10:12 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Reviving A Southern Industry, From Cotton Field To Clothing Rack

Fashion designer Natalie Chanin stands in front of in-progress garments at the Alabama Chanin Factory. Chanin and Billy Reid, internationally acclaimed designers, have teamed up to test the concept of organic, sustainable cotton farming and garment-making.
Debbie Elliott NPR

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 2:31 pm

You've probably heard of "farm to table," but how about "field to garment"? In Alabama, acclaimed fashion houses Alabama Chanin and Billy Reid have a new line of organic cotton clothing made from their own cotton field.

It's not just an experiment in keeping production local; it's an attempt to revive the long tradition of apparel-making in the Deep South. North Alabama was once a hub for textile manufacturing, with readily available cotton and access to cheap labor. But the industry all but disappeared after NAFTA became law, as operations moved overseas.

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4:31 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Rural Places Like Tennessee’s Weakley County Lagging in Job Growth More Than Metro Areas

Credit Jimmy Emerson, DVM / Flickr (Creative Commons License)

A rural non-profit website has found that urban areas are experiencing job growth rates twice that of rural places.

The Daily Yonder analysis states Weakley County in Tennessee had one of the nation’s highest job loss rates at more than 11 percent. Nationally, the average county had a job growth rate of one and a half percent.

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10:42 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Restaurants Shave Calories Off New Menu Items

A sign displaying calorie counts is seen in a Subway restaurant in New York City in 2008. A yet-to-be-finalized federal rule requiring big chain restaurants to post calorie counts has likely led eateries to tweak their menus.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 11:22 am

Last month we reported that big food retailers have eliminated billions of calories from the packaged foods they sell in supermarkets.

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9:01 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Unemployment Falls To 5.9 Percent, Lowest In 6 Years

Construction workers build a commercial complex in July, in Springfield, Ill. On Friday, the government said the unemployment rate had fallen below 6 percent for the first time in more than six years.
Seth Perlman AP

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 12:19 pm

Updated at 1 p.m. ET

The U.S. unemployment rate dipped below 6 percent for the first time since July 2008, with nonfarm payrolls adding 248,000 new jobs in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

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4:01 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Chicago Control Center Sabotage Impacts Barkley Regional Airport


Barkley Regional Airport has canceled about 14 flights due to the disruption at the Chicago En Route Center in Aurora, Ill.

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6:16 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Honeywell Negotiations to Resume Friday

Credit Honeywell

UPDATE: 3:53pm Thursday

No agreement was reached today between Honeywell and union officials. 

Honeywell Representative Peter Dalpe says that company negotiators had turned down the United Steelworker Union's last contract proposal saying that it would be detrimental to the competitiveness of the site. 

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7:13 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Clark Resigns, Power Rates Will Stay High in Paducah

Credit Paducah Power System

The Paducah Power System board is seeking a search firm to find General Manager Dave Clark’s replacement following Tuesday’s board meeting. Clark’s resignation comes a week after Ray McClennan stepped down as chair and member of the board. McLennan had called for Clark to resign, but no board members made a motion to do so at the time.

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4:22 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

USEC Emerges from Bankruptcy Under New Name

Credit Centrus Energy

The United States Enrichment Corporation emerged from Chapter Eleven Bankruptcy with a new name after completion of its restructuring plan today.

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6:25 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Honeywell Union Workers Demonstrate in Washington D.C.

Credit USW Local 7-669

Metropolis Honeywell union members demonstrated in front of Honeywell corporate headquarters in Washington, D.C. and attempted to meet with several lobbying firms Thursday. United Steelworkers Local 7-669, joined by D.C.  AFL-CIO members delivered letters to Akin Gump, OB C Group, McBee Strategic, and Duberstein Group, who they claim Honeywell has hired along with their own in-house lobby team.

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12:36 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Paducah Power Board Chair Steps Down as Chairman, Member

Credit Lance Dennee / WKMS

  Updated 9/22/2014 at 4:20 p.m.

Ray McLennan has resigned as both Paducah Power Board chair and member. 

McLennan’s action came at today’s PPS board meeting. 

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