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Vail's sales tax revenue down 25 percent in March, CO

May 23, 2009 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

VAIL, Colo. (AP) — Sales tax collections in Vail were down again in March.The town released figures Thursday showing sales tax collections for the month were down nearly 25 percent from March 2008 to about $2.5 million.The drop was attributed to the slumping national economy and the fact that...

Ohio woman offers aid for needy, not 'freeloaders', OH

May 23, 2009 9:38 am | by BY MARGARET BERNSTEINAssociated Press | News | Comments

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — Come walk with Barbara Klingshirn on a tour of her temporary Elyria warehouse. Here, she and fellow volunteers collect used furniture, clothes and housewares and redistribute them to needy folks.The name of their nonprofit is "Freely... Freely," a verse lifted from Matthew's...

Analysis: NY's taxes, spending still priorities, NY

May 23, 2009 9:38 am | by MICHAEL GORMLEY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. David Paterson on Tuesday called legislative leaders to gather around a table in the Capitol to find ways to reduce New York's high taxing and spending. But it looked more like a holiday dinner, where only the relatives holding grudges showed up.Almost a year ago, the...

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Struggle over ethics role led to director's firing, 1st Ld-Writethru, TN

May 23, 2009 9:32 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Bruce Androphy was hired to run the Tennessee Ethics Commission in 2006, he took to heart pronouncements that the state wanted to the panel to be independent and assertive.That may have been his first mistake.Androphy was fired by the commission Monday after a rocky 2½...

Gates praises more than 950 West Point graduates, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 23, 2009 9:27 am | by MICHAEL HILL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Cadets graduating from West Point were praised by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Saturday for having the courage and patriotism to join the military in "a dangerous new century."Gates noted that the 970 members of the U.S. Military Academy's class of 2009 were...

Tucson intestinal transplant marks first in state, AZ

May 23, 2009 9:27 am | by STEPHANIE INNESAssociated Press | News | Comments

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Until she took a few bites of mashed potatoes this week, Leslie Teran-Richter had not eaten since October.Though she'd been receiving nutrients through an intravenous line, it certainly wasn't as satisfying as eating solid food. She found herself having detailed fantasies about...

Russia confirms 1st swine flu case to WHO, UN

May 23, 2009 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says it has been notified of Russia's first confirmed case of swine flu.WHO's daily updates on the disease provide only the number of new cases and where they occurred.But media in Russia said Friday that a Russian citizen traveling from New York was...

SEC staff faces tighter stock trading rules-report, APFN

May 23, 2009 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Employees of the Securities and Exchange Commission face tough new stock-trading rules, according to a report, after an investigation in the trading of two people on the regulator's staff.The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday that the rules will prohibit staff from trading...

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Newspaper sues governor over records, 1st Ld-Writethru, MT

May 23, 2009 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Tribune Eagle is suing the governor and two state agencies for withholding budget recommendations, asking a court to release the documents.Wyoming Attorney General Bruce Salzburg argued that the governor can keep recommended budget-reduction plans from state...

Curriculum steers Tenn. students to math, science, 1st Ld-Writethru, TN

May 23, 2009 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) — Two girls, one wearing a preppy polo shirt with a matching hair bow and the other sporting hoop earrings and chomping gum, are talking in their darkened Robertsville Middle School classroom.Not about gossip or fashion, but "malfunctioning troubleshooting," ''pneumatics" and...

Wis has 230 fewer seasonal parks workers

May 23, 2009 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — As the economy slumps, more people are staying close to home these days for recreation. But if they plan to hit a state park, there will be fewer employees to handle the interest.Department of Natural Resources spokesman Adam Collins says the state has about 230 fewer...

N.E. Editorial Roundup, 3Takes, NE

May 23, 2009 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Day, New London, Conn., Friday, May 22, 2009:Tom Brokaw, the former NBC anchorman, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, alternating in solemn and witty discourse, got it just right as they urged Fordham University graduates to be passionate about their future work, lock hands with their...

Metro to restore some bus cuts, 1st Ld-Writethru, MO

May 23, 2009 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Metro officials plan to restore about one-third of the transit cuts made earlier this year.If approved by Gov. Jay Nixon, $12 million in federal stimulus funds would be used to bring back some express bus routes and add new lines to places where Metro buses no longer...

Analysis: Ark. GOP stumbles in comeback bid, 1st Ld-Writethru, AR

May 23, 2009 9:06 am | by ANDREW DeMILLO - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — More than a year before the 2010 elections, Arkansas' Republican Party is struggling in its bid for a comeback.The GOP's only announced candidate for the United States Senate is spending more time explaining why he brought up the fact that Sen. Chuck Schumer is Jewish than...

Lawmakers packing 2010 ballot with propositions, OK

May 23, 2009 9:06 am | by RON JENKINS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahomans could be a bit bleary-eyed leaving the polls in 2010 because of a raft of state questions and a full slate of elective offices on the general election ballot.Legislators already have adopted resolutions for statewide votes on at least eight propositions and one...

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