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Extracting Value

Surging commodity demand, soaring prices, increased consolidation, workforce shortages and increased safety and health reporting requirements---these

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Msha: Fatalities At All-Time Low In 2008

Preliminary data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) released today show that mine fatalities in 2008 fell to an all-time low recording a 31 percent drop from 2007. Metal/nonmetal mines recorded the lowest level of fatalities in that sector of mining since statistics were first recorded in 1910, and the fatality level in coal mines was the lowest recorded number since 2005.

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Builder Confidence Declines In January

Concerns about the faltering economy and reluctant home buyers pushed builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes down further in January, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released today. The HMI edged down a single point to a new record low of 8 in January.

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