A former Louisiana congressman is now head of the Economic Development Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce.
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US government files appeals notice after 2020 census ruling
NEW YORK (AP) — The Justice Department began its appeal Thursday of a New York judge's ruling stopping the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census for the first time since 1950.
Garrett Coyle, a Justice Department attorney based in Washington, filed the one-page notice of appeal in Manhattan federal court on behalf of the U.S. Bureau of the Census, the U.S. Department of Commerce and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
Feds gives $1.5M to improve water service at industrial park
CORINTH, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Commerce is awarding $1.5 million to a northeast Mississippi city to improve water service at an industrial park.
The department's Economic Development Administration said Friday that the city of Corinth will use the money to extend a large water main at the Northeast Mississippi Waterfront Industrial Park.
Census Bureau to respond to Alabama lawsuit in fall
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The federal government has until mid-November to respond to Alabama's lawsuit seeking to exclude immigrants living in the country illegally from U.S. Census counts.
A federal judge last week gave the U.S. Department of Commerce and Census Bureau an extension until Nov. 13 to reply to the lawsuit. Lawyers had said the Department of Justice components needed additional time to finish "evaluating the arguments that the government will make in this matter."
Feds pony up $830,000 to renovate Rockland pier
ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Department of Commerce is going to spend $830,000 to renovate the Rockland Commercial Fish Pier in Maine.
The project calls for repairs and upgrades to the pier, including resurfacing, stabilizing storage areas, and upgrading the electrical system.
The department's Economic Development Administration said the renovated structure will support current needs, and future growth.
Rockland pier to receive $830,000 federal grant for upgrades
ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say a commercial fishing pier in Rockland will receive an $830,000 federal grant for renovations.
The Portland Press Herald reports the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration said in a release the funds will be used to resurface the pier, stabilize storage areas and upgrade an electrical system. Officials say the project will retain 86 jobs.
$615K to improvements at former naval air station
BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Department of Commerce is awarding $615,000 to the agency that's redeveloping the former Brunswick Naval Air Station in Maine.
The department's Economic Development Administration announced Tuesday that the money will be used by the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority to repair and upgrade sewer pumps needed to support its efforts in Brunswick.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Newspaper publishers across the U.S. already strapped by years of declining revenue say they're dealing with an existential threat: Recently imposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint driving up their business costs.
Trump slump? International arrivals data may be wrong
That "Trump slump" we've been hearing about in travel may not be as bad it seems.
The U.S. Department of Commerce says government statistics showing a decrease in international arrivals to the United States may be wrong. Publication of the data has been suspended until it can be revised.
It’s not just international steel and aluminum tariffs that are spurring rising prices for some U.S. businesses.
The newspaper industry is facing huge price hikes in the cost of paper from Canada, the main source of newsprint used by U.S. newspapers.
This trend has spurred publishers across the county to band to together to protest a series of new duties imposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission on Canadian paper producers.
Every day at the News Media Alliance headquarters, a stack of newspapers arrives for myself and the staff. But with the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission currently considering tariffs on Canadian newsprint, those days of screen-free reading could be coming to an end.
WASHINGTON — Citing both moral imperatives and concerns about accuracy, religious groups are speaking out against a new citizenship question slated to be included in the 2020 U.S. census.
Talk It Out: Should question about citizenship status return to the U.S. Census?
Talk It Out: Should question about citizenship status return to the U.S. Census?
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The U.S. Department of Commerce announced on Monday that federal officials will once again include a question about citizenship status on the 2020 U.S. Census.
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Maine's U.S. senators say the federal government is providing more than $200,000 to three Maine counties to help with economic development in mostly rural parts of the state.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King say the grants from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration will also help support small businesses and job growth.
International arrivals to the U.S. declined in September 2017 compared with September 2016, continuing a downward trend in inbound tourism.
The U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C., said Wednesday that 6.1 million international visitors traveled to the U.S. last September, down 5 percent from the same month in 2016.
It's the fifth month in a row with fewer arrivals compared to the same month a year earlier.
Analysis of outdoor recreation industry finds it’s larger than oil, gas and mining
A federal government analysis of the outdoor recreation’s economic impact reaffirms what many conservation groups have said for decades. Outdoor recreation is a big business.
For the first time ever the U.S. Department of Commerce looked specifically at the economic impact of outdoor recreation. The analysis was published last week.
NOAA oceanographer gets time served for working for China
MIAMI (AP) — A former research oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been sentenced to time-served for also working for the People's Republic of China.
A U.S. Department of Justice news release says 56-year-old Chunzai Wang was sentenced in Miami federal court Tuesday after pleading guilty to a charge of accepting a salary from another source while working for NOAA, a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
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State attorneys general: No citizenship question on census
NEW YORK (AP) — A coalition of state attorneys general on Monday urged the U.S. Department of Commerce to not add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census, saying it could lower participation among immigrants and cause a population undercount.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a letter sent to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
US government forecasts tourism growth despite recent slump
Despite a slump in international tourism to the U.S. in the last two years, the U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday released a report forecasting an 18.5 percent growth in international visitation through 2022.
Trade dispute involving newsprint causing heartburn for many U.S. newspapers, printers
A petition by a paper maker in Washington state has set off alarm bells at newspapers and printing plants across the country whose leaders say the outcome could drastically increase newsprint costs, adding more financial pressure to an industry already struggling with the drain of advertising and subscription revenue in recent years.
