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Unemployment Rates Rise in 24 States

September 19, 2014 12:36 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Unemployment rates rose in nearly half of U.S. states in August, even as employers in two-thirds of the states added jobs.                                      

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NAM Welcomes Extension of Internet Tax Moratorium

September 19, 2014 11:15 am | by National Association of Manufacturers

The National Association of Manufacturers Vice President of Tax and Domestic Economic Policy, Dorothy Coleman, issued a statement thanking Congress for including the ban on taxing Internet access in the continuing resolution approved this week.    

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Deliberations To Resume in Ga. Salmonella Trial

September 19, 2014 10:35 am | by The Associated Press

Jurors are scheduled to continue working toward a verdict in the trial of a Georgia peanut plant owner charged in a salmonella outbreak that sickened hundreds five years ago.                      

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Old Company Policies Become a Point of Interest for Foley

September 19, 2014 10:31 am | by Susan Haigh, The Associated Press

Connecticut Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley defended his business record on Thursday, saying he ultimately saved unionized workers' jobs following a lengthy strike at a Pennsylvania plant he previously owned.         

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Workers Accused of Stealing Parts From Texas Plant

September 19, 2014 10:20 am | by The Associated Press

Police say eight workers at a Caterpillar plant in Texas are accused of stealing more at least $160,000 in parts from the company.                                   

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FDA Changes Food Safety Rules for Next Year

September 19, 2014 9:43 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press

The government is rewriting sweeping new food safety rules after farmers complained that they could hurt business.                                       

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Senators Coons, Ayotte Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Boost Manufacturing Training

September 19, 2014 9:36 am | by Office of U.S. Senator Chris Coons

U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) introduced bipartisan legislation to help cities and states build 21st century manufacturing training programs.                       

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Bankruptcy Judge Approves WV Spill Settlement

September 19, 2014 9:28 am | by Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press

A federal bankruptcy judge in West Virginia has approved a $2.9 million settlement to benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in a January chemical spill.                          

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GM Plans a New, High-End Cadillac for Next Year

September 19, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors will begin building a new, top-end Cadillac sedan late next year at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.                                       

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Amazon Founder's Firm To Build New Rocket Engines

September 18, 2014 2:01 pm

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos plans to build a rocket engine that would eventually replace the Russian mainstay used in many American unmanned launches.                            

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IL Delays Decision on Fracking Rules

September 18, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press

A legislative panel said that it wants more time to decide whether rules written by the Department of Natural Resources to govern hydraulic fracturing in Illinois can take effect.                    

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Thor Industries Plans Expansions for 2 Indiana Factories

September 18, 2014 1:19 pm | by The Associated Press

Thor Industries is planning expansion projects at two recreational vehicle factories in northern Indiana.                                         

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NAM: Congress Must Focus On Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization

September 18, 2014 1:07 pm | by National Association of Manufacturers

The House passed a continuing resolution that temporarily reauthorizes the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank; however, according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of International Economic Affairs, Congress still has more work to do. 

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Elos Fixturlaser Changes Name to ACOEM AB Following Acquisition by the ACOEM GROUP

September 18, 2014 11:06 am | by VibrAlign, Inc

VibrAlign, distributor of Fixturlaser shaft alignment systems in the United States, announced that in June 2014 the ACOEM Group, France, acquired Elos Fixturlaser AB, Sweden, the world leading developer and manufacturer of laser-based shaft alignment systems.

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Aircraft Interior Manufacturer Announces New Facility

September 18, 2014 10:42 am | by The Associated Press

A French aircraft cabin interior manufacturer said Wednesday that it is spending $2.5 million to open a new facility in Arkansas that will initially employ 75 people.                        

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Equipment Manufacturers See Increasing Demand with Horse-Powered Farming

September 18, 2014 10:36 am | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press

While most modern farmers work their fields accompanied by the rumble of a trusty tractor, sheep farmer Donn Hewes labors to the faint jingling of harnesses in rhythm with the hoofbeats of horses and mules.              

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U.S. To Train Veterans To Install Solar Panels

September 18, 2014 10:05 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press

The U.S. is planning to train veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, said the White House.                                       

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Japanese Automakers Face an Odd Adversary: Google

September 18, 2014 9:58 am | by Japan Economic Newswire

In the race to invent and refine autonomous car technologies Japanese automakers are apparently feeling competition from across the Pacific, not just from their peers like General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. but, to an even greater extent, an unconventional player -- Google Inc.

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Over Half of U.S. Companies Project Increased Energy Efficiency in 2015

September 18, 2014 9:39 am | by Schneider Electric

Three quarters of decision-makers at U.S. companies have invested in energy efficiency programs in the past 12 months, and more than half (56 percent) project their investment in energy efficiency next year will be more than last year, according to Schneider Electric.

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Applications for U.S. Jobless Benefits Fall Sharply

September 18, 2014 9:22 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped by a sharp 36,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000, a sign that the job market is strengthening.                     

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