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NY Offers $14.5M for Power Plant Upgrades

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

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

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

"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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U.S. Consumer Confidence Rises in December

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

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

"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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In 83 Speeches, Senator Pushes for Action Against Climate Change

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

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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Program That Backed Solyndra Now Showing Successes

December 30, 2014 9:57 am | by Henry C. Jackson, The Associated Press

Despite some of the DOE program's highly publicized failures, the department now projects a profit of between $5 billion and $6 billion over the next 20 to 25 years.                         

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DNR Plans to Monitor Air Near Ameren Plants

December 30, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is planning to install air monitors near two power plants that officials say are the largest sources of sulfur dioxide emissions in the state.                  

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LA Needs More Electricity for Industry

December 30, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press

The state's largest utility needs to come up with more power before the end of 2016, and then find even more by the end of 2019 to meet the demands of Louisiana's ongoing industrial boom.                  

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Tombigbee EPA Change Hits Some Hard

December 30, 2014 9:38 am | by Dennis Seid, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

A new deposit policy for industrial and commercial users served by the Tombigbee Electric Power Association has caught many of them off-guard, as businesses will now face paying deposits several times over what they had paid in the past.   

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WA Minimum Wage To Hit $9.47 Per Hour, Highest in U.S.

December 29, 2014 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press

Washington state's minimum wage will rise to the highest in the nation on Jan. 1.                                                 

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Chrysler Recalls 67K Pickup Trucks

December 29, 2014 1:39 pm | by Te Associated Press

Fiat Chrysler is recalling about 67,000 model year 2006 and 2007 pickups because of a problem that could prevent the cars from starting, or cause them to move when the ignition key is turned.                 

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Why the U.S. Will Power the World Economy in 2015

December 29, 2014 1:33 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

After long struggling to claw its way out of the Great Recession, the world's biggest economy is on an extended win streak that is edging it closer to full health and ready to drive global growth in 2015.             

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China Jails 4 for 2013 Fatal Fire at Poultry Plant

December 29, 2014 12:57 pm | by The Associated Press

Two fire chiefs and two poultry farm bosses have been convicted and sentenced to prison terms of up to nine years in relation to a fire at a plant in northeastern China last year that killed 121 people and injured 76 others.       

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Tesla Upgrades Roadster Car for More Efficiency

December 29, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press

Tesla said improvements it is making to its older Roadster model will let the electric car travel about 400 miles on a single charge.                                 

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MO Becomes First State to See Average Gas Price Below $2

December 29, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press

Missouri became the first state Friday to have an average statewide gas price fall below $2 per gallon since 2009, while Oklahoma's average was expected to drop below that threshold sometime over the weekend, according to AAA.       

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MI's Population Creeping Up as Autos Recover

December 29, 2014 9:35 am | by David N. Goodman, The Associated Press

After years of declining population, industrial Michigan finally seems to be on track toward growth again, the state's demographer says.                                 

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Key Decisions on Drones Likely From Congress

December 29, 2014 9:30 am | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press

The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year.         

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2014 U.S. Economy Began Shaky, Finished Strong

December 29, 2014 9:25 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

More than five years removed from the Great Recession, worries had taken hold at the start of the year that perhaps the world's largest economy had slid into a semi-permanent funk. But consumers, businesses and investors, after enduring a brutal winter, showed renewed vigor as the year wore on and set the United States apart from much of the world.

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Berryville Company To Help Upgrade Iconic Handgun

December 29, 2014 9:20 am | by John Magsam, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Custom gun-maker Wilson Combat is teaming up with Beretta USA to produce an upgraded version of an iconic military handgun.                                     

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