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Competition heats up among Des Moines specialty grocers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 1:20pm

Three new specialty food stores have opened in the Des Moines area since last fall, joining an already competitive grocery market and a string of established grocers in Iowa that sell ethnic, gourmet and health-conscious food.

Virginia Military Institute announces tuition increases

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 1:20pm

Tuition is going up at the nation's oldest state-supported military college.

Kentucky State University employees file discrimination suit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 12:00pm

A fired employee and a demoted employee at Kentucky State University have filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against President Raymond Burse.

The Latest: Kansas budget fix includes drug bill, asset sale

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 11:40am

The Latest on the Kansas Legislature (all times local):

Berkshire Hathaway event celebrates what makes firm special

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 11:40am

Berkshire Hathaway's peculiarities were on display again this weekend with tens of thousands of people filling an arena to listen to Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger talk business for hours at the conglomerate's annual meeting.

Senate candidate paid relative $170K for past campaign work

Brian Slodysko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 10:51am

An Indiana Senate candidate who has railed against out-of-control government spending paid his brother-in-law nearly $170,000 to manage the finances of his congressional campaign. The relative worked as a car salesman and actor but had no experience rounding up political donations.

Gibraltar pushes for airport to be under EU aviation laws

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 10:50am

Gibraltar's authorities have joined air-travel industry leaders in calling for the small British territory on Spain's southwestern tip to be included in the European Union's laws governing European aviation.

State Rainy Day Fund to restore library, senior center cuts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 10:40am

Budget cuts of about $1 million each to Arkansas libraries and for senior citizen centers will be restored with money from the state's Rainy Day Fund, according to legislative leaders.

Kenya burns huge pile of ivory tusks to protest poaching

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 10:31am

Kenya's president set fire Saturday to 105 tons of elephant ivory and more than 1 ton of rhino horn, believed to be the largest stockpile ever destroyed, in a dramatic statement by this East African country against the trade in ivory and products from endangered species.

Pocatellos' FBI data center to expand, add jobs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 10:00am

Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad says the FBI is expanding its data center facility, bringing 300 new jobs to southeastern Idaho.

Illinois budget standoff forces 300 layoffs at Chicago State

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 9:50am

Chicago State University laid off more than 300 employees, about a third of its workforce, after emergency state funding recently approved amid Illinois' ongoing budget stalemate proved too little to prevent the cuts.

Nissan recalls nearly 4 million cars with air bag problems

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 9:21am

Nearly 4 million Nissan cars are being recalled due to major safety problems where passenger air bags or seat belts could fail in a crash, leading to serious injuries or fatalities.

Congress heads out with no resolution on Zika, Puerto Rico

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 7:50am

Congress accomplished relatively little in a short work period, missing deadlines on the budget and on helping Puerto Rico with its financial crisis as lawmakers began a weeklong break.

Wee-lief! Dogs get airport bathrooms of their own

William Mathis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 7:41am

Little Simba couldn't wait to check it out.

Educated migrants have edge as Germany aims for integration

Kirsten Grieshaber and David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 5:20am

Wafaa Askar arrived in Germany barely a year and a half ago from her Syrian homeland, but she already speaks German fluently and counts more Germans than Syrians as friends. Orhan Sahin arrived from Turkey more than three decades ago, but still feels like a foreigner and speaks in broken German.

House, Senate adjourn without reaching budget deal

Bob Christie and Ryan Van Velzer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 12:00am

The Legislature adjourned for the weekend as negotiations over the state's $9.58 billion budget package fell apart in the House late Friday night before a deal could be reached.

Texas court blocks Houston from using tougher clean-air laws

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 11:50pm

Houston's efforts to use local clean air laws to regulate pollution in the home of the nation's largest petrochemical complex were halted Friday by a Texas Supreme Court ruling in favor of energy and chemical companies that claimed the city had overreached.

The Latest: Legislature done for weekend amid budget chaos

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 10:50pm

The Latest on legislative action an Arizona budget proposal (all times local):

Hawaii lawmakers negotiate dozens of bills before deadline

Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 9:31pm

Hawaii lawmakers negotiated final details on dozens of bills ahead of a major legislative deadline, rushing around the capitol and huddling in groups and trying to reach last-minute agreements.