National Fuel seekscut in customer rates
ERIE -- National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp. will ask the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to cut its customer rates by 4.3 percent for the period beginning Aug. 1 through July 31, 2003.
Average homeowners who use about 115,000 cubic feet of natural gas a year should see their annual fuel bill decrease from $962.88 to $920.88 if the reduction is approved.
National Fuel has about 214,000 customers in 14 northwestern Pennsylvania counties, including Mercer.
Ohio stands to losejob training funds
COLUMBUS -- Federal officials say Ohio stands to lose millions of dollars in federal job training funds because the money hasn't been spent. Federal regulators have written Ohio officials a letter noting that as of September, the state had spent 28 percent of $131.4 million of the money it received in July 2000. The state received an additional $130 million in 2001.
International Truckwill trim Ohio jobs
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) -- International Truck and Engine Corp. plans to cut 515 jobs from its Springfield operations in March, bringing the number of job losses to more than 2,100 since November 2000.
Four hundred union workers will lose their jobs in March, said the company, whose parent is Navistar International Corp. in suburban Chicago. Fifty-five salaried and 60 nonunion workers also will be laid off.
Associated Press

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