Alpha Natural Resources Selects Plum Energy To Supply LNG for Eagle Butte Mine Haul Trucks Sep 19, 2014 01:56PM

BRISTOL, Va., Sept. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE: ANR), announced today that Plum Energy LLC will construct a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant on property adjacent to Alpha Coal West Inc.'s Eagle Butte Mine, near Gillette, Wyoming.  The Plum Energy facility will supply LNG to Alpha Coal West's mine haul vehicles, producing cost efficiencies and fuel savings for its mining operations.

Natural gas becomes LNG when the gas is cooled to more than 260 degrees below zero and the volume becomes 1/600th of the gaseous form, turning the gas into a liquid fuel.  LNG is a clean, efficient fuel and is extremely attractive from a price point when compared to the cost of conventional diesel fuel.

Alpha Coal West began testing LNG technologies developed by GFS Corp. in trucks at the Belle Ayr Mine in 2012, beginning a pilot program of the world's first LNG-powered mine haul trucks.  After 18 months of daily operation, Alpha Coal West decided to proceed with the conversion to LNG of its 16 Caterpillar 793 haul trucks at the nearby Eagle Butte Mine.  Alpha Coal West expects the alterations to the trucks, each of which is capable of hauling 240-tons of coal, or the equivalent of two railroad cars, to be completed by the end of 2014.

Plum Energy's LNG plant at the Eagle Butte Mine, scheduled to come online in March 2015, will be able to produce 28,500 gallons of LNG a day.  In addition, Plum Energy has designed an LNG refueling station that will be constructed on-site at Eagle Butte, which will be capable of refueling eight trucks simultaneously.

"We are delighted to assist in bringing cleaner burning, lower cost LNG to Alpha Coal West and to Wyoming," said Kirt Montague, chief executive officer of Plum Energy.  "This project not only will reduce fuel costs for Alpha Coal West, but will also help solidify supply lines for other LNG users in the Powder River Basin."

Alpha Natural Resources President Paul Vining says, "The construction of the LNG plant fits with ongoing efforts to control costs.  Switching the Alpha Coal West fleet to the combined use of LNG and diesel will also lead to more efficient operation and longer engine life for the trucks."

"We are excited by this development," said Jason Green, President and CTO of GFS Corp.  "Alpha Natural Resources continues to demonstrate their vision of a more sustainable and efficient future for mining operations. They have been a terrific partner and we are committed to continuing to provide them with state of the art natural gas + diesel solutions for their fleet."

Alpha Coal West's demand for LNG is expected to be about 6,400 gallons a day to fuel its trucks.  As the plant grows, excess product can be sold to other companies in the area as they convert their haul trucks and other equipment to the lower emission and cost-efficient LNG.

About Alpha Natural Resources

Alpha Natural Resources is one of the largest and most regionally diversified coal suppliers in the United States. With affiliate mining operations in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Wyoming, Alpha supplies metallurgical coal to the steel industry and thermal coal to generate power to customers on five continents.  Alpha is committed to being a leader in mine safety with its Running Right safety process, and an environmental steward in the communities where its affiliates operate. For more information, visit Alpha's website ( or Facebook

About Plum Energy

Plum Energy is focused on the development of small-scale LNG value chains to service the industrial and transportation markets.  In addition to developing its own projects, the company provides services to other companies seeking to develop small-scale LNG projects involving various aspects of the value chain.  Plum's key management team has extensive experience with, and deep relationships across, all aspects of the small-scale LNG chain, ranging from the design and operation of small-scale LNG production plants, through the transport and delivery of the product to the onsite storage and regasification for end users' applications.  

About GFS Corp

GFS Corp designs, manufactures and sells proprietary solutions that enable high horsepower, heavy duty diesel engines to operate on natural gas.  The company's primary focus is providing fully integrated alternative fuel solutions for the mining, construction, stationary power and rail markets.

SOURCE Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.

Job Haines Home, an Assisted Living Residence, Attains "Advanced Standing" Placement from New Jersey Department of Health Sep 19, 2014 01:56PM

Bloomfield, New Jersey (PRWEB) September 21, 2014

The Job Haines Home, an assisted living residence in Bloomfield, N.J., has received "Advanced Standing" status from the New Jersey Department of Health in recognition of its high quality of service and standards. This distinction is bestowed upon an assisted living facility that successfully complies with all state, federal and local regulations that pertain to licensed assisted living facilities in the State of New Jersey.

