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  • 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.

  • *Number of rigs in Marcellus has dropped- Baker Hughes. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says production in the fast-growing field in Pennsylvania and West Virginia is set to remain flat for the next few years before beginning a very slow decline primarily because of depressed gas prices. The number of rigs in the area has dwindled in recent months to...

  • May 28- A Delaware jury on Thursday ordered Boston Scientific to pay $100 million to a woman who said she was injured by transvaginal mesh, a device that is the subject of more than 25,000 lawsuits against the company. The 51- year old Newark, Delaware- resident was implanted with Boston Scientific's Pinnacle and Advantage Fit mesh products in 2009, to treat...

  • May 28- Alpha Natural Resources Inc must pay for the legal defense of Donald Blankenship, who is facing a criminal trial over a coal mining disaster in 2010, when he headed Alpha's Massey Energy Co business, a Delaware judge ruled on Thursday. The indictment also said that after the explosion, he misled the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission about Massey's...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 18- Nearly six million people with disabilities may benefit from new tax-free savings plans approved by Congress last year, but the accounts may not be as helpful or available as quickly as originally promised. After a decade of lobbying by disability advocates, Congress passed The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act in the final hour before...

  • May 12- Patriot Coal Corp filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, just 18 months after emerging from its previous Chapter 11, and said it was in negotiations with a potential buyer. The company listed assets and liabilities of more than $1 billion in its bankruptcy petition, which it filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of Virginia.

  • WASHINGTON, May 1- The United States and Canada have a 400- page plan to control oil train dangers that walks a thin line: promote safety without stifling a business that has spurred domestic oil production. As with many such contentious issues, calls by regulators to retrofit oil tank cars, reduce speeds and require new braking systems in the continent's...

  • Alpha, which idled some of its mines in West Virginia earlier this year, said its revenue fell 24 percent to $842 million in the three months to March 31 as sales volumes dropped more than 11 percent. Peabody Energy Corp and Arch Coal Inc reported bigger-than-expected losses last week. Alpha cut its 2015 capital spending plan to $200 million- $250 million from $225...

  • April 29- Cliffs Natural Resources Inc, which is struggling to cope with oversupply in the iron ore market, blamed industry leaders BHP Billiton Ltd, Rio Tinto Plc and Vale SA for weak prices of the commodity. But Wolfe Research analyst Gordon Johnson said "the idea that someone is going to buy coal assets from Cliffs is highly unlikely," noting that the company has...

  • April 28- Boston Scientific Corp on Tuesday said it reached its first settlement agreement to resolve a portion of the legal claims it faces involving its transvaginal mesh product to treat urinary incontinence. The new agreement includes a case in the district court of Dallas County, Texas, for which there is a judgment of about $35 million that is subject to...

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- Aiming to acquire more budget powers and take a swipe at Obamacare, Republicans will likely scrap a proposal that stirred controversy and helped launch Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan on the national stage: privatizing the Medicare health program. Ryan's bold Medicare "premium support" plan would be sacrificed to ensure passage of...

  • What closing coal plants means for energy jobs Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 3:58 PM ET
    American Electric Power's coal-fired John E. Amos Power Plant in Winfield, West Virginia.

    Coal-firing electricity plants are closing all over the US, and jobs are going with them. Can other energy sources make up for the losses?

  • Where you pay the highest and lowest property taxes Monday, 9 Mar 2015 | 12:37 PM ET
    Homes in Connecticut

    Check out where the highest and lowest property tax rates are in America. NBC News reports.

  • The 2 industries fighting over your electric bill Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 1:34 PM ET
    Solar panel instalation

    Some utilities are pushing back against the growing number of customers who use solar technology to generate their own electricity.

  • Oil shipping: rail versus pipeline? Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 4:24 PM ET
    Oil pipelines safer than trains?

    Monday's derailment of a CSX train has reignited the debate about the cheapest and safest way to move oil across the country.

  • Oil train derails in W. Va., sparks blast, fires Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 4:22 PM ET

    A train carrying crude oil derailed in southern West Virginia on Monday sparking a house fire and threatening the water supply.

  • New GOP Congress, new Keystone pipeline bill Tuesday, 6 Jan 2015 | 1:27 PM ET
    A weld shack is moved toward a pipe joint during construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline in Atoka, Oklahoma.

    Newly empowered Republicans are wasting no time in their agenda, with a push to revive the Keystone XL Pipeline bill.

  • What this election means for the sweep of history Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 | 10:07 AM ET
    Voters wait in line to enter a polling place at the Jamestown Town Hall before the poll opens Nov. 4, 2014, in Jamestown, North Carolina.

    Voters go to the polls for midterm congressional elections Tuesday, but just 10 states will decide the most important result.

  • Manufacturing in Ohio seeing slow, steady growth Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 | 5:42 PM ET

    While manufacturing alone no longer dominates the state's economy, its fortunes still rise and fall with the health of the state's industries.

  • America’s cheapest states to live in 2014 Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 4:47 PM ET

    Value-conscious consumers are always on the prowl for bargains. Here's a look at the states that offer the lowest cost of living.