RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:
NPR's business news starts with oil refineries bracing for Irene.
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MONTAGNE: Oil refineries along the East Coast are battening down the hatches, as Hurricane Irene approaches. There are eight major refineries in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. They're starting to turn off equipment and tie down parts of their facilities that could be damaged. It could take weeks after the shutdown to bring production back to normal levels. The potential drop-off in shipments is already boosting gas prices.
DAVID GREENE, Host:
A thumbs-up from the government today would allow Boeing to make its first shipments, and they would go to a Japanese airline. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.