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Bill would ban dogs from roaming about vehicles, hanging out window

Portland Press Herald | Posted on March 15, 2017

Many dog owners don’t think twice about settling Fido in their lap for a drive to the store, or rolling down the windows so Rover can feel the breeze in his ears.  But a bill pending in the Maine Legislature would require dog owners to restrain dogs inside a moving vehicle and keep them out of the way of the driver.

Canadian Firm Opening West Virginia Natural Gas Equipment Shop

U.S. News & World Report | Posted on March 15, 2017

A Canadian firm's subsidiary is taking over a former machine shop in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle to make and sell natural gas compression equipment that will create up to 130 jobs. Gov. Jim Justice says Bidell Gas Compression will operate out of a 100,000-square-foot facility in Weirton that was previously owned by ArcelorMittal Steel. The property had been recently purchased from ArcelorMittal by the Frontier Group, an industrial and commercial facility redeveloper. Bidell is a subsidiary of Calgary, Alberta-based Total Energy Services Inc. The facility will be the company's first U.S. manufacturing operation.

His cattle are dead, but his family is alive, and he’s thankful

The Wichita Eagle | Posted on March 15, 2017

Greg Gardiner is a cowboy. His wide-brimmed hat carries a band darkened by years of sweat and dust. Decades of 100-degree sun, 10-below cold and wicked winds from every direction have left his face as leathery as an old baseball glove. Below his lip is a small goatee and above it a wide trademark mustache. Several days after the biggest fire in the state’s history swept through Clark County, Gardiner slowly drove along some of his family’s 48,000 acres. Occasional tears left trails through the dust on his face, and he wondered whether he was witnessing the biggest natural disaster his family had seen since they’d arrived by covered wagon in 1885. “I still can’t believe we didn’t get anybody hurt or killed,” he said. “My brother and his wife probably shouldn’t be alive today, but they are.”He found few signs of life in four hours of checking pastures. “I know how it sounds, but it’s literally worse than I ever could have imagined,” Gardiner said as he slowly drove by some of the estimated 500 cattle that had died in Monday’s massive wildfire. “They never stood a chance in a lot of these pastures, the fire was so fast.” The tiny town of Englewood probably suffered the most damage per capita of any town in Kansas in the largest wildfire to ever burn across the state.




OHSU researchers unravel mysteries of Zika virus

Oregon Live | Posted on March 15, 2017

Oregon scientists have unlocked some of the mysteries of the Zika virus, tracking how it invades the body. The research by a team at Oregon Health & Science University is likely to help develop a vaccine against the virus, which has caused outbreaks in South America and Southeast Asia and also has turned up in Florida and Texas. The study was conducted on male and female rhesus macaque monkeys last year at OHSU's primate center in Beaverton. Scientists followed the virus as it spread from the bloodstream to other tissues. They found it attacked the central nervous system, reproductive and urinary tracts, muscles, joints and lymph nodes. They expected to find the virus in the lymph nodes based on what scientists know about similar viruses, but not in joints or muscles. But what surprised them the most, said Dan Streblow of OHSU's Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute, is that the virus persisted in tissue for at least five weeks, the length of the study for each animal. Typically, the Zika virus disappears from the bloodstream within six days.

PETA’s the Best—At Killing Dogs and Cats

Consumer Freedom | Posted on March 13, 2017

Another year, another pile of dead dogs and cats for the crematorium, courtesy of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Late Tuesday night—almost literally at the last minute—PETA filed its 2016 animal custody information with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) admitting it had killed nearly 72% of the cats and dogs that came through the “animal shelter” at its headquarters. That’s 1,411 dead dogs and cats at the hands of PETA last year alone. Since reporting euthanasia statistics became mandatory in 1998, PETA has killed over 85%, or 36,000, of the animals at its Norfolk “shelter.” A 2010 audit by a VDACS veterinarian found that most animals were killed in their first 24 hours at the facility. A deeper look at the numbers shows even more appalling statistics: PETA’s kill rate for dogs was 16.3 times the rate of other private shelters in Virginia.

