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  • Campbell "Doc" Mercer is throwing an annual festival celebrating the life and music of Bill Monroe but without the name of the "Father of Bluegrass Music" to promote it.

  • OKLAHOMA CITY-- The governors of Oklahoma and Colorado say their effort to encourage manufacturers to produce compressed natural gas vehicles is gaining momentum. Mary Fallin and Colorado Gov. Fallin says dealerships representing Ford, Chrysler, General Motors and Honda have submitted more than 100 bids.

  • SAN FRANCISCO-- Landscaping business owner Sebastian Figueredo stood Thursday at a Union 76 gas station near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, holding his phone up high so he could get a photo of the price sign.

  • Oct 4- A plan laid out by Southern California Edison on Thursday to restart one of two damaged nuclear reactors faces months of regulatory review plus skepticism from industry critics. SCE, a unit of power company Edison International.

  • WASHINGTON-- The Federal Reserve wants to find a clearer way to signal to the public when it might start raising interest rates. Most members agreed at the Sept. 12-13 meeting that linking a future rate increase to a level of unemployment or some other numeric target could be useful.

  • Total Cost: $57,580Tuition: $44,176Room & Board: $12,782Fees: $622Bard College is a liberal arts institution in Duchess County, New York.  it ranked no. 8 on Campus Grotto’s list, but this year Bard has fallen two spots to no. 10, despite increasing its asking price by almost $2,000.The  for 2012-2013 is $57,580 for a returning student. First-year students are subject to an additional $1,490 in fees, including meal charges, security deposit and ID card.

    According to Campus Grotto's just-released report on the 2012-2013 year, the top 10 colleges all have an average total cost of more than $55,000 per year.

  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- Florida Supreme Court justices had some sharp questions Thursday for both sides on whether the Legislature has the power to set state university tuition and fees rather than a board created to oversee the schools. Two lower courts have ruled that power lies with the Legislature.

  • SEATTLE-- A relatively obscure tax plan to equalize the way Washington homeowners pay for public schools got some time under the spotlight as the candidates for governor debated its merits.

  • CHICAGO-- Chicago Board of Education President David Vitale says he's pleased that teachers ratified a new contract. The Chicago Teachers Union announced Wednesday night that 79 percent of the union's membership had voted in favor of the contract. Teachers walked off the job Sept. 10, idling about 350,000 students for seven days.

  • Oct 4- Oil companies putting together plans for a new "megaproject" to ship liquefied natural gas abroad from Alaska estimated the cost will run between $45 billion and $65 billion, according to a letter sent to the state governor, Sean Parnell. and ConocoPhillips agreed to work together with TransCanada Corp on the project.

  • NEW YORK-- The euro is rising against the dollar after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said that Spain is making progress toward getting its finances under control. The euro rose to $1.3018 in late trading from $1.2899 late Wednesday. The British pound rose to $1.6185 from $1.6072.

  • M-2 money supply rose by $100 million in the Sept. 24 week to $10,138.2 billion, the Federal Reserve said on Thursday. The Fed said the four-week moving average of M-2 was $10,122.5 billion vs. One week ended Sept. 24.

  • *IIF says Greece needs lenience from "troika". Charles Dallara, the managing director of the Institute of International Finance, said Greece would be unable to rein in its sky-rocketing budget deficit without economic growth and needed more lenience from its "troika" of international lenders.

  • *Middle East tensions, Turkey strikes at Syria lift oil. NEW YORK, Oct 4- Oil prices jumped 4 percent on T hursday as inflamed Middle East tensions stoked supply fears and U.S. gasoline futures rallied following a fire at the largest operating refinery in the United States.

  • LOS ANGELES/ CHICAGO, Oct 4- Walmart employees affiliated with a union-backed group walked off the job in Los Angeles on Thursday, protesting working conditions at the world's largest retailer, which promptly defended itself, saying the "publicity stunt" was not having an impact on its business.

  • LEBANON, Tenn.-- Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. on Thursday urged its shareholders to vote against the election of two activist shareholders to its board. His firm, Biglari Holdings Inc., owns the Steak `n Shake and Western Sizzlin restaurant chains.

  • *ISS recommends shareholders vote to re-elect all News Corp directors. Oct 4- News Corp's controlling Murdoch family received a major endorsement, and won a symbolic victory, with proxy advisory group Institutional Shareholder Services' recommendation that shareholders vote to re-elect the company's board of directors at its annual shareholder meeting.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- The Federal Reserve provided $1.58 billion in liquidity to foreign central banks in the latest week via its swap lines, New York Fed data showed on Thursday. The European Central Bank was the only central bank to tap the swap lines for seven days at a rate of 0.63 percent.

  • will start selling Nokia's two latest Lumia smartphones in November, making it the first carrier to commit to the devices in the United States. Struggling Finnish handset maker Nokia announced earlier it would start selling the smartphones in Europe in November with specific price points.

  • --COMM 2012- LTRT's issuance is a CMBS transaction backed by two commercial mortgage loans totaling $259 million secured by two regional shopping malls: Westroads Mall and Oaks Mall. Westroads Mall is located in Omaha, Neb., with total mall square footage of 1.07 million; 540,304 sq. ft. of which serves as loan collateral.