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Conn. man guilty in FDIC retirement scheme, CT

May 24, 2009 10:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former regional manager with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. who lives in Connecticut has pleaded guilty to stealing government funds.The charge against 65-year-old Brian McClelland of Somers involves $137,000 in extra retirement benefits he got but didn't...

Cedar City flight school files for bankruptcy, 1st Ld-Writethru, UT

May 24, 2009 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Cedar City flight school that was shuttered in March has filed for bankruptcy amid allegations that it had improperly charged students thousands in up-front tuition.The National Pilot Academy filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in April and wants the court to liquidate...

Butte Folk Festival readies for 2nd year, MT

May 24, 2009 10:29 am | by KAHRIN DEINES - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The lineup for the second National Folk Festival taking place in "Butte, America" this summer stars about 250 singers, dancers and other artists, along with hoofed performers from all over Montana.The three-day multicultural event, which is riding with a theme of Western horse...

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Goodbye to rest stop hellos, SD

May 24, 2009 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The state Department of Transportation will no longer allow nonprofit groups to host events at interstate rest stops.Greg Fuller, the department's director of operations, said officials first considered ending the practice last year, but the department already had issued...

Congress to Obama: Gitmo plan before money, US

May 24, 2009 10:19 am | by PHILIP ELLIOTT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama shouldn't have assumed his Democratic allies in Congress were willing to pay for the shutdown of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. They weren't, at least not without a plan.Two top Obama allies called the approach a mistake. The president's Republican critics called the...

EPA grant to cleanse SD sites, SD

May 24, 2009 10:19 am | by THOM GABRUKIEWICZAssociated Press | News | Comments

SISSETON, S.D. (AP) — A former orphanage and boarding school tainted with toxins near here could be transformed into a recreation area with ballparks and green space, paid for with a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribe received $200,000 from the EPA...

NJ man on crusade for missing World War II airman, 1st Ld-Writethru, NJ

May 24, 2009 10:19 am | by DAVID PORTER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — In the late 1950s in the cozy northern New Jersey suburb of Maplewood, little Peter Boczar pieced together bits of wood and rug hoping to make a flying carpet.The contraption wasn't for a class project. Boczar made it so he could fly to a faraway land and search for his uncle, a...

Glenwood Springs ups efforts to draw summer guests, CO

May 24, 2009 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Glenwood Springs Chamber and Resort Association is launching a summer marketing campaign for the first time in years to help fill lodges as travelers watch their wallets.Occupancy rates have been around 85 to 95 percent in the area during past summers, but tourism...

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New law blocks pensions to active gov't workers, IN

May 24, 2009 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — A new state law will close a loophole that government employees and teachers used to temporarily retire and then return to their jobs — and salaries — after they started collecting pensions.The law going into effect this summer will halt public pensions to working public...

Track gets OK to start simulcasting, parimutuels, NM

May 24, 2009 10:08 am | by BARRY MASSEY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico's newest race track has won state approval to start simulcasting horse races and conduct pari-mutuel wagering.Michael Moldenhauer, president of the track at Raton, said construction will start right away on a 14,000 square foot building that will show broadcasts of horse...

Colorado wants stimulus money for broadband, CO

May 24, 2009 10:08 am | by CATHERINE TSAI - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — Before Glenwood Springs installed its own fiber network for high-speed Internet access, some businesses got by with connections barely above dial-up speeds."You used to have to set things up to send in the middle of the night and hopefully they'd be gone by morning," said Bruce...

International Peace Garden grows, ND

May 24, 2009 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

INTERNATIONAL PEACE GARDEN (AP) — Construction is under way on an interpretive center and plant conservatory at the International Peace Garden that straddles the U.S.-Canada border.Park CEO Doug Hevenor says the building will include a cafe and a retail shop and should be finished by the fall.The...

State officials examine student achievement tests, SD

May 24, 2009 10:08 am | by CHET BROKAW - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota officials have started talking about changing the test given to high school students under the federal school improvement law called No Child Left Behind, but a decision will not be made for a long time, state Education Secretary Tom Oster says.While the annual...

Indy 500 fans tighten belts, make tough choices, 2nd Ld-Writethru, CAR

May 24, 2009 10:02 am | by RICK CALLAHAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — For retired auto mechanic Dennis Hiemstra, it's become a tradition: Packing up the family, making the 240-mile drive south and attending the Indianapolis 500.To save money in tight times, their 20th trip was a bit different.Hiemstra, his daughter and four grandchildren ages nine...

Analysis: Kan. budget still looks messy next year

May 24, 2009 10:01 am | by JOHN HANNA - AP Political Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Legislators and Gov. Mark Parkinson patched together a balanced budget for the state's next fiscal year, but they ducked enough tough decisions that similar problems are looming next year.Parkinson signed two bills last week that complete a $13 billion spending plan for state...

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