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Walls rise as Emerson begins hiring

Construction crews worked to place the walls of Emerson Process Management’s Sherman plant expansion Tuesday afternoon. The manufacturing company in south Sherman is hiring 22 new employees as part of an $8 million upgrade to its Fisher Controls production line, which creates industrial-strength valves for the energy sector and other producers.

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Can technology stop scourge of bicycle thefts?

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Urban cyclists have more in common than an aptitude for pedaling through city streets — they share the ever-present dread of one day discovering their bicycle missing from the bike rack, or finding only the skeletal remains of its wheel-less frame.

Biofuels industry in regulatory gridlock as it awaits EPA ruling

FORT WORTH — Seven years ago President George W. Bush signed a law requiring that refineries blend fuels derived from corn, animal fat and plant waste into the nation’s fuel supply. But the industry it spawned says it’s on the verge of plant closures and layoffs if the federal government doesn’t clear up uncertainty about future fuel standards.