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Hard-up governments take the fund out of festivals, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 1:48 pm | by PATRICK WALTERS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The leaders of the "Sunday Out" festival watched thousands brighten a gray day in early May by celebrating in the wet Philadelphia streets with multicolored umbrellas, rainbow-hued hats and colorful necklaces in the name of gay pride.But the mood darkened for the event's...

Construction worker dies at Taum Sauk, 1st Ld-Writethru, MO

May 19, 2009 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A woman was killed Tuesday while working on a concrete placement as part of the rebuilding project at the Taum Sauk reservoir, which collapsed more than three years ago.Ozark Constructors LLC said the 48-year-old worker was flown to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, where she...

Conn. asks state agency to review 'stuck' children, CT

May 19, 2009 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are asking a state child welfare agency to track the trends that may be impeding some at-risk youths from getting help.The state Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to require the state Department of Children and Families to issue annual reports on what...

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Forest Oil offering 12.5 million shares, APFN

May 19, 2009 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — Oil and gas company Forest Oil Corp. said Tuesday it has started a registered underwritten public offering of 12.5 million shares.The underwriters will have a 30-day option to buy up to about 1.9 million additional shares.Forest plans to use the proceeds to repay debt.Shares fell...

Deeds, McAuliffe, Moran hold last primary debate, 2nd Ld-Writethru, VA

May 19, 2009 1:47 pm | by BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ANNANDALE, Va. (AP) — Five debates between Democrats running for Virginia governor find them largely agreed on what they'll do if elected and bickering over what they've said to get elected.On transportation, energy, public schools and jobs, state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, former Democratic National...

the BIO 2009 International Convention Business Editors/Biotech Writers

May 19, 2009 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 19, 2009-- Bonenta, Inc., a development stage biotechnology company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of novel bone healing products, today announced that it will present at the BIO 2009 International Convention on May 20, 2009,...

Water bottlers sue to block deposit law, NY

May 19, 2009 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Water bottlers are suing New York officials in federal court in an attempt to block a new law requiring return deposits on water bottles sold in the state starting June 1.The measure expands 5-cent deposits beyond carbonated beverages, wine coolers and beer. The law raises the...

Hertz parent plans stock and note offering, APFN

May 19, 2009 1:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hertz Global Holdings Inc., the parent of Hertz rental car chain, said Tuesday it plans to offer shares and convertible notes to raise as much as $812 million.The company said it would offer 40 million shares of stock along with an option to the underwriters for another 6 million shares. If all 46...

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NY official says reform isn't enough to fix Albany, 2nd Ld, NY

May 19, 2009 1:41 pm | by VALERIE BAUMAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York state inspector general who brought a landmark case last week against the state ethics committee has a novel approach to improving Albany's ethics problems: Give the jobs to better people.State Inspector General Joseph Fisch says the wrong people can break a good...

Colo. lawmaker gives Capitol pass code to students, CO

May 19, 2009 1:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado state senator has to memorize a new security passcode to the state Capitol because his old one was deactivated after he gave it to graduate students in a class he teaches.Broomfield Republican Sen. Shawn Mitchell says he was recently told in an e-mail he would need to ask...

Grows Positive EBITDA by 598% from immediately preceding quarter

May 19, 2009 1:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Healthscreen Solutions Inc. (TSX VENTURE: MDU) —- Quarterly revenue grows 69% to $3,077,077 from $1,823,330 for the same quarter of prior year.- Physican Services revenue grows 79% to $1,713,480 from $956,334 for the same quarter last year.- Quarterly Gross Profit Margin improves to 82% from 71%...

Franklin Universal Trust Declares Monthly Dividend

May 19, 2009 1:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

(https://www.franklintempleton.com/retail/jsp_app/home/ft_home.j p)Franklin Universal Trust (NYSE: FT), a closed-end investment company managed by Franklin Advisers, Inc., announced today a dividend of $0.038 per share, payable June 15, 2009, to shareholders of record on May 29, 2009 (Ex-Dividend...

ShopNBC Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2009 Financial Results

May 19, 2009 1:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.ShopNBC.com () —ShopNBC (NASDAQ: VVTV), the premium lifestyle brand in electronic retailing, today announced financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended May 2, 2009.First Quarter ResultsFirst quarter revenues were $134 million, a 14% decrease from the same period last year. The...

Gov. approves $150M payment to retirement system, WY

May 19, 2009 1:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Dave Freudenthal has endorsed the findings of an audit that says Wyoming needs to transfer $150 million into the state's retirement system to cover higher future pension benefits for teachers who have seen recent pay raises.The Legislature this year approved the payment...

LeadPoint CEO to Speak at USOBA 2009 Summer Conference

May 19, 2009 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LeadPoint (http://www.leadpoint.com/) , the world's first and largest leads exchange, today announced that CEO Marc Diana will speak at the 2009 Summer Conference of the United States Organization for Bankruptcy Alternatives (USOBA) to be held in Chicago from June 7 - 9, 2009.Diana will address...

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