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    Michigan Shutdown Unlikely State's Preparing

    Michigan Shutdown Unlikely State's Preparing
    Michigan state government operations are being prepared for a partial shutdown Thursday -- one that almost everyone in Lansing agrees will not take place. Liz Boyd, spokeswoman for Gov. Jennifer Granholm, declined Monday to discuss plans for shutting down operations if the governor and Legislature haven't reached an agreement by midnight Wednesday on spending for the budget year that begins Oct. ...
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    Five-day mail delivery plan would cut tens of thousands of jobs

    Eliminating Saturday mail delivery could save the U.S. Postal Service $5.1 billion annually by 2020, most of which would come from lower personnel costs, agency officials said on Monday. In the face of declining mail volume and a 10-year, $238 billion budget deficit, the Postal Service is proposing to reduce mail delivery days from six to five. The move would eliminate ...
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    Tenn. Valley Authority Union Joins Larger Engineers Federation

    An independent engineers union at the Tennessee Valley Authority voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to affiliate with the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers. The Engineering Association, which represents scientists, engineers, technicians and other white-collar workers at TVA, voted 856 to 88 in favor of joining IFPTE. The association approached IFPTE after an internal deliberation about whether to join a larger ...
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    Census Worker Hanged with 'Fed' on Body

    WASHINGTON — A U.S. Census worker found hanged from a tree near a Kentucky cemetery had the word "fed" scrawled on his chest, a law enforcement official said Wednesday, and the FBI is investigating whether he was a victim of anti-government sentiment. The law enforcement official, who was not authorized to discuss the case and requested anonymity, did not say what ...
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    Withdrawal of TSA nominee raises concern about agency workforce

    Withdrawal of TSA nominee raises concern about agency workforce
    The lack of permanent leadership at the Transportation Security Administration is delaying action on several agency personnel issues, union leaders and other observers said on Wednesday. "TSA has a number of issues that continue to contribute to its high attrition rate and low workforce morale," said Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, in a statement. "Many of these ...
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    Online Horse Gambling Off and Running in Illinois

    Online Horse Gambling Off and Running in Illinois
    Gamblers can now play the ponies without leaving the comfort of home after the Illinois Racing Board gave permission Tuesday to three companies to host online horse betting. The decision means gamblers can place bets on horses through approved Web sites or by phone, interactive television and mobile devices. Previously, wagers could be made only at a horse track or an ...
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    New Study Finds Recession Cut Into Employment for Half of Working Adults

    WASHINGTON, DC - The recession has directly hit more than half of the nation's working adults, pushing them into unemployment, pay cuts, reduced hours at work or part-time jobs, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The economic shock has jolted many Americans into a new, more austere reality, which is likely to have lasting consequences for an economy fueled ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    U.S. Home Building Gains, New Permits Fall

    NEW YORK - Home building rose in April, government figures showed on Tuesday, as activity was possibly spurred by an $8,000 government tax credit for new buyers. But the data suggested that builders might also be slowing down their future construction plans. The Commerce Department said work started on 672,000 homes in April, up 5.8 percent from March. It was the ...
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    Jobless Rate at 9.7 pct.; 216K Jobs Lost in Aug.

    Jobless Rate at 9.7 pct.; 216K Jobs Lost in Aug.
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The unemployment rate jumped to 9.7 percent in August, the highest since June 1983, as employers eliminated a net total of 216,000 jobs. The level of job cuts is less than July's upwardly revised total of 276,000 and is the lowest in a year. Analysts expected the unemployment rate to rise to 9.5 percent from July's 9.4 ...
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    Personnel Chiefs on the Hook for Hiring Reform

    In early May, President Obama released a long-anticipated hiring reform memorandum, replacing a requirement that federal job applicants respond to essay questions with a resume-based approach more in line with private sector practices. The memo also outlined new responsibilities for managers and supervisors, requiring them to get more involved in the hiring process. The job of making sure the hiring reform ...
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    DeLay Does TV Mambo But Still In Legal Limbo

    DeLay Does TV Mambo But Still In Legal Limbo
    AUSTIN — Like the other contestants on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," Tom DeLay hopes he wowed the judges this week with his cha-chas across the stage with professional dancing partner Cheryl Burke. But the former U.S. House majority leader may be more concerned about the opinions of black-robed judges back in his home state as he continues to battle ...
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    Stimulus Money a "Lifeline" for Colorado

    Stimulus Money a "Lifeline" for Colorado
    The stimulus money flowing through state agencies has saved or created almost 4,500 jobs in Colorado so far, most of them in colleges and prisons. An analysis released Tuesday by Gov. Bill Ritter's economic recovery team also found that about 6,200 homebuyers have taken advantage of the one-time $8,000 federal tax credit for buying their first home. It also found that ...
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    Indiana Governor Alarmed About State Revenue

    Indiana Governor Alarmed About State Revenue
    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's state tax collections are continuing to take a dive, prompting Gov. Mitch Daniels to warn Thursday that budget cuts that could include schools and employee layoffs might be needed soon. Revenue for September was $166 million short of a May forecast that lawmakers and Daniels used to put together a new two-year budget that took effect July 1. ...
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    Obama Puts Union Strings on Federal Jobs

    Obama Puts Union Strings on Federal Jobs
    Delivering on President Obama's promise to boost the labor movement, the administration has announced a $35 million federal construction project in New Hampshire that requires union representation for the workers and forces nonunion employees to pay dues and contribute to a union pension fund. Mr. Obama issued an executive order in the first weeks of his presidency that would make the ...
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    WH Postponing Hard Calls on War

    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is holding off major decisions that could put its military forces on a firmer war footing in Afghanistan even as doubts grow about whether the United States can win there. Many military and diplomatic leaders have urged President Barack Obama to send thousands more Marines, Soldiers and pilots to try to reverse Afghanistan's crumbling security situation. ...
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    Search Technology for Illegal Immigrants Widens

    Top Homeland Security officials on Thursday announced that by 2013 all law enforcement agencies across the country will be able to use a technology program aimed at identifying illegal immigrants held in jails and prisons -- assuming Congress provides the necessary funding. Under the Secure Communities program, which is run by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, state and local law enforcement ...
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    Even With Check in Hand, GI Benefits Elusive

    Even With Check in Hand, GI Benefits Elusive
    The Department of Veterans Affairs' problems with the Post-9/11 GI Bill's benefits seem to linger, no matter what the government does. Tens of thousands of veterans, active-duty servicemembers and their dependents have been waiting for promised higher-education benefits from VA since fall classes began last month. The agency attempted to address the backlog by granting $3,000 in emergency checks, but that ...
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    Officials Stress Nuclear Threat, U.S. Strength During Summit

    Officials Stress Nuclear Threat, U.S. Strength During Summit
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A historic two-day nuclear summit is getting underway in Washington Monday, with the Obama administration stressing the urgency of the threat of nuclear terrorism and residents of the nation's capital bracing for potentially massive traffic disruptions due to motorcades, street closures and security checkpoints. Even as President Obama met Sunday with a succession of global leaders to discuss ...
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    Student Interns Head Back to College to Tout Energy Department

    A second class of student ambassadors have completed their internships with the federal government, and six of them will return to their college campuses talking about the Energy Department. Of the 30 participants in the 2009-2010 Federal Service Ambassador Program sponsored by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, six college students were enrolled in a new Energy Department-specific internship. Energy's program ...
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    Schwarzenegger Supports Health Overhaul Goals

    Schwarzenegger Supports Health Overhaul Goals
    WASHINGTON — California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger praised President Barack Obama's drive to overhaul the nation's health care system on Tuesday and urged fellow Republicans to join in efforts to finish the job this year. Although Schwarzenegger stopped short of embracing a Democratic bill, his words of encouragement came on the heels of similar statements from other Republicans outside Congress, including former ...
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