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Defense Spending Means 56,000 IN Jobs

October 7, 2011 7:55 am

CRANE, Ind. (AP) — A new report says federal military and security spending resulted in $4.4 billion in contracts for Indiana companies last year, although analysts expect sites across the state will face more competition with anticipated Defense Department budget cuts. The report by Indiana University's Indiana Business Research Center credits defense contract spending and the state's military bases — including Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center, Camp Atterbury and Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex — with supporting about 56,000 jobs.

Nissan Plans $1.5B Brazil Plant

October 7, 2011 5:38 am

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. plans to spend $1.5 billion to build a new factory in Brazil and develop new vehicles as part of its plan to become the leading Asian auto brand in the country. The plant, to be built in Resende in the state of Rio de Janeiro, will open in the first half of 2014 and will be able to build 200,000 vehicles per year.

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GM Plans $380M MO Plant Expansion

October 7, 2011 5:36 am

WENTZVILLE, Mo. (AP) — General Motors can move forward on a proposed $380 million expansion of its plant in the St. Louis-area town of Wentzville, now that a union has approved local work rules for the plant. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/obNHqz) reports that members of United Auto Workers Local 2250 approved the four-year local work rules contract on Thursday.

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Continental Tire Plans $500M SC Plant

October 7, 2011 5:29 am | by Jim Davenport, Associated Press

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Continental Tire said on Thursday that it will build a $500 million plant in Sumter County and bring 1,600 jobs to the area after sealing the deal with a desperate round of door-knocking to convince property owners to sell land for the plant. The company had confirmed the poorly kept secret less than an hour before the formal announcement at the Sumter Opera House, a century-old building where tires bookended a stage and the German tire maker's logo filled a screen.

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Mazda To Stop Making Rotary-Engine Vehicles

October 7, 2011 5:27 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

TOKYO (AP) — Mazda will stop producing vehicles with its signature rotary engines in June next year because of poor sales and the costs of meeting emissions standards. Mazda Motor Corp. said Friday the latest edition of the Mazda RX-8 will go on sale Nov. 24, targeting sales of 1,000 vehicles, but will end production in June 2012.

Obama: Solar Is Viable

October 7, 2011 5:21 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Thursday the U.S. must not surrender development of clean energy to China and other countries, despite the spectacular failure of a solar-panel manufacturer that filed for bankruptcy after taking a half-billion dollar government loan. Obama said the government should continue to give loan guarantees to help green energy companies compete with other countries that spend billions to subsidize solar panels and other renewable energy manufacturing.

Economy Added 103,000 Jobs In September

October 7, 2011 5:19 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States added 103,000 jobs in September, a burst of hiring that followed a sluggish summer for the economy. The figure at least temporarily calms fears of a new recession that have hung over Wall Street and the nation for weeks. The Labor Department also said Friday that the nation added more jobs than first estimated in July and August.

Companies Agree To Penalties For VA Plant Spills

October 6, 2011 9:15 am

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Federal regulators have settled a complaint that accused the operators of a chemical plant in Franklin of spilling toxic substances into the Nottoway River. The Environmental Protection Agency filed the complaint against Eastman Chemical Resins, Hercules and GEO Specialty Chemicals.

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DuPont Opening $500M SC Plant Expansion

October 6, 2011 9:14 am

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) — The DuPont Co. is dedicating its new expanded plant near Moncks Corner to increase the company's production of Kevlar, a fiber used in everything from tires and bullet proof vests to combat helmets. The ceremony at the expanded Cooper River Plant is being held on Thursday.

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NLRB Delays Union Posters Over Confusion

October 6, 2011 9:11 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board is postponing the effective date of a new rule requiring most private businesses to put up a poster that tells workers about their right to form a union. The board said Wednesday there has been so much confusion about which businesses are covered under the rule that officials want to conduct more outreach, especially to small and medium sized businesses.

AL Loses Workers As Immigration Law Kicks In

October 6, 2011 9:08 am | by Phillip Rawls, Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) — Alabama's strict new immigration law may be backfiring. Intended to force illegal workers out of jobs, it is also driving away many legal immigrant workers who work in construction and on farms doing backbreaking jobs that Americans generally won't. The vacancies have created a void that will surely deal a blow to the state's economy and could slow the rebuilding of Tuscaloosa and other tornado-damaged cities.

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Jobs Becoming Dim Memories For Many

October 6, 2011 9:06 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writers

WASHINGTON (AP) — For more Americans, being out of work has become a semi-permanent condition. Nearly one-third of the unemployed — nearly 4.5 million people — have had no job for a year or more. That's a record high. Many are older workers who have found it especially hard to find jobs.

VW Recalls 168,000 Cars For Fuel Leaks

October 6, 2011 9:03 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen is recalling 168,275 cars equipped with diesel engines because of a defect in the fuel injection system that could cause fuel leaks and fires. The recall affects certain 2009-2012 Jetta midsize cars, and some 2010 through 2012 Golf small cars, as well as some Audi A3 models from the 2010 through 2012 model years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday on its website.

Companies Bringing Jobs To Orangeburg County

October 5, 2011 9:20 am

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — A warehouse company and its trucking affiliate are investing $10 million in Orangeburg and creating 100 jobs. Universal Trade Solutions Inc. and affiliate Fraley & Schilling Inc. announced Wednesday they're opening a manufacturing, warehousing and distribution center in the former Jacobs Applied Technology building.

Failed MO Sweetener Project Misses More Payments

October 5, 2011 9:18 am

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Moberly has received only part of a promised payment for a troubled artificial sweetener project in central Missouri. Bruce Cole, the former CEO of the company behind the project, had said that he would pay Moberly $250,000 by Monday to offset costs the city faced because of an earlier missed bond payment.

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Sprint Strains Finances With New iPhone

October 5, 2011 9:14 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — NEW YORK (AP) — Sprint subscribers will be able to use the iPhone for the first time, giving them one more reason to stay with the ailing company. But the phone will come at a heavy price for the company. When revealing the new iPhone model, the 4S, Apple Inc.

Ford's Buffalo Plant Could See 400 More Jobs

October 5, 2011 9:12 am

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ford Motor Co.'s Buffalo plant is on the auto maker's list of facilities in line to receive some of the $6.2 billion of new investments included in a proposed new four-year contract. Sen. Charles Schumer says the Buffalo Stamping Plant would bring back 120 workers laid off last month and add 400 new jobs.

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Gov't Looks For Ways To Reduce Table Saw Injuries

October 5, 2011 9:10 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — With about 10 people losing a finger or mangling a hand in a table saw each day, the federal government wants to make the saws safer. The Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to begin looking at ways to reduce table saw injuries. "The injuries resulting from the use of table saws are, in many cases, particularly gruesome," said Chairman Inez Tenenbaum.

2 Dead, 6 Injured In CA Quarry Shooting

October 5, 2011 9:08 am | by Brooke Donald, Associated Press

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities searched Wednesday for a disgruntled employee who they say opened fire at a Northern California limestone quarry, killing two and wounding six, and who may have later shot a woman in an attempted carjacking. The suspect, 45-year-old Shareef Allman, allegedly walked into a safety meeting at the quarry at about 4 a.

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GM September Sales Up 20 Percent

October 5, 2011 5:41 am

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co.'s U.S. sales rose 20 percent in September because of strong demand for full-size pickups and SUVs. Pickup and SUV sales are generally stronger in the fall, and GM and other companies were offering promotions on trucks. GM truck sales climbed 34 percent from September of last year, a much stronger increase than cars, which rose 12 percent.

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