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HL:StatsCan says 2008 farm income up more than 63 per cent over 2007 to $3.3 billion@

May 25, 2009 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

REGINA — Canadian farmers appear to be reaping the rewards from their crops despite the economic downturn, but there could be storm clouds on the horizon.Statistics Canada said Monday that realized net farm income increased to $3.3 billion in 2008. That's up $1.3 billion, or more than 63 per cent,...

HL:N.S. premier says Crown share money did not go towards province's debt@

May 25, 2009 9:37 am | by Keith Doucette@Associated Press | News | Comments

TANTALLON, N.S. — The debate around the health of Nova Scotia's finances — already a central election issue — took a new twist Monday after Premier Rodney MacDonald explained why his government spent offshore royalty money it received in a deal with Ottawa on programs instead of the debt.The...

G8 ministers: invest in energy, keep prices stable, EU

May 25, 2009 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ROME (AP) — Energy ministers from the Group of Eight industrialized countries urged their governments and the rest of the world on Monday to keep investing in new and cleaner energy sources, despite the economic crisis.Concluding a two-day summit in Rome, G-8 ministers and officials from 15 more...

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Aging vets serve as honor guards at Ohio funerals, OH

May 25, 2009 9:37 am | by JIM CARNEYAssociated Press | News | Comments

RITTMAN, Ohio (AP) — Old men slowly get off the bus and head to the committal service shelter at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.One, a Korean War veteran, is hooked up to a portable oxygen tank. The sergeant of the honor guard team from the Veterans of Foreign War Post 3747 in Canton...

Trucking company emerges from Chapter 11, MT

May 25, 2009 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Missoula company Jim Palmer Trucking has emerged from a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.President Lonnie Wallace says it's time to rebuild the business now that a plan for paying creditors has been approved in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.Jim Palmer Trucking employs about 360 people.Ten...

NM gets $45.6 million in tobacco payments, NM

May 25, 2009 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's latest share of funds from a 1998 settlement with tobacco companies amounts to $45.6 million dollars.Attorney General Gary King says the payments were sent to the state in April.His office says recent statistics show a decline of nearly 28 percent in cigarette...

Older job hunters find tough times in labor market, 1st Ld-Writethru, TN

May 25, 2009 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Older job hunters are finding it increasingly hard as they seek employment.Older workers spend more time unemployed between jobs than younger workers, labor data show. For someone who is 45 or older, it takes an average of 22 weeks to land a job, compared with 16 weeks for...

Fortuna Provides San Jose Project Update

May 25, 2009 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (TSX VENTURE: FVI)(BVLAC: FVI) is pleased to provide an update on its 100% owned San Jose silver-gold project in Oaxaca, Mexico.The road blockade reported in a Company news release dated April 16th, was brought to an end on May 6th by Federal and State police, as a result...

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Voter rolls clean up in Mississippi's Madison Co., 1st Ld-Writethru, MS

May 25, 2009 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — Madison County will spend $26,000 on mailings to determine the status of 30,000 registered voters who did not vote in the 2008 presidential elections.The idea is to clean up the county's voter rolls.A similar plan was dropped last year because of the $59,000 cost and fears of...

Crews begin setting up for Ky. brass band festival, 1st Ld-Writethru, KY

May 25, 2009 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Crews have begun setting up for the Great American Brass Band Festival next month in Danville.The Advocate-Messenger of Danville reports officials are using modern technology to bring out the best sound from the old-fashioned instruments.The annual festival features old-time...

HL:N.S. premier admits Crown share money did not go towards province's debt@

May 25, 2009 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TANTALLON, N.S. — Premier Rodney MacDonald says the province has spent all of the money it got from Ottawa in the settlement of a dispute over offshore royalties, breaking a promise to spend at least 70 per cent of the cash on the debt.MacDonald told reporters today the first instalments from the...

Bill omits forest waste for cellulosic ethanol, SD

May 25, 2009 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — As of now, legislation in the U.S. House on energy and greenhouse gas emissions does not include using wood from mature federal forests as renewable biomass for clean power.And that's not sitting well with Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.,...

NC Sen. Hagan meets with troops in Afghanistan, 1st Ld-Writethru, NC

May 25, 2009 9:20 am | by MIKE BAKER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan said Monday she now has a better perspective of the harsh conditions in Afghanistan as she visited the Middle East on her first oversees trip since taking office earlier this year.Hagan said she was able to spend two days in Afghanistan over the...

Ind. court says company fired 2 women over race, IN

May 25, 2009 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two women were fired from their jobs at a Michigan City company because they are black and are entitled to more than $27,000 in combined back pay, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled.Their employer, Filter Specialists Inc., argued the women were fired because a manager believed one...

Wyo. family: False steer cheating rumor ruined rep, WY

May 25, 2009 9:19 am | by MEAD GRUVER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Pete had a robust build and lustrous black hair, and lived a life of luxury in an insulated, temperature-controlled barn that kept him cool in the midsummer heat.Nick Pince, then 16, saw to Pete's every need: Bathing him several times a day, giving him specially formulated...

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