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Kasich: Ohio will aid workers losing jobs at uranium project

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) says the state will offer job-search support and other help for workers affected when the federal government halts a southern Ohio uranium enrichment project. The Department of Energy plans to end its contract for the American Centrifuge Project in Piketon at the end of September. About 235 workers have been notified of ...

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Fatal workplace injuries increase in Ohio

Ohio is one of 24 states where deaths on the job increased last year from the year before, according to newly updated state and federal data. There were 184 work-related fatalities across all occupations statewide in 2014, compared to 149 the year before, according to Ohio Department of Health, which tracks the state-level statistics in partnership with the federal government. ...

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Halliburton lays off Williston workers; how many not known

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Houston-based oil field services company Halliburton has laid off some of its workers in the western North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston, though the company isn’t providing details. Halliburton in April suspended operations at its facility in Minot and transferred many of the jobs there to locations in Williston and Dickinson, citing “changing business needs ...

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Contractor killed at US Steel plant identified, autopsy set

BRADDOCK, Pa. (AP) — A maintenance contractor killed when he reportedly fell at least 40 feet at a United States Steel Corp. plant near Pittsburgh has been identified. The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office says an autopsy was scheduled Thursday on the body of 44-year-old Parrish Sewell, of East McKeesport. United States Steel spokeswoman Sarah Cassella says the worker was ...

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Study expects Wyoming trucking jobs to increase

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Finding drivers for his small local trucking firm is one of the biggest struggles of Matt Davis’ job. “We are talking about $60,000-a-year jobs, and I can’t seem to get people to apply,” he said. “With everything going on in the oil fields, it’s a just a real pain to get qualified drivers.” Davis is the owner ...

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Falling gas prices put oil workers on edge

Despite making her commute to work every day cheaper, low gas prices put Port Lavaca resident Michelle Lessard on edge. “It helps because, of course, we’re not spending that much at the pump,” said Lessard, who works in Victoria. “But with our surrounding cities you know, if prices are going down, that means the economy is going down.” This week ...

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American adults get a D in science; 22% confuse astronomy and astrology

Americans get a D in science. So says the Pew Research Center, which issued a report Thursday on the state of the nation’s knowledge regarding some basic scientific facts. The public opinion and research organization quizzed a representative sample of U.S. adults on geology, physics and astronomy, among other topics. Out of 12 questions, the test-takers answered 7.9 correctly, on ...

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Hundreds more job cuts announced in Texas

Texas can expect yet another wave of job cuts throughout the oil and gas sector as numerous firms have announced a combined 700 employee reduction in the upcoming months. Recently, ConocoPhillips announced a 10 percent reduction in its total labor force. According to a report from Fuel Fix, this equates to more than 500 positions in the Houston area, at ...

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Biden praises union workers in Labor Day speech

PITTSBURGH— Vice President Joe Biden offered a sendoff for Pittsburgh workers Monday, praising the contributions of unions in a speech kicking off the annual Labor Day Parade. He spoke from a makeshift stage before a crowd wearing T-shirts of different colors proclaiming an array of union loyalties. Biden put on a United Steelworkers ball cap as the cheers built for ...

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Planned cracker plant could create thousands of jobs in Ohio

Ohio is on the cusp of breaking ground for a new $5.7 billion ethane cracker in the eastern part of the state, Columbus Business First reports. The announcement for the new cracker came Thursday from Gov. John Kasich, who assisted Thai company PTT Global Chemical Public Company Ltd.in planning the $100 million expenditure for the facility’s engineering and design. The ...

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