Business

11:38am

Wed January 5, 2011
Mine Safety in America

Landmark Coal Mine Safety Enforcement Case Settled

The Labor Department's first-ever use of its toughest enforcement tool has resulted in a court-supervised settlement with coal mine giant Massey Energy.

The agreement involves Massey's Freedom Mine #1 in Pike County, Ky., which is described in court documents as a mine so dangerous it requires court supervision. Freedom was singled out for an unprecedented federal court injunction owing to a persistent "pattern of violations" of mine safety law, which "constitutes a continuing hazard to the health or safety of miners."

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4:00am

Tue January 4, 2011
Economy

Economy Update

The 112th Congress convenes for the first time Wednesday. Republicans now hold the majority in the House, and gained seats in the Senate. What does that means for economic policy? David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, talks to Steve Inskeep about the economic agenda of the new Congress.

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7:34am

Sun December 5, 2010
Business

Kia Motors' Hires Boost Economy, Spirits In Georgia

Kia Motors' decision to add 1,000 new jobs at its auto manufacturing plant in West Point, Ga., is having a direct impact on the nearby town of LaGrange.

The 30,000 residents are proud of the community's small-town feel and its picturesque courthouse square, adorned with Christmas decorations. But there's at least one thing they can't celebrate: The unemployment rate for Troup County was nearly 11 percent in October -- higher than the national average.

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8:57am

Wed December 1, 2010
The Two-Way

Massey To Close Ky. Mine That Regulators Wanted Seized

Originally published on Wed December 1, 2010 3:48 pm

Chairman and CEO of Massey Energy Company Don Blankenship listens during a hearing before the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee May 20, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
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Massey Energy is shutting down a Kentucky mine that is targeted by federal regulators for the toughest enforcement action ever, the company confirms to NPR.

The Freedom Energy Mine No. 1 in Pike County is the focus of an unprecedented federal court action in which the Labor Department is seeking to have the court seize control of the mine. Labor Department officials argue that conditions at the facility are so dangerous that a judge's intervention was required.

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9:51am

Tue October 12, 2010
The Two-Way

Google Robot Cars. Again With The Skynet, People?

First it's the GPS router of doom, now the robots are just going to be driving the cars?

The New York Times had a piece over the weekend that outlined yet another Google-cum-robot plan for world domination. Robot cars. No, really, I'm serious.

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