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Frankfort's old theater restored, KY

May 24, 2009 8:10 am | by SHAWNTAYE HOPKINSAssociated Press | News | Comments

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Exposed brick and a rugged concrete wall in an area that will be used as a concession for popcorn, candy and wine suggest that the historical Grand Theatre is far from completion.But once the sawdust is swept away and exposed wires are hidden, the wall will remain."We wanted...

Final exec faces sentence in US firm's $275M bust

May 24, 2009 8:04 am | by JEFFREY COLLINS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

GREENVILLE, South Carolina (AP) — Donald McQuade skipped lobster dinners and long vacations for decades, pouring every dollar he saved into a little South Carolina company that offered returns close to 10 percent by loaning to people who could not borrow anywhere else.By the time he turned 75,...

2 NC friends join forces, build wood boats by hand, NC

May 24, 2009 8:04 am | by LAURA MCFARLANDAssociated Press | News | Comments

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) — The boat was in Robert Woody's head for years before he built it.He had no boat building experience. He had never taken a class in designing boats or watched one built start to finish.All Woody had was a vision of what it would look like and a longtime friend, Ronnie...

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Analysis: Stimulus slip-in creates uproar, LA

May 24, 2009 8:04 am | by MELINDA DESLATTE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The language was controversial, but not noticed, slipped into a bill amid the chaotic final minutes of the Louisiana House's workday and then easily approved.When it was discovered, the language — which would override Gov. Bobby Jindal's rejection of some stimulus money —...

Venezuela's farm seizures show little results, LT

May 24, 2009 8:04 am | by FABIOLA SANCHEZ - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

EL CHARCOTE, Venezuela (AP) — This vast ranch used to be filled with grazing herds of cattle, but the green pastures are now overgrown with weeds and dotted with patches where poor farmers grow corn and beans. The cows have vanished.The 32,000-acre (12,950-hectare) El Charcote Ranch in central...

A look at where legislative issues stand, LA

May 24, 2009 7:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Louisiana lawmakers have reached the midpoint of their regular legislative session. Few issues have been decided. The session must end by June 25. A look at where things stand at the halfway mark:BUDGET—A $27.9 billion budget proposal for next year that would make deep cuts to public colleges and...

Ex-con's magazine focuses on advocacy, prison life, VT

May 24, 2009 7:59 am | by JOHN CURRAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WEST BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — To prison inmates, he's a jailhouse lawyer made good.To wardens, he's a thorn in the side.To prison advocates, Paul Wright is a success story: Once a killer, then a prisoner, now a journalist with a cause. He has carved out a niche with his Prison Legal News, a...

Legislative session hits mid-point Tuesday, LA

May 24, 2009 7:58 am | by MELINDA DESLATTE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Tax breaks are stalled. Budget cuts are under negotiation. And bans on smoking in bars, hand-held cell phone use while driving and dental work at schools are awaiting their fate.Very little is decided as the Legislature's regular session nears its halfway mark Tuesday.Only...

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HL:Lyoto Machida impresses in winning UFC light-heavyweight title@

May 24, 2009 7:53 am | by Neil Davidson@Associated Press | News | Comments

LAS VEGAS — Add Lyoto Machida to the mix for best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet.The Brazilian southpaw dethroned Rashad Evans at UFC 98 on Saturday night, finishing the light-heavyweight champion quickly and brutally in the second round to maintain his unbeaten record before 12,606 at the...

Economy takes bite out of mobile dental program, 1st Ld-Writethru, MO

May 24, 2009 7:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — State budget woes could force a nearly 50-year-old mobile dental program serving 30,000 developmentally disabled children and adults to cut way back on its services.As of Sept. 30, the state will eliminate its support for the dental program, which has two mobile clinics that...

Industrial site draws big hopes in West Tennessee, 1st Ld-Writethru, TN

May 24, 2009 7:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

STANTON, Tenn. (AP) — Business boosters have big hopes for a West Tennessee industrial development site where Gov. Phil Bredesen wants to locate a solar energy plant.The 1,700-acre tract near Interstate 40 is designated by the Tennessee Valley Authority as a "megasite." Such sites are marketed by...

WWII veteran's story links French, US towns, 1st Ld-Writethru, TN

May 24, 2009 7:37 am | by KRISTIN M. HALL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A World War II veteran who earned medals for bravery has forged a unique connection between a French village and his small hometown in Tennessee.Robert Hamsley, a retired Army captain who lives in Lawrenceburg, is credited with liberating Plelo in western France in August...

Turnstiles turn for 'Museum,' 'Terminator'

May 24, 2009 7:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ben Stiller's "Night at the Museum" sequel and Christian Bale's "Terminator Salvation" are combining for a solid Memorial Day weekend at the box office.According to estimates from distributor 20th Century Fox, "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" took in $53.5 million...

Horse industry: Don't say 'neigh' to gambling, 1st Ld-Writethru, KY

May 24, 2009 7:31 am | by ROGER ALFORD - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Horse owners are out of the gate with an advertising campaign intended to persuade Kentuckians, especially Kentucky lawmakers, to allow the state's racetracks to offer casino-style gambling.The advocacy group Kentucky Equine Education Project contends in glossy brochures...

Journal Editorial Report for May 23, 2009

May 24, 2009 7:31 am | by Bret StephensAssociated Press | News | Comments

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