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Plant Forced To Destroy Chickens After Ammonia Leak

August 27, 2010 4:27 am

THEODORE, Ala. (AP) — A coastal Alabama company was ordered to destroy some of the frozen chicken at its refrigeration plant after the ammonia leak that sent about 130 people to hospitals, but other meat was safe to eat, government regulators said Thursday. Brian Mabry, a spokesman with the U.

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Texas Biofuel Company To Open Three Miss. Plants

August 27, 2010 4:23 am | by Shelia Byrd, Associated Press Writer

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Texas-based KiOR, a company with plans to produce a crude oil substitute from wood chips and other biomass, will locate its first three facilities in Mississippi. Gov. Haley Barbour and KiOR CEO Fred Cannon announced details of the venture Thursday, a day before lawmakers were set to return to the Capitol to approve incentives for the company.

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Boeing Delays 787 Shipments Into 2011

August 27, 2010 4:22 am | by Samantha Bomkamp, AP Airlines Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Boeing Co. postponed the delivery of its first 787 to the middle of the first quarter of 2011, compounding a string of delays for the jetliner that is already more than two years past its original scheduled debut. The latest delay is the result of engine delivery problems, Boeing said in a statement early Friday.

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Minnesota Struggles To Keep Ford Truck Plant

August 25, 2010 5:04 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty meets Wednesday with Ford Motor Co. executives to talk about the future of the company's St. Paul truck plant. Pawlenty's official schedule lists a private meeting at the Ford Product Development Center in Dearborn, Mich. The Republican governor is traveling with St.

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Northrop Grumman Cutting 642 Miss. Workers

August 25, 2010 4:42 am

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Northrop Grumman Corp. plans to lay off 642 workers at its Pascagoula shipyard by the end of the year, the company said. The first 292 affected workers were notified Wednesday under a federal law requiring 60 days notice of layoffs that affect 500 or more people. The company told The Mississippi Press that the layoffs are due to the cyclical nature of shipbuilding, including the timing of contracts.

July A Bleak Month For Manufactured Goods

August 25, 2010 4:41 am | by Daniel Wagner, AP Business Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies cut back on their investments in equipment and machines last month as the economic recovery lost momentum. Overall orders for big-ticket manufactured goods increased 0.3 percent in July, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. But that was only because of a 76 percent jump in demand for commercial aircraft.

Company Apologizes For Ammonia Leak, Restarts Operations

August 25, 2010 4:36 am

THEODORE, Ala. (AP) — A refrigeration company says it's sorry for the ammonia leak that sent dozens of people to hospitals around Mobile. Millard Refrigerated Services issued a statement late Tuesday apologizing to people who reported medical problems or experienced discomfort because of the leak at its plant in Theodore along an industrial canal.

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Wyo. Plant Turns Sugar Cane Waste Into Biofuel

August 25, 2010 4:35 am | by Bob Moen, Associated Press Writer

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming is a long way from places where sugar cane is grown, but a test plant in the northeast part of the state will soon be turning sugar cane waste into biofuel. KL Energy Corp., based in Rapid City, S.D., and Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras announced an agreement Tuesday to produce cellulosic ethanol from sugar cane bagasse, the waste created when sugar cane is processed into sugar.

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RV-Maker Reopens Ind. Plant For Luxury Trailers

August 25, 2010 4:34 am

SYRACUSE, Ind. (AP) — A recreational vehicle company says it has bought a closed factory in northern Indiana where it plans to start building a new line of luxury trailers in the coming months. Thor Industries subsidiary Redwood RV announced Tuesday its purchase of the factory in Syracuse that was formerly owned by Ameri-Camp RV, which shut down in 2008.

Plug-In Hybrids: The Next Sane Step In 'Green' Cars?

August 24, 2010 5:02 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — David Sandalow starts his five-mile commute each day by unplugging an orange extension cord connecting his Toyota Prius hybrid to an outlet in his brick carport. His Prius, which was converted two years ago to allow him to recharge the battery from an electric outlet, gets more than 80 miles per gallon and lets him drive 30 miles on a single charge.

