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The economic reports this week were mixed with several reports coming in weaker than expected.

Chemical Production Up In July

August 19, 2014 4:04 pm | by American Chemistry Council | Comments

According to the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI), chemical production expanded by 0.4 percent in July following an downwardly revised 0.2 percent gain in June.                 

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Consumer Prices Up .1% In July

August 19, 2014 10:34 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. consumer prices rose in July at the slowest pace in five months, held back by a drop in gasoline prices.                                           

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Environmentalists Call For Health Registry In Drilling Regions

August 19, 2014 10:33 am | by PETER JACKSON, Associated Press | Comments

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's administration said it has enhanced the state health department's handling of complaints involving natural-gas drilling, prompting environmentalists to renew their demand for more aggressive action.              

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BHP Plans Asset Split, Posts $13.8B Profit

August 19, 2014 10:14 am | by KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press | Comments

BHP Billiton, the world's biggest miner, said it plans to split off some of its smaller assets into a separate company, as it posted a $13.8 billion annual profit.                           

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Protesters Gather Against Proposed Chicken Processing Plant

August 19, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Cumberland County Commissioners now know that dozens of their constituents oppose a proposed $113 million chicken processing plant in the area.                           

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Mine Explosion Traps 27

August 19, 2014 9:57 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A gas explosion Tuesday in a coal mine in eastern China trapped 27 workers underground, state media reported.                                     

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Frack-Quakes Less Intense

August 18, 2014 5:10 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found.                               

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Chemical Tanker Victim Buried At Sea

August 18, 2014 5:08 pm | by STEVEN DUBOIS, Associated Press | Comments

Ship spokesman Campbell Houston said Monday the engine-room fire left the 485-foot Pine Galaxy without much refrigeration, and the crewman's family gave permission for the ocean burial.                    

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Pipeline Protesters Plan Cornfield Concert

August 18, 2014 5:03 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Willie Nelson and Neil Young will headline a concert next month in a Nebraska cornfield organized by opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast.                        

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PG&E Pleads Not Guilty To Gas Blast Charges

August 18, 2014 3:47 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has pleaded not guilty to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood.         

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Crews Discover Benzene Leak At Abandoned Goodrich Factory

August 18, 2014 3:41 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Demolition crews discovered a stinging surprise and a chemical leak while working to tear down an Ottawa County plant formerly owned by a tire manufacturing company.                                             

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Potato Processor Strike Enters Third Week

August 18, 2014 10:52 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A Simplot spokesperson told the station that the company may move employees working in other U.S. factories to the one in Grand Forks if the strike isn't settled by full fall production.                         

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Huge Utility Line Upgrade Faces Opposition

August 18, 2014 10:49 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | Comments

One of the biggest new electric transmission line proposals in decades is turning into a debate over fracking, renewable energy and the future of an aging energy grid.                            

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Seeking Support For WV Power Plant

August 18, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Developers of a proposed natural gas-fired power plant in Marshall County are seeking the county's support of the project.                                   

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88 Schools Closed After Acid Spill

August 18, 2014 10:44 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Eighty-eight schools in a northern Mexico state will not open Monday along with the rest of the country because of the danger of water contaminated by the spill of 10 million gallons (40,000 cubic meters) of acids from a copper mine into two rivers this month.

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