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Mo. tapping stimulus money to pay tax refunds, 4th Ld-Writethru, MO

May 21, 2009 11:04 am | by DAVID A. LIEB - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri is using $250 million of federal economic stimulus money to speed up the payment of hundreds of thousands of individual income tax refunds that otherwise could have been delayed until summer.Gov. Jay Nixon's administration said Thursday that the move was...

Gulp! State spends $220K on bottled water, 3rd Ld-Writethru, UT

May 21, 2009 11:04 am | by BROCK VERGAKIS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State lawmakers slashed hundreds of millions of dollars from the state budget earlier this year, saying they had to cut worthy programs and employees to balance the budget.But as they did almost everything except check underneath office couches for spare change, lawmakers hung...

Magazine and IIDA Help Re:work Architecture and Design Community Business Editors/Architecture Writers

May 21, 2009 11:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MARIETTA, Ga.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009-- Understanding the significant impact of today's economy on the architecture and design community, commercial carpet manufacturer, The Mohawk Group, in sponsorship with Interior Design magazine and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA),...

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Kardashian sisters open new Miami Beach boutique, FL

May 21, 2009 11:04 am | by DAMIAN GRASS - Associated Press writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Kardashian sisters were all smiles as they flirted with snapping cameras during the grand opening of their new luxury boutique in Miami Beach, although it had just been vandalized the day before.The reality TV beauties — Kim, Khloe and Kourtney — said Wednesday night at...

OPEL International Files First Quarter 2009 Financials

May 21, 2009 11:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OPEL International Inc. (TSX VENTURE: OPL) ("OPEL" or "the Company"), a leading global developer and supplier of high concentration photovoltaic ("HCPV") and other solar products, including ground-based and rooftop tracker systems, today announced the filing on SEDAR of its Financial Statements and...

Gasoline prices rise as holiday approaches, APFN

May 21, 2009 11:04 am | by JIM SALTER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The first big travel weekend of the year is here, and gasoline prices are going up.Memorial Day weekend traditionally launches the travel season as people hit the road for a getaway. The expected increase in demand is part of what is fueling higher prices at the pumps.AAA Auto...

Essentials for PC Users is Topic of New Learning Tree Course Business Editors

May 21, 2009 11:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RESTON, Va.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009-- Learning Tree International (NASDAQ NGM: LTRE) today announced the addition of a new course to its IT curriculum. Entitled Mac Essentials for PC Users: Hands-On, the two-day course offers attendees the opportunity to gain practical experience using Mac...

Ill. House approves raft of ethics measures, 1st Ld-Writethru, IL

May 21, 2009 11:04 am | by CHRISTOPHER WILLS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House voted Thursday for a series of ethics bills meant to give state inspectors more authority, improve oversight of how tax money is spent and clear out political pals hired by two disgraced former governors.One measure strengthens the inspectors who are...

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La. senators break with Gov. Jindal on tax break, 1st Ld-Writethru, APFN

May 21, 2009 11:03 am | by DOUG SIMPSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Senate leadership made its first clear break with the fiscal policies of Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration when it gave strong backing Thursday to a plan to ease budget cuts by postponing a planned tax break.Senate President Joel Chaisson and the Senate's tax...

Celator says Cephalon will examine its treatment, APFN

May 21, 2009 11:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Celator Pharmaceuticals said on Thursday it has entered into a research agreement with Cephalon Inc. to see whether Celator's proprietary technology would work with an ongoing drug development and life-cycle management program at Cephalon.Celator said its has developed...

First Metals Comments on Market Activity

May 21, 2009 11:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

First Metals Inc. (TSX: FMA) —At the request of Market Surveillance, management has been asked to confirm that it is not aware of any corporate developments which would account for the high level of trading activity in the commons shares of First Metals Inc. Management is not aware of any events...

Huntington Bank to repurchase preferred securities, APFN

May 21, 2009 11:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Regional bank Huntington Bancshares Inc. said Thursday it is launching a tender offer to repurchase a total of $470.2 million in outstanding trust-preferred securities at a steep discount.Huntington said it would spend up to $200 million combined to repurchase three classes of...

BW)(NV-CARBON-CREDITS-INTL)(CARN.OTCBB) Carbon Credits International, Inc. Announces Execution of Worldwide Distribution Agreement with Carbon Reducer Industries, Ltd. (Thailand) ...

May 21, 2009 11:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LAS VEGAS-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009-- Hans J. Schulte, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Carbon Credits International, Inc. (OTCBB:CARN), announced that the Company entered into an exclusive worldwide distribution agreement with Carbon Reducer Industries, Ltd. ("CRIL") of...

HL:First-time home buyers should be prepared, rather than surprised, by extra costs@

May 21, 2009 10:58 am | by David Friend@Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — First-time homebuyers are scouring the market for deals, hoping to take advantage of lower prices but real estate and mortgage experts caution that shoppers need to consider the wide array costs that come with buying a home — including ones that aren't immediately obvious.They say it's...

Iraqis say ex-US soldier should be put to death, 1st Ld-Writethru, ML

May 21, 2009 10:58 am | by HAMID AHMED - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqis expressed shock and disappointment Friday over an American jury's decision to spare the life of an ex-U.S. soldier convicted of raping and killing an Iraqi girl, with many calling for him to be retried or face charges in Iraq.Steven Dale Green, 24, of Midland, Texas, was...

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