• WASHINGTON/ DETROIT, Feb 3- A historic, far-reaching vote of blue-collar workers at Volkswagen AG's Tennessee plant on whether they wish to be represented by the United Auto Workers will be held Feb. 12-14, the German automaker and U.S. union said on Monday.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 3- United Auto Workers President Bob King said on Monday the union will attempt to hold an election at the Volkswagen AG plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to determine if the UAW could represent workers there.

  • JACKSON, Miss., Jan 31- A Canadian National Railway Co train carrying fuel oil and other hazardous materials derailed and was leaking in southeast Mississippi on Friday, forcing the evacuation of nearby residents, officials said.

  • JACKSON, Miss., Jan 31- A Canadian National Railway Co train carrying fuel oil and other hazardous materials derailed and was leaking in southeast Mississippi on Friday morning, forcing the evacuation of nearby residents, officials said.

  • That stops a whole bunch of traffic, "said Hal Reed, chief operating officer for The Andersons Inc, a U.S. grain handler and ethanol producer. Gulf Coast exporters were offering a premium for soybean barges loaded this week along the largely ice-free lower Ohio River and on the Mississippi south of Cairo, Illinois.

  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan 15- U.S. Department of Labor officials will travel to Florida to investigate the state's troubled unemployment compensation website following criticism it is failing to get jobless benefits to laid-off workers, an official said on Wednesday.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 14- Disputes between U.S. states and electronics manufacturers over accusations of price-fixing on liquid crystal display panels can be heard in state court, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, marking a setback for corporate defendants.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 10- U.S. corn stocks were below expectations in December and 2013/ 14 carryout will be smaller than expected, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday, causing corn futures prices to jump as much as 5 percent.

  • USDA also showed that recent falling prices caused farmers to turn away from wheat plantings in the U.S. On Friday, USDA raised China's 2013/ 14 corn crop by 6 million tonnes to 217 million, and knocked 2 million tonnes off projected imports to 5 million.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 7- Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill may need a few more days to resolve differences over a $1 trillion U.S. spending bill, a top Democratic lawmaker said on Tuesday, pushing passage by Congress up against a government shutdown deadline next week.

  • Thousands of machinists in Seattle and Everett, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, voted by a slim margin to approve a contract extension that guarantees Boeing's new wide-body passenger jet, the 777 X, will be built by them in the region.

  • Dec 30- Vanguard Natural Resources LLC said it would buy natural gas and oil properties in the Pinedale and Jonah fields of southwestern Wyoming for $581 million from a unit of Anadarko Petroleum Corp.. Vanguard Natural shares rose 1 percent to $29.27 in early trading on Monday, while those of oil and gas producer Anadarko were unchanged at $79.45.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 24- U.S. state budgets appear to be stabilizing, budget gaps are rare and policymakers have more flexibility to deal with over-spending and unexpected one-off costs, the National Conference of State Legislatures said in a report distributed on Tuesday.

  • Dec 19- U.S. power company Entergy Corp on Thursday completed the integration of its Gulf Coast service area into the power grid that operates the Midwest power system, relinquishing control after a decade-long struggle with regulators and independent power companies.

  • Dec 17- JPMorgan Chase& Co was sued on Tuesday by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, who accused the largest U.S. bank of violating state consumer protection laws in its alleged pursuit of delinquent payments by credit card customers. The lawsuit followed an 18- month probe, according to Hood, and adds to a long list of legal problems facing JPMorgan.

  • HOUSTON, Dec 10- The U.S. Gulf Coast region may see a rebirth in power trading as Entergy Corp and utilities in four states join the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, one of the world's largest grid operators and wholesale energy markets, later this month.

  • The EPA has already published draft regulations that would limit greenhouse emissions from new coal plants to no more than 1,000 lbs of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour of electricity generated.

  • The FCC will auction the so-called H Block frequencies in the first opportunity the regulator has offered companies to acquire ownership of new airwaves since 2008..

  • On Jan. 22, the FCC will auction off the so-called H Block frequencies in the first opportunity that the FCC has had for companies to acquire new spectrum since 2008..

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