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Longevity of life a mixed blessing for Japanese, AS

May 22, 2009 12:10 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Friday welcomed the news it had topped the world longevity ratings, but with its citizens living increasingly longer lives it may soon become hard for the government to find enough young taxpayers to support them.The statistics for 2007 published on Thursday by the World...

2 more Ga. counties added to federal relief list, GA

May 22, 2009 12:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — Residents in Baker and Early counties can now get federal assistance for damage from severe weather that struck the state early this spring.Georgia Emergency Management Agency officials said Thursday that nearly 60 Georgia counties are now part of a federal disaster declaration for...

Key 10-year JGB yield edges up on higher U.S. long-term rates+

May 22, 2009 12:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 22 (Kyodo) — The yield on the benchmark 10-year Japanese government bond closed slightly higher Friday on a surge in U.S. long-term interest rates, although the rise was curbed by directionless trading.In interdealer trading, the yield on the No. 300, 1.5 percent issue gained 0.005...

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State fund to help rural areas gets honor, TN

May 22, 2009 12:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A state revolving loan fund has been honored for its economic development achievement.The Tennessee Rural Opportunity Fund has won the 2009 Multi-Community Program Award for populations exceeding 100,000 from the group Business Retention and Expansion International.The $10...

Search to replace Sears begins, GA

May 22, 2009 12:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Sonny Perdue says his Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting nominations to fill Leah Ward Sears' seat on the state's top court.Members of the Georgia Bar and the public may submit nominations to former state Attorney General Michael Bowers, head of the 18-member...

April passengers down 7.3 percent at Knox airport, TN

May 22, 2009 12:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials at McGhee Tyson Airport say the declining number of passengers may have hit bottom.There was a 7.3 percent decrease in passengers in April compared to April 2008.Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority president Bill Marrison says the figure means the airport is...

Tenn. receives $99 million to lower home utilities, 1st Ld-Writethru, TN

May 22, 2009 12:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee program that works to help homeowners lower their utility bills is expected to receive a tenfold increase over its current budget.The Tennessean reports the federal government will inject $99 million into the state's Weatherization Assistance Program this...

Transportation board chooses 41 stimulus projects, GA

May 22, 2009 12:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Transportation Board says it has selected 41 projects valued at $138 million to be completed with federal economic stimulus money.The board says the projects include resurfacing of Interstate 575, north of Atlanta. It says bids will be opened on June 19 for projects to be...

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Stimulus could offset looming W.Va. budget cuts, 1st Ld-Writethru, WV

May 22, 2009 12:05 am | by LAWRENCE MESSINA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is looking to offset nearly $200 million in needed budget cuts with at least $34 million from its share of federal stimulus funds.Lawmakers and Gov. Joe Manchin's office say the temporary federal dollars should help cushion the blow, but add that most agencies...

NC jobless rate for April stable at 10.8 percent, APFN

May 22, 2009 12:05 am | by EMERY P. DALESIO - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's jobless rate for April was unchanged at 10.8 percent, marking a third straight month the rate was nearly flat and offering hope that the worst of the state's job losses may be over, the state Employment Security Commission reported Friday.North Carolina's...

Riley to sign bill for veterans cemetery, AL

May 22, 2009 12:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SPANISH FORT, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Bob Riley says he will sign into law a bill that establishes Alabama's first state-run veterans' cemetery.The signing ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Friday is set for Baldwin County across from Historic Blakeley State Park in Spanish Fort. That's where the cemetery will be...

Former Texas Lottery employee arrested, 1st Ld-Writethru, TX

May 22, 2009 12:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A former Texas Lottery employee was arrested after a Travis County grand jury indicted him in connection with the possession of unauthorized data on more than 27,000 Lottery winners.Authorities said Joseph Anthony Mueggenborg, 39, of Austin, was taken into custody Tuesday while...

Gulp! Utah agencies spend $220K on bottled water, APFN

May 21, 2009 11:54 pm | by BROCK VERGAKIS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As Utah legislators slashed hundreds of millions of dollars to balance the state budget, lawmakers held on to one perk for themselves and thirsty state workers who survived the cuts: bottled water.An Associated Press review of state finance records shows that Utah state...

To cover both wars, Senate passes $91.3B bill, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 11:49 pm | by ANDREW TAYLOR - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is backing President Barack Obama's efforts to ramp up the war in Afghanistan, granting his request for $91.3 billion for military and diplomatic operations there and in Iraq.The spending bill, approved on an 86-3 vote Thursday night, goes to congressional negotiators...

Euro extends gains against dollar, 1st Ld-Writethru, EU

May 21, 2009 11:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — The euro extended its gains against the dollar on Friday, climbing above $1.39 after a warning that Britain's debt level may result in its rating being cut raised similar worries about the U.S.The 16-nation euro bought $1.3987 in afternoon European trading, up from $1.3889 in New York...

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