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PSC wants public comment on gasifier project Madison (AP) — Utility regulators want public input on a proposal that would use logging residue and dead trees to produce synthetic gas that, in turn, would fuel a converted boiler at an ...

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NY wants wind projects in Great Lakes

Carolyn Thompson AP Writer Buffalo, NY — A New York state utility is exploring whether it is possible to put electricity-generating wind turbines in the Great Lakes, rather than inland or along the shoreline. The state-owned New York Power Authority ...

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Man arrested slaying of contractors

Terry Kinney AP Writer Cincinnati — Authorities in Mexico arrested a man in the slayings of four Mexican construction workers who were beaten and methodically stabbed in the heart at the Ohio apartment they shared, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Santiago ...

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More Americans opt to stay put

Hope Yen AP Writer Washington — The number of Americans who moved declined sharply last year, reaching the lowest percentage in 60 years as people grappled with fewer jobs and tighter credit. Roughly 11.9 percent of the nation’s population — ...

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Dubai economy grew slightly in 1Q

Adam Schreck AP Business Writer Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Dubai’s economy grew about 1 percent in the first quarter of 2009 thanks to government intervention, a top financial official said Wednesday in a statement that could bolster confidence in ...

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German economy minister: No new stimulus

Berlin (AP) — Germany’s economy minister said Wednesday there is wide agreement that the country needs no new stimulus package now, even as forecasts for this year’s economic outlook darken. The German government has put together two stimulus packages worth ...

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Caterpillar CEO’s pay down slightly in 2008

Stephen Singer AP Manufacturing Writer Hartford, CT — Caterpillar Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive James W. Owens received 2008 compensation valued at $14.6 million, down about 1 percent from the previous year, according to a calculation of figures filed with ...

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State’s airports to receive more than $13 million in stimulus money Madison (AP) — More than $13 million in federal stimulus money is headed to seven Wisconsin airports. The Legislature’s budget-writing committee Tuesday approved Gov. Jim Doyle’s request to direct ...

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Pools become mosquito havens in foreclosure

Janet McConnaughey AP Writer New Orleans — Mosquito control workers can measure the recession by the number of green, cloudy swimming pools they see — algae-covered havens for mosquitoes dotting neighborhoods hit by the foreclosure crisis. Aside from their annoying ...

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Fla. county declares economic emergency

Travis Reed AP Writer Fort Pierce, FL — A South Florida county that rode high through the housing boom earlier this decade, then crashed hard when the foreclosure crisis struck, declared a state of economic emergency this week. St. Lucie ...

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