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Illinois Senate passes $454 million more for colleges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 3:21pm

A $454 million bill to increase funding for financially struggling Illinois colleges and universities has cleared the state Senate.

Wal-Mart brings back greeters at the store door

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 3:11pm

Those smiley door greeters are back at Wal-Mart.

Never-completed TVA nuclear plant that cost $4B for sale

Travis Loller, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 3:11pm

The nation's largest public utility is selling a never-completed nuclear plant that has cost more than $4 billion dollars over the past four decades.

Minnesota Senate rejects $1.5 million public works bill

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 3:01pm

Minnesota's Senate narrowly rejected a Democratic plan to borrow $1.5 billion for public construction projects across the state on Thursday, providing just the latest reminder of the wide divide between Republicans and Democrats as the legislative session winds down with little settled.

Wildlife group proposes deer farm crackdown to fight disease

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 3:01pm

A prominent sportsmen's group wants Gov. Scott Walker to crack down on captive deer farms as he considers revising the state's chronic wasting disease tactics.

Colorado city to pay those sent to jail over court fines

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 2:51pm

In a rare move, a Colorado city has agreed to pay dozens of people, most of them homeless, who were sent to jail because they couldn't afford to pay fines for minor offenses like panhandling and jaywalking.

Venezuela politician accuses Wall Street Journal of libel

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 2:50pm

A powerful Venezuelan legislator has sued Dow Jones & Co. and News Corp., saying he was libeled in a drug investigation article in The Wall Street Journal.

The Latest: NYC lawmakers approve 5-cent plastic bag charge

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 2:50pm

The Latest on New York City's plastic bag law (all times local):

Painful options for some Brooklyn subway riders amid repairs

Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 2:41pm

Riders who use a subway line that goes through the lone tunnel connecting some of Brooklyn's hippest neighborhoods to New York City's commercial heart are facing a "Would you rather" question they would rather not be asked.

What's for dinner? The New York Times wants to help

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 2:41pm

The New York Times Co., which has delivered newspapers for decades, now wants to help deliver food to people's door steps.

Former Perdue Foods executive rejoining as new president

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 2:41pm

The CEO of a Seaford, Delaware chicken producer and exporter has been hired to rejoin Perdue Farms Inc. as president of Perdue Foods LLC.

Trial to examine mind and decisions of mogul Sumner Redstone

Anthony McCartney, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 2:21pm

Illness has robbed Sumner Redstone of his voice, but a trial scheduled to begin Friday will determine whether the ailing media mogul remains competent enough to make key decisions about his life.

Markets Right Now: US stocks end flat after 2 down days

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 2:21pm

The Latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

Grain lower, livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 2:11pm

Grain futures were lower Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain lower, livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 2:11pm

Grain futures were lower Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Apple partners with commercial software giant SAP

Brandon Bailey, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 1:31pm

Apple has announced a new partnership with German software giant SAP to develop mobile apps that business customers can use on iPhones and iPad tablets.

FDA will require e-cigarettes and contents to be reviewed

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 1:30pm

The federal government on Thursday announced sweeping new rules for electronic cigarettes that will for the first time require the devices and their ingredients to be reviewed, a mandate that could offer some protection for consumers and upend a multibillion dollar industry that has gone largely unregulated.

Idaho sees spike in tourism, officials say

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 1:01pm

Idaho is on track to collect record-high lodging taxes this year as the state sees a spike in tourism.

High swing that killed teen exempt from SC inspections

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 1:00pm

A ropes course where a Florida teen died last summer was exempt from state inspections governing amusement rides, South Carolina regulators have concluded, a reversal of what they said immediately after her death.