Deadline to remain Feb. 17: Bucking the Obama administration, House Republicans defeated a bill today to postpone the upcoming transition from analog to digital television broadcasting to June 12—leaving the current Feb. 17 deadline intact for now. The 258-168 vote failed to clear the two-thirds threshold needed for passage. It’s a victory for the GOP members, who warn that postponing the transition would confuse consumers. The defeat is a setback for the administration of President Barack Obama and Democrats on Capitol Hill, who fear too many Americans won’t be ready for next month’s analog shutoff. The Nielsen Co. estimates more than 6.5 million U.S. households are not prepared for the transition.
Can be used in food, drinks, nutritional supplements: Albemarle is teaming up with Zymes to scale up production of a new product that allows vitamins and ingredients to clearly dissolve in water. Ubisol-Aqua allows nonwater soluble ingredients to be added, without clouding up water. Plans are in the works for food, drink and nutritional supplement companies to use the product. Albemarle is manufacturing the lead compound in Ubisol-Aqua at its plant in South Haven, Mich.