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Connecticut calls for 'green cleaning' in schools, 1st Ld-Writethru, CT

May 19, 2009 3:16 pm | by STEPHANIE REITZ - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Environmentally friendly maintenance products and "green cleaning" practices will soon be mandatory in all Connecticut public schools.The state Senate unanimously approved a bill Tuesday requiring school districts to adopt "green cleaning" methods similar to those already in...

NY man imprisoned in $2 million tax refund scam, NY

May 19, 2009 3:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A man has been thrown behind bars for 57 months for using a corrupt letter carrier in Manhattan to cash in on more than $2 million in tax refund checks from bogus returns.Luis Mercedes was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to conspiracy, receiving stolen mail and other charges...

Bill would expand Ariz. fingerprinting requirement, AZ

May 19, 2009 3:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona legislators are moving to require that more people get fingerprint checks.Under legislation to be considered Tuesday by a Senate committee, the fingerprinting requirement would newly apply to people applying to become foster and adoptive parents and to all Department of...

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North Dakota's a leader in babies, ND

May 19, 2009 3:10 pm | by JAMES MacPHERSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Activity in North Dakota's oil patch may have helped create a different sort of boom in the state: babies.Young adults have been moving to the state — or staying — because of a strong economy, spurred largely by growth in the state's oil patch, said Richard Rathge, the state...

Political headaches weaken Ill. pol Stroger, IL

May 19, 2009 3:10 pm | by DEANNA BELLANDI - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Already weakened by years of controversy, the leader of one of America's largest counties is being pummeled by new political scandals, including one that saw him oust his own cousin from her job.Cook County Board President Todd Stroger also has been dogged by the disclosure of a...

HL:Calgary sponsorship summit to build bridges between athletes and CEOs@

May 19, 2009 3:10 pm | by Donna Spencer@Associated Press | News | Comments

CALGARY — The 2010 Olympics have kept sponsorship money for Canada's athletes from drying up in this struggling economy.A sponsorship summit is planned for Calgary later this year to help keep the money flowing to Olympic medal hopefuls. WinSport Canada is bringing athletes, corporations and the...

Senate: NY should send updates on sex offenders, NY

May 19, 2009 3:05 pm | by MICHAEL VIRTANEN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state Senate passed legislation Tuesday to authorize e-mail alerts to residents when a sex offender moves into their ZIP code.Republican and Democratic senators said their shared interest was in protecting children. The bill passed 60-0 with two senators not voting."There's...

La. House OKs new fee for phone cards, 1st Ld-Writethru, LA

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

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — People who buy prepaid cell phone cards should pay a 60-cent fee each time they buy a new package of minutes to pay for upgrades to the statewide 911 emergency system, the House voted.Cell phone and landline customers who pay monthly already have an 85-cent fee with each...

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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...

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...

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