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  • Meridian airport wins services contract

    MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Meridian Regional Airport has been awarded the bid to operate all ground services for Meridian's new commercial air carrier. The Meridian Star reported (http://bit.ly/1u2J0pT) the contract covers ticket counter sales, baggage handling and other functions. ExpressJet...

  • Judge rules GMO measure can appear on Maui ballots

    WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A judge's ruling allows Maui County to print ballots that ask voters about a proposed moratorium on genetically engineered crops. Monday's decision dissolves a temporary restraining order after those who support genetically modified organisms sued to remove the measure....

  • US senator to ask Congress to suspend coal sales

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. senator said Tuesday he'll ask fellow lawmakers to halt coal sales on federal lands in the West after a senior Obama administration official declined to suspend the troubled government program. Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey said the Interior Department moved too...

  • Port of Anchorage shifts focus to modernization

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Port of Anchorage is turning its focus from expansion to modernization and efforts to improve existing infrastructure. Lower sections of the hollow steel posts beneath the wharf are covered in corrosion caused by bacteria, silt and salty water. Steel sleeves used to...

  • Wynn's $1.6B resort wins Boston casino license

    BOSTON (AP) — Wynn Resorts has bested Mohegan Sun for the lucrative Boston-area casino license, based largely on the strength of its $1.6 billion project's economic development potential. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-to-1 Tuesday to award the license to the Las Vegas casino...

  • EPA grants extension on power plant pollution plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday gave the public 45 more days to weigh in on a plan that would for the first time curb the pollution blamed for global warming from the nation's coal-fired power plants. The agency said it was still aiming to finalize the rules by...

  • Snyder touts expanded Medicaid in re-election bid

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Gov. Rick Snyder is touting Michigan's successful Medicaid expansion in his re-election run. The governor said Tuesday that at least 385,000 low-income adults have signed up since the program was expanded in April. That's ahead of the 322,000 his administration...

  • How the Fed's guidance on rates has evolved

    WASHINGTON (AP) — "Extended period." 6.5 percent unemployment. "Considerable time." Every six weeks or so, after the Federal Reserve holds a policy meeting, it issues a statement containing guidance to the financial world on when it might raise interest rates. It's a moment of great...

  • Speculation swirls over Fed language on rate hike

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Federal Reserve issues a policy statement after it meets this week, the financial world will be on high alert for two words: "Considerable time." The presence or absence of that phrase will trigger a rush to assess the likely timing of the Fed's first increase in...

  • GM to add 750 workers to build small pickup trucks

    DETROIT (AP) — Early demand is so high for General Motors' new small pickup trucks that the company is hiring more workers to build them even before one is sold to the public. Nearly 100,000 prospective buyers have gone online to customize a Chevrolet Colorado or a GMC Canyon pickup and get a...

  • Powder River Basin oil production increases

    CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Oil production in the Powder River Basin of northeast Wyoming has more than doubled over the past five years, but industry observers say continued growth depends on oil prices remaining strong. A U.S. Energy Information Agency report released Monday said oil output in the...

  • Natural gas company seeks federal OK for pipeline

    BOSTON (AP) — An energy company is seeking federal approvals for a natural gas pipeline through northern Massachusetts that has already garnered significant local opposition. Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc. filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday. The company...

  • A Closer Look: Your (online) life after death

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sure, you have a lot to do today — laundry, bills, dinner — but it's never too early to start planning for your digital afterlife, the fate of your numerous online accounts once you shed this mortal coil. Facebook, Google, Twitter and other sites have different policies on...

  • Cargill to close corn milling plant in Memphis

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Cargill will close its corn milling plant in Memphis, Tennessee early next year, citing its location outside of the corn belt and underutilization. The milling plant has about 440 workers, with 120 of those being contract employees. Cargill has 143,000 employees in 67...

  • Braves' new stadium has a name _ SunTrust Park

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves new suburban stadium already has a name — SunTrust Park. The team announced the naming-rights deal at a ceremony Tuesday to officially break ground on the 41,500-seat stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2017. The festivities — including Major League...



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