UP train makes special stop for special child | Rio Grande Pacific names new senior VP of operations | NS-served terminals see higher-than-anticipated growth
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July 22, 2014
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Industry Update
Class I employment on the rise
Railroad worker with wrench
Class I railroad employment was up 1% as of mid-June 2014, according to the Surface Transportation Board. The jobs figure of 166,139 represented an increase from the same period in 2013 and a small jump from mid-May totals. RailwayAge.com (7/21)
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UP train makes special stop for special child
A Union Pacific train in Clinton, Utah, gave Matthew Mancil, 12, the surprise of his life when it stopped to give the learning-disabled child UP sunglasses, gloves, a vest and a toy lantern. "It means a lot to us," said Matthew's father, Aaron. "We still can't believe what he did. It's something Matthew will talk about for years to come." The Deseret News (Salt Lake City) (7/21)
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Rio Grande Pacific names new senior VP of operations
Bob Howery has been named senior vice president of operations of Rio Grande Pacific Corp., and the company has promoted Scott Wollack to the post of general manager of the New Orleans and Gulf Coast Railway. Howery is the former president of the New Orleans and Gulf Coast Railway and a veteran of Burlington Northern and BNSF. ProgressiveRailroading.com (7/21)
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Infrastructure & Economic Spotlight
NS-served terminals see higher-than-anticipated growth
South Carolina's State Ports Authority is reporting higher than targeted growth, with an 8% increase at Charleston-area terminals over the previous reporting period. Last year, the agency opened a $50 million Norfolk Southern-served transfer facility to handle Charleston terminal cargo. The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.) (free registration) (7/21)
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Economy poised to disappoint in 2014's second half
The economy appears to be improving, but Paul Vigna warns that many reasons for optimism are evaporating and that it seems the U.S. hasn't reached self-sustaining growth. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/Money Beat blog (7/21)
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Energy & Environmental Watch
EPA climate rules to undergo scrutiny at Senate panel hearing
A draft rule that would require existing power plants to reduce carbon emissions by 30% from the Environmental Protection Agency will be heard by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this week. EPA administrator Gina McCarthy will testify. The proposed regulation may also face scrutiny from the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on the environment. The Hill (7/21)
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