Illinois Towns See Medical Marijuana as New Job Source

The prospect of adding jobs — even as few as 30 — has led officials in many shrinking Illinois’ communities to set aside any qualms about the state’s legalization of medical marijuana and to get friendly with would-be growers. The … Continue reading


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Midwest Towns Hope Worst of Flood Is Behind Them

Officials in several Mississippi River towns were cautiously optimistic on July 10 that they’ll soon emerge from this year’s flood with relatively minor damage. Water levels were dropping in several places, including Clarksville, Mo., where a furious sandbagging effort over … Continue reading


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ITC Expands Comparative Rating System, TurboRater, to Nevada

Insurance Technologies Corporation (ITC), a provider of marketing, rating and management software and services, has expanded its comparative rating system TurboRater with its release of automated insurance rating information for personal lines insurance in Nevada. The insurance carriers available today … Continue reading


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Dey Promoted to Director of Sales, Agency Relations at J.M. Wilson

Portage, Mich.-based J.M. Wilson has promoted Erin Dey to director of sales and agency relations. In addition to visiting agencies and instructing continuing education classes, Dey will develop a sales training program for underwriters, to enhance their skills and understanding … Continue reading


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Downside of low US mortgage rates? Less selling

WASHINGTON (AP) — Would-be home sellers across the country are grappling with a once-in-a-lifetime problem: They have mortgage rates so absurdly low it would hurt them financially to sell. Doing so would mean giving up an irresistible rate in exchange … Continue reading


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Police back new code for officers

12 July 2014 Last updated at 14:39 Police officers have backed a new code of ethics that could see them punished for being rude to the public. The Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers, said it fully supported the code, … Continue reading


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Orange Order on annual 12 July march

12 July 2014 Last updated at 11:58 A service was held at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall Tens of thousands of Orangemen and women are taking part in 12 July celebrations across Northern Ireland. There were … Continue reading


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Anderson & Root set Test record stand

James Anderson and Joe Root shared the highest last-wicket stand in Test history as England mounted an astonishing fightback against India. They put on 198 in the first Test at Trent Bridge, beating the 163 between Australia’s Phil Hughes and … Continue reading


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Church urges assisted dying inquiry

12 July 2014 Last updated at 16:32 Lord Carey was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 until 2002 The Church of England (CofE) has called for a new inquiry into assisted dying. It follows a U-turn by former Archbishop of Canterbury … Continue reading


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Did Bush tax cuts cost the US economy $6.6 trillion?

 The U.S. economy has recovered the 8.7 million jobs lost during the Great Recession and its unemployment rate is now the lowest it’s been in almost six years. But David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter, author and visiting lecturer … Continue reading


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What Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba wants to sell Americans

One of the momentous financial events of 2014 will be the initial public offering for Alibaba, the huge Chinese e-commerce company, expected to be one of the biggest IPOs ever. Part of Alibaba’s aggressive growth plan is a foray into … Continue reading


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Consumer IPOs crush investors who ‘buy what they know’

“Love the store, bought the stock” has been one of the lousiest investment strategies of the past year. The new shipment of consumer initial public offerings that began arriving since last summer featured an array of popular retail and restaurant … Continue reading


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