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Bill aims to upgrade safety for materials sent by rail

MIAMISBURG — Chemical toxins such as chlorine gas, radioactive material or explosive crude oil hauled in puncture-prone train cars pass through the region virtually every day, yet authorities — including first-responders — are given little information about what deadly loads are in their midst. Usually, these materials travel without incident, but when they do not — when an accidental spill ...

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Economist: ConocoPhillips Alaska job cuts will hurt, but it could be worse


The announcement this week by ConocoPhillips that it may cut about 120 jobs in Alaska is bad news for the economy, but a state labor department official said Wednesday the damage could have been worse. Neal Fried, an economist for the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, said Alaskans should be nervous, but not panicked about ConocoPhillips’ 10-percent job ...

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Kasich takes campaign break for jobs-related event in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) is scheduled to join state and local officials for a jobs-related announcement in Columbus after spending much of his time recently on the presidential campaign trail. According a media advisory from Kasich’s office, the Republican governor and presidential contender plans to appear at a Wednesday afternoon event with the head of PTT ...

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Eagle Ford continues to pull billions in investments

These days, petroleum prices are a calamity at best, but according to a new projected capital analysis, energy companies will spend $20 billion in the Eagle Ford Shale this year. The new projections come from a recent study from research firm Wood Mackenzie. Last week, the firm stated that even with severe reductions in activity, the Eagle Ford remains resilient ...

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