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ND tax for phone relay rising to 5 cents a month, 1st Ld-Writethru, ND

May 20, 2009 4:31 pm | by DALE WETZEL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakotans will see a slight increase in their phone bills this summer to finance a service that helps deaf people make telephone calls.The monthly tax for Relay North Dakota is now 3 cents per phone line. It will increase to 5 cents per line in July, the state Public...

Group pushes for Calif. constitutional convention, 2nd Ld-Writethru, CA

May 20, 2009 4:30 pm | by STEVE LAWRENCE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A day after voters rejected a complicated series of California budget fixes, a coalition of business and political reform groups urged the Legislature to implement even farther-reaching changes in state government through a constitutional convention.The group said Wednesday it...

Venezuela reduces imports as oil income falls, LT

May 20, 2009 4:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's finance minister says the nation's ability to import has been cut in half because of falling oil prices.Ali Rodriguez says the government is now prioritizing imports of food and medicine.Under currency controls imposed by President Hugo Chavez in 2003,...

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Lake Five fishing access set for launch, MT

May 20, 2009 4:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is moving forward with a $254,000 fishing access site on Lake Five that some residents sued to stop.The site near Coram was approved by the state in June 2005, but a ruling from the District Court in Great Falls found the state had not...

Northwest lawmakers back guns in national parks, 1st Ld-Writethru

May 20, 2009 4:15 pm | by MATTHEW DALY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Northwest lawmakers sided with the majority as Congress voted to allow people to carry loaded guns in national parks and wildlife refuges.Eleven House members from five Northwest states voted in favor of the gun measure Wednesday, while just seven opposed it.In the Senate, the...

Reports: Treasury set to lend GMAC more money

May 20, 2009 4:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The Treasury Department is set to inject billions more dollars into GMAC Financial Services, according to media reports.The Wall Street Journal said the Treasury Department will lend GMAC more than $7 billion, a step towards making the company a quasi-federal entity with the power...

Thursday, May 28, NA

May 20, 2009 4:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Today is Thursday, May 28, the 148th day of 2009. There are 217 days left in the year.Highlights in history on this date:1674 - Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I declares war on France.1863 - The first black regiment from the North leaves Boston to fight in the American Civil War.1864 -...

Lexam Baca Project Update

May 20, 2009 4:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LEXAM EXPLORATIONS INC. (TSX VENTURE: LEX) wishes to update shareholders on the progress of the legal proceeding affecting its Baca Oil & Gas Project in Colorado.Today the federal District Court in Denver, Colorado conducted an evidentiary hearing and heard oral argument on a Motion for Preliminary...

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Regions Financial to raise $1.85B in capital, US

May 20, 2009 4:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Regions Financial Corp. said Wednesday it will raise $1.85 billion in new capital through the public sale of 400 million common shares and 250,000 convertible preferred shares, as the regional bank looks to satisfy the Treasury's demand that it raise $2.5 billion to shore up...

More protection for ships in pirate waters sought, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 3:59 pm | by ANN SANNER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president of a New York company whose freighter was attacked by pirates with rocket-propelled grenades off the coast of Somalia told Congress on Wednesday that the government should place armed personnel on U.S. ships carrying humanitarian cargo overseas.A Pentagon official...

Wyoming wind group to take stock of industry regs, 1st Ld-Writethru, WY

May 20, 2009 3:58 pm | by MATT JOYCE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A new task force charged with considering Wyoming wind development laws began Wednesday by taking measure of the current regulatory framework and soliciting input from a range of special-interest groups.The Wyoming Legislature created the wind energy task force to study...

Edmondson says 2 state gun laws will stand, OK

May 20, 2009 3:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorney General Drew Edmondson says two Oklahoma laws that allow firearms to be stored in locked vehicles on company property will stand.The filing deadline passed Tuesday for appeals on a decision in the case rendered in February by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in...

HL:Vale Inco workers asked to give Steelworkers strike mandate in Thursday vote @

May 20, 2009 3:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SUDBURY, Ont. — More than 3,300 members of United Steelworkers Local 6500 are being asked to give their union's bargaining committee a strong strike mandate in a vote to be held Thursday at Vale Inco Ltd. plants and at the union's head office.Contract talks between Local 6500 and Vale Inco began...

HL:Forzani fires back at Crescendo, says board nominees not as qualified@

May 20, 2009 3:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CALGARY — The chairman of Forzani Group Ltd. (TSX:FGL) fired back at a New York investment firm which trying to put two nominees on the sporting goods retailer's board, saying the pair are not as qualified as those supported by the board.In a letter to shareholders Wednesday, chairman John Forzani...

UND center working on clean energy system

May 20, 2009 3:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A University of North Dakota research center is working on a clean energy system that converts used railroad ties into heat and power.The school's Energy and Environmental Research Center is teaming with a Manitoba company on the project. Aboriginal Cogeneration Corp. of...

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