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Legislative session hits mid-point Tuesday, LA

May 24, 2009 7:58 am | by MELINDA DESLATTE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Tax breaks are stalled. Budget cuts are under negotiation. And bans on smoking in bars, hand-held cell phone use while driving and dental work at schools are awaiting their fate.Very little is decided as the Legislature's regular session nears its halfway mark Tuesday.Only...

HL:Lyoto Machida impresses in winning UFC light-heavyweight title@

May 24, 2009 7:53 am | by Neil Davidson@Associated Press | News | Comments

LAS VEGAS — Add Lyoto Machida to the mix for best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet.The Brazilian southpaw dethroned Rashad Evans at UFC 98 on Saturday night, finishing the light-heavyweight champion quickly and brutally in the second round to maintain his unbeaten record before 12,606 at the...

Economy takes bite out of mobile dental program, 1st Ld-Writethru, MO

May 24, 2009 7:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — State budget woes could force a nearly 50-year-old mobile dental program serving 30,000 developmentally disabled children and adults to cut way back on its services.As of Sept. 30, the state will eliminate its support for the dental program, which has two mobile clinics that...

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Industrial site draws big hopes in West Tennessee, 1st Ld-Writethru, TN

May 24, 2009 7:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

STANTON, Tenn. (AP) — Business boosters have big hopes for a West Tennessee industrial development site where Gov. Phil Bredesen wants to locate a solar energy plant.The 1,700-acre tract near Interstate 40 is designated by the Tennessee Valley Authority as a "megasite." Such sites are marketed by...

WWII veteran's story links French, US towns, 1st Ld-Writethru, TN

May 24, 2009 7:37 am | by KRISTIN M. HALL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A World War II veteran who earned medals for bravery has forged a unique connection between a French village and his small hometown in Tennessee.Robert Hamsley, a retired Army captain who lives in Lawrenceburg, is credited with liberating Plelo in western France in August...

Turnstiles turn for 'Museum,' 'Terminator'

May 24, 2009 7:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ben Stiller's "Night at the Museum" sequel and Christian Bale's "Terminator Salvation" are combining for a solid Memorial Day weekend at the box office.According to estimates from distributor 20th Century Fox, "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" took in $53.5 million...

Horse industry: Don't say 'neigh' to gambling, 1st Ld-Writethru, KY

May 24, 2009 7:31 am | by ROGER ALFORD - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Horse owners are out of the gate with an advertising campaign intended to persuade Kentuckians, especially Kentucky lawmakers, to allow the state's racetracks to offer casino-style gambling.The advocacy group Kentucky Equine Education Project contends in glossy brochures...

Journal Editorial Report for May 23, 2009

May 24, 2009 7:31 am | by Bret StephensAssociated Press | News | Comments

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Film production studio gets tax zone in Mich., MI

May 24, 2009 7:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A Renaissance Zone for the city of Pontiac that would exempt a movie production studio from property taxes has been approved by the Michigan Economic Development Corp.Motown Motion Pictures LLC would be fully exempt from property taxes through 2021, when a gradual phase-out...

Hundreds of UK lawmakers could face ouster or quit, 3rd Ld-Writethru, EU

May 24, 2009 7:26 am | by DAVID STRINGER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — A major purge of veteran lawmakers is likely at Britain's next national election due to mounting public anger over the expenses scandal, opposition leader David Cameron said, as a new study estimated that more than 300 lawmakers could be forced out.Cameron, who has ordered some of his...

Komodo dragon attacks terrorize Indonesia villages

May 24, 2009 7:21 am | by IRWAN FIRDAUS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

KOMODO ISLAND, Indonesia (AP) — Komodo dragons have shark-like teeth and poisonous venom that can kill a person within hours of a bite. Yet villagers who have lived for generations alongside the world's largest lizard were not afraid — until the dragons started to attack.The stories spread quickly...

Tannery owner admits chromium 6 was used, 1st Ld-Writethru, MO

May 24, 2009 7:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The former owner of a St. Joseph tannery that is being sued over health concerns acknowledged that the plant used a cancer-causing chemical, but he said the tanning process posed no danger to the public.The former Prime Tanning plant in St. Joseph has been sued over concerns...

Long-pledged Mass. rail project faces fiscal woes, 1st Ld-Writethru, MA

May 24, 2009 7:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Treasurer Timothy Cahill is cautioning the Patrick administration to think twice before moving ahead with a long-promised commuter rail project linking New Bedford and Fall River to Boston.South Coast communities have pushed for the rail for decades. And Gov. Deval...

Ex-gov's troubles threaten place in NC history, 1st Ld-Writethru, NC

May 24, 2009 7:10 am | by GARY D. ROBERTSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley preferred sending an e-mail to getting on the phone, meeting in small groups instead of giving speeches, and spending a quiet weekend at home rather than traveling the Democratic Party's rubber-chicken circuit."I like to get to work and solve...

HL:Canadian Banks to start reporting quarterly earnings this week@

May 24, 2009 7:10 am | by Gary Norris@Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — From the woulda-coulda-shoulda file: Royal Bank stock(TSX:RY) was on sale in late February for less than $26, and the other Canadian banks were similarly discounted.Shares in the Royal, Canada's biggest bank, closed Friday at $42.25, still off from over $50 last September but up by 65 per...

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