Tom's Mailbag, Oct. 2, 2015

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U.S. regulator missed its best chance to catch VW cheating

JASON KEYSER, Associated Press

U.S. hiring slowed in September as global economy weakened


Brewery moving into TK Wendl's site

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Apart from low unemployment, just how healthy is job market?


Caterpillar announces 230 layoffs at factory in East Peoria

EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. says it is indefinitely laying off 230 workers at its plant in East Peoria.

ConAgra cuts 1,500 jobs; moving HQ from Omaha to Chicago

JOSH FUNK, AP Business Writer

Financing holds up Rantoul hotel

RANTOUL — A hotel to be built in Rantoul will be delayed, but is still coming.

Rebecca Motley, co-economic development director, told the Rantoul Economic Development Advisory board that financing issues had delayed the project.

She said hotel officials "are working on their financing package."

Danville Applebee's will mean 100 jobs

DANVILLE — The franchise company that's opening an Applebee's in Danville plans to hire around 100 people to run the restaurant.

Scott Fischer, director of marketing for American Franchise Capital, which has 56 Applebee's restaurants throughout the Midwest, said the company is "highly selective" in choosing locations and that Danville was a perfect fit.

VW details brands affected by scandal; fix due in October

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen's commercial vehicles and cars from its Spanish unit SEAT are among the 11 million fitted with a diesel engine that can cheat on emissions tests, the company said Tuesday.