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Ragsdale: Knox County is 'shovel ready' for stimulus

Posted: 02/18/2009 - Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale has drawn up a list of projects that could be underway in 2-3 months, provided Washington distributes stimulus money directly to local governments

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Keeping up with the peanut product recall

Updated: 02/18/2009 - With nearly 2,400 items on the list of recalled peanut products, it can be overwhelming to know if your family is safe from salmonella tainted food.

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Florida smoker's widow gets $6.3M in damages

Posted: 02/18/2009 - A Florida jury has ordered Philip Morris to pay $6.3 million in damages to the widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer in a case that could set a standard for some 8,000 similar lawsuits in the state.

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UT President John Petersen resigns

Updated: 02/19/2009 - University of Tennessee President John Petersen is stepping down. Petersen took office July 1, 2004.

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Frist launches K-12 education initiative

Posted: 02/18/2009 - Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has launched a grassroots initiative aimed at accelerating K-12 education reform in Tennessee.

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US commander welcomes Obama decision on troops

Posted: 02/18/2009 - The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is welcoming the White House decision to send more combat troops, saying they are needed to set the stage for a turnaround in the war.

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Ariz. paper sues band for using dead officer's pic

Posted: 02/18/2009 - An Arizona newspaper has filed suit accusing a local punk rock band of copyright infringement because it used a slain police officer's photo to illustrate its album.

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Eric McLean gets custody of his boys

Updated: 02/18/2009 - For months and months, Eric McLean had no idea where his two boys, ages 12 and 9, were. Now, he will get to see and take care of them every day.

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Use of county-bought generators in Kentucky scrutinized

Posted: 02/18/2009 - Records show that many of the generators bought by a western Kentucky county during last month's ice storm were never used, or went to people with ties to the Emergency Operations Center.

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Zimbabwe to pay soldiers, teachers in US dollars

Posted: 02/18/2009 - Zimbabwe's new finance minister says soldiers, teachers and civil servants will be paid in U.S. dollars as the coalition government tries to kick-start the shattered economy.

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General Electric CEO declines bonus for 2008

Posted: 02/18/2009 - General Electric says Chief Executive Jeffrey Immelt declined his 2008 bonus as the company's stock price has dropped amid deteriorating economic conditions.

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Britain's Brown holds talks on G-20

Posted: 02/18/2009 - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called for countries to immediately boost the International Monetary Fund and renounce protectionism ahead of the G-20 summit in London.

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Deere fiscal 1Q profit falls 45 percent

Posted: 02/18/2009 - Agricultural equipment maker Deere & Co. says its fiscal first-quarter earnings slid 45 percent, as the global economic slowdown, higher raw material costs and currency fluctuations hurt results.

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