CIRAS Digest: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

  • First, the raw economic news. If you haven’t heard, it’s a been a bad couple of days for chickens, as documented this morning by the Des Moines Register.
  • Meanwhile, The New York Times weighed in over the weekend to document its account of the Des Moines Water Works water-quality lawsuit. The headline says this will put “ ’Iowa Nice’ to a Test.’ ” The story includes Bill Stowe making an “Alice in Wonderland” reference.
  • Elsewhere, the Des Moines Business Record is citing a study saying Iowa women lose nearly $4.9 billion every year because they’re paid only 78 percent of what men are.
  • In one of several pro-pipeline pieces that ran over the weekend, the Mason City Globe Gazette has a column by a Mitchell County supervisor calling for action on “Iowa’s natural gas issues.”
  • And out east, the Bangor Daily News has a similar-themed column from a paper-company executive arguing that Maine’s manufacturing would get much better if it built a pipeline to let manufacturers there use cheap natural gas.
  • Fortune has a story about this month’s opening of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago, a complicated consortium that’s supposed to figure out how digital technology will change the manufacturing sector.
  • And Forbes has a study saying most CEOS are focusing on mobile technology.
  • Also, some British aerospace and metal companies apparently have formed a consortium to make high-quality and cheap titanium powder – with the idea of using it (along with lasers) in an additive manufacturing process that they think could lead to innovative new airplane designs. This, according to the International Business Times and a website called Aerospace-Technology.
  • And last but not least, the Wall Street Journal says Ford is planning to spend $2.5 billion to expand one plant in Mexico and open another.

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