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Public shouldn't notice budget cuts, OK

May 24, 2009 9:05 am | by TIM TALLEY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Over the next five weeks, state agency heads will be working out the details on how to comply with cuts of up to 7 percent included in a $7.2 billion state budget adopted by the Legislature for the fiscal year that begins July 1.Reductions in staff and services are likely at...

9 decades back, the flu was deadly in Arkansas, AR

May 24, 2009 9:05 am | by AMANDA O'TOOLEAssociated Press | News | Comments

ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Jessie Holyfield still remembers the distorted taste of foods and the pounding headache she had nearly 90 years ago when her body battled a killer flu.Holyfield was 6 years old in the winter of 1918, and she and her sister played with dolls during the days when the deadly...

WA jails people for court debt; experts critical, WA

May 24, 2009 9:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington is among a handful of states that jail people for court debt or charges related to that debt. Criminal justice experts and advocates for the low income think that's wrong.They say it crowds the jails and penalizes the poor, making it harder for them to re-enter...

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Court pick could face filibuster over 'feelings', 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 24, 2009 9:04 am | by PHILIP ELLIOTT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's No. 2 Republican on Sunday refused to rule out a filibuster if President Barack Obama seeks a Supreme Court justice who decides cases based on "emotions or feelings or preconceived ideas."Sen. Jon Kyl made clear he would use the procedural delay if Obama follows...

Search focuses on Calif., Mexico for mom, sick son, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 24, 2009 9:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in Minnesota say the search for a woman and her sick 13-year-old son remains focused in southern California and Mexico.The Brown County sheriff's department said Sunday it is continuing to look for Daniel Hauser, who has Hodgkin's lymphoma, and for his mother...

Online magazine tries to be a lab for media future

May 24, 2009 9:04 am | by ANDREW VANACORE - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The Web edition of a cover story from Fortune this spring took a sharp turn from what you might expect at a 79-year-old magazine.Dispensing advice on finding a job during a recession, the piece had a soundtrack, a troupe of improv actors from Chicago and about 4,000 fewer words than...

Gillette prepares for annual stock convention, WY

May 24, 2009 9:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Gillette will host the state's largest cattle industry event next month.The Wyoming Cattle Industry Convention and trade show starts June 3 at Cam-plex Energy Hall and runs through June 6.The keynote speaker will be Steve Kopperud, an expert on activist assaults on animal...

How AP measured the meltdown at the local level

May 24, 2009 8:57 am | by MIKE SCHNEIDER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The Associated Press Economic Stress Index combines three economic indicators — unemployment, foreclosures and bankruptcy — as a way of gauging how the recession has affected each of America's 3,141 counties.That measurement is expressed on a scale of 0 to 100. The information comes from three...

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Arizona trust land boom turns bust with defaults, AZ

May 24, 2009 8:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A news release touting the largest sale in the history of Arizona's land department made it sound like the boom would never end.The lone bid for the 269 acres in north Phoenix was $149.5 million, topping the previous record sale of state trust land of $135 million two years...

12 protesters cite faith in Pa. gun shop arrests, PA

May 24, 2009 8:52 am | by KATHY MATHESON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It was no small matter for the Rev. J. Fred Kauffman, a man of faith and a law-abiding citizen for all of his 61 years, to defy a police officer's order to leave a downtown gun shop.All Kauffman wanted was for the owner of Colosimo's Gun Center to pledge to sell firearms...

Landfill methane towers scorch perched hawks, US

May 24, 2009 8:46 am | by MARY ESCH - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A towering landfill smokestack offers an irresistible perch for raptors to watch for rodents scavenging in the treeless landscape below. But when flames fed by landfill gas rush upward, the birds are being scorched or burned alive.At the urging of wildlife rehabilitators, the...

Tupelo to study public buses, 1st Ld, MS

May 24, 2009 8:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The Tupelo City Council has authorized a study of launching a citywide public transit system.A citizens' committee will look at bus routes, rider projections and a funding mechanism, and report back to the City Council.Mayor Ed Neelly says while rider fees would provide some...

Oregon jobless turn to education, OR

May 24, 2009 8:36 am | by SUZANNE PARDINGTONAssociated Press | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Out of work at age 51, Jim Thompson is counting on Portland Community College and the solar industry to pull him through the recession.At last count, he has applied for about 100 jobs with little response since he was laid off from the semiconductor industry in January. So...

Public at Superior can weigh in on pipeline

May 24, 2009 8:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The public gets the chance next month to comment on a proposed pipeline to carry crude oil from Canada on a final stretch from the Minnesota border to a terminal in Superior. The stretch covers only 13 miles of the 1,000-mile route but requires 17 crossings of water.The...

Former Wis. justice sues insurer over home claim, WI

May 24, 2009 8:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A retired Wisconsin Supreme Court justice is suing an insurance company for refusing to cover damage to his vacation home in Hawaii.Former Justice William Bablitch and his wife sued Allstate Insurance Co. after it refused to pay a $65,000 claim under their homeowner's...

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