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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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
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...
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...
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.
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...