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Present at the 2009 Bernstein & Co. Strategic Decisions Conference Business Editors/Energy Writers

May 19, 2009 3:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

JUNO BEACH, Fla.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 19, 2009-- Lew Hay, chairman and chief executive officer of FPL Group, Inc. (NYSE:FPL), will speak to investors and industry analysts at the 2009 Bernstein & Co. Strategic Decisions Conference to be held in New York City. Mr. Hay's presentation is scheduled...

New plan for Big Island park looks to spend $46M, 1st Ld-Writethru, HI

May 19, 2009 3:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii County officials and consultants have unveiled the preferred design for Old Kona Airport Park.The new master plan for the 117-acre park includes improvements estimated to cost about $46 million.It proposes the removal of the runway, while offering open areas,...

RI House lawmakers delay voter ID bill, 2nd Ld-Writethru, RI

May 19, 2009 3:04 pm | by RAY HENRY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Voters in Rhode Island would have to show a photo ID before getting a ballot on Election Day under a bill that House lawmakers expect to consider next week.The legislation proposed by Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis, a Democrat, was originally set for a vote Tuesday until...

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Gov's tour to Eureka, Ely, Elko, Winnemucca, NV

May 19, 2009 2:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Gov. Jim Gibbons is hitting the road this week for what he calls his "Nevada Road to Recovery Tour."The first-term Republican plans to visit the opera house in Eureka at noon on Wednesday and the East Ely Railroad Museum at 6 p.m.On Thursday, he'll attend a community meeting at...

Peoples Gas rates going up $2.82 a month in Fla., FL

May 19, 2009 2:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Peoples Gas System rates are going up by $2.82 a month for average residential customers using 20 therms.The Florida Public Service Commission approved the $19.1 million annual increase Tuesday, but it's $7.3 million less than People's had asked for.The average monthly rate...

Stroger veto of tax repeal stands, 2nd Ld-Writethru, IL

May 19, 2009 2:59 pm | by DEANNA BELLANDI - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County's unpopular 1 percentage point sales tax increase is sticking around, at least for now.County commissioners did not muster enough votes Tuesday to override President Todd Stroger's veto of a measure to rollback the tax. That leaves the sales tax in Chicago at 10.25...

Neb. lawmakers advance gov. transparency bill, NE

May 19, 2009 2:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have compromised on a bill that created a battle over government transparency.The original bill (LB16) would have let the Legislature operate a site detailing state spending.But State Treasurer Shane Osborn already operates a Web site he says details where...

Reid joins Biden, Pelosi in misstatements, US

May 19, 2009 2:59 pm | by LAURIE KELLMAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid became the latest Democrat to stray into rhetorical trouble Tuesday, botching statements on three subjects in one news conference — including the fragile health of the chamber's most senior members.The Nevada Democrat reported that one of them,...

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GM says still hasn't made deals with Treasury, UAW

May 19, 2009 2:53 pm | by TOM KRISHER - AP Auto Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Corp. said Tuesday it does not expect to reach agreement on concessions with the United Auto Workers union or with the Treasury Department on its debt-for-equity exchange before a May 26 deadline.Both deals are part of the restructuring effort GM must complete by June...

Senate approves workers' comp judge plan, 2nd Ld-Writethru, OK

May 19, 2009 2:52 pm | by RON JENKINS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republicans have pushed another issue to a statewide vote to counter a gubernatorial veto — this time a plan to require Senate confirmation of Workers' Compensation Court judges.The Oklahoma Senate gave final approval on Tuesday to a joint resolution referring the issue to the...

HL:Ex Caisse boss insists he deserved bonus despite historic financial losses@

May 19, 2009 2:52 pm | by Martin Ouellet@Associated Press | News | Comments

QUEBEC — The former head of Quebec's pension-fund manager found himself on the defensive Tuesday as he tried to justify the generous bonuses he received at a time when the institution was losing billions of dollars.Henri-Paul Rousseau argued the Caisse was hit by an unprecedented global economic...

Ohio Senate leader open to vote on more gambling, OH

May 19, 2009 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Senate president opposes expanded gambling but says he is open to putting the issue before voters.Senate President Bill Harris said Tuesday that he doesn't support placing a gambling initiative in the state budget. But the Republican from Ashland is open to placing an...

Ill. public info law could be strengthened, 1st Ld-Writethru, IL

May 19, 2009 2:46 pm | by CHRISTOPHER WILLS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois residents who hit a brick wall when they seek information about what government does behind closed doors would gain new leverage under a proposal from Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office.Madigan's plan would give her office new authority to investigate...

PPD names David L. Grange chief executive, US

May 19, 2009 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Drug development contractor PPD Inc. said Tuesday it has named David L. Grange chief executive, replacing Fredric N. Eshelman, who was named to the newly created post of executive chairman.Ernest Mario, who has served as the non-executive chairman of the company, has been...

Some Ala. car dealers to fight shutdown orders, AL

May 19, 2009 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The troubles in the automobile industry have provided a double blow to Pelham automobile dealer Susan Schein, but she isn't giving up.Schein got a letter last week saying her dealership agreement was being terminated by Chrysler LLC, which is doing the same at almost 800 car...

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