CIRAS DIGEST: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

  • In the latest of cycle of hand-wringing/fist pumping displays of agony ecstasy, Yahoo Finance notes that “Finally, a pulse has returned to global manufacturing.” The article goes on to say that this news is being met by “optimism tempered with skepticism.”
  • In a mildly related theme, the San Jose Mercury News has an article about Silicone Valley workers shifting from making computer to making software, because “ ‘It’s all about the applications these days.’ ”
  • The Des Moines Register has a story about efforts to find state money for RefugeeRISE, an organization that helps immigrants find jobs.
  • Meanwhile, The Street website has a story about calls from an Atlanta manufacturer who wants to the government to expand H-1B visas so that companies can import manufacturing workers.
  • According to KWWL-TV in Waterloo and number they got from Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill North3y, Iowa farmland values are down nearly 9 percent from 2015, and “experts say many farmers will be lucky to break even this year.”
  • And finally, the Iowa Utilities Board delayed again in giving the official go-ahead for construction of the Bakken oil pipeline. The Des Moines Register says the state is still reviewing to make sure that the oil company involved is complying with all of the state-imposed conditions.

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