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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The 5 worst states for business in the US Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 4:43 PM ET

    States have rebounded strongly from the recession, but some long-time laggards still can't create a business-friendly environment.

  • 48. West Virginia Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 4:21 PM ET

    The cost of living here is among the lowest in the country, but is it worth plowing through the Mountain State’s rugged business rules?