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Bredesen budget plan may include 1,000 layoffs, TN

May 26, 2009 4:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — About 1,000 state employees could lose their jobs because of Tennessee's worsening budget outlook.The Knoxville News Sentinel reports on its Web site that a draft of Gov. Phil Bredesen's plans to cope with the state's foundering revenue stream includes laying off up to 1,051...

HL:B.C. town's council votes to keep out First Nation-owned forestry company@

May 26, 2009 4:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOFINO, B.C. — Local politicians on the west coast of Vancouver Island want a First Nation-owned forestry company to stay out of the valleys of Clayoquot Sound.Councillors in Tofino, B.C., voted on a resolution Tuesday asking Iisaak Forest Resources Ltd. not to log in the sound.Iisaak Forest...

5th Circuit upholds judge in Katrina damage case, 1st Ld-Writethru, LA

May 26, 2009 4:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a judge's ruling that dismissed an engineering firm from a lawsuit involving a Hurricane Katrina damage case.David and Marilyn Aikens, of Pass Christian, Miss., appealed U.S. District Judge L.T. Senter Jr.'s ruling to dismiss Rimkus...

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Democrats stop voter ID bill, 4th Ld-Writethru, TX

May 26, 2009 4:47 pm | by JAY ROOT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Democrats declared victory in the partisan battle over tightening voter identification laws, but their five-day filibuster left hundreds of bills dead and threatened to spark a special session this summer.With six days left in the 2009 session, there's theoretically time...

Tokyo stocks open higher on Wall St. rally, U.S. economic hopes+

May 26, 2009 4:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 27 (Kyodo) — Tokyo stocks opened sharply higher Wednesday morning on buoyed optimism about an economic turnaround in the United States after upbeat consumer confidence data drove Wall Street up overnight.In the first 15 minutes of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average gained 145.78...

P-I globe on list of 'endangered' properties, 1st Ld-Writethru, WA

May 26, 2009 4:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has released its 2009 list of endangered historic properties, and high on the list is a gigantic turquoise ball with an eagle on top.The Post-Intelligencer globe, a wonder of mid-20th century steel and neon lights, is among 13 properties...

LA company recalls shelled pistachio products, CA

May 26, 2009 4:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A food company is recalling pistachios sold in Los Angeles under the label Wild Rose because they could be contaminated with salmonella.Season Produce Co. of Los Angeles says the packages of roasted and salted shelled pistachios were sold between Jan. 28 and March 28.No illnesses...

Burris promises fundraiser he'll 'do something', 12th Ld-Writethru, IL

May 26, 2009 4:36 pm | by MIKE ROBINSON - AP Legal Affairs Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Sen. Roland Burris promised to "personally do something" for Gov. Rod Blagojevich's campaign fund while pressing the then-governor's brother for appointment to the Senate, a transcript of a wiretapped conversation showed Tuesday."Tell Rod to keep me in mind for that seat, would ya?"...

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Accused NV water district official seeks dismissal, NV

May 26, 2009 4:36 pm | by SCOTT SONNER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A lawyer representing one of the Nevada irrigation district officials indicted on federal fraud charges says the accused are victims of a "witch hunt" by overzealous special agents and confidential informants who are mostly disgruntled employees with axes to grind.Reno defense...

Sentencing delayed for Knox Co. convicted murderer, IL

May 26, 2009 4:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — Sentencing has been postponed for a Galesburg man convicted in the fatal shooting of a Chicago man at a pub in western Illinois last year.A Knox County judge also was to hear Tuesday a motion for a new trial for 32-year-old Marlon Brown. Brown was found guilty in March of...

Highlights of Schwarzenegger's $5.5 billion cut, CA

May 26, 2009 4:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger released nearly $5.5 billion in additional budget cuts Tuesday after abandoning plans to erase part of California's deficit with borrowed money.His finance team confirmed the state's deficit would reach $24.3 billion for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The...

Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Investigation on Behalf of Shareholders of Data Domain, Inc. Business Editors/Legal Editors

May 26, 2009 4:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BENSALEM, Pa.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 27, 2009-- Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that it is investigating potential claims against the board of directors of Data Domain, Inc. ("Data Domain" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:DDUP) related to the Company's merger agreement with NetApp, Inc. to...

Venezuela ends mining concession for Gold Reserve, 1st Ld-Writethru, LT

May 26, 2009 4:25 pm | by RACHEL JONES - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela refused to renew a gold concession held by U.S. miner Gold Reserve Inc. on Wednesday as President Hugo Chavez seeks to boost state control over the nation's gold deposits.The Mining Ministry rejected the company's request to extend the contract for its Brisas del...

Poll: 61% of Michigan voters give Obama good grade, MI

May 26, 2009 4:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A poll of Michigan voters finds 61 percent say Barack Obama is doing an excellent or pretty good job as president, while 37 percent grade his performance fair or poor.Thirty-nine percent say his administration's policies have helped the U.S. auto industry, while 42 percent say...

Albuquerque district finds $16 million, NM

May 26, 2009 4:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Public Schools officials announced Tuesday they had located $16 million in a cash-reserves fund — money that had gone unreported for at least 10 years.Superintendent Winston Brooks said he was "quite frankly embarrassed on behalf of the district."Brooks credited...

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