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Wisconsin Researchers Unveil New Corn Variety

December 10, 2014 10:03 am | by Tom Meersman, Star Tribune, Minneapolis | Comments

University of Wisconsin researchers have developed a new variety of organic corn called “Who Gets Kissed?” The sweet corn was named in honor of a game played decades ago at corn “husking bees,” said university officials, when communities gathered to husk corn and dance.

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Criminal Charges Filed Against Reed Oil For Fatal Explosion

December 10, 2014 9:59 am | by MELISSA KLARIC, The Herald; Sharon, Pa. | Comments

Criminal charges have been filed against a New Castle company in connection with the explosion of a storage tank in Pymatuning Township that killed a welding contractor last year. Reed Oil Co. was charged Nov. 26 by the state attorney general with two counts of unlawful conduct for violating state Department of Environmental Protection laws.

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Picturing And Realizing Growth

December 9, 2014 4:32 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

Manufacturing solutions provider and systems integrator Optimation Technology is bringing new and innovative elements to its historic Rochester location, similar to the former tenant of its current facility— Kodak.  

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Ukraine Resumes Gas Imports From Russia

December 9, 2014 11:24 am | by Xinhua News Agency, Beijing | Comments

Ukrainian state energy firm Ukrtransgaz said Tuesday that it has resumed imports of natural gas from Russia after a six-month suspension of shipments. "Starting from Tuesday, Ukrtransgaz began to receive natural gas from Russia to cover the needs of Ukrainian consumers," the company said in a statement.

Small Number Of Wells Responsible For Most Methane Emissions

December 9, 2014 11:20 am | by Max B. Baker, Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Comments

A small number of natural gas wells are responsible for the majority of the methane gas being released into the atmosphere during production, but at higher levels than previously estimated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study.  

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Hungary, Russian Firm Sign Deal on New Reactors

December 9, 2014 11:06 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Hungary says it has signed three contracts with a Russian company which will allow construction in 2018 on new reactors at the country's only nuclear power plant. Attila Aszodi, government commissioner for the project, said the implementation agreements with Atomenergoprom covered construction details, the reactors' maintenance and their fuel supply.

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Mine Land-Swap Vote Imminent in Senate

December 9, 2014 11:02 am | by Emily Bregel, The Arizona Daily Star | Comments

A U.S. Senate decision is imminent on legislation that would ease the way for a massive copper mine 100 miles north of Tucson. The Senate could vote Wednesday or Thursday on the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a bill to give 2,400 acres of national forest land near Superior to a foreign mining company.

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W. Va. Coal Seam Fire Appears Contained to One Area

December 9, 2014 10:19 am | by WBOY-TV; Clarksburg ,W. Va. | Comments

A Department of Environmental spokeswoman says exploratory drilling indicates that an underground coal seam fire in Marion County is contained to an area that's venting smoke. There's no way to determine how long the fire has been burning, but it likely has been years.

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Drinking From Chemical-Laden Cans May Raise Blood Pressure

December 9, 2014 10:08 am | by Press Trust of India | Comments

A common coating used in soft drink cans could cause high blood pressure and put heart patients at risk, a new study has warned. The consumption of BPA, a chemical used as an epoxy lining for cans and plastic bottles, has been associated with high blood pressure and heart rate variability. Previous studies have shown that BPA can leach into foods and drinks.

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Cheap Gas, Crumbling Infrastructure Spark Fuel Tax Talk

December 8, 2014 12:06 pm | by Elaine S. Povich, Stateline.org | Comments

While consumers rejoice at lower gasoline prices, states with fuel taxes that increase or decrease with the wholesale price of gasoline or the inflation rate are struggling to deal with declining revenues. Even in states with a per-gallon tax, fuel-efficient cars and reduced driving have combined to lower revenues from gas taxes, which are often dedicated to road maintenance and construction.

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Senators Welcome Fines For Nuke Repository Mishaps

December 8, 2014 11:51 am | by Associated Press | Comments

New Mexico's two U.S. senators are welcoming more than $54 million in penalties being levied against the U.S. Department of Energy for numerous violations that resulted in the indefinite closure of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository.  

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New Dickinson Refinery Gets First Crude Shipment

December 8, 2014 11:49 am | by KXMB-TV, Bismarck, N.D. | Comments

A new oil refinery near Dickinson is ramping up to begin producing diesel fuel. KXMB-TV reports that the $350 million Dakota Prairie Refinery received its first shipment of 27,000 barrels of crude last week. Once the plant is fully operational, it will process 20,000 barrels of crude each day into diesel and other products.

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Economic Gloom Grows in Venezuela And PetroCaribe Countries

December 8, 2014 11:43 am | by Tribune Content Agency; Chicago | Comments

Shipments of cut-rate oil from Venezuela to Caribbean and Central American countries under the PetroCaribe program were cut by about 20 percent through October compared with the same period last year, ClipperData, a New York data tracker, has reported. And, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), last year Venezuela's preferential oil exports to the 13 PetroCaribe countries declined 15 percent from 2012.

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E-cigarette Tech Takes Off as Regulation Looms

December 8, 2014 10:47 am | by WVLT, Knoxville, Tenn. | Comments

E-cigarette technology is taking off and federal officials say the race to innovate could make creating standards the devices more difficult in the future. The popular contraptions that heat a liquid to create vapor rather than burning tobacco have changed dramatically from those first introduced just a few years ago.

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Iran Nuclear Talks: Deal or no Deal?

December 8, 2014 10:19 am | by Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau | Comments

WASHINGTON — Diplomats seeking to limit Iran’s nuclear program have long said they wouldn’t keep bargaining if officials in Tehran proved unwilling to budge. But after a year of frazzling negotiations and two missed deadlines, the diplomats have done just that.

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