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Coca-Cola Starts $33 Million Northampton Expansion

August 24, 2010 4:45 am

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Coca-Cola Co. bottling plant in Northampton expects to add about 40 permanent jobs by the time a 16,000-square-foot expansion is completed. The $33 million project announced Monday will allow the plant to produce more bottled and cartoned juices in addition to the Vitamin Water and Powerade it already bottles at the site.

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NHTSA Beefs Up Investigation Into Stalling Toyotas

August 24, 2010 4:42 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. government has beefed up its investigation into Toyota's Corolla and Matrix vehicles because of a possible engine defect that might cause them to stall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement that it was raising its preliminary evaluation to a more serious scrutiny called an engineering analysis to look into the problems that could cause the engine to stall, not start or to shift gear harshly.

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Ammonia Leak At Chicken Plant Puts 120 In Hospital

August 24, 2010 4:41 am | by Melissa Nelson, Associated Press Writer

THEODORE, Ala. (AP) — An ammonia leak at a coastal Alabama chicken distribution plant sent more than 120 people to the hospital on Monday, including four patients in intensive care, and forced residents to hide in their homes while warning sirens blared. At least 29 people were admitted to Mobile-area hospitals, including the four in intensive care.

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CSB Slams Xcel For 'Troubling' Handling Of Safety

August 24, 2010 4:39 am | by P. Solomon Banda, Associated Press Writer

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Chemical Safety Board slammed Xcel Energy Inc. on Monday for the company's handling of the aftermath of a tunnel fire that killed five workers at a hydroelectric plant, as well as for a host of "troubling episodes." The board cited the electric and gas utility's failure to cooperate in the agency's probe, and said that investigators had to turn to the the U.

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Biden: U.S. Automakers Will Thrive Despite Economy

August 24, 2010 4:38 am | by John Seewer, Associated Press Writer

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that U.S. automakers will thrive in the coming years despite the economic challenges still facing the industry. Addressing auto workers, Biden painted a rosy picture of an industry that only a year ago was facing questions about whether it could survive and still is struggling to sell cars and other vehicles.

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Stock Market Rises On Corporate Matchmaking

August 23, 2010 4:58 am | by Stephen Bernard, AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose modestly Monday as investors tentatively moved back into the market after a fresh round of merger and acquisition activity. There are no major economic reports due out Monday that could provide insight into the pace of recovery, so traders are turning their attention to corporate news.

HP Outbids Dell For Online Storage Company

August 23, 2010 4:41 am

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. is bidding $1.5 billion for data storage provider 3Par Inc., just a week after rival Dell Inc. agreed to acquire the company for $1.13 billion. HP and Dell have been looking to expand beyond personal computers over the past few years in a search for bigger profits.

Taiwanese CEO Barred From Leaving U.S. During Probe

August 23, 2010 4:39 am

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The chief executive of a leading Taiwanese LCD screen maker has been barred from leaving the U.S. during a U.S. Justice Department probe into alleged price-fixing, the company said. Hsinchu-based AU Optronics Corp. said in a statement filed Saturday with Taiwan's Stock Exchange that a U.

Paper Mill Closure Hurts Countless Small Businesses

August 23, 2010 4:38 am | by Allison T. Williams, Associated Press Writer

ISLE OF WIGHT, Va. (AP) — By 6:15 a.m. most days, Fred's Restaurant once hopped with International Paper workers stopping for a cup of coffee or breakfast before heading on to work the day shift at the paper mill. "People used to sit in the parking lot and wait for me to unlock the doors at 6 a.

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When Manufacturing Leaves, Workers Take Up Trucking

August 23, 2010 4:35 am | by Dave Flessner, Associated Press Writer

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — After 25 years with General Motors, Renee Pipkins lost her job as an automotive engineer in Michigan last year and decided to hit the road literally. She and her husband, a retired GM millwright, are taking on new careers as truck drivers, where they see more job security.

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