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Wolf imposes state hiring freeze and travel restrictions

HARRISBURG, Pa. — As Pennsylvania budget stalemate enters its fourth month, Gov. Tom Wolf is ordering a hiring freeze and restrictions on travel. The Democratic governor issued the order Thursday. It imposes a general hiring freeze for most salaried and wage positions, although it says job offers made through Thursday will be honored. It doesn’t apply to caregivers and people ...

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Senate panel votes to lift 40-year-old US ban on oil exports

WASHINGTON — The Senate Banking Committee endorsed a bill Thursday to lift the four-decade-old ban on crude oil exports, the latest sign of congressional support for legislation that President Barack Obama opposes. The banking panel endorsed the bill, 13-9, on a largely party-line vote. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota sponsored the bill and was the only Democrat to support ...

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Riverside Research to open $7M lab expansion

Riverside Research’s $7 million expansion of its center in Beavercreek includes a multi-disciplinary laboratory environment where researchers will work to advance state-of-the-art technologies for the U.S. government. Research areas will include space propulsion and communications; non-invasive brain injury assessment; electronic warfare methods; and multi-sensor surveillance and reconnaissance, company officials said. The centerpiece of the facility is a plasma chamber, which ...

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Ohio report on fracking tax misses deadline, work continues

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group studying Ohio’s oil-and-gas severance tax will miss a state budget-imposed deadline for releasing its report even after the state Senate president initially called it a “hard deadline” and told reporters it was likely coming this week. Ohio Senate spokesman John Fortney said Thursday that work continues on the report and the group is making ...

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North Dakota getting federal mine safety grant

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Department of Career and Technical Education is getting a share of $8.4 million in federal grant funding to reduce mining accidents and injuries and for training programs. The grants from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration are aimed at providing miners with federally mandated training. Career and Technical Education is ...

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Survey gives another sign of Midwest economic slowdown

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A second straight monthly survey of nine Midwest and Plains states suggests a slowdown in the region’s economy. A report issued Thursday says the overall Mid-American Business Conditions Index dropped to 47.7 last month, compared with 49.6 in August. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he cited the strong U.S. dollar and global ...

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Partnership pushes propane-fueled vehicles

Locals need not travel far to convert their gas-powered vehicles to propane. That’s thanks to a partnership between North Star Energy and Reuer’s Auto Service in Aberdeen, providing what they said is the first conversion service in the state. “We’re not getting rid of gasoline — the vehicle has to start on gas,” said Terry Heinz, general manager at North ...

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