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Wednesday at the North Carolina General Assembly, NC

May 20, 2009 3:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hawaii's public hospitals get more independence, APFN

May 20, 2009 3:25 pm | by MARK NIESSE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's struggling public hospitals would gain more community control, the ability to attract private investment and money to improve rural health care under a measure passed by state lawmakers.The restructuring of the 13-hospital Hawaii Health Systems Corp., the fourth-largest...

Lawmaker urges consideration of gambling expansion, 1st Ld-Writethru, AZ

May 20, 2009 3:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — A state House Republican leader is urging his colleagues to consider expanding off-reservation gambling as a budget-balancing option to avoid tax increases and reduce spending cuts.House Majority Whip Andy Tobin on Wednesday sent legislative colleagues an e-mail with financial...

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Conn. high court backs anti-nuke plant activist, 1st Ld-Writethru, CT

May 20, 2009 3:25 pm | by DAVE COLLINS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut environmental activist on Wednesday scored a significant legal victory in her fight over how the Millstone nuclear power complex manages its wastewater.The state Supreme Court unanimously decided to allow Nancy Burton to challenge the state process that led to a...

HL:Next phase of 2010 Olympic tickets on sale next month@

May 20, 2009 3:25 pm | by Steve Mertl@Associated Press | News | Comments

VANCOUVER — Canadians who lost out on the ticket lottery for the 2010 Winter Games earlier this year will have another opportunity to score some tickets next month.But the more than 150,000 tickets won't be offered in a lottery system the way the first round of tickets were.Instead, anyone who...

HL:B.C. New Democrat leader says she'll lead the party in the 2013 election@

May 20, 2009 3:25 pm | by Terri Theodore@Associated Press | News | Comments

VANCOUVER — B.C. NDP Leader Carole James says she won't quit despite her second election loss to the Liberals, but she said she'll be making some changes in the way her MLAs and her party gets its message out."My work is not done," she said simply when asked if she would continue on as leader. "It...

Former NY legislator sentenced to 10 years, 1st Ld-Writethru, APFN

May 20, 2009 3:25 pm | by TOM HAYS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Democratic state assemblyman and labor leader Brian McLaughlin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison after apologizing for abusing his authority in a multimillion-dollar scheme to enrich himself."Of course I'm very, very sorry for all my improper conduct and criminal...

Cedar Fair amusement parks hoping for good turnout, OH

May 20, 2009 3:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A list of Cedar Fair's amusement parks in the United States and Canada:— Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.— Kings Island near Cincinnati.— California's Great America in Santa Clara, Calif.— Canada's Wonderland near Toronto.— Kings Dominion near Richmond, Va.— Carowinds in Charlotte, N.C.— Worlds of...

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Michigan reports 175 confirmed swine flu cases, MI

May 20, 2009 3:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials are reporting 175 confirmed swine flu cases in the state.That is 11 more than reported on a state Web site Monday.The cases are spread among 29 of Michigan's 83 counties. The state updated its figures Wednesday afternoon.Federal officials have determined the...

Obama approves US-UAE nuclear cooperation deal, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 3:25 pm | by RICHARD LARDNER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has approved plans for the U.S. to help the United Arab Emirates become the first Arab nation with a nuclear power industry that will fuel the country's growing demand for electricity.Obama's official backing of the pact, known as a "123 agreement," is...

Foes speak out against offshore oil proposal, CA

May 20, 2009 3:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — A group of environmental leaders have criticized a proposal by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that could bring the state $1.8 billion by allowing the first new oil drilling off California's coast in more than 40 years.The proposal would revive a project on the Santa Barbara...

On-Demand Financial Planning and Reporting Vendor Honored Among This Year's Most Promising Private Technology Ventures in North America

May 20, 2009 3:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.adaptiveplanning.com () —Adaptive Planning, the worldwide leader in on-demand financial planning and reporting solutions for companies of all sizes, announced today that Red Herring has named Adaptive Planning a winner in the software category for the "Red Herring 100 North America"...

Obama undoes Bush-era policy that undercut states, 4th Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 3:19 pm | by PETE YOST - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama White House on Wednesday undid a Bush administration policy that used federal regulations to undermine a wide range of state health, safety and environmental laws.Many of the federal regulations limited the ability of injured consumers to sue companies in state...

EPA fines companies for fouling Bay Area waterways, CA

May 20, 2009 3:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is fining two waste management companies for polluting San Francisco Bay area waterways.Agency officials say California Waste Solutions was cited for sending trash and other pollutants from three of its locations in Oakland and San Jose...

Can a mop fight swine flu? Docs say probably not, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 3:14 pm | by DAVID B. CARUSO - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — In scores of schools across the United States, the mop has been the weapon of choice in the fight against swine flu.When hundreds of children fell ill with the virus at a Queens high school last month, authorities promptly closed the building and spent days disinfecting desks and...

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