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Conn. governor vows to preserve death penalty, 9th Ld-Writethru, CT

May 22, 2009 10:58 am | by STEPHANIE REITZ - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell vowed Friday to veto a newly approved bill banning the death penalty as soon as she receives it, saying capital punishment is appropriate for certain heinous crimes.The measure, approved early Friday by the state Senate and last week by the House of...

Wisconsin film incentives program funding cut, APFN

May 22, 2009 10:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's film tax incentive program would be half as generous as previously approved under a proposal passed Friday by the Legislature's budget-writing committee.Three weeks ago the committee decided to go against Gov. Jim Doyle's wishes and keep the program alive with a $3...

FirstEnergy to fill vacant positions during strike, APFN

May 22, 2009 10:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

READING, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Electric Co., a FirstEnergy Corp. electric utility, on Friday said it has implemented a contingency plan to maintain operations in response to a strike by 517 employees, effective May 21.The employees are represented by International Brotherhood of Electrical...

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Alabama A & M $2M behind on retirement payments, AL

May 22, 2009 10:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama A&M University has fallen nearly $2 million behind in payments to the Retirement Systems of Alabama, a gap the university blames on the state.Vice President for Business and Finance Charlie Rucker said the state is about two months behind in education payments to the...

Movers roundup: ATC Technology, Verigy, APFN

May 22, 2009 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Among the stock activity stories for Friday, May 22, from AP Financial News:NEW YORK (AP) — Two analysts cut their ratings for ATC Technology Corp. after the vehicle remanufacturing and logistics company withdrew its full-year forecast following Honda's decision to drop its automatic transmissions...

Sector Snap: Apparel retailers results improve, APFN

May 22, 2009 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Apparel retailers, who have been steadily slashing inventory, cutting costs and tinkering with merchandise selections amid the consumer spending slowdown, showed improved quarterly results on Thursday, as several beat analyst expectations.Still, all cautioned the environment is...

Rep. Stark recovering, to return to work in June, US

May 22, 2009 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a month away from the Capitol, Rep. Fortney (Pete) Stark, D-Calif., said Friday he is recovering from pneumonia and intends to return to work in June.Stark, 78, who chairs a key health subcommittee, said he was released from the hospital about a week ago, is resting and...

Fitch Rates Park City, Utah, $13.5MM GO Bonds 'AA'; Outlook Stable Business Editors

May 22, 2009 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 22, 2009-- Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to Park City, Utah's (the city) $13.5 million general obligation (GO) and refunding bonds, series 2009. Fitch also assigns an 'AA' rating the city's $10 million of outstanding series 2008 GO bonds and affirms the...

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SC legislative action for the week, SC

May 22, 2009 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 18th week of the legislative session:___STIMULUS: First, South Carolina's governor refused to accept federal stimulus money for his state's struggling schools. Then the Republican vetoed a state budget that required him to take it. This week, Gov. Mark Sanford sued his own state's elected...

Feds sending $83M in housing grants to Ohio, OH

May 22, 2009 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government has awarded $83 million in housing grants to Ohio to boost the sagging economy.The Treasury Department announced the grants Friday as part of $330 million in funding to spur economic recovery in Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Puerto Rico.The first...

Fitch downgrades First Midwest Bancorp ratings, APFN

May 22, 2009 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Fitch Ratings said Friday it has downgraded the long-term issuer default ratings of First Midwest Bancorp Inc. and its subsidiary, First Midwest Bank, citing deteriorating credit quality and expected higher credit costs.The agency also assigned the bank and its holding company a...

Cuba Should Not Be Allowed To Rejoin The Organization Of American States (Oas) Outright, Lugar Says

May 22, 2009 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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Pelosi Statement On President Obama'S Speech On National Security

May 22, 2009 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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Security Of Americans Must Be The Top Priority

May 22, 2009 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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House Unanimously Approves Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Conference Report

May 22, 2009 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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