West Virginia permanently halts coal mine by state forest
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia environmental regulators are ordering a company to stop mining permanently at a surface coal mine near Kanawha State Forest.
Keystone Industries LLC signed the consent order with the Department of Environmental Protection last month to permanently halt Kanawha County mining operations near Marmet.
Wisconsin’s high electricity rates spark industry warnings
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's high electric rates could spark some of its big manufacturers to move or expand elsewhere, state regulators have been warned.
Wisconsin's average electric rates are highest among eight Midwest states for the first time since 2006, according to a report approved by the Public Service Commission last month.
BRIDGEPORT — It must have seemed like a reasonable solution.
Besides being a target of resident complaints about unhealthy dust from mounds of crushed material stored there, O&G Industries’ concrete recycling operation sits on prime East End commercial property.
Young farmers face new challenges
OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — For young farmers in McLean County, their age in a timeless profession is both an added challenge and an asset.
Matt Turner, 29, began working alongside his father before he left for Western Kentucky University.
"I wasn't going to farm when I left for college, but I decided, maybe it (wouldn't be) so bad," Turner said.
Wind turbine maker issued cease and desist order in Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' Securities Commissioner has filed a cease and desist order against a Texas-based company that makes turbines for wind farms.
The commission said Thursday that Dragonfly Industries of Frisco, Texas, and company CEO Jody Davis committed securities fraud.
The Fort Wayne Urban League's employment department will host a job fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Urban League, 2135 S. Hanna St.
Employers from the public and private sectors are looking to hire for immediate openings in various fields, a statement from the Urban League said.
US stocks dip as phone stocks fall; earnings hit retailers
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are trading lower Wednesday morning as losses for phone and utility companies continue to drag the market from its recent record highs. Retailers including Target and Lowe's are skidding after disappointing earnings. The Federal Reserve will release minutes from its July meeting in the afternoon.
World Trade Center mall reopens, shows progress since 9/11
NEW YORK (AP) — The reopening — and reinvention — of the World Trade Center mall Tuesday reflects how much lower Manhattan has changed since the 9/11 attacks.
Once a scene of massive destruction, the area is now a vibrant one of office towers and upscale hotels, with three times the number of residents as before the attacks, weekday employees in industries beyond Wall Street, and millions of tourists visiting every year.
Port Angeles paper mill, biomass cogeneration plant for sale
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A Port Angeles paper mill and a newly built biomass facility that provides the mill with electricity are for sale.
The Peninsula Daily News reports (http://goo.gl/P3n1wI) the Nippon Paper Industries USA plant and the biomass cogeneration plant are being marketed for sale by PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance. The company is looking for parties to acquire and continue operating the paper mill and/or co-gen facility.
Russian Siberian region bars migrant workers from many jobs
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian region in Siberia has barred migrant workers from an array of jobs in what appears to be an effort to address unemployment during an economic downturn.
The resolution issued Monday by the Novosibirsk governor bars migrants from working in schools or in the fishing, mining and timber industries. They also will no longer be able to work legally for companies that make baby food or as bus or taxi drivers, accountants, lawyers or secretaries.
HARLINGEN — The Port of Harlingen needs more money.
Citing higher operating and infrastructure costs, port officials are seeking to reinstate a port tax on homeowners that would hand it an extra $1 million a year.
At a meeting of the Harlingen Economic Development Corp. earlier this month, officials at the port made their pitch seeking a resolution of support to present to the Cameron County Commissioners Court to bolster their case for the operations and maintenance tax.
The state of Nebraska’s economy will be the topic of discussion during economic forum hosted by The Omaha Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City on Aug. 23. Business and community leaders are encouraged to attend the forum, which will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Gering Civic Center.
Following my request in May for nominations for the Third District Excellence in Economic Development Award, more than 50 nominations from nearly 30 communities came pouring in. This award celebrates individuals and businesses strengthening the Third District through innovation, hard work, and entrepreneurship.
The following eight honorees demonstrate an ongoing commitment to creating opportunity and attracting greater investment in our state. It is a privilege to...
