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Illinois Community College to Offer Degree in Fracking

January 16, 2015 11:14 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

According to the Associated Press, Lincoln Trail College, an Illinois community college, is planning on adding a petroleum drilling technology degree program to its curriculum this fall. The new addition is designed to help prepare students for careers in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. 

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Oil-Rite Corp. Introduces New Lubrication Product Hydracision

January 16, 2015 10:44 am | by Oil-Rite Corporation

Hydracision is a new lubrication product designed, manufactured, and patented by Oil-Rite Corporation. It distributes oil to many separate points – as few as 12 and as many as hundreds.                 

U.S. Probes Jeep Cherokee Fire, Nissan Rogue Air Bag Trouble

January 16, 2015 10:26 am | by The Associated Press

U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating engine compartment smoke or fire complaints in two Jeep Cherokees, and air bags that didn't inflate properly in two Nissan Rogues.                     

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U.S. Consumer Prices Drop in December

January 16, 2015 10:01 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

U.S. consumer prices fell in December by the largest amount in six years, reflecting another big monthly decline in gas prices and providing further evidence of falling inflation pressures.                 

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Monsanto Gets U.S. Approval for New GMO Seeds

January 16, 2015 9:54 am | by The Associated Press

Agriculture business giant Monsanto Co. said Thursday it received approval from the Department of Agriculture for new cotton and soybean seeds designed to be used with a new herbicide formula.                 

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Can Manufacturing Learn a Lesson From Farm-to-Table?

January 16, 2015 9:33 am | by Andrew Anagnost, Senior Vice President of Industry Strategy & Marketing at Autodesk

Can a farm-to-table mentality also translate to manufacturing and maintain the efficiency of automation? Is “know your farmer” transitioning into “know your product manufacturer,” even if it’s on a newly defined local and global scale? Are mass-produced, unsustainable products getting a “Frankenfood” type of reputation now?

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BP Cuts Staff, Contractors as Oil Prices Fall

January 15, 2015 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press

BP has announced it will cut an estimated 200 staff jobs and another 100 contracting jobs in light of falling oil prices.                                     

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Study Finds Elevated Contaminant Levels at Fracking Sites, Conventional Wells

January 15, 2015 2:09 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

A newly released study found water discharged from energy drilling operations in the U.S. poses risks to human health and the environment, calling for additional government regulations on the practices.             

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Manufacturing Activity Grows at Weaker Pace in Philly Region

January 15, 2015 2:03 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Factory activity in the Philadelphia region grew at a much slower pace in January compared with the previous month as orders, shipments and hiring tumbled.                           

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U.S. Wholesale Prices Drop 0.3 Percent in December

January 15, 2015 10:35 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

U.S. wholesale prices fell in December by the largest amount in more than three years, reflecting the biggest monthly decline in the cost of gasoline in six years.                         

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Chipotle: Pork Pulled From a Third of Restaurants

January 15, 2015 10:27 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press

Chipotle says it stopped serving pork at hundreds of its restaurants after suspending a supplier that violated its standards.                                   

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Bombardier Cutting 1,000 Jobs in Kansas, Mexico

January 15, 2015 10:06 am | by The Associated Press

Bombardier says it's going to cut about 1,000 employees from its Learjet business in 2015, affecting sites in Mexico and the United States.                               

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Obama Moves to Create First Methane Limits for Gas Drilling

January 15, 2015 9:57 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press

The Obama administration laid out designs Wednesday to issue the first regulations to cut down on methane emissions from new natural gas wells, aiming to curb the discharge of a potent greenhouse gas by roughly half.         

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Manufacturing in New York Rebounded in Jan. as Hiring Rose

January 15, 2015 9:32 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Manufacturing activity in New York state rebounded in January, with factory owners saying they were more optimistic about future demand and hiring.                             

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GM Sets Company Record, but is Still Behind VW

January 14, 2015 3:43 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors Co. set a company record last year for global sales. But it was outsold by German automaker Volkswagen.                                     

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GOP Leader Says TN Lawmakers Will Approve VW Incentives

January 14, 2015 3:21 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press

A top Republican in the Tennessee General Assembly expects his colleagues to approve the state share of a $300 million incentive package for Volkswagen despite misgivings over a "secret deal" for the United Auto Workers union at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga.

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$39M Lawsuit Stemming from Failed Sweetener Plant Settled

January 14, 2015 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press

Attorneys say an investment firm has settled a federal lawsuit accusing it of bilking investors out of $39 million in a failed effort to build an artificial sweetener plant in Missouri.                   

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Port Officials Accuse Workers of 'Stifling Productivity' Amid Labor Dispute

January 14, 2015 2:09 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Officials representing West Coast ports on Monday alleged dockworkers have deliberately ground shipments at several large ports to a near-halt amid an ongoing labor dispute.                      

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Michigan Supreme Court Hears Major Right-to-Work Case

January 14, 2015 2:03 pm | by David Eggert, The Associated Press

Michigan's conservative Supreme Court is seeking to reconcile whether 31,000 unionized state employees are covered by a right-to-work law, hearing opposing arguments Tuesday on whether lawmakers stepped on the turf of a panel that regulates labor conditions for those staffers.

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Photo of the Day: Guns Manufactured on the Steps of Texas Capitol

January 14, 2015 10:37 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

See the photo of one gun advocacy group's unique form of demonstration in IMPO's Photo of the Day.                                         

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