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Beer tax on tap for health care?, 4th Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 7:29 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Six-Pack may have to hand over nearly $2 more for a case of beer to help provide health insurance for all.Details of the proposed beer tax are described in a Senate Finance Committee document distributed to lawmakers before a closed-door meeting Wednesday. Senators are...

Increase Cash Flow, Control Costs and Improve Efficiency

May 20, 2009 7:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Controlling costs is high on today's business agenda. Reducing mail expenditure, improving cash flow and increasing postal efficiency will make a significant contribution to the bottom line.Using a franking machine (http://www.neopost.co.uk/index.asp?Page2747) is an easy, affordable and flexible...

Double bookings at arenas can mean double trouble, APFN

May 20, 2009 7:24 am | by EDDIE PELLS - AP National Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — The soothing sounds of Yanni and the chair-breaking chaos of pro wrestling have this much in common: They put bodies in the seats, money in the register and have caused the NHL and NBA a couple of headaches this playoff season.They also remind that while teams like the Denver Nuggets...

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Louisiana House approves new fee for phone cards, APFN

May 20, 2009 7:23 am | by DOUG SIMPSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — People who buy prepaid cell phone cards should pay a 60-cent fee each time they buy a new package of minutes to pay for upgrades to the statewide 911 emergency system, the Louisiana House voted.Cell phone and landline customers who pay monthly already have an 85-cent fee...

IBM spent more than $2M lobbying government in 1Q, APFN

May 20, 2009 7:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — IBM Corp. shelled out more than $2 million on lobbying in the first quarter, according to a recent disclosure report, sustaining its heavy investment in Washington at a time when government-funded technology projects are getting a higher profile.The Armonk, N.Y.-based company,...

Winners of 2009 small business awards, LA

May 20, 2009 7:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The winners of the 2009 Louisiana small business awards, as selected by Louisiana Economic Development and the U.S. Small Business Administration:

HL:Route Inc.'s Q1 revenue ballons to $439K, helps narrow loss@

May 20, 2009 7:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — Route1 Inc. (TSXV:ROI), a provider of security and identity management network technology, narrowed its first-quarter loss as revenue more than doubled from the same time last year.The sales for the period ended March 31 ballooned to $439,000 from $194,000, the company reported...

LEAP score improve in New Orleans schools, LA

May 20, 2009 7:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Test scores jumped sharply throughout the New Orleans public schools.That's according to figures released Wednesday by state officials.Scores went up at both charter and traditional schools. In most grade levels and subject areas, the pace of growth in New Orleans significantly...

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Washington governor signs new $35B state budget, APFN

May 20, 2009 7:18 am | by CURT WOODWARD - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire approved the state's $35 billion two-year operating budget, calling the slash-and-burn spending plan a "necessary evil" that manages to protect education programs while waiting out a deep recession.Gregoire mostly agreed with the spending plan...

HL:CVTech subsidiary wins $150 million contract with National Grid USA Companies@

May 20, 2009 7:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. — CVTech Group Inc. (TSX:CVT) has won a $150-million contract for the construction, maintenance and repair of electrical distribution lines in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.The three-year contract granted by the National Grid USA Companies to Thiro USA Inc., a CVTech...

Report: Sandusky housing most affordable in US, OH

May 20, 2009 7:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A report from a housing industry trade group says Sandusky in northern Ohio has the most affordable housing market in the country.The study released Monday by the National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo & Co. says 97.9 percent of homes sold in Sandusky during the...

Jack in the Box settles claim on behalf of worker, TN

May 20, 2009 7:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Fast-food chain Jack in the Box has settled a lawsuit filed by federal officials on behalf of a worker at a Nashville restaurant for $20,000.The Tennessean reported Frances Griffith, a white hostess, said she was subjected to repeated "obscene racial epithets" by...

Vermont governor proposes alternative budget, APFN

May 20, 2009 7:13 am | by LISA RATHKE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Wanting to avoid a veto, Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas presented an alternative budget to the $4.5 billion plan approved by the Legislature, but Democratic lawmakers said the governor's proposal does little more than shift costs and responsibilities.Calling the administration's...

Analyst: Survey says IGT product most improved, APFN

May 20, 2009 7:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A recent survey indicates International Game Technology had the most improved product offering at one of the casino industry's biggest conventions, an analyst said Wednesday.UBS's Sam Theodore said the firm's latest slot industry poll shows customers favored IGT's products at the...

US Travel Assn. spent $308,500 lobbying in 1Q, APFN

May 20, 2009 7:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The US Travel Association, which represents airlines, hotels and tourism agencies, spent $308,500 lobbying on travel spending by companies who get government aid and other issues, according to a recent disclosure form.The group, formerly the Travel Industry Association of America,...

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