The program Advanced Standing criteria were established in 2012 by the New Jersey Department of Health to create a standard that is designed to elevate quality of care at assisted living facilities. Although all assisted living residences are welcome to participate in the voluntary program, only those that have attained the highest standards of care and quality receive the Advanced Standing status. Additionally, these facilities prove their dedication to quality by participating in the National Center for Assisted Living's Quality Performance Measures Survey and by meeting the benchmarks for certain prescribed quality indicators as chosen by the Peer Review Panel of the Health Care Association of New Jersey Foundation.

The Job Haines Home, which has been in operation for over a century, offers a full scope of senior living services: assisted living, long-term care, sub-acute care and respite stays. It is named for Job Haines, a prominent Newark, N.J. businessman whose bequest of a parcel of land eventually became one of the nation's first facilities designed specifically for senior living. It moved to its current location in the heart of Bloomfield in 1903. In recent years it expanded its capabilities to include assisted living, skilled nursing and a sub-acute rehabilitation unit to meet the evolving needs of residents and the wider community.

The staff and operations at Job Haines Home were reviewed in the following areas:

   •  Health care needs assessed and provided
   •  Medications and treatments administered as ordered
   •  Meal service and diet requests provided
   •  Activity programs are provided and specific programming for residents with cognitive issues
   •  Housekeeping services and kitchen sanitation
   •  Employees are trained and licensed/certified as required
   •  Medical record review for required care and services

"Every day, the staff at Job Haines Home upholds a long tradition of excellence," noted President and Executive Director Noreen Haveron, BSW, LNHA, MPA. "Attaining the Advanced Standing placement is not only an outstanding achievement for our employees but also a powerful reflection of their enduring commitment to providing quality care for seniors in so many ways."

For more information about the levels of care offered to seniors at Job Haines Home or to arrange a tour, call (973) 743-0792 or visit the website.


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Habitat for Humanity's Partnership Village Receives Additional Affordable Housing Program Grant Sep 19, 2014 01:54PM

BENTON, Ark., Sept. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Four new homes are under construction in Partnership Village with help from a $27,976 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant from Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) and Bank of the Ozarks.

Partnership Village is an affordable housing community of single-family homes in Benton, Arkansas, developed by Habitat for Humanity of Saline County, Arkansas (HFH Saline County) for very low- to low-income homeowners.

The AHP grant will be used for development, infrastructure, and closing costs for the new homes, which helps HFH Saline County reduce the mortgage payments for the qualified families, to amounts that are within their means.

This is the fourth AHP grant provided to HFH Saline County for Partnership Village. Other funding sources include grants, fundraising, and donations of land, material, and labor.

"This partnership has been a critical part of our growth over the past eight years," said Karma Herzfeld, executive director of HFH Saline County. "These funds help us keep our mortgages affordable for very low-income residents of Saline County. We are honored to be one of the recipients of the 2014 AHP grants."

AHP grants are awarded through FHLB Dallas member financial institutions, such as Bank of the Ozarks, to assist in the development of affordable owner-occupied and rental housing for very low- to moderate-income households. 

"We are thrilled to once again be partnering with FHLB Dallas and HFH Saline County to provide much-needed affordable homeownership opportunities in Saline County, Arkansas," said Eric Gustafson, director of community development for Bank of the Ozarks.

This year, FHLB Dallas awarded $9.8 million in AHP funding to 33 projects primarily within its five-state District of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Texas. The 2014 grants will result in the creation or rehabilitation of 1,586 housing units.

Since the program's inception in 1990, FHLB Dallas has awarded more than $228 million in AHP grants to help approximately 42,000 families obtain safe, affordable, and quality housing. 

About the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas is one of 12 district banks in the FHLBank System created by Congress in 1932. FHLB Dallas, with total assets of $33.6 billion as of June 30, 2014, is a member-owned cooperative that supports housing and community development by providing competitively priced loans and other credit products to approximately 900 members and associated institutions in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Texas. For more information, visit the FHLB Dallas website at

About Bank of the Ozarks

Bank of the Ozarks, Inc. is a bank holding company with $6.3 billion in total assets as of June 30, 2014, and trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "OZRK." The company owns a state-chartered subsidiary bank that conducts banking operations through 164 offices in Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, New York, and California. The company's website is:


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The Best Travel Deals of 2014, Announced by Sep 19, 2014 01:52PM

SEATTLE, WA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/19/14 -- For those that are looking to get out and travel in 2014, it's important that they do the proper due diligence to ensure that they get the best deals possible. Saving a few dollars on a flight or hotel allows for travelers to have more to spend once they actually arrive at their destination.

