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Dow Chemical authorizes $1.5 billion share buy-back program

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The Dow Chemical Company announced Friday that its board of directors has approved a share buy-back program, authorizing the repurchase of up to $1.5 billion of the company's common stock.
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Erie County, Pa., honors Eriez for contributions to local economy

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The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Erie County presented magnetic equipment manufacturer Eriez with its annual Keystone Award during a dinner ceremony on Jan. 17 at the Bayfront Convention Center.
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Organic baby spinach recalled in 36 states due to E. coli

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Organic baby spinach products manufactured by California-based Taylor Farms Retail Inc. have been voluntarily recalled, following an alert over possible Enterohemorrhagic E. coli contamination.
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EPA ruling on Arizona coal power plants sparks criticism

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has plans to introduce rigorous pollution control on coal-fired power plants, causing a wave of criticism from Arizona Republicans who have compared the move to the "tyrannical micromanaging that caused the Founding Fathers to revolt against England."
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Heinz acquisition largest in food industry history

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Pittsburgh-based food processing giant H. J. Heinz Co. has entered into a merger agreement to be acquired by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital in a transaction valued at $28 billion, the largest ever in the food & beverage industry.
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University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Food Processing Center sponsors ice cream flavor contest

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In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the Food Processing Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is sponsoring a contest to create a new ice cream flavor.
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Stronger regulations on chemicals spur innovation, study finds

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Tougher rules to regulate hazardous chemicals have sparked the continuous invention of safer chemicals and accelerated the pace at which safer alternatives are developed, according to a new study.
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Obama pledges to cut red tape in oil and gas drilling approvals

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In his annual State of the Union address, U.S. President Barack Obama pledged to speed up the approval of new oil and gas drilling permits and proposed that the country use some of its oil and gas proceeds to finance alternative fuels research.
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National Beef to lay off more than 400 workers

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Kansas City, Mo.-based National Beef Packing Co. announced Wednesday plans to lay off more than 400 workers as a result of losing a "major customer."
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Explosion at Air Liquide plant kills one

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An explosion Saturday morning at the Air Liquide cylinder plant in La Porte, Texas, killed one worker and left another with serious burns.
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