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La. equal pay bill defeated by House, 1st Ld-Writethru, LA

May 21, 2009 9:13 am | by MELINDA DESLATTE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A state mandate that would require businesses to give equal pay to men and women performing the same jobs was overwhelmingly defeated by the Louisiana House on Thursday, amid strong opposition from business groups.The 59-33 vote against the bill wasn't surprising. The House...

Fitch Rates Lewisville, Texas' $11.9MM Waterworks & Sewer Revs 'AA'; Outlook Stable Business Editors

May 21, 2009 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AUSTIN, Texas-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009-- Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the City of Lewisville, Texas' $11.9 million waterworks and sewer system revenue bonds, series 2009. In addition, Fitch affirms its 'AA' rating on approximately $35.4 million outstanding parity revenue bonds....

US commerce secretary to speak at Detroit summit, MI

May 21, 2009 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will speak at a national conference in Detroit on the future of manufacturing, technology, energy and the environment.Organizers of The National Summit announced Thursday that Locke is among more than 60 leaders from the public and private sectors...

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ReneSola posts 1Q loss, cuts 2009 outlook

May 21, 2009 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Solar wafer maker ReneSola Ltd. posted a first-quarter loss, driven mainly by write-downs on the value of inventory, and cut its 2009 revenue outlook.The China-based company reported a quarterly loss of $30 million, or 22 cents per share, compared with earnings of $17.7 million, or...

Legislators praise gun smuggling bill, 1st Ld-Writethru, TX

May 21, 2009 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Legislation waiting to be approved by Gov. Rick Perry creates new state punishments for smuggling weapons illegally across the Texas-Mexico border.Attorney General Greg Abbott, Sen. John Carona of Dallas and Rep. Frank Corte of San Antonio say the bill will give more legal...

Chile announces $70 winter stipend to 4M poor, LT

May 21, 2009 9:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

VALPARAISO, Chile (AP) — Chile will hand out $70 stipends to help some 4 million poor Chileans withstand the economic slowdown during the coming South American winter, President Michelle Bachelet said Thursday.The money will be distributed in August to help Chile's "most vulnerable families face...

Oak Valley Community Bank Announces Hiring

May 21, 2009 9:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.ovcb.com () —Oak Valley Community Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ: OVLY), announced today that it has hired Deborah Kempton as Vice President and Branch Manager of its full-service branch in Sonora.With 26 years of banking and financial management...

Beacon Solutions Named Exclusive IT Services Supplier to DoD Contractor Business Editors/Technology Editors

May 21, 2009 9:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOUISVILLE, Ky. & CINCINNATI & COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 21, 2009-- Beacon Enterprise Solutions Group, Inc. (OTCBB: BEAC), a global leader in the high performance provision of advanced IT solutions, today announces it has been named as the exclusive supplier of IT products and services...

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University hopes to teach some iJournalism

May 21, 2009 9:06 am | by ALAN SCHER ZAGIER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, Missouri (AP) — Gadgets such as the Apple iPhone and the iPod Touch are mainstays on college campuses — largely for the devices' ability to help students escape the pressures of the classroom.Now the oldest U.S. journalism school is asking students to buy those or similar devices to...

Nationwide Insurance Announce 2009 On Your Side@ Tour Stops Business Editors

May 21, 2009 9:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009-- Tavis Smiley and Nationwide Insurance announced today the 2009 On Your Side(R) Tour will include free financial empowerment workshops inWashington DC, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Charlotte and Charleston, SC.The need to address financial literacy -...

/ CORRECTION - North Park University

May 21, 2009 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.northpark.edu/ () —In the news release, "Alford-Axelson Award Won by Girls in the Game and CommunityHealth," issued Thursday, May 14, 2009, by North Park University, we are advised by the company that the year of the organization's founding, in the third paragraph following the bullet...

HL:The Canadian Press World News Budget - Thursday, May 21, 2009.@

May 21, 2009 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Here are the budgeted stories as of 19:30 ET. The editor handling World news in Toronto can be reached at 416-507-2165.WASHINGTON @ — It was a day of duelling speeches on Thursday as U.S. President Barack Obama outlined his reasons for closing the Guantanamo Bay military prison only to be rebutted...

Firm: Calif. median home price down slightly, 2nd Ld, CA

May 21, 2009 9:01 am | by JACOB ADELMAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tracking firm says the median home price in California declined slightly last month from March.MDA DataQuick says in a report released Thursday the statewide median price sank just 0.9 percent to $221,000 in April, from $223,000 in March.The figures marked a third consecutive...

Funding Assists Community Targeted by Hate Crime in Edmonton

May 21, 2009 9:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mike Lake, Member of Parliament for Edmonton - Mill Woods -Beaumont, on behalf of the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, today announced funding support for security infrastructure enhancements at the Markaz-ul-Islam Society of Edmonton - a place of worship and Islamic Centre for...

Report places blame for Mass. Pike's Easter delays, 1st Ld-Writethru, MA

May 21, 2009 8:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — The decision by a former turnpike executive to "control costs and preserve revenue" was among the reasons cited for the miles-long traffic backup on the Massachusetts Turnpike on Easter Sunday that left drivers sitting in long lines at tolls, according an internal report released...

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