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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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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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Report: Employee Training Can Reduce Cyber Security Risks

January 14, 2015 10:03 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Associated Press

Increased investment in employee training can reduce the risk of a company's cyber security attack by up to 70 percent, according to a new study.                              

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Help Wanted: U.S. Job Openings Climb to 14 Year High

January 14, 2015 9:57 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in nearly 14 years in November, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That suggests businesses are determined to keep adding staff because they are confident strong economic growth will create more demand for their goods and services. 

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Tesla Chief Expects Electric Car Driven Profits by 2020

January 14, 2015 9:51 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

CEO Elon Musk, speaking Tuesday at an automotive conference, said Tesla needs to show a profit, and will when it's selling 500,000 cars per year. He predicted that sales milestone will be reached in 2020, when its lower-cost car — the Model 3 — is in full production.

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Feds Project Lower Crude Prices, Increased Production in 2015

January 14, 2015 9:44 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Federal officials estimate the prices of crude oil will fall slightly this year compared to late 2014 before rebounding in 2016.                                   

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Energy Hub Seeks to Improve Production of Composites

January 13, 2015 12:28 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The latest in a series of national innovation hubs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy will focus on reducing the cost and energy needed to build advanced composites.                      

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