But the Mountain States of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Utah saw rates fall by 30 percent or more. In 22 states, teen Hispanic birth rates plunged at least 40 percent, which was described as "just amazing," by the report's lead author, Brady Hamilton of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
WASHINGTON, May 22- President Barack Obama's choice to be transportation secretary promised on Wednesday to work with Congress to figure out how to fund U.S. transportation needs during a time of tight budgets and faced lingering Republican anger over recent air traffic controller furloughs.
Attorney Booth Goodwin says 60- year-old Daniel Hovis and 63- year-old Janice Hensley each pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Charleston to failure to pay trust fund taxes. The corporation had primary bookkeeping offices in Charleston and Wheeling. Hovis and Hensley both worked out of the Charleston location.
CNBC has been ranking all 50 states for competitiveness since 2007. This year's report comes as states continue to get back in fighting shape—fighting for jobs, that is.
We score all the states on 55 measures of competitiveness and 10 categories, from the cost of doing business to technology and innovation.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- A longtime coal operator plans to open seven mines in the heart of the eastern Kentucky coalfields in a venture expected to create more than 250 jobs in a hard-pressed region where several thousand mining jobs have disappeared in recent years.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- So you have a lottery ticket worth $590.5 million. The Associated Press asked more than 20 personal financial advisers how the winner should proceed, and they agreed it's crucial to assemble a team of advisers who can be trusted.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.-- CONSOL Energy Inc. says it's got federal approval to restart its sprawling Blacksville No. 2 coal mine with the morning shift on Monday. The operation straddling the West Virginia- Pennsylvania border was evacuated March 12 after smoke began pouring from a shaft in Wayne Township, Pa.
HOUSTON-- Southwestern Energy has closed on the purchase of about 162,000 acres of land in Pennsylvania. The Marcellus Shale, a massive underground gas reserve stretching from New York across Pennsylvania and West Virginia to Ohio. Southwestern Energy Co., based in Houston, financed the deal with existing debt.
PITTSBURGH-- There's been plenty of controversy over Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, and now tax rates are part of the debate, too.
Tom Corbett's energy executive is questioning research that says Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale impact fee will generate billions of dollars less in long-term revenue than the same natural gas production in West Virginia.
*Rubio calls for resignation of acting IRS chief. *IRS to be focus of congressional investigations. The scandal was ignited last Friday, when an IRS official revealed at a meeting of tax lawyers that the agency had inappropriately singled out Tea Party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny of their claims for tax-exempt status.
WASHINGTON, May 13- President Barack Obama sought on Monday to neutralize two crises that threatened his second term agenda, calling the apparent targeting of conservative groups by tax officials "outrageous" and an uproar over his response to American deaths in Libya a "sideshow."
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-- He's less than two weeks old, but he shows the telltale signs of a baby agitated and in pain: an open sore on his chin where he's rubbed the skin raw, along with a scratch on his left check.
Iran converts the reserves it built up from decades of selling oil, estimated to be worth $60 billion to $100 billion, into local currencies in order to finance imports and stabilize its budget, the lawmakers say. The United States and the European Union believe that Iran is enriching uranium to levels that could be used in nuclear weapons.
WASHINGTON, May 8- A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced legislation on Wednesday to block Iran's access to billions of dollars worth of foreign currency reserves, the latest step by Congress to try to slow the Islamic Republic's disputed nuclear program.
May 7- U.S. power company FirstEnergy Corp said on Tuesday it hired an adviser and started implementing its plan to sell up to 1,240 megawatts of unregulated non-core hydro generation assets.
LONDON, May 7- U.S. coal miners have been among the biggest victims of the shale revolution and tougher emission controls on power plants. U.S. coal miners produced about 1,016 million short tons last year, down just over 7 percent from 1,094 million tons a decade earlier, according to estimates published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
May 1- As mineworkers and retirees battle to salvage their pensions and benefits from the bankruptcy of Patriot Coal Corp, lawyers for their union are trying an unusual gambit- and one that may be a test case for workers' rights when companies spin off assets.
ST. LOUIS/ NEW YORK, April 29- Patriot Coal Corp on Monday told a judge it would liquidate if not allowed to make drastic cuts to employee pension and healthcare benefits, as coal miners protested on the first day of a week-long court hearing.