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Senate committee advances oil spill settlement bill

Oil spill settlement bill stumbles at session end

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Senate committee has advanced a division of oil spill settlement funds that could help fill an $85 million hole in the state’s Medicaid budget. The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee on Friday voted out the House-passed bill. The bill would use $450 million to repay money borrowed during past budget shortfalls and $191 million for ...

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Texas lawyer acquitted of BP oil spill fraud

BP oil spill fraud

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Texas lawyer accused of making up fake clients to sue BP after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil spill said after his acquittal Thursday that the government’s case against him “fell apart under its own weight of ridiculousness.” Attorney Mikal Watts of San Antonio and four others were acquitted Thursday by a federal jury in ...

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A lot of businesses offer value to their customers, but do they practice their values in their business?

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Now, more than ever, people are talking about values. Not the kind you get at discount stores, or when plane fares go on sale, but the values that make people and businesses who and what they are. In today’s competitive marketplace, any company who has a specific set of core values that speaks to their customer base precisely, and the ...

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The Latest: New Mexico approves Facebook power plan

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators have approved a power-supply plan for a proposed Facebook data center as the state vies with Utah to lure investments by the social media giant. The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a plan from investor-owned utility Public Service Co. of New Mexico that would use new solar ...

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2016 Chevy Volt plugs into a quicker, quieter ride

Chevy Volt, electric car

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is quicker, quieter, more fuel-efficient and goes farther — up to 53 miles — on all-electric power than its predecessor. The new gasoline-engine and electric-powered Volt also is restyled with a more mainstream look and has new features, such as options that let the car start charging only when off-peak electric rates apply. Plus, Chevy cut ...

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Manufacturing in New York region weakens in August

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Factory activity in New York slowed in early August for the second straight month, and manufacturers in the state cut jobs. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Monday that its Empire State manufacturing index dropped to a reading of minus 4.2, from 0.6 in July. Any reading above zero points to expansion. Even so, new ...

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