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State gets stimulus money for water projects, 1st Ld-Writethru, CA

May 21, 2009 5:24 pm | by NOAKI SCHWARTZ - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is awarding California nearly $440 million in stimulus money to fund water projects around the state.The state Water Resources Control Board would get $280 million and the California Department of Public Health $159 million, largely to...

McBride seeks dialogue with reservation districts, 1st Ld-Writethru, WY

May 21, 2009 5:24 pm | by MEAD GRUVER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jim McBride says he is reaching out to tribal leaders to try to improve education on the Wind River Indian Reservation.McBride met recently with the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho business councils to discuss the three poorly...

LEAD: N.Y. stocks plunge on bleak job data+

May 21, 2009 5:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK, May 21 (Kyodo) — (EDS: RECASTING WITH END OF TRADING)New York stocks tumbled on Thursday on bleak job data that refueled traders' concern over the future of the U.S. economy.The 30-issue Dow Jones Industrial Average, which lost 52.81 points Wednesday, shed an additional 129.91 points to...

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Bill to define marriage in DC introduced in House, 1st Ld-Writethru, DC

May 21, 2009 5:24 pm | by BRIAN WESTLEY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican-led group of lawmakers wants to define marriage in the District of Columbia as between a man and a woman.The group introduced a bill in the House on Thursday, hoping to thwart a city council vote this month recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other...

Conn. House passes regional incentives bill, APFN

May 21, 2009 5:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a bill that would encourage cities and towns to cooperate with one another and share resources.Starting in 2011, the legislation would provide a portion of state sales tax revenue to municipalities that...

Palin rejects energy stimulus money from feds, 5th Ld-Writethru

May 21, 2009 5:23 pm | by RACHEL D'OROAssociated Press | News | Comments

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Thursday vetoed $80 million from appropriation bills, including $28.6 million from the federal stimulus funds for energy efficiency.Despite pressure from some lawmakers and others to accept the federal money, the Republican governor said she won't...

Wyoming Indian tribe selling beef to Whole Foods, APFN

May 21, 2009 5:18 pm | by CATHERINE TSAI - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Northern Arapaho Tribe has agreed to sell beef raised on its 595,000 certified organic acres in Wyoming to Whole Foods Market Inc., its first major retail customer.Panorama Meats Inc. is partnering with the tribe to offer Angus beef from the tribe's Arapaho Ranch on the...

Conn. unemployment rises to 7.9 percent in April, APFN

May 21, 2009 5:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's Labor Department says the state's unemployment rate rose from 7.5 percent to 7.9 percent in April, but is still a full point lower than the national average.The state lost 11,900 non-farm jobs during the month, and the number of unemployed workers has jumped...

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Louisiana's revenue forecast grows worse, APFN

May 21, 2009 5:18 pm | by MELINDA DESLATTE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's income estimates for next year's budget grew a bit grimmer Thursday after the state's revenue forecasting panel dropped the projections another $30 million.The revision, by the Revenue Estimating Conference, for the new fiscal year starting July 1 was a slight...

INDEX:Business, Celebrity, Entertainment, Justice, Politics@

May 21, 2009 5:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OTTAWA — More than 40 per cent of the people following the inquiry into the Mulroney-Schreiber affair believe Brian Mulroney broke the law, a new poll suggests.The inquiry is looking at the business dealings between the former prime minister and Karlheinz Schreiber, although it is specifically...

Aruba Networks fiscal 3Q loss narrows, APFN

May 21, 2009 5:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — Wireless networking technology company Aruba Networks Inc. reported a narrowed fiscal third-quarter loss on Thursday with revenue growth that beat analysts' expectations.The company's shares jumped 54 cents, or 10.5 percent, in after-hours trading, after finishing regular...

HL:Pratt & Whitney withdraws from supplying engines to Russian helicopters: reports@

May 21, 2009 5:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTREAL — Pratt & Whitney Canada, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) has withdrawn from a contract to supply engines for Russia's new Mi-38 transport helicopter, a Russian news agency reported Thursday.The Quebec-based engine manufacturer and Helicopters of Russia signed a memorandum...

Power Medical Interventions(r) Receives NASDAQ Panel Decision

May 21, 2009 5:17 pm | by GLOBE NEWSWIREAssociated Press | News | Comments

LANGHORNE, Pa., May 21, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Power Medical Interventions(r), Inc. (Nasdaq:PMII), a leader in developing and commercializing Intelligent Surgical Instruments(tm), today announced that it has received notification from the NASDAQ Listing Qualifications Panel stating that the Panel...

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HL:Forensic psychiatrist: Dziekanski not suffering from delirium when Tasered@

May 21, 2009 5:17 pm | by Steve Mertl@Associated Press | News | Comments

VANCOUVER — Robert Dziekanski's mental state, a core issue at an inquiry into his death, got a fresh appraisal Thursday from a forensic psychiatrist who contradicted a colleague's contention the Polish immigrant was delirious when police confronted him.Dr. Paul Janke, who deals with mentally...

Group: BLM under-inspects oil and gas wells, 1st Ld-Writethru, MT

May 21, 2009 5:17 pm | by KAHRIN DEINES - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An environmental group has released a report finding U.S. Bureau of Land Management environmental inspections have not kept pace with oil and natural gas development in five energy-rich Western states.The report released by the Western Organization of Resource Councils on...

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