carolina steel mill will reopen before 2011. United Steelworkers Union local president James Sanderson told The Sun News of Myrtle Beach a company official told him that ArcelorMittal's Georgetown steel mill may not reopen until 2011.

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Missouri, Michigan Autoworkers Reject Ford Contract

October 27, 2009 4:27 am

DETROIT (AP) — Autoworkers in Missouri and Michigan overwhelmingly rejected a new contract with Ford Motor Co., a sign that the automaker and the United Auto Workers union are having trouble convincing some workers to accept changes that would lower Ford's labor costs. Ninety-two percent of workers at the Kansas City Assembly Plant voted against changes to their contract Sunday.

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U.S. Steel Posts $303 Million 3Q Loss

October 27, 2009 4:21 am | by Daniel Lovering, AP Manufacturing Writer

PITTSBURGH (AP) — United States Steel Corp. said Tuesday it lost money for a third straight quarter as the global economic downturn continued to dampen demand for the metal. But the company said its production and shipments rose significantly from the previous quarter, and that it expects a narrower loss in the October-December period as North American automakers order more steel for vehicles.

'Insourcing' A Boon To Mississippian Economy

October 26, 2009 4:47 am | by David Tortorano, AP Writer

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) -- It's hard to come up with an example that better shows the dual nature of awarding a project to a company with foreign roots than the ongoing controversy over a $40 billion Air Force aerial tanker. Boeing Co. supporters say a win by European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co.

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Biden To Announce Plans For Ex-GM Delaware Plant

October 26, 2009 4:38 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is expected to announce Tuesday that a California luxury automaker will build plug-in hybrid electric vehicles at a former General Motors plant in Delaware. The White House said Sunday that Biden, a former senator from Delaware, will make a major announcement about the future of the former GM plant in Wilmington, Delaware, along with Delaware Gov.

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Survey: Job Hiring To Speed Up In Next 6 Months

October 26, 2009 4:28 am | by Betsy Vereckey, AP Business Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — Results from a new economic survey may ease concerns about rising unemployment and its effect on consumer spending, as forecasters say more employers appear willing to hire in the coming months. The latest quarterly survey from the National Association for Business Economics, set for release on Monday, shows that unemployment is moderating.

GAO: FDA Ignores Follow-Ups On Ineffective Drugs

October 26, 2009 4:23 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has allowed drugs for cancer and other diseases to stay on the market even when follow-up studies showed they didn't extend patients' lives, say congressional investigators. A report due out Monday from the Government Accountability Office also shows that the FDA has never pulled a drug off the market due to a lack of required follow-up about its actual benefits — even when such information is more than a decade overdue.

Swine Flu Vaccine, Hot Off The Production Line

October 26, 2009 4:17 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday the swine flu vaccine "is coming out the door as fast as it comes off the production line." But at the same time, she acknowledged delays in getting a sufficient supply for all those demanding it.

China Cooperating With U.S. Over Drywall Scandal

October 26, 2009 4:13 am

BEIJING (AP) — China is helping American officials investigate reports of contaminated Chinese drywall after thousands of American homeowners complained the building material made them sick or damaged their houses, a top U.S. safety official said Monday. Consumer Products Safety Commission Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said that her Chinese counterparts have provided technical help and are working with the U.

Nucor: 'Global Warming Legislation' Decides Plant Site

October 23, 2009 5:02 am | by Alan Sayre, AP Business Writer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The head of steelmaker Nucor Corp. indicated Thursday that the possible cost of any carbon legislation that emerges from Congress is still a key concern as the company decides whether to build a pig iron plant in Louisiana or South America. The Charlotte, N.C.-based company is considering a site near Convent in St.

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Simonton Windows Rehires 200 Thanks To Tax Credits

October 23, 2009 4:56 am

ELLENBORO, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Commerce Secretary, Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Gov. Joe Manchin are scheduled to make a joint appearance at Simonton Windows. The Commerce Department says Friday's event is being held to show how President Obama's administration is helping create jobs.

U.S. Seeks Chinese Compensation On Shoddy Drywall

October 23, 2009 4:34 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

SHANGHAI (AP) — Top U.S. safety officials are meeting with their Chinese counterparts to seek help for American homeowners complaining of damage from suspect drywall imported from China. Consumer Products Safety Commission Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said Friday that apart from discussing compensation, her agency also is urging China to help set standards for drywall products to help prevent future problems.

UAW Detractors Oppose Concessions At Ford Plant

October 23, 2009 4:27 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krishner AP Auto Writers

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. and the United Auto Workers union, which have agreed to proposed contract changes that would lower the automaker's labor costs, are running into opposition from some workers who say they've given too much already. Workers at the Dearborn Truck Plant outside Detroit honked horns and shouted down Bob King, the union's top Ford negotiator, Wednesday evening as King tried to speak about the proposed changes, according to Gary Walkowicz, a member of the plant's bargaining committee.

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U.S. Poll Shows Increasing Disbelief In Climate Change

October 23, 2009 4:20 am | by Dina Capiello, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans seem to be cooling toward global warming. Just 57 percent think there is solid evidence the world is getting warmer, down 20 points in just three years, a new poll says. And the share of people who believe pollution caused by humans is causing temperatures to rise has also taken a dip, even as the U.

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Virginia Gov. Vows Aid For Paper Layoffs

October 23, 2009 4:17 am

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Calling International Paper Co.'s plan to idle its Franklin plant "a deep blow" to Virginia, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine is promising help to the nearly 1,100 families affected by the closure. Kaine said Thursday that he would direct the Virginia Employment Commission to dispatch an economic crisis strike force to Franklin within the coming days.

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Gas Explosion Rocks Puerto Rico

October 23, 2009 4:12 am | by Laura N. Perez Sanchez, Associated Press Writer

CATANO, Puerto Rico (AP) — An explosion at a Gulf gasoline facility Friday rocked a neighborhood outside Puerto Rico's capital, causing minor injuries and forcing evacuations as firefighters raced to prevent additional blasts. Several columns of black smoke and flames were rising from the Caribbean Petroleum Corp.

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