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Fourth Montana GM dealership losing franchise, 1st Ld-Writethru, MT

May 22, 2009 7:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) — A fourth Montana car dealer, and a second one in Livingston, has announced it's losing its GM franchise agreement next year.Scott Whiting says Whiting Motors received a letter from GM last week, one of 1,100 dealers nationwide that were informed their franchise agreements...

African Copper Plc: Board Changes

May 22, 2009 7:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

African Copper Plc (the "Company" or "African Copper") (AIM: ACU)(BOTSWANA:AFRICAN COPPER) today announces the appointment of two new directors to the Board of the Company, David Rodier and Jordan Soko. In addition, it is announced that Michael Evans has resigned from the Board and Roy Corrans will...

Rates Berks Co. Muni Auth (Reading Hospital & Medical Center), PA Revs 'AA-' Business Editors

May 22, 2009 7:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 22, 2009-- Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-' to approximately $137.3 million Berks County Municipal Authority fixed-rate revenue bonds (Reading Hospital and Medical Center Project), series 2009A-3. In addition, Fitch affirms the 'AA-' long-term ratings on...

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CAW has tentative labor deal with GM Canada

May 22, 2009 7:42 am | by CHARMAINE NORONHA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO (AP) — After two weeks of round-the-clock negotiations, the Canadian Auto Workers union has agreed to another cost-cutting deal with General Motors Canada in its bid to qualify for government loans to stave off liquidation, the head of the union said Friday.Union leader Ken Lewenza said the...

Watts says he will not run for governor, 1st Ld-Writethru, OK

May 22, 2009 7:42 am | by RON JENKINS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts announced Friday he will not run for governor in 2010."After much prayer and deliberation with my family and friends. It is with a heavy heart that my wife and I have decided not to run for governor in 2010," Watts said.His decision leaves Rep. Mary...

Ark gov.: Schools 'misguided' on property tax case, 1st Ld-Writethru, AR

May 22, 2009 7:41 am | by ANDREW DeMILLO - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe says he's worried about what would happen to the state's budget if a group of school districts wins a lawsuit accusing the state of relying too much on local property taxes to fund schools.Beebe said Friday that the argument by the 14 school districts is...

Stocks lose grip on early gains, Dow off 15

May 22, 2009 7:41 am | by SARA LEPRO - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street's confidence took some heavy blows this week.Despite a strong rally on Monday, stocks drifted lower for much of the week on a darkening economic outlook. In a now-familiar pattern, early gains were erased in the last hour of trading Friday as the market lost its will to...

Cigarette makers lose appeal in landmark case

May 22, 2009 7:41 am | by NEDRA PICKLER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday agreed with the major elements of a 2006 landmark ruling that found the top U.S. tobacco companies guilty of racketeering and fraud for deceiving the public about the dangers of smoking.A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in...

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Precision Coil shutdown now seems likely, WV

May 22, 2009 7:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Attempts to find a buyer for Precision Coil aren't going well, and an auction of the aluminum fabricating plant is now set for June 3.Precision Coil attorney Randy Light says negotiations with one potential buyer have reached a stalemate.David Warner, director of the state...

UT to return donation from swindling suspect, TN

May 22, 2009 7:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee athletic department is returning a $186,000 donation from a Gatlinburg stock trader, accused of running a Ponzi scheme and forced into bankruptcy.Bankruptcy trustee Wayne Walls told creditors of Dennis Bolze on Friday the university has decided on...

Iowa's unemployment rate dips slightly in April, IA

May 22, 2009 7:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Workforce Development says the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has dropped slightly in April to 5.1 percent.That's down from 5.2 percent in March but still far above the 4 percent rate a year ago.The state agency reported Friday that 1.59 million Iowans...

CFI Science Writing Award Deadline Fast Approaching

May 22, 2009 7:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) wishes to remind you the deadline to submit an entry for this year's Canada Foundation for Innovation Science Writing Award is May 39.Now in its fifth year, this award honours the writer of an outstanding print story that contributes to an increased...

Kathleen Sebelius, Sesame Workshop, and the Ad Council Launch National Campaign to Protect Families from H1N1 Virus and Stay Healthy National Desks/TV Writers/Healthcare Editors

May 22, 2009 7:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 22, 2009-- Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is joining the Ad Council and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, to launch a national...

SkillSoft shares soar after 1Q earnings surprise, APFN

May 22, 2009 7:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of SkillSoft PLC advanced Friday after the education software maker posted fiscal first-quarter earnings and sales ahead of Wall Street expectations, helped by cost cutting.The Nashua, N.H. company posted net income of $18.8 million, or 19 cents per share, late Thursday,...

Rio Tinto takes borates business off market, 1st Ld-Writethru, EU

May 22, 2009 7:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — Mining company Rio Tinto PLC said Friday it has taken its borates business off the market after its attempts to find a buyer failed to produce the price it sought.Anglo-Australian Rio, the world's third largest miner, said that it was continuing to seek buyers for other businesses it...

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