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Stories with subject: Business and professional services
  • Mo. mulls state funds to districts for preschool 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 11:37 am
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri lawmakers are moving to put more of the state's money where their mouths are in supporting preschool and early childhood programs.

  • Pa. dog grooming, training, boarding firms thrive 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 10:40 am
  • PITTSBURGH - Bella Donna wouldn't dare board a plane without a fresh haircut. Her name means "beautiful lady," after all, and the teacup Yorkshire terrier lives up to it.

  • Branstad priorities not OK'd as adjournment nears 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 10:05 am
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - As the end of the legislative session draws near, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is pushing lawmakers to keep some of his priorities in mind.

  • Oil transport draws cry for disaster training help 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 9:30 am
  • STAPLES, Minnesota - Trains have traveled through this part of Minnesota for just under 150 years, and as the small town of Staples grew around their tracks, railroads were virtually the only source of jobs for decades.

  • APNewsBreak: Medicaid paid $12M for Illinois dead 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 7:44 pm
  • CHICAGO - The Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records, according to an internal state government memo.

  • Eyewitness testimony no longer a gold standard 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:44 pm
  • PORTLAND, Oregon - The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant.

  • Company gets help and is now dressed for success 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 2:58 pm
  • NEW YORK - When Tessemae's salad dressing quickly became a hit, the owners of the family-run condiment company were faced with the reality that they needed help navigating the grocery business.

  • Ohio prison food vendor fined $142,000 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 1:13 pm
  • COLUMBUS, Ohio - The private food vendor that holds the contract for feeding Ohio's 50,000 prisoners has repeatedly failed to meet the staffing levels it promised, the state announced Friday as it hit the company with $142,100 in fines.

  • In Egypt, a corruption watchdog hit by backlash 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 1:10 pm
  • CAIRO - Hesham Genena has created uproar by trying to actually do his job. The head of one of Egypt's foremost government oversight agencies, he says he has uncovered billions of dollars-worth of corruption, involving some of the country's most untouchable institutions, including the police, intelligence agencies, and the judiciary.

  • Va. base to be home for embassy training center 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 7:17 pm
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - Members of Virginia's congressional delegation say Fort Pickett will be the home of a training center for U.S. diplomatic personnel assigned to high-threat areas around the globe.

  • IRS audits less than 1 percent of big partnerships 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:26 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service audits fewer than 1 percent of large business partnerships, according to a government report released Tuesday.

  • 9 Pennsylvania colleges target of gender complaint 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:31 pm
  • WASHINGTON - A women's legal organization has filed discrimination complaints against nine universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, alleging the schools have repeatedly failed to provide equal athletic opportunities for female students over several decades.

  • Miss. Dept. of Education eyes expanded outreach 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 2:52 pm
  • JACKSON, Mississippi - The Mississippi Department of Education appears ready to add 27 contract employees to help local schools improve teaching.

  • 4th Md. prison training veteran service dogs 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:19 am
  • HAGERSTOWN, Maryland - The medium-security Maryland Correctional Training Center near Hagerstown is becoming the fourth state prison where inmates who served in the military help train service dogs for disabled veterans.

  • California home prices surge in March; sales fall 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 6:11 pm
  • SAN DIEGO - California home prices surged to a six-year high in March amid lackluster sales at the start of the traditional buying season, a research firm said Wednesday.

  • Former Rothstein CFO charged in $1.2B Ponzi scheme 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 11:43 am
  • FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - The former chief financial officer of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein's law firm has been charged with conspiracy in the $1.2 billion fraud.

  • Former Rothstein CFO charged in $1.2B Ponzi scheme 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 11:40 am
  • FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - The former chief financial officer of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein's law firm has been charged with conspiracy in the $1.2 billion fraud.

  • National Guard to open new center at Fort Chaffee 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:40 am
  • FORT SMITH, Arkansas - A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for the Arkansas National Guard's new training facility at Fort Chaffee.

  • State audits find spending abuse in LA-area city 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 9:55 pm
  • SACRAMENTO, California - A gritty Los Angeles suburb targeted in a federal corruption probe had virtually no controls over how taxpayer money was spent, opening the way for officials to run up credit-card bills and take questionable leave time that in one case nearly doubled an employee's salary, state audits found Tuesday.

  • Court expands legal rights for injured workers 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:22 pm
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Supreme Court overturned 30 years of precedent with a ruling Tuesday that gives greater legal protections to injured workers who subsequently are fired from their jobs.

  • New Jersey taxpayers paying bridge probe lawyers 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 1:59 pm
  • TRENTON, New Jersey - New Jersey taxpayers will pay $340 per hour for law firms to represent some state employees as lawmakers and prosecutors investigate lane closures near the George Washington Bridge.

  • Red River Valley touted as drone industry center 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 11:59 am
  • THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota - Dozens of representatives from agriculture, aviation and higher education are meeting in northwestern Minnesota to discuss ways to promote the region as a center for development of the aircraft industry which produces unmanned drones.

  • O'Malley signs pot decriminalization bill 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 1:56 pm
  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed a bill that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana, starting Oct. 1.

  • Auditor questions state child protection services 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 10:31 am
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - An audit finds the state agency charged with protecting children in abuse and neglect situations has fewer workers, more cases and has failed to follow its own policies.

  • Chances of getting audited by IRS lowest in years 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 11:20 am
  • WASHINGTON - As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday's tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years.