The problem is that many online companies will make it look like travelers are saving money, only to hit them with excessive rate fees once they decide to book the trip. Luckily, not all of the sites out there at like that. According to MyRatePlan, a top travel comparison site, here are the three best travel deals in 2014.


Travelocity has long been one of the top choices for booking an entire vacation, so it's no surprise that it remains at the top of the list here. Travelocity allows users to save up to 45% with Travelocity Top Secret Hotels. Plus, travelers can truly narrow down and tailor their entire trip to ensure that they are getting the best deals at every part along their trip. With over 130 airlines and 140,000 hotels to choose from, there is a wide range of options for everyone from budget travelers to those that like to travel more extravagantly.

On top of the options, Travelocity is also great for those that travel frequently. They offer a rewards program that will substantially lower the prices of flights and hotels in the future. For those that are looking for an easy-to-use website that offers tons of options, as well as wonderful rewards with later purchases, it's hard to beat all that Travelocity offers.

Airline Mile Credit Cards

There are a variety of different credit card options out there for those who love to travel. By using an airline mile credit card, also known as a frequent flyer card, cardholders will be rewarded with miles or points when using their credit card. These miles will accumulate over time, and users can earn free flights, hotel stays, and various other travel rewards. For those looking to travel, using a travel credit card can result in significant savings.


The last consideration to make for those that are looking to save on their travel is Expedia offers an incredibly diverse list of options with their search tool, which makes it easy for travelers to find a variety of different hotels and flights. In addition, they offer a refund in the event that a cancellation occurs within 24 hours of the flight.

One bonus feature that Expedia offers is their Disney cruise special. Users can enjoy a relaxing cruise with comfortable staterooms, fine dining, great entertainment, and unparalleled access to Disney characters. With Expedia, users can get all this at a low price.

If it's time to get out and travel, then it's best to consider how to make the most of the experience by first looking at the travel deals listed here.

About is an authority comparison shopping website that allows consumers to compare mobile phones, cell phone plans, credit cards, tv, internet, and more. Using its comprehensive comparison tools, users are sure to find what they need.


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Former Texas Tech Chancellor Named New Vice Chairman of the Board of Kiromic, LLC Sep 19, 2014 01:52PM

LUBBOCK, Texas, Sept. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Kiromic, LLC, a Lubbock bio-pharmaceutical company, announced today the addition of Kent Hance, the former chancellor of Texas Tech University, to its board as the vice chairman. Hance retired as chancellor in July 2014, after raising $1.2 billion for the university.

"Kiromic is pleased to announce that Kent Hance, the most successful chancellor in the history of Texas Tech University, has joined the Kiromic team not only as an investor, but also as our new vice chairman of the board. Kent will add immensely valuable experience in the political, commercial, legal, and regulatory arenas, as Kiromic continues to establish itself as one of the world's leading immunotherapy R&D firms," said Scott Dahlbeck, MD, Pharm.D., CEO of Kiromic.

"Kiromic has a bright future.  They are on the cutting edge of cancer research in immunotherapy.  I am proud to work with some of the brightest scientists in the world," said Hance.

Hance, as chancellor, oversaw the administration of Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, and Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. University regents voted to name him chancellor-emeritus upon his retirement.            

Hance served in the state senate from 1975 to 1979, the U.S. Congress from 1979 to 1985, and on the Texas Railroad Commission from 1987 to 1990. In 1981 Hance carried and passed President Reagan's tax cut.  The tax cut remains the largest tax cut in history.

Kiromic's mission is to restore the lives of cancer patients through the research and discovery of new diagnostic and therapeutic products. Kiromic researchers have discovered a group of cancer-related proteins that are designed to safely awaken the body's immune system to effectively attack and remove cancer cells, and yet spare normal cells and tissues. In February 2014, the FDA gave approval to Kiromic to begin phase I/II clinical trials of its DC vaccine platform, one of the many products in its large immunotherapy product pipeline.

For further information about Kent Hance and Kiromic, please visit

About Kiromic, LLC: Kiromic, an NIH funded company, offers diagnostic and therapeutic immunotherapy and small molecule products primarily in the field of oncology, but also with potential applications in cardiology and peripheral vascular disease.  The company's diverse capabilities allow it to independently research new methods of cancer diagnosis and treatment, perform clinical trials, and continue to expand and develop its growing product pipeline.

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