WINNEBAGO, Neb. – A Ho-Chunk Inc. subsidiary won a $100 million contract Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The five-year contract was awarded to Flatwater Solutions, part of Ho-Chunk's Flatwater Group, which has done extensive contracting for the federal government. Ho-Chunk is the economic development corporation for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.
US makes final finding on Canadian softwood imports
TORONTO (AP) — The U.S. Department of Commerce issued its final finding Thursday on the softwood lumber duties Canadian producers must pay, escalating a trade dispute amid the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The department said most Canadian producers will pay a combined countervailing and anti-dumping rate of 20.83 percent, down from 26.75 percent in the preliminary determinations issued earlier this year.
College receives $1.9 million grant for local food project
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Department of Commerce says a local foods initiative at a Maine college is receiving a nearly $2 million grant.
St. Joseph's College says it will use the grant to create about 88 jobs and support local farms, food and beverage producers.
US Commerce Department demands Frontier repay grant money
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal agency is seeking the reimbursement of $4.7 million in grant money from Frontier Communications for overcharges in a broadband internet extension project.
Granite City port getting $700,000 federal grant
GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — America's Central Port in the Mississippi River town of Granite City is receiving a $700,000 federal grant for rail and roadway improvements to spur business growth in the region.
Grant will seek to grow wood products industry in 4 states
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Commerce says it is giving a Concord, New Hampshire, firm more than $500,000 to try to build the economy of the northern forest region of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York through investing in the wood products industry.
Alaska researchers celebrate state-of-the-art facility
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska researchers in Juneau have been at their state-of-the-art facility for a decade, where they last year earned a gold medal from the U.S. Department of Commerce for a study of sablefish.
Feds won’t respond to petition over payment of fish monitors
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government has waived its right to respond to a fishermen's group's petition to the U.S. Supreme Court about a court battle over the cost of fishing monitors.
The monitors are workers who gather data that inform fishing regulations. The government shifted the cost of paying for them to fishermen in some Northeast fisheries last year.
Int’l arrivals to US increased 2 percent in January
International arrivals to the U.S. increased 2 percent in January 2017 compared with January 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced Wednesday.
The 5.6 million international visitors who arrived this past January represented the first monthly increase in inbound international visits to the U.S. since June 2016, the agency said in a release in Washington D.C.
The statistics could definitively show an important reversal of the downward trend observed in late 2016.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is linking a spurt of local economic growth to the state's commitment toward cutting taxes and streamlining regulations.
Martinez on Wednesday highlighted a U.S. Department of Commerce report showing that New Mexico's gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 2.8 percent between January and March — a faster rate than all states other than Texas and West Virginia.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Department of Commerce says its top official was right to reverse a decision about flounder fishing regulations made by an interstate commission.
The regulatory Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission announced last month it had found New Jersey out of compliance with management of its fishery. But Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross disagreed and did not sign off on a ruling that could've forced a local moratorium on flounder fishing.
International arrivals to the U.S. declined slightly in October 2016 compared with October 2015, continuing a downward trend in inbound tourism that began earlier in 2016.
The U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C., said Monday that 6.6 million international visitors traveled to the U.S. last October, down 4,955 visits from the same month in 2015.
WASHINGTON (AP) — International arrivals to the U.S. declined slightly in September 2016 compared with September 2015, continuing a downward trend in inbound tourism that began earlier in 2016.
The U.S. Department of Commerce said Wednesday that 6.5 million international visitors traveled to the U.S. last September, down 1,675 visits from the same month in 2015.
TORONTO (AP) — Canada's government warned Thursday it could cancel a planned US$2 billion purchase of 18 Super Hornet fighter jets from Boeing Co. because of U.S. Department of Commerce anti-dumping investigations against Canadian plane maker Bombardier.
Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland issued the threat in a statement about Boeing's complaint against Bombardier.
"Canada is reviewing current military procurement that relates to Boeing," Freeland said.
Late last month, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced plans to begin placing duties on softwood lumber imports from Canada, a move many in the statewide industry hope will bring Canadian producers to the table to renegotiate a new trade deal after the last agreement expired in 2015.
Sawmills across Oregon have expressed support for the U.S. Department of Commerce's ruling to impose duties on imported softwood lumber from Canada.
The department began investigating Canadian subsidization of softwood lumber in 2016. On Monday, it ordered tariffs of 3 percent to 24 percent on five Canadian companies to match the amount of subsidies they received. It also set a tariff rate of 20 percent for other Canadian lumber companies.
US aluminum group files trade complaint against China
BEIJING (AP) — China appealed to Washington on Friday to refrain from imposing sanctions on Chinese aluminum suppliers after U.S. producers filed a complaint against them in the Trump administration's first trade case.
Chinese company fined $1.19 billion for selling U.S.-made technology to Iran
DALLAS – Chinese-owned ZTE Corporation has agreed to enter a guilty plea and to pay a penalty of more than $1.19 billion to the U.S. for conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act by illegally shipping U.S.-origin items to Iran, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.
Feds back Maine fabric company in trade dispute with China
MECHANIC FALLS, Maine (AP) — Members of Maine's Congressional Delegation say they support a federal government decision about allegations of unfair trade practices committed by Chinese fabric producers.
Maine business Auburn Manufacturing, Inc. led the fight, which concerned amorphous silica fabric, or ASF.
NEW YORK – President-elect Donald J. Trump formally announced Thursday that he intends to nominate Steven Mnuchin as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Treasury, Wilbur Ross as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce and Todd Ricketts as Deputy Secretary of Commerce.
Trump said this “team will be instrumental in implementing the President-elect’s America First economic plan that will create more than 25 million jobs over the next decade.”