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Ga. lawmakers OK crackdown on so-called pill mills

March 21, 2013

ATLANTA (AP) — As Southern states cracked down on so-called pill mills, Georgia’s lax regulation made it a magnet for clinics known for prescribing powerful painkillers to drug dealers and addicts for an illicit high. The dozens of pain clinics across Georgia that authorities believe are illegally prescribing or dispensing the drugs often have parking Read More

Ky. court disbars class-action specialist Chesley

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An Ohio attorney known as the godfather of the modern class-action lawsuit was disbarred Thursday by the Kentucky Supreme Court, which said Stanley Chesley acted unethically in a $200 million settlement involving the makers of the diet drug fen-phen. The high court concluded that Chesley, who was based in Cincinnati, crossed Read More

Report: Jobs picture for veterans improved in 2012

March 20, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — The jobs picture for the nation’s veterans improved significantly last year, particularly for those who have served since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Labor Department said Wednesday. The annual report from the Bureau of Labor Statics shows that the unemployment rate for the latest generation of veterans fell from 12. 1 Read More

HP to face testy shareholders at annual meeting

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co.’s annual meeting will give shareholders an opportunity to vent their frustration over the personal computer maker’s botched acquisitions and other follies that have been plaguing the Silicon Valley pioneer for several years. The meeting, scheduled to be held Wednesday afternoon at a personal computer museum in Mountain View, Calif., Read More

US to revise cigarette warning labels

March 19, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The U.S. government is abandoning a legal battle to require that cigarette packs carry a set of large and often macabre warning labels depicting the dangers of smoking and encouraging smokers to quit. Instead, the Food and Drug Administration will go back to the drawing board and create labels to replace Read More

Judges asked to rule on warrantless GPS tracking

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court was asked Tuesday to decide whether the government must obtain a warrant before placing a GPS tracker on a suspect’s car. The case before the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia involves three brothers suspected of robbing several pharmacies. Authorities placed a GPS device on their Read More

Landon’s holding free workshops Sat. and March 26

SHERIDAN — Landon’s Greenhouse and Nursery invites the public to free workshops Saturday and March 26 at Landon’s, 505 College Meadow Drive. At 10 a.m. Landon’s will present “Orchids — the Ultimate Houseplant.” Stan Gordon of Fantasy Orchids will offer advice on how to bring a taste of the tropics into your home. He will Read More

Chamber committee offering drug-free workplace training

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Development Committee is offering supervisors’ training to help businesses establish policies for maintaining a drug-free workplace and identifying substance use and abuse in the workplace. This free training is a great way to see how a drug-free workplace policy could benefit your organization.

Chamber accepting nominations for REACH awards

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce and Sheridan Travel and Tourism are encouraging local nominations for Wyoming’s third annual Rare and Exceptional Achievement for Customer Service and Hospitality awards. The Wyoming Office of Tourism is accepting nominations through April 2.The four nomination categories for 2012 are customer service organization of the year, customer Read More

BeneTerra garners ‘Company of the Year’ award

SHERIDAN — Sheridan-based BeneTerra was selected as one of six finalists for the Rocky Mountain Region Water Management Company of the Year Award and ultimately named the 2012 Water Management Company of the Year at the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Awards ceremony held earlier this month in Denver. The award recognizes organizations that provide Read More

Taking the bite out of budget cuts

SHERIDAN — The board of directors of the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce is expected to consider this week whether to contribute money to an effort aimed at offsetting federal budget cuts that stand to threaten tourism in Wyoming. An initiative headed up by the Cody Chamber of Commerce and supported by several statewide organizations Read More

NYC plan would keep tobacco products out of sight

March 18, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — A new proposal would require New York City retailers to keep tobacco products out of sight under a first-in-the-nation proposal aimed at reducing the youth smoking rate, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday. The legislation would require stores to keep tobacco products in cabinets, drawers, under the counter, behind a curtain or Read More

