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Red Bank Robbery
Police are looking for a gunman who held up a cash advance business in Red Bank Friday night. Officers say the man showed a weapon and threatened a female employee. A clerk gave him cash and he fled out the door. The female employee wasn't hurt, but was shaken up from the ordeal. (Sun, 01 Apr 2007 01:49:21 GMT)

Gay youth storm state capitals as movement's newest ambassadors
SACRAMENTO -- The half-dozen lobbyists who crowded into a lawmaker's office here didn't come bearing slick pitches, campaign cash or votes to swap, just tales of high school torment as fresh as their faces. (Sun, 01 Apr 2007 03:19:33 GMT)

Gator Fans Head To Final Four
Gator attire? Check. Cash to buy Final Four semifinal and (they hope) national championship game tickets? Check. (Sun, 01 Apr 2007 04:53:37 GMT)

Fast cash, fast friends, fast track: Whatever your summer job goals, now’s the time to start looking
Summer jobs. You can get what’s left when school ends, or you can get the best of ’em right now. But before you do, you’d better think about what you really want from that job: Money? Experience? A hot social life? (Sun, 01 Apr 2007 06:10:13 GMT)

Theft, fraud in Europe fund terrorist group, police say
The cases raise the specter of logistics cells that could become an advance guard for attacking the West. PARIS — There is no honor among thieves, the angry Algerian said. (Sun, 01 Apr 2007 07:20:24 GMT)

Stay clear of scams and their promises
How well would you recognize a scam artist pitch? Here are some common pitches to watch out for: •Just wire the money. Wire transfer is the most common way for con artists to get cash from their victims quickly, according to the National Consumers League. Unlike credit cards, you have no way to stop payment or recover your money. (Sun, 01 Apr 2007 07:28:12 GMT)

Some payday lenders flout state's reform law
They say the law doesn't apply because they are exempt or peddle loans via the Web. The 2001 state law that reformed the payday-lending business in Florida is being ignored by some of the companies it was designed to regulate. (Sun, 01 Apr 2007 10:04:27 GMT)

What Will Venture Capitalists Fund Next?
In the Wild West of the Internet boom days, venture capitalists were the high-rolling gamblers who swept into town and threw cash at even the riskiest scheme if there was a glimmer of a potential gold rush. (Sun, 01 Apr 2007 13:01:04 GMT)

Developing: Discovery Buys Out Cox, Gives Up Travel Channel
(Broadcasting & Cable) _ Discovery Communications said this morning it will buy out Cox Communications, one of its part owners, for $1.275 billion in cash. Discovery will give Cox full ownership of its Travel Channel, that channel's Website, and a company called Antenna Audio, which provides headsets and information for museum tours worldwide. (Sun, 01 Apr 2007 19:07:41 GMT)

Katrina fraud stretches far beyond Gulf
An Illinois woman mourns her two young daughters, swept to their deaths in Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters. It's a tragic and terrifying story. It's also a lie. (Sun, 01 Apr 2007 22:13:44 GMT)

Stay clear of scams and their promises
How well would you recognize a scam artist pitch? Here are some common pitches to watch out for: •Just wire the money. Wire transfer is the most common way for con artists to get cash from their victims quickly, according to the National Consumers League. Unlike credit cards, you have no way to stop payment or recover your money. (Mon, 02 Apr 2007 02:14:15 GMT)

Thousands suspected of Katrina fraud
An Illinois woman mourns her two young daughters, swept to their deaths in Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters. It's a tragic and terrifying story. It's also a lie. (Mon, 02 Apr 2007 02:18:51 GMT)

Credit unions push back against payday outfits with micro-loans, check-cashing
Some Wichita credit unions are dipping a cautious toe into the payday loan market. (Mon, 02 Apr 2007 05:06:25 GMT)

More cash for county schools
TOPEKA | State education funding may have been the issue of the 2006 session, but Johnson County lawmakers are having some success getting more money for local schools this year, too. (Mon, 02 Apr 2007 07:07:19 GMT)

Research can help consumer complaint hit target
NEW YORK – The reception on your new high-definition TV is fuzzy. Your bank lets you make a cash withdrawal with your ATM card, then slaps an overdraft fee on your next statement. The book you ordered off an Internet site never arrived. (Mon, 02 Apr 2007 09:30:54 GMT)

Esprit Financial Group Inc. (Esprit) (CHNW.PK) