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  • CONCORD, N.H.-- New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch plans to nominate State Parks Director Phil Bryce to serve as interim commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development. George Bald, the current commissioner of that department, is retiring on Nov. 1.

  • The commission voted 3-0, with two members absent, to approve a 15- year contract with Rhode Island- based GTECH that is expected to make $1.7 billion in profit over five years _ a $500 million increase over state projections. GTECH already provides and maintains vending machines for the Hoosier Lottery.

  • BOULDER, Colo.-- The University of Colorado Boulder has won a $12 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to study how to maximize benefits of natural gas development while minimizing harms.

  • PORT GIBSON, Miss.-- Entergy Corp. has locked out union security workers at its nuclear plant near Port Gibson, Miss., after contract negotiations with the United Government Security Officers of America Local 36 failed.

  • ANNAPOLIS, Md.-- The Washington Redskins on Tuesday urged their fans to support a ballot question in Maryland to expand gambling, a high-profile endorsement for efforts to allow a casino in the Maryland county where the team plays its home games near the nation's capital.

  • BALTIMORE-- Johns Hopkins University says it will lead an international team of researchers studying how to improve wind farm design. The university said Tuesday that the National Science Foundation has awarded $6 million in grants to help fund the work.

  • DETROIT-- Thirty-four Detroit Water and Sewerage workers who went on strike over pay cuts and the city's plan to downsize the department over several years have been suspended without pay and face firing.

  • ALBANY, N.Y.-- New York's Health Department has selected a health care plan offered by Oxford as the benchmark for the state's health insurance exchange, which is intended to help extend coverage to the uninsured and reduce costs for individuals, small businesses and local governments. The New York Health Benefit Exchange Gov.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- The unemployment rate in New England climbed in August, but it is still below the national average. The New England office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Wednesday the jobless rate in the six-state region was 7.3 percent last month, up from 7.1 percent in July. A year ago, the rate in New England was 7.8 percent.

  • NEW YORK-- In a marketing gimmick that piggybacks on next month's presidential election, JetBlue is offering a way for Americans to make good on threats to leave the country if "the other guy" wins.

  • The Nasdaq Composite Index rose 0.37 percent. **SAREPTA THERAPEUTICS INC, $30.30, up 102 pct. **INTERMUNE INC, $9.74, up 10 pct.

  • LM Wind Power said Tuesday in a statement that the Brazil plant will deliver blades to wind farms in Brazil and throughout South America.

  • "The price action today seems boring, but the economic data is pretty strong," said Ryan Detrick, senior technical strategist at Schaeffer's Investment Research. The Institute for Supply Management said its index of service companies, which includes everything from financial firms to clothing stores, rose in September to the highest level since March.

  • DUBAI, Oct 3- Dubai's bourse hit its highest level in five months, while Abu Dhabi's index ended at a fresh 14- month high, as confidence in the reviving local property market boosted real estate stocks.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday as better-than-expected service sector and employment data in the United States were offset by concerns about a slowdown in the Chinese economy that weighed on materials and energy shares. The Nasdaq Composite Index gained 0.19 points, or 0.01 percent, to 3,120.23. Keywords: MARKETS USA STOCKS/ISM SERVICES.

  • MEDINA, Ohio-- RPM International Inc. said Wednesday its fiscal first-quarter net income fell by more than half, hurt by hefty charges mostly related to a drop in value of assets in India.

  • PAUL EDELSTEIN, ECONOMIST, IHS GLOBAL INSIGHT, LEXINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS. But exports orders fell again given what's happening in Europe and China and employment also slowed from August. If things don't deteriorate further in Europe and China, we should avoid a recession but the economy will not expand fast enough to create more job growth. "

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- Brent oil futures fell more than $3 and U.S. crude dropped more than $2 on Wednesday, hit by weak economic data from Europe and China along with sharp slides in gasoline and heating oil futures. Brent was down $3.20 at $108.37 a barrel by 10:13 a.m. EDT, having fallen as low as $108.22. U.S. crude was down $2.29 at $89.60, having dropped as low as $89.25.

  • Oct 3- The Institute for Supply Management on Wednesday reported its monthly non-manufacturing index for September. The ISM non-manufacturing survey was launched in July 1997. The text of the Institute for Supply Management's Purchasing Survey can be found on the Internet at the following address:.

  • Oct 3- The Institute for Supply Management on Wednesday reported its monthly non-manufacturing index for September. The ISM non-manufacturing survey was launched in July 1997. The text of the Institute for Supply Management's Purchasing Survey can be found on the Internet at the following address:.