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New project to produce ethanol from sugar beets

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The project is funded by a $5 million state grant, supporting a dozen local farmers who are going to join forces to build a new Fresno County demonstration plant together with a team of university experts.
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Titan Pharma's opioid dependence treatment recommended for approval

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The Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee (PDAC) of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended the approval of a new treatment for opioid addiction by Titan Pharmaceuticals, called Probuphine.
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Pennsylvania natural gas production rose 69% in 2012 despite reduced drilling activity

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Natural gas production in Pennsylvania averaged 6.1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2012, up from 3.6 Bcf/d in 2011, according to Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) data.
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Valve shipments to reach $4.3 billion in 2013

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Shipments for the U.S. industrial valve industry will grow 3 percent in 2013, increasing to nearly $4.3 billion, according to figures released by the Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA) as part of its annual market forecast.
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Statoil granted 15 Gulf of Mexico leases

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Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil has been awarded a total of 15 leases in the U.S. Gulf Coast, after it became clear that it was the highest bidder in a recent lease sale by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
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Soft drinks linked to 180,000 deaths worldwide, study suggests

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The United States is among the most affected countries, with approximately 25,000 deaths linked to sugar-sweetened soda, sports drinks and fruit drinks.
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Oklahoma company to build propane dehydrogenation plant in Alberta

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Tulsa, Okla.-based energy company Williams has announced plans to build a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) facility in Alberta, Canada, to increase production of polymer-grade propylene from its Canadian operations.
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Seattle soy processor's license revoked over sanitary issues

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The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has closed a Seattle soy products manufacturer over persistent sanitation issues, the regulator has announced.
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FDA looks into link between diabetes drugs and pancreatic cancer risk

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating a possible link between a number of commonly used diabetes drugs and pre-cancerous changes to the pancreas.
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Chevron expects 25% output growth by 2017

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At its annual meeting with analysts, held in New York City, the company announced that as much as 98 percent of its targeted production by 2017 was already in design, construction or production.
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