Man gets over 3 years in iPad data breach case

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An admitted online “troll” was sentenced Monday to the maximum prison term under federal guidelines — more than three years — for illegally gaining access to AT&T’s servers and stealing more than 100,000 email addresses of iPad users. Dozens of Andrew Auernheimer’s supporters packed the hearing, and clapped when he made Read More

Boeing boosted CEO’s 2012 pay 15 percent

March 16, 2013

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney’s compensation rose 15 percent last year to $21.1 million, as the company rewarded him for better-than-expected profits and faster airplane production. McNerney’s pay was disclosed in a regulatory filing Friday and analyzed by The Associated Press. It covered 2012, before problems emerged with Boeing’s new 787 that have grounded the plane Read More

Boss at ailing Calif. nuke plant made $2M in 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The top executive overseeing the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant on the California coast received compensation valued at nearly $2 million last year, according to a regulatory filing released Friday. The seaside reactors between San Diego and Los Angeles haven’t produced electricity since January 2012, when a tiny radiation leak Read More

House passes GOP bill to streamline job training

March 15, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided House on Friday passed Republican legislation that would end or consolidate dozens of duplicative job training programs with the objective of making it easier for people to gain the skills they need in a changing job market. It’s a goal that President Barack Obama says he shares while disagreeing with Read More

Ex-JPMorgan exec says Dimon withheld data from US

WASHINGTON (AP) — JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon held back showing federal regulators reports in May that revealed the bank had accumulated billions of dollars in trading losses, according to congressional testimony Friday from the firm’s former chief financial officer. Douglas Braunstein, who is now a vice chairman at the bank, told the Senate Permanent Read More

Maine school laptop contract to be open to others

March 14, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The only state to provide laptops to public school students statewide said Thursday the contract it’s negotiating for new devices can be used by other states if they’re interested in following suit. Maine has zeroed in on five different laptops and tablets as it prepares to replace more than 35,000 Apple Read More

Bankruptcy expert named Detroit emergency manager

DETROIT (AP) — A bankruptcy expert who represented automaker Chrysler LLC during its successful restructuring has been chosen to steer Detroit out of its financial abyss. The distressed city, which was once one of the nation’s most prosperous manufacturing centers, is now the largest U.S. city to have its finances placed under state control. Gov. Read More

USDA suspends some ag reports due to budget cuts

March 13, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s statistical arm said it won’t issue some agricultural reports this year because of automatic federal budget cuts, alarming some in the dairy industry who fear the information void could wreak havoc with milk prices. The National Agricultural Statistics Service keeps tabs on a wide range of Read More

Netflix’s US customers get Facebook-sharing tool

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A long-awaited coming attraction has finally arrived for Netflix’s U.S. subscribers. They will now be able to automatically see what their Facebook friends have been watching on the Internet video service, as long as they are willing to open a peephole into their viewing habits, too. The sharing tool announced Wednesday Read More

General: Detection deters major cyber attacks

March 12, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Foreign leaders are deterred from launching a major electronic attack on vital infrastructure in the United States because they know such a strike could be traced to its source and would generate a robust response, the military’s top cyber warrior said during congressional testimony Tuesday. But Army Gen. Keith Alexander, head of Read More

Purenergy celebrating one year

SHERIDAN — Purenergy Fitness is celebrating its one year anniversary this week with special offers for new and existing members. “We have come a long way in one year,” owner Nolan Moxey said in a press release. “We have increased our number of employees to nine, increased our class offerings to 21 classes per week Read More

Business Briefcase

Landon’s workshops scheduled for Saturday, Tuesday SHERIDAN — Landon’s Greenhouse and Nursery invites the public to two free workshops on Saturday at Landon’s Greenhouse and Nursery. At 10 a.m. nursery staff will present “What’s New, What’s Hot.” Participants will be introduced to some of the new annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs that Landon’s will have available Read More

Plans moving forward on proposed First People’s Center for Education

  SHERIDAN — The effort to build a new center for improving educational opportunities in Native American communities is set to move forward this week. After nearly a year of planning, the public unveiling of a feasibility study for a proposed institute and think tank at the north end of Sheridan will take place today. Read More

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