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  • COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct 7- A U.S. jury on Wednesday awarded a cancer patient $1.6 million after finding DuPont was liable for leaking a toxic chemical used to make Teflon into drinking water near one of its plants. Following a three-week trial, jurors in Columbus, Ohio, found in favor of plaintiff Carla Marie Bartlett, who is the first to go to trial among approximately...

  • Oct 6- Bankrupt miner Patriot Coal Corp, which is in the midst of auctioning off its assets, has issued a new WARN notice to its employees. Patriot Coal expects to lay off more than 2,000 workers in West Virginia, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. The new WARN notice from Patriot Coal extended the period from the original WARN notice issued on Aug. 3, 2015, because...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct 6- The first lawsuit against DuPont by a cancer patient who claims her disease was linked to a chemical used in the making of Teflon went to jurors at a U.S. federal court in Ohio on Tuesday after three weeks of testimony. Plaintiff Carla M. Bartlett is trying to prove that C8, which leached into drinking water near one of DuPont's plants in West...

  • Last Tuesday, when the California firm Morris Polich& Purdy filed the initial motion to consolidate litigation by VW owners who claim they were tricked by the automaker's "clean diesel" claims, its brief cited "at least 20 actions" in seven jurisdictions. As of Wednesday, VW and Audi owners whose vehicles have been tainted by the emissions scandal have filed class...

  • HOUSTON, Sept 29- A number of U.S. shale oil and gas companies are securing unchanged or even increased credit allotments during their semi-annual loan reviews, defying expectations that banks would slash small firms' credit lines in response to low crude prices. "I've seen some companies maintaining borrowing bases and some companies even increasing...

  • Sept 24- Coca-Cola Co said its Coca-Cola Refreshments bottling unit was considering selling nine plants in the United States to three independent bottlers to reduce costs. As part of the plan, Coca-Cola Bottling Co will buy plants in Virginia, Maryland, Indiana and Ohio, Coca-Cola Bottling Co United will buy a plant in New Orleans and Swire will buy plants in...

  • But he and his small research team at West Virginia University may have done exactly that, with a $50,000 study which produced early evidence that Volkswagen AG was cheating on U.S. vehicle emissions tests, setting off a scandal that threatens the German automaker's leadership, reputation and finances. The results of that study, which was paid for by the...

  • But he and his small research team at West Virginia University may have done exactly that, with a $50,000 study which produced early evidence that Volkswagen AG was cheating on U.S. vehicle emissions tests, setting off a scandal that threatens the German automaker's leadership, reputation and finances. The results of that study, which was paid for by the...

  • Sept 22- Patriot Coal said Blackhawk Mining won a bankruptcy auction for the majority of its assets but did not disclose the terms. Lexington, Kentucky- based Blackhawk had agreed to act as the initial, or stalking horse, bidder for Patriot's assets, which include mines in West Virginia and reserves in other states. The sale is subject to approval by the U.S....

  • Sept 22- Halliburton Co will pay $18.3 million to more than 1,000 oil and gas workers it improperly exempted from overtime pay, the U.S. Department of Labor said on Tuesday, the latest development in a nationwide probe into wage practices in the industry. The department said Halliburton improperly identified workers in 28 job categories as exempt from overtime...

  • Sept 22- Bankrupt Patriot Coal Corp asked a U.S. judge to allow it to end its obligation for retiree healthcare for its non-union employees, saying no potential buyer of its assets would agree to take on the cost. "No purchaser of the debtors' assets is willing to assume these obligations," the company said in a filing late Monday with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 21- Bayer CropScience LP has reached a $5.6 million settlement over an explosion at its Institute, West Virginia, facility that killed two people in 2008, U.S. authorities said on Monday. The company will spend $4.23 million to improve emergency preparedness and response at the West Virginia plant, pay a $975,000 penalty, and spend...

  • DuPont to face first trial over C-8 exposure Monday, 14 Sep 2015 | 1:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 14- Chemical giant DuPont Monday will face the first trial in litigation from residents near one of its plants in West Virginia who have accused the company of sickening them by emitting a toxic chemical that leaked into their drinking water. Carla Marie Bartlett is among the approximately 3,500 plaintiffs who have sued DuPont in federal court in...

  • U.S. producer Century Aluminum warned last week it would begin shuttering its Hawesville smelter in Kentucky in October "unless the current pricing environment substantially improves." Overshadowed by its announcement on Hawesville was Century's decision in July to dismantle permanently its Ravenswood smelter in West Virginia. The uncomfortable truth...

  • BOSTON, Sept 2- An Oscar-nominated HBO documentary that showed American homeowners near hydraulic fracturing sites setting fire to their tap water may have been the main trigger for a surge in public opposition to the oil and gas production technique, according to a study to be published next month. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this year concluded...

  • U.S. producer Century Aluminum warned last week it would begin shuttering its Hawesville smelter in Kentucky in October "unless the current pricing environment substantially improves". Overshadowed by its announcement on Hawesville was Century's decision in July to dismantle permanently its Ravenswood smelter in West Virginia. The uncomfortable truth...

  • Minnesota: America's Top State for Business Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 4:40 PM ET
    St. Paul, Minnesota

    Advances in education, innovation and quality of life, catapulted this state to 1st place in CNBC's annual Top States for Business ranking.

  • The 10 worst states for business in America in '15 Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 4:30 PM ET
    n abandoned, graffiti-covered home stands adjacent to occupied properties in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana.

    From states with sluggish economies to the worst education systems, find out what set these locales back to make them the bottom 10.

  • 49. West Virginia Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 4:17 PM ET
    Top States: West Virginia

    The Mountain State has low business costs, but also a mountain of regulations and a persistent lack of innovation.

  • A US workplace civil war that's at a tipping point Friday, 29 May 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    Protesters march around the Capitol after participating in a rally against a "right-to-work" proposal, on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Madison, Wis.

    The US is split over right to work laws—literally. Exactly half of the 50 states are right-to-work states—the next will tip the balance.