In brief: Bridgeville lighting plant could close

In brief: Bridgeville lighting plant could close

August 20, 2016 12:00 AM

Bridgeville lighting plant could close

General Electric has announced plans to close its Bridgeville lighting plant, which it said is operating at 80 percent below capacity. The company blamed a shift away from the incandescent, halogen and other tradition bulbs made at the plant. About 60 workers at the plant are represented by the IUE-CWA. The union has 60 days to offer alternatives to closing the plant, GE said. About 77 percent of the workers qualify for retirement benefits, the company said.

WTO largely sides with EU over Russian ban on pork products

A World Trade Organization panel has largely sided with the European Union in its dispute with Russia over a Russian ban of imports of EU pigs, pork and pig products. Russia imposed the bans starting in early 2014 following some cases of African swine fever in the EU. The EU said Friday’s WTO announcement shows Russia’s measures “have little to do with any real sanitary or health risks.” The bloc said Russia continues to restrict trade in most products in the case under a “politically motivated ban” imposed on EU food products in August 2014.

Twitter unveils features to filter tweets, notifications

Twitter has announced two new settings that will allow users to control what they see in their feeds. Twitter says in a blog post it has modified its notification settings to include the ability to see only notifications from people they follow. It’s also introducing what it calls a “quality filter.” Twitter says the feature will filter out duplicate tweets or content that appears to be automated. The announcement from San Francisco-based Twitter comes a month after “Saturday Night Live” and “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones publicly called on Twitter to do more to curb harassment on the platform. 

Amtrak taps former freight railroad head to be new CEO

The former head of the Norfolk Southern freight railroad, Charles “Wick” Moorman, has been tapped to be president and CEO of Amtrak, the nation’s passenger railroad. Amtrak owns most of the track it operates on in the busy Northeast Corridor, but throughout most of the rest of the country it operates on tracks owned by freight railroads. Amtrak envisions creating a network of interconnected rail corridors that would allow the company to expand passenger service to more communities. Mr. Moorman, a native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was president and CEO of Norfolk Southern Railway from 2004 to 2013. Amtrak carries operates more than 300 trains daily and carries more than 30 million passengers a year. 

Old steel mill will soon be world’s largest vertical farm

Stacks of leafy greens are sprouting inside an old brewery in New Jersey. AeroFarms is one of several companies creating new ways to grow indoors year-round to solve problems like the drought out West, frost in the South or other unfavorable conditions affecting farmers. The company is in the process of building what an industry group says is the world’s largest commercial vertical farm at the site of an old steel mill in New Jersey’s largest city. It will contain 12 layers of growth on 3½ acres, producing 2 million pounds of food per year. Production is set to begin next month.

From staff and wire reports

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