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PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Former Treasurer Frank Caprio is seeking a second term against a political newcomer frustrated with Rhode Island's failure to rebound from the recession. Seth Magaziner, a 31- year-old investment professional, has promised to bring a fresh perspective to state government and use the treasurer's office to promote economic growth.
Putting the cart before the horse, the U.S. Department of Energy recently asked companies for ideas on how the government should get the rail cars needed to haul 150- ton casks filled with used, radioactive nuclear fuel. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Department of Transportation share responsibility for regulating shipments.
SALT LAKE CITY— Advocates of renewable energy are hailing the rejection of Rocky Mountain Power's request for a new fee for residential rooftop solar panels in Utah. "What a bright day for Utah's future," said Sarah Wright, executive director of Utah Clean Energy.
Thousands of acres from Arkansas to Florida and Georgia were planted in sesame this year— sometimes joining a rotation of cotton, soybeans and corn and at times spread in fields too far away from irrigation lines. The nation's traditional sesame-growing region is in Oklahoma and Texas west of Interstate 35.
The repeal movement drew support from tea party groups, but Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, a Republican, blocked the bills with the support of one of the state's most powerful business groups, the Business Council of Alabama.
The fight to repeal the standards has heated up in Ohio, with state Rep. Andy Thompson, a Republican, saying it's kind of "creepy the way this whole thing landed in Ohio with all the things prepackaged."
MILWAUKEE— Oversized mugs of beer clink together as drinkers sitting under a canopy of trees in a Milwaukee public park listen to live accordion music and proclaim "Prost!"
ATLANTA— Georgia Power said its $6.7 billion budget to build a new nuclear plant is holding steady, but it reported Thursday that builders face "challenges" sticking to the construction schedule and costs could change in the future. Georgia Power has so far spent $2.8 billion on the project, according to company filings.
TOKYO, Aug 28- Honda Motor Co is recalling about 63,200 vehicles due to a defect in driver-side air bags made by Takata Corp, the latest in a series of air bag recalls across the industry that have affected nearly 16 million vehicles to date.
Aug 27- Overheating worries at home are driving Canada's homebuilders south of the border where they buy up rural land, betting on a recovery in the U.S. suburban housing market even as many local players remain on the sidelines.
LOS ANGELES— In a story Aug. 23 about the declining number of gay bathhouses The Associated Press reported erroneously that Todd Saporito, the CEO of Ohio- based Flex Spas, ran the Gay Games that were held in Cleveland. LOS ANGELES— Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open.
NEW YORK— The corporate parent of CNN, TNT and TBS on Tuesday offered voluntary buyouts to 600 veteran employees, part of an overall cost-cutting effort at the Atlanta- based broadcasting company founded by Ted Turner. Turner Broadcasting chief executive John Martin has been talking for several months about a restructuring plan he has called Turner 2020..
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.— Platinum- selling rapper Young Jeezy has been arrested on suspicion of possessing illegal firearms during an investigation into a fatal shooting at a rap concert in Silicon Valley, authorities said.
PROVIDENCE, R.I.— The improving national economy is finally spurring job growth and pushing the unemployment rate down in Rhode Island, according to the state's top labor official. Now with a rate of 7.7 percent, Rhode Island moved out of last place and is tied with Michigan and Nevada, ahead of last place Mississippi and Georgia.
NEW YORK, Aug 25- Budget pressures at the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation Division are cutting the number of investigators there to the lowest level in four decades, and officials say the changes are forcing the division to scale back its fight of financial crime.
It's taken away the need to sneak into back-alley places, "said Dennis Holding, 75, who owns a Miami- based bathhouse. In the last decade, bathhouses, including ones in San Diego, Syracuse, Seattle and San Antonio, have shut down and the total nationwide is less than 70. Most patrons are older.
BRISTOL, Tenn.— Roush Fenway Racing has landed Ortho as a sponsor for "roughly half" of Greg Biffle's races next season. Biffle's team is losing sponsor 3 M after this season. Roush Fenway Racing President Steve Newmark said Friday it was unclear which races will run with Ortho as the primary sponsor.
Aug 22- General Motors Co said it opened a fourth IT center in the United States in Phoenix, Arizona as it aims to improve performance and cut operational costs. The automaker said it expects to hire 1,000 employees at the center over the next five years. GM's three other IT centers are in Warren, Michigan, in Austin, Texas and in Roswell, Georgia.
NEW YORK— In a story Aug. 20 about lending to women-owned businesses, Maria Coyne, head of small business banking at KeyBank, was quoted by The Associated Press as saying the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. examines banks' lending records and makes a judgment about whether they're being prudent lenders.
NEW YORK— Home Depot said Thursday that Craig Menear, the president of its U.S. retail operations, will become president and CEO of the company Nov. 1. Frank Blake has been Home Depot's chairman and CEO since 2007, and he will remain chairman of the company.