As I suspected, the Press business section piece was about the GE purchase of Smiths Industries. They answered all the relevant questions about potential impact on local publics. Not only did the article ameliorate fears, it accentuated the positive.
That's not "spin," by the way. Sometimes the truth is actually good. I'm glad the Press got that and reported it honestly. Other regional media carried similar stories.
That means the local Smiths PR staff was on the spot. Kudos to Jennifer Villarreal.