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January 31, 2013
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  • Mo. school district touts propane autogas' benefits, safety
    Fort Zumwalt School District in Missouri is singing the praises of propane autogas after buying eight autogas-fueled buses to reduce costs and emissions. "A propane bus, just like gasoline, runs very quiet. You can hear what's going on with the kids on the bus. It's a nice driving experience with an incredibly safe fuel tank," said Blue Bird CEO Phil Horlock, whose company manufactured the buses. Officials said the district plans to add 22 more autogas-powered buses to its fleet. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Emergency order in Wis. improves propane delivery to consumers
    The recent declaration of a state of emergency in Wisconsin helped propane suppliers in the state speed up deliveries and replenish their propane stocks during a cold snap. The declaration temporarily waived state regulations that limit trucking hours. "They needed to be able to drive on the weekend, but they would have totally been out of hours. So this emergency declaration allowed them to drive on the weekend as well to get caught up," said Betsy Ahner, executive director of the Wisconsin Propane Gas Association. WQOW-TV (Eau Claire, Wis.) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Chesapeake Energy CEO McClendon to step down on April 1
    Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon will leave the company he helped found, effective April 1. The firm's shares spiked 11% after his planned departure was made public. The company said it is conducting an investigation of McClendon's financial matters, including his involvement in Chesapeake's Founder Well Participation Program. Forbes (1/29), CNBC (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Several tools, techniques improve jobsite safety
    The use of different tools to improve jobsite safety has helped contractors reduce the number of injuries in the past decade, according to this piece. Many companies use statistics from agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that track recordable injuries, as well as other benchmarks. They also use technology along with behavior modification. For instance, at PCL Enterprises in Denver, workers are encouraged to help colleagues adopt and follow safety practices. Engineering News-Record (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • PERC Releases Video for the Residential Market
    The Propane Education & Research Council has released a new video titled Propane Appliances Save Money that presents a homebuilder explaining the cost-effective benefits of propane-fueled appliances. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Protect Customers Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
    Propane customers can be exposed to deadly carbon monoxide poisoning during the cold-weather months if they bring indoors their outdoor propane grills, portable heaters or generators, or use faulty or improperly placed indoor heaters. The Propane Education & Research Council offers a carbon monoxide safety brochure and electronic module that can be emailed to customers. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Are you a gracious boss?
    Bosses often focus so much on showing their strength and assertiveness that they forget to be gracious, writes Kevin Daum. Traits such as humility, empathy and a willingness to defer to others are important parts of modern leadership, Daum argues. "Simply put, the most gracious and powerful leaders are the ones who understand when to step back as a follower and let the most appropriate person lead," he writes. Inc. online (free registration) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to help your workers mind their manners
    Workplace civility is no longer a given, writes S. Chris Edmonds, and it's up to bosses to ensure that employees mind their manners. That starts with personally modeling the kind of courtesy and consideration you expect from subordinates, Edmonds writes. "The integrity of your civil workplace is built upon the constant demonstration of valued behaviors by anyone in a leadership position," he argues. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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