Archive for January, 2015

America's even keel

WASHINGTON - There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness.

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LABOR: Layoffs have been cause for concern

The steel industry had been doing fairly well until January, when both ArcelorMittal and U.S. Steel announced cutbacks that included local layoffs, said United Steelworkers District 7 Director Michael Millsap.

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Walker's UW proposal carries risk

Long-term, Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to give UW System schools more autonomy is just what campus administrators have been seeking. It should make the universities more responsive to the needs of their students and regional economies.

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Consumers fuel steady U.S. economy as rest of world struggles

WASHINGTON — There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness.

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Wisconsin cutting as neighbors increase higher ed spending

MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget cut of $300 million to the University of Wisconsin System comes as other states, nationally and in the Midwest, have inched up funding for higher education, restoring support lost during the economic recession. More increases are expected in coming years.

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UPDATE 2-Union refinery workers prepare for Sunday strike as talks continue

Union refinery workers were preparing to walk off their jobs as early as Sunday while talks were continuing on Saturday afternoon between labor and oil company negotiators in the waning hours of the current national pact. The Exxon Mobil Corp refinery in Beaumont, Texas, received a strike notice on Friday night, according to the company. Royal Dutch Shell Plc (Xetra: R6C1.DE - news) and Motiva …

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