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Rosebud idling most Pennsylvania mines, 429 miners out of work

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KITTANNING, Pa. (AP) — Rosebud Mining Co. is idling most of its Pennsylvania coal mines, putting 429 miners temporarily out of work. Jim Barker, vice president of the Kittanning-based company tells the Indiana Gazette (http://bit.ly/1OJEFqO ) he hopes the workers will be called back in February. Barker blames the temporary shutdown on unseasonably warm weather in November and December, which ...

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Iowa trucking industry gets boost from lower fuel costs


WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Iowa trucking industry officials say their business isn’t exactly smooth these days, but they don’t seem to be facing as many potholes. Lower fuel prices have served as both a bane and a boon for the trucking business, industry officials told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (http://bit.ly/1YGDihi ). The price of oil has dropped to an 11-year ...

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Oil slump weighing on housing markets in Texas, North Dakota


There’s a dark side to those delightfully low gas prices: Housing markets are slumping in communities that were recently flush from the U.S. shale oil fracking boom. Home sales are down sharply this year in North Dakota and the West Texas cities of Midland and Odessa. Home sales have also slowed in El Paso, and, more recently, in Houston. The ...

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Phillips 66 working on major refinery upgrade

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Phillips 66 is spending several hundred million dollars on improvements to its Billings refinery. The project will generate hundreds of construction jobs for the Billings area over the next year and is part a trend in which companies are investing millions in Billings area refineries. The Vacuum Improvement Project is underway and will continue into 2017. Company officials said an ...

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MDU Resources Group lays off workers, cuts other positions


BISMARCK, N.D. — MDU Resources Group Inc. has laid off seven employees in its Bismarck corporate office after the sale of its oil company. MDU, a diversified natural resource company traded on the New York Stock Exchange, announced the sale of its Fidelity Exploration and Production properties in November to generate capital to fund investments at its other subsidiaries. The ...

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Local hiring outlook strong for Ohio in 2016

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Area employers are expected to continue hiring at a brisk pace over the next three months, based on the latest hiring survey by staffing firm Manpower of Dayton Inc. Among Dayton-area employers who participated in the survey, 25 percent plan to hire more employees in the January-March period, while 5 percent plan to cut payroll. Meanwhile, 67 percent of those ...

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Oil slump further cuts state revenue

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SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers could have less money available to spend next year than previously projected, as plummeting oil prices have led to the amount of “new” money estimated for the coming year to be pared back to $232 million — down more than $60 million from four months ago. As a result, the top budget official in ...

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Shell closing Franklin Park office next year

A Shell oil and gas sign is pictured near Nowshera, Pakistan's northwest  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province September 8, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

Royal Dutch Shell plans to close its Franklin Park office next summer and move most of the 180 workers involved in gas and oil drilling there to its U.S. headquarters in Houston. The move is the latest sign of retrenching among top Marcellus shale gas producers as prices remain at three-year lows because of tepid demand and oversupply. Shell announced ...

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Alaska gains nearly 2,600 jobs during first 6 months of 2015

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JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska gained nearly 2,600 jobs in the first half of the year, or a .8 percent gain from the same time in 2014. The state labor department released the figures Tuesday. On average, 335,300 Alaskans were working every month from January through June of this year. Employers paid $9 billion in wages during that time, a 2.1 ...

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EDITORIAL: Why craft beer startups matter to Erie

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ERIE, Pa. — A new cluster of businesses has emerged in Erie, a good sign for fostering a startup culture and bolstering our tourism appeal. As Jim Martin reported on Nov. 21, northwestern Pennsylvania has become part of the fast-growing craft beer business. There are now 11 craft brewers in the region and eight of those breweries, including Five & ...

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