- Disaster loan outreach center to open in Lee County Updated: May-06-15 2:19 am
JONESVILLE, Virginia - The U.S. Small Business Administration is opening a disaster loan outreach center in Lee County.
- Feds offer exit plan for Montana town's asbestos cleanup Updated: May-05-15 7:37 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - A long-delayed U.S. government cleanup plan for a Montana community where asbestos contamination has sickened thousands would leave the deadly material in the walls of houses, underground and elsewhere - stirring worries among residents and state officials about future exposures.
- Los Angeles sues Wells Fargo, alleging fraud by employees Updated: May-05-15 4:52 pm
LOS ANGELES - Wells Fargo Bank employees driven by strict sales pressure issued unwanted credit cards and opened unauthorized accounts that charged customers fees and damaged their credit, according to a lawsuit filed by the city of Los Angeles.
- Otter to lead businesses on trade mission to Peru, Mexico Updated: May-04-15 3:51 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter will lead a group of Idaho-based business leaders on a weeklong trade mission to Peru and Mexico next week.
- 3 new miniature golf courses in works for Harrison County Updated: May-03-15 7:47 pm
BILOXI, Mississippi - Three miniature golf courses are in the works in Harrison County. If all three open, they'll bring competition the pastime hasn't seen on the Mississippi Coast since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.
- Intuit drafting another small business for Super Bowl TV ad Updated: May-03-15 6:17 pm
NEW YORK - Intuit is looking to draft another small business for some air time in football's biggest game.
- Norwegian company opens small business in Mississippi Updated: May-03-15 4:34 am
COLUMBUS, Mississippi - A Norwegian company that makes supplies for high-performance clothing is expanding into the United States, and its first production site is in Mississippi.
- David Goldberg, tech exec married to 'Lean In' author, dies Updated: May-03-15 1:08 am
SAN FRANCISCO - David Goldberg, a popular Silicon Valley executive and husband of Facebook second-in-command and "Lean In" author Sheryl Sandberg, has died suddenly at age 47, his company and family members said Saturday.
- Hawaii lawmakers approve Maui hospital privatization bill Updated: May-02-15 9:05 pm
HONOLULU - Maui's only acute care hospital and two other state-owned medical facilities could be privatized under a bill given final approval by state lawmakers.
- California lawmakers weigh rules for medicinal pot shops Updated: May-02-15 8:50 pm
LOS ANGELES - The California Legislature is considering multiple - and conflicting - plans to impose the first major statewide restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries and growers.
- Police: Man shoots, kills would-be carjacker outside store Updated: May-02-15 8:47 pm
OREM, Utah - A shopper with a concealed weapons permit shot and killed a man who was trying to carjack a woman Saturday outside a Utah grocery store, officers said.
- Lawmakers worry as conservation program shrinks Updated: May-02-15 5:50 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - At the peak of the wheat bubble, Montana farmers looking for more land to seed were pulling roughly 200,000 acres a year from conservation.
- Federal officials say leaking oil train had flawed valves Updated: May-02-15 4:22 pm
SPOKANE, Washington - Federal investigators say a leaking oil train that hauled crude oil from North Dakota to Washington in January had tank cars with faulty valves, which also are installed on thousands of tank cars nationwide.
- Uncle Sam may have picked the wrong cash cow Updated: May-02-15 3:01 pm
MIDDLETOWN, Maryland - Randy Sowers always expected the government to show up one day and ask where all the cash he was depositing at his bank came from. He thought he had the right answer: from his business selling eggs and milk at farmers markets.
- Court's PERS decision raises tough questions for lawmakers Updated: May-02-15 3:01 pm
SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon Supreme Court decision overturning cuts to public-employee pensions will force tough decisions for state lawmakers and local government officials, who face steep hikes in payroll costs.
- Agreement addresses coal supply for New Mexico power plant Updated: May-01-15 10:37 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The owners of a power plant that supplies more than 2 million customers throughout the Southwest have reached an agreement that will ensure it has coal through 2022.
- Colorado cracking down on pot pesticides Updated: May-01-15 1:48 pm
DENVER - Colorado is cracking down on pesticide use in the marijuana industry, trying to end years of sloppy oversight of which chemicals are used on the nascent industry.
- Police chief at busiest US port indicted in alleged app scam Updated: May-01-15 1:41 pm
LOS ANGELES - A federal grand jury indicted the veteran police chief for the Port of Los Angeles in an alleged kickback and bribery scheme involving the development of a smartphone app that was supposed to help reduce crime at the nation's busiest seaport.
- Torched Fresno utility pole yard had no hydrant system Updated: May-01-15 1:20 pm
FRESNO, California - A utility pole yard that went up in flames in Fresno had not had a working fire hydrant system in at least two years, authorities say.
- Correction: Greenhouse Gases-California-Things to Know story Updated: Apr-30-15 8:38 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - In a story April 29 about Gov. Jerry Brown's new target for reducing carbon emissions, The Associated Press reported erroneously that California has cut its emissions to about 25 percent below 1990 levels. The state is on track to cut its emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 but does not plan to reduce emissions beyond that before 2020.
- Environmentalists criticize changes to California delta plan Updated: Apr-30-15 8:29 pm
OAKLAND, California - Environmentalists on Thursday criticized a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to dramatically scale back wildlife habitat restoration involved in a massive tunnel project intended to channel fresh water around California's delta.
- Court strikes down big chunk of public-employee pension cuts Updated: Apr-30-15 7:49 pm
SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday that some of the 2013 cuts to public-employee retirement benefits are unconstitutional, wiping out much of the savings lawmakers were aiming for and likely raising pension costs for state and local governments.
- Fee proposed on rail cars that haul oil, other flammables Updated: Apr-30-15 6:15 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - U.S. senators from six states on Thursday proposed that the government charge companies a special fee to ship oil, ethanol and other flammable liquids in older railroad tank cars that have been involved in fiery explosions.
- Baltimore riot damage adds burden to small businesses Updated: Apr-30-15 6:05 pm
BALTIMORE - Richard Sung Kang's American dream came crashing down in a shower of broken glass.
- IG: IRS takes significant steps to stop tea party targeting Updated: Apr-30-15 5:42 pm
WASHINGTON - The IRS has taken "significant actions" to stop agents from targeting political groups based on their names and policy positions, according to a report issued Thursday by the government watchdog who disclosed the inappropriate activity two years ago.