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Oh Danny Boy! Storm may threaten southeast

MIAMI — Tropical Storm Danny has formed in the open Atlantic off the Bahamas. Forecasters say the storm has top winds of 45 mph and is moving to the west-northwest at 18 mph. The storm could get stronger in the next two days. As of 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday, the storm’s center was about 445 miles (715 kilometers) east of ...

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5 Miss. water systems receive federal stimulus aid

JACKSON — Five small communities in Mississippi are receiving federal grants and loans to improve their water systems. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the funding, which is coming from the federal stimulus package. Beaver Dam Water Association Inc. in Heidelberg is receiving a nearly $1.7 million grant and a $607,000 loan. The Kossuth Water Association Inc. is receiving a ...

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City sets hearing on Sunday alcohol

COLUMBUS — The Columbus City Council has scheduled a public meeting on Aug. 31 on a proposal to allow the sale of liquor in bars and restaurants on Sundays. The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. at the Columbus Municipal Complex. The city’s current ordinance allows for the sale of alcohol only from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday ...

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141 Alabama catfish farmers get nearly $9 million

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The state Agriculture Department has distributed almost $9 million to 141 catfish farmers as part of the federal stimulus package. Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks announced the distribution Tuesday. Sparks said catfish producers suffered hardships last year due to increased feed prices. He said the funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will help them compete ...

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Jones Co. expects $1.4 million extra tax revenue

LAUREL —  The Jones County Board of Supervisors has increased its tax revenue by nearly $1.4 million in preparing its budget for the 2009-10 fiscal year. An additional $1.36 million is expected to be collected from property taxes, which increase by seven percent for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. County Administrator Charles Miller said that due to the ...

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Mass. Sen. Edward Kennedy dies at age 77

BOSTON — Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Mass- achusetts, the last surviving brother in a political dynasty and one of the most influential senators in history, died Tuesday night at his home on Cape Cod after a year-long struggle with brain cancer. He was 77. In nearly 50 years in the Senate, Kennedy served alongside 10 presidents – his brother ...

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Health care claim costs expected to rise 10.5 pct

INDIANAPOLIS — Costs for employer-provided health plans are expected to rise more than 10 percent within the next 12 months, a jump workers may feel in their paychecks or through changes to their insurance coverage. An aging population, rising costs and growing patient demand for services are among the reasons for the higher costs cited in an Aon Consulting report ...

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Gov't extends deadline for clunkers paperwork

WASHINGTON — Car dealers will have a bit more time to get reimbursed for their Cash for Clunkers deals after the government extended the deadline for filing applications for the $3 billion government incentives into Tuesday evening. All sales under the program ended Monday evening. But after already pushing back the deadline to submit records for the car rebate deals to ...

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Stocks rally after jump in consumer confidence

NEW YORK — Investors put stocks back on an upward path Tuesday, encouraged by news of a rebound in consumer confidence and more healing in the housing industry. Major stock indexes rose nearly 1 percent in early afternoon trading, led by gains in financials, retailers and homebuilders. Energy and utility stocks fell as oil prices cooled following a recent surge. ...

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Govs ask about state costs under health reform

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Governors from across the South told President Barack Obama’s health care reform czar Monday they need to know what the program will cost small businesses, taxpayers and their own austere state budgets. “If you detect a level of paranoia here, it’s probably justified,” Alabama’s governor, Republican Bob Riley, told Nancy-Ann DeParle, the director of the White House ...

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