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Union Efforts Could Jeopardize VW Expansion Package

January 9, 2015 9:21 am | by Andrew Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, IMPO

The ongoing fight over organizing workers at a Tennessee auto plant could jeopardize a massive incentive package aimed at expanding the facility.                              

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Honda Fined $70M for Not Reporting Death, Injury Complaints

January 8, 2015 2:27 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press

The Obama administration said Thursday it is fining Honda $70 million — the largest civil penalty levied against an automaker — for not reporting to regulators some 1,729 complaints that its vehicles caused deaths and injuries, and for not reporting warranty claims.

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California On Way to State's New Energy Goals

January 8, 2015 2:24 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press

Clean-energy programs initiated by Gov. Jerry Brown and governors before him have California already well on its way to meeting his new goals for reducing the use of climate-changing fossil fuels, industry experts and state officials said.   

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Barra: First Year as GM CEO Marked by Disappointment, Progress

January 8, 2015 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press

Mary Barra says her first year as CEO of General Motors contained both disappointment and progress, as the company recalled a record number of cars and trucks but also improved its handling of safety problems.            

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2 Tennessee Towns Losing Nearly 2,000 Manufacturing Jobs

January 8, 2015 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press

Two Tennessee towns will lose nearly 2,000 jobs over the next three years as Goodman Manufacturing moves the positions to a new plant being built in Texas.                           

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Photo of the Day: SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket

January 8, 2015 10:50 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

This Saturday SpaceX will try once again try to launch the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule, carrying a load of groceries and other supplies, to be delivered to the International Space Station.

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Toyota President Reveals Plans to Build New Overseas Plant

January 8, 2015 10:19 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota Motor Corp. is looking to build a new plant abroad, company President Akio Toyoda indicated, as the world's biggest carmaker nears an end to its self-imposed three-year ban on such projects.               

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Keystone Pipeline Odds Remain Long Following Veto Threat

January 8, 2015 10:14 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter

Control of the United States Senate changed hands this week, but that appears unlikely to change the fortunes of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline following a veto threat from the White House.               

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Applications for Unemployment Benefits Fall, Suggesting Strong Hiring

January 8, 2015 10:04 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that employers expect ongoing economic growth and the need to hold onto workers.                             

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Obama Touts Auto Recovery, Yet AAM Says There's 'A Long Way to Go'

January 8, 2015 9:52 am | by Andrew Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

Although President Obama touted the recovery of the nation's auto industry near Detroit yesterday, a national manufacturing group said the country still has "a long way to go."                     

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Subaru Recalls 199K Vehicles to Fix Brake Line Rust

January 8, 2015 9:31 am | by The Associated Press

Subaru is recalling about 199,000 cars and SUVs for a second time to fix rusty brake lines that can leak fluid and cause longer stopping distances.                             

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GasBuddy Releases Fuel Price Outlook for 2015

January 7, 2015 2:52 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

This week, GasBuddy has released its GasBuddy Fuel Price Outlook 2015. The report forecasts monthly gas averages and dives into the factors affecting the prices.                         

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EPA Delays Final Rule on Emissions from New Power Plants

January 7, 2015 2:25 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

The final ruling on carbon dioxide emissions from new coal-fired power plants, which was supposed to be due on January 8th has been delayed, leaving many frustrated.                         

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Strong Dollar Means Cheap Gas, Imports For U.S.

January 7, 2015 1:44 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

As the global economy has weakened, a forcefully stronger U.S. dollar has emerged. A more valuable dollar translates into cheaper oil and the imports lining U.S. store shelves. It also represents both a boon for American consumers and a hardship for major oil producers such as Russia, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia.

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Dr. Pepper Snapple Strikes Deal With Keurig Green Mountain

January 7, 2015 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press

Keurig Green Mountain struck a deal with Dr. Pepper Snapple to make single-serve capsules for use in Keurig's soon-to-be released cold beverage system.                             

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Lawmakers Raise Questions Over Incentives for VW

January 7, 2015 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press

Some Republican lawmakers from a southeastern Tennessee county that's home to a Volkswagen plant are raising questions about a $300 million incentive package for the German automaker because of the United Auto Workers union's role at the facility.

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Mercedes Announces New Location for U.S. Headquarters

January 7, 2015 10:58 am | by Geoff Mulvihill & Kathleen Foody, The Associated Press

German luxury automobile maker Mercedes-Benz said Tuesday that it's moving its U.S. headquarters from New Jersey to Atlanta, in part to be closer to its manufacturing facility in Alabama.                  

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Company Closes Plant, Lays Off 100 Employees

January 7, 2015 10:45 am | by The Associated Press

A technology company, formerly known as JVC America, is laying off at least 100 people as it closes a factory near Tuscaloosa.                                  

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IMPO's Photo of the Day: Boeing's Final Air Force Delivery of 2014

January 7, 2015 10:32 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

See Boeing's last delivery of its C-17 Globe Master III cargo jet to the U.S. Air Force of 2014 in IMPO's Photo of the Day.                                 

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U.S. Companies Increased Hiring in December

January 7, 2015 9:58 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

U.S. businesses ramped up hiring last month in the latest sign that the nation's economy is expanding despite worries about global growth that have sent financial markets tumbling.                    

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