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4th worker died after pipeline explosion

HOUMA, La. — The Terrebonne Parish coroner’s office says a fourth man has died of injuries from an explosion at the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co. facility in Gibson. Three men died immediately Oct. 8, and two were critically injured. Chief investigator Danny Theriot (TER-ee-oh) tells The Courier that 56-year-old Michael Hill of Paris, Tennessee, died Oct. 12. He says Theriot worked ...

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Central Ohio’s jobless rate ticks up to 3.7 percent

Back-to-school hiring by public schools and universities trumped cuts across a broad swath of private industries to slightly boost hiring in central Ohio last month. The region added 2,800 jobs in September, according to an Ohio Department of Job and Family Services report released on Tuesday. Despite the job gains, central Ohio’s unemployment rate edged up to 3.7 percent from ...

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Warren metal plant might close

WARREN — An area union leader has received a notice from metal-parts manufacturer LB Steel LLC of intent to shut down its steel plant in the city. Jose Arroyo, business representative for United Steel Workers in the Youngstown/Warren area, said he received a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act — or WARN — notice from the Harvey, Ill.-based plant Oct. ...

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Improvement in local jobless rate belies oil-related challenges

New data suggesting Kern County has fully recovered from the recession aren’t as encouraging as they may appear, though observers do see scattered signs of progress in a recently glum local economic climate tied to lower oil prices. The deceivingly good news is that, on Friday, California’s Employment Development Department reported Kern’s jobless rate fell last month to 8.4 percent, ...

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Drug abuse among coal miners is rising

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CHARLESTON — When Eugene White went to work in the coal mines in the 1970s, he observed miners who came to work drunk sometimes. Some miners used marijuana, but there was no drug testing, he said. White, now the director of the Office of Mine Health, Safety and Training told legislators on the Joint Committee on Energy Monday that those ...

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Energy Spotlight: Joe Horvath

Joe Horvath caught the energy bug eight years ago while handling public relations for a utility that was trying to build a coal-fired power plant in Virginia. “I got a pretty good dose of what the issues were and what the landscape was,” he said of the project that ended up being canceled. “At that time, though, people were saying, ...

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Schlumberger to cut more jobs, sees recovery pushed to 2017

Schlumberger Ltd, the world’s No.1 oilfield services provider, said it would cut more jobs and consolidate its manufacturing and distribution network as it did not expect a recovery in demand before 2017. The company’s shares fell as much as 4.6 percent to $72.63 in late-morning trading. Rivals Halliburton Inc and Baker Hughes Inc were also down about 4 percent. “The ...

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Gasoline weighs on U.S. consumer prices; jobless claims fall

WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer prices recorded their biggest drop in eight months in September as the cost of gasoline fell, but a steady pick-up in the prices of other goods and services suggested inflation was starting to firm. There was good news on the labor market, with other data on Thursday showing new applications for unemployment aid fell back to ...

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UPS hiring 700 in central Ohio

UPS says it will hire 700 workers in the Columbus area for seasonal and permanent work, the latest announcement from a company looking to bolster staff heading into the holidays. The hiring comes as retailers expect more online sales this holiday season and will depend on companies such as UPS to deliver those goods in time for Christmas. The logistics ...

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Manufacturer to close Cuyahoga Falls plant, leave 53 jobless

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio (AP) — Officials say a decision to outsource production has led to the imminent closure of a northeast Ohio manufacturing plant that will leave 53 people without jobs. The Akron Beacon Journal reports TerraSource Global will cease operations of its Cuyahoga Falls facility in December. The plant, which goes by the brand name Pennsylvania Crusher, makes heavy ...

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