CBO: Lower Deficit, More Uninsured Under House Health Plan

Roll Call | Posted on March 13, 2017

The House Republican leadership’s legislation to partially repeal and replace the 2010 health care law would reduce the deficit by $337 billion over a decade while increasing the number of uninsured by 24 million people in 2026, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Monday. The nonpartisan budget scorekeepers predicted that under the House GOP plan -- which was scheduled for consideration by the House Budget Committee on Wednesday and would be packaged as a reconciliation bill that would only require a majority to pass in the Senate --  the biggest savings would come as a result of decreased funding to Medicaid and cutting off subsidies for individuals to purchase insurance on the health care exchanges. It would also lower average premiums enough to stabilize the individual health insurance market, according to the “score” of the legislation. CBO, working with the Joint Committee on Taxation, estimated that by 2018, 14 million more people would uninsured than under current law. That figure would rise under the proposed legislation to more than 24 million by 2026. Compared to estimates of current law, that would translate to more than 52 million Americans without health insurance by that year. 


Economic Contributions of the Off-Highway Equipment Industry

AEM | Posted on March 13, 2017

For 2016, the IHS estimates there was $31.3 trillion in total sales activity in the United States across all sectors; of that total, IHS estimates that $416.2 billion in sales was supported by the o -highway equipment and ancillary products industry’s economic activity. This occurred through approximately $266.5 billion in direct industry sales activity, such as the sales of equipment like skid steers and combines, which generated additional economic activity as dollars fl owed through the equipment manufacturing supply chain. This multiplier e ect drove an additional $94.7 billion in indirect sales in the supply chain for goods and services such as steel, electronics and banking services. Further, equipment companies and their suppliers hired and compensated employees, who, in turn, used their incomes to generate additional economic activity through the purchase of consumer goods and services. These third-order or ‘induced’ e ects amount to $55.0 billion in 2016.

1 in 4 Ohio hospitals could close under GOP Obamacare replacement, Ohio Hospitals Association chief says

Biz Journals | Posted on March 12, 2017

One in four Ohio hospitals could close if an Affordable Care Act replacement rescinds Medicaid expansion without a new revenue source, Ohio Hospital Association CEO Mike Abrams said, one of a growing chorus of Ohioans speaking up about the GOP health-care proposal.

New report offers insight into off-highway equipment

Farm Industry News | Posted on March 10, 2017

As the new Administration gets going, understanding certain segments of the economy will gain importance. One area that many don't consider is the off-highway equipment market, which includes farm equipment. A new report released by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers shows that off-highway equipment manufacturing supports about 1.3 million jobs and has contributed more than $159 billion to the Gross Domestic Product of the U.S. in 2016. The association unveiled the report during its Conexpo-Con/Agg 2017 event being held in Las Vegas. The construction industry's premier trade show brings in more than 130,000 attendees. The new report was prepared by HIS Markit, and looks at the size and reach of three major market sectors - construction, agriculture and energy.

Omaha’s Answer to Costly Potholes? Go Back to Gravel Roads

The New York Times | Posted on March 9, 2017

After living more than 40 years along a road plagued by potholes, Jo Anne Amoura was excited to see city crews shred her block of Leavenworth Street into gravel. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, this is great. We’re going to get a new street,’” Ms. Amoura recalled. “And then we waited and waited and waited.”Fresh pavement never arrived. Only after the asphalt had been ripped out almost three years ago did Ms. Amoura and her neighbors learn that their street had been “reclaimed,” Omaha City Hall’s euphemism for unpaving a road.“It’s really kind of like living in the country in the city,” said Ms. Amoura, 74. Her neighbors sometimes hauled wheelbarrows full of scattered gravel back up the hill after big rainstorms. And her house, she says, is regularly smudged with dirt blowing in from the street.