$1 million indoor sports facility planned in Mooresville
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A developer is planning to add a $1 million indoor sports facility to a former mill complex in Mooresville.
Michael Bay tells The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/2aL4WlW) that he intends to build an indoor basketball court, an indoor soccer field and a youth boxing gym in the main former Burling Industries building by January. The facility would span 15,000 square feet.
Bay, who owns the complex and operates Merinos Home Furnishings...
The latest report from the Brookings Institution has underscored the value of “advanced industries” to the economy – not only to the nation, but to Wisconsin.
The report on “America’s advanced industries: New trends” examined economies in the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas, ranking those cities primarily by production of goods and services and job creation by tech-heavy industries.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A pair of federal grants totaling more than $1.2 million is designed to assist in the revitalization of Maine's timber and forest products industry.
Maine's pulp, paper and forest products industries have faded in recent years due to mill closings and competition from foreign countries. Digitization has also hurt the industry.
The federal Economic Development Administration says it will give the Maine Development Foundation in Augusta more...
HEI posts 2Q profit
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. (HE) on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $44.6 million.
The Honolulu-based company said it had profit of 41 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for costs related to mergers and acquisitions and non-recurring costs, came to 43 cents per share.
The parent of Hawaii's largest electricity generator posted revenue of $566.2 million in the period.
HEI shares have increased nearly 6 percent since the...
Ebenezer Baptist Church plans bigger sanctuary for growing congregation
In a kind of trinity, the site where Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church is building its new sanctuary has had three owners - the church, Goodwill Industries and the Phelan family.
Since its founding in 1938, Ebenezer has had three pastors.
Pastor Kavin L. Jones Sr., who has led the church since 1996, has led the drive to build the new sanctuary and has helped to guide Ebenezer in its determination to stay in downtown Beaumont, said church administrator Terry...
Vermont working group to study state utility regulation
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A newly created working group to study the way Vermont regulates energy industries is set to hold its first session.
The first meeting is scheduled for Friday in Montpelier.
Legislation passed this year called for the group to look at ways to improve citizen participation in matters before the Public Service Board, which regulates power and other utilities.
The move comes after critics of Vermont's siting process for wind and solar...
New Mexico Public Regulation Commission documents show six parties have filed motions to intervene in the case involving a proposed Facebook data center in Los Lunas.
The parties that have filed motions to intervene are New Mexico Industrial Energy Consumers, the Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy, Western Resource Advocates, New Energy Economy, the City of Albuquerque, and the Renewable Energy Industries Association of New Mexico.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies added 179,000 jobs in July, according to a private survey, a steady gain suggesting that hiring remains healthy after a sharp fall-off in the spring.
Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that last month's job growth was driven by services companies — ranging from retailers to shipping firms — which added 185,000 positions. Construction companies, by contrast, cut jobs. And manufacturers added a meager 4,000 positions.
Drivers who travel Route 19 under Interstate 70 at the Murtland Avenue interchange in South Strabane Township could be navigating Pennsylvania's first diverging diamond interchange later this year.Scott Faieta, assistant construction engineer for the state Department of Transportation overseeing the project, said Tuesday it is a possibility, but not a certainty, that the DDI will be ready to open this construction season.The diverging diamond interchange requires traffic to cross...
It was an informative Monday as local educators gathered at the Alcorn County Extension service for the 2nd Annual Industry Tour for Teachers. Presented by the Advisory Board and Steering Committees of the C.A.R.E Community Foundation and the Commission on the Future of Alcorn County, this year’s tour was exceptionally well attended. Approximately 200 teachers and volunteer commission members turned out for the event which began with muffins, fruit, coffee and juice at 7:45...
Western Nevada College launched its new mechatronics program Friday, in partnership with international automation giant, Siemens.
Representatives from local manufacturing industries united at the Carson City campus to learn about how the technical training initiative supports the Northern Nevada workforce. The program kicks off Aug. 29, the beginning of fall semester.
The Governor's Office of Science, Innovation and Technology covered the entire program with a...
BY LIAM SIGAUD
In the last few months, The Maine Wire has drawn attention to the dangers of Question 4, a proposal on the ballot this November to raise the minimum wage over the next three years (and beyond). You can read those articles here, here, here and here.
Up to now, critics have mostly focused on the proposal’s dramatic increase of the minimum wage to $12 an hour and ignored another alarming provision: the elimination...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two workers injured in a power plant explosion that killed six other people in 2010 cannot sue a contractor for negligence, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.
Justices issued a 6-1 decision saying O&G Industries of Torrington is immune from the lawsuit under state law because the contractor bore the cost of workers' compensation benefits paid to the two employees, who worked for subcontractors. The ruling upheld a Superior Court judge's...
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar's second-quarter performance beat Wall Street's expectations, despite weakness in the mining and oil and gas industries. But the company lowered its full-year adjusted profit guidance again, saying global economic growth remains subdued and isn't sufficient to drive improvement in most of the industries and markets it serves.
Shares slipped before the market open on Tuesday.
The mining and construction equipment company earned $550...
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Aiming to develop new export markets for a fuel source hit by declining domestic demand, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead on Monday signed an agreement calling for cooperation between the state and a consortium of Japanese companies in researching clean-coal technology.
Mead signed a memorandum of understanding in Cheyenne with the president of the Japan Coal Energy Center. It represents about 120 manufacturing and energy companies, including Mitsubishi...
WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Oil militants say they have blown up a gas pipeline in Nigeria's southeastern Akwa Ibom state, but police blamed the explosion on a technical failure.
The state-owned pipeline carries gas used to generate electricity for industries including Nigeria's only aluminum smelting plant.
There was no way to independently verify the cause of Sunday night's blast. The Niger Delta Avengers claimed the attack on
In striking down the Obama administration's hydraulic fracturing rule that would have put more regulations on "fracking" on federal lands, Judge Scott Skavdahl in the U.S. District Court of Wyoming got it right for the environment.
When it comes to oil and gas production, each state is different because the geology, regulatory frameworks, infrastructure, economics, industries, tax laws and political climate are different. One size does not fit all.
BALDWYN, Miss. (AP) — An Indiana company that makes stone countertops plans a factory in Lee County, investing $600,000 and hiring 60 workers.
AIA Countertops, a unit of Patrick Industries of Elkhart, Indiana, announced its plans Monday. Chief Operating Officer Jeff Rodino says the Baldwyn location will help AIA sell countertops to nearby residential, commercial and recreational vehicle furniture makers.
Mississippi Development Authority spokeswoman Tammy Craft...
EPA warns Minnesota over laws exempting taconite firms from wild rice rules
A contentious fight over mining and its effect on wild rice has reached new heights, thanks to a recent federal warning.
The Environmental Protection Agency says that the states refusal to enforce a decades-old pollution rule could undermine its authority to enforce the Clean Water Act in Minnesota.
Laws passed in 2015 and 2016 that exempt taconite and other industries from a pollution rule aimed at protecting wild rice may strike down the states authority to...
Jackson: As Republican National Convention opens, many ready to pick up tab for delegates
CLEVELAND — It’s party time.
The delegation that New Jersey is sending to join in nominating Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee – 48 delegates, 48 alternates and about 250 more members of their families, political aides and operatives — began arriving at a hotel about 18 miles outside Cleveland on Sunday.
Each was responsible for paying his or her own transportation and hotel costs, although a public or party official may be able to tap...
KINSTON, N.C. (AP) — Lenoir Community College is set to launch the state's first associate's degree program in drone piloting.
Media outlets report LCC got the approval for the program a few weeks ago, when the Federal Aviation Administration issued new rules allowing routine commercial use of drones.
The unmanned aircraft systems degree will be added as a third track in the aviation major, which already includes traditional piloting and aviation...
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A leading international rights group said Thursday that an estimated quarter of all Afghan children work for a living yet the government fails to protect them from injury, death or exploitation.
Human Rights Watch said children in Afghanistan work long hours for little or no pay, in labor-intensive industries, including carpet-weaving, brick-making, mining, metal work and farming.
Many are forced to leave school early and are driven to...
David Blaine Welliver, who started his roller-coaster career as a financial adviser in the early 1990s with a $400 classified ad promoting his one-man office, retired in ignominy Wednesday in a federal courtroom in St. Paul when he pleaded guilty to a charge of securities fraud.
Welliver, 56, of Buffalo, faces up to five years in prison.
Hes the great-grandson of Val J. Rothschild, who in 1885 cofounded whats now St. Pauls oldest mortgage banking and real estate...
Barge numbers way up at Winona port owing to grain, gypsum; frac sand still absent
Barge traffic in Winona has seen consistent increases in Winona this year, despite significant changes in some of the industries that rely on shipping commodities on the Mississippi River.
The Winona Port Authority reported that as of June, there have been significantly higher numbers of barge traffic than both in the previous month, or compared to June a year ago.
In June 2015, 102 barges moved through the city docks, compared to the 187 in June this...
Freight Rail Boosts Bay Area, State’s Economy (East Bay Times My Word)
For more than a century, the freight rail system has been at the center of the state's and the Bay Area's economy. Railroads benefit and strengthen a wide network of industries and jobs.
Freight rail and goods movement is the backbone of California's economy. And as we continue to redefine the future of transportation, freight rail will continue to play a critical role in our future economic security.
A new study conducted by Towson University underscores what we...
Zingle, a Carlsbad-based messaging software platform that helps businesses communicate with customers via text, has raised $3 million in venture capital.
The funding comes from Southern California venture funds Rincon Ventures and Crosscut Ventures. It is the first institutional capital raised by 6-year-old Zingle.
The money will be used to fund growth in its software platform, which is now used in hotels, as well as in the parking and food and beverage...
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — The first phase of a 96-acre development in Grand Island will include a 64-bed hospital, a hotel with conference space and a three-story medical office building.
Work is slated to begin this fall on the development at the intersection of Highway 281 and Highway 34 in the central Nebraska city of 51,000, the Grand Island Independent reported (http://bit.ly/29FVKl6 ).
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Members of the fishing industry are cautiously optimistic about a plan to help fix a growing bait crisis that could threaten the New England lobster business.
The lobster fishing industry is short of bait because of a shortage of herring being caught far off of New England. But officials with Maine's Department of Marine Resources believe they have brokered a solution to provide a steady stream of herring over the summer.
Cargill is selling its two Texas cattle feedlots as it continues to redefine its protein businesses, the company announced Friday.
The agribusiness giant, based in Minnetonka, is selling its feed yards in Bovina and Dalhart, Texas, to Amarillo-based Friona Industries, L.P. The sale is pending and terms have not been disclosed. Cargill will keep its cattle feed yards in Leoti, Kan., and Yuma, Colo.
It is Cargill’s latest in a series of divestments in businesses...
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks surged Friday, finishing just short of record highs, as investors responded enthusiastically to a strong June job market report.
The buying accelerated throughout the day after the Labor Department said U.S. employers added 287,000 jobs last month. That was far more than analysts expected, and after weak reports from April and May, it suggests the economy and job market haven't run out of steam.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Members of the fishing industry are cautiously optimistic about a plan to help fix a growing bait crisis that could threaten the New England lobster industry.
The lobster fishing industry is low on bait because of a shortage of herring being caught far off of New England. Regulators in Maine say they have brokered a solution to provide a steady stream of herring over the summer.
Fishermen are still catching herring in Maine's inshore waters....
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Department of Defense is listing tens of millions of dollars in new work for military contractors in the Hampton Roads area.
The Daily Press of Newport News, Virginia, reports (http://bit.ly/29ubY1f ) that firms have secured contracts from the Army, Navy and Special Operations Command.
For instance, Huntington Ingalls Industries of Newport News got $17 million to help overhaul the aircraft carrier USS...