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Ohio wants to spend stimulus on studies

Matt Leingang AP Writer Columbus, OH — Ohio wants to spend $57 million in federal stimulus money on highway projects that won’t begin for years, an unusual strategy for money that President Barack Obama said should be used to give ...

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Non-toxic paints gain popularity

Jennifer Forker Special to The AP Spring often brings the urge to clean, perhaps to liven up a room with a fresh coat of paint. Now that can be done with eco-friendly paints that don’t give off noxious odors. The ...

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News Briefs

Environmental agency offices pollute creek in Washington Vancouver, WA (AP) — Washington state environmental regulators say they’ve finally found the source of pollution that has been fouling a creek near Vancouver Lake: the agency’s own sewer pipes. City workers discovered ...

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Seattle office market ripe with vacancies

Alex Veiga AP Real Estate Writer The demise of Washington Mutual and cutbacks by other large tenants are taking their toll on Seattle’s commercial real estate market. And the timing couldn’t be worse — construction is wrapping up on a ...

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Fitch upgrades bond rating for New Orleans

New Orleans — Fitch Ratings Ltd. upgraded its investment-grade bond rating for New Orleans this week, saying the financial picture for the city devastated by Hurricane Katrina less than 4 years ago has stabilized. This comes less than a month ...

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Architect donates to keep his bridge lit

Boston (AP) — The architect who co-designed the city’s striking cable-stayed Zakim Bridge has given the state $15,000 to reilluminate its trademark blue lights — at least in the short term. Miguel Rosales of the Boston firm Rosales + Partners ...

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Lawmaker challenges contractor registration

A state lawmaker, claiming the Department of Commerce has too loose a definition of the word “emergency,” is trying to overturn the agency’s contractor registration rule. “(DOC) went the emergency rule route so they can get it enacted quickly,” said ...

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Districts put happy spin on sad economy

Dustin Block dustin.block@dailyreporter.com The West Bend School District will fill a swimming pool with concrete to create additional classroom space if voters reject a referendum Tuesday. “We already have trailers,” said Superintendent Patricia Herdrich, referring to trailers placed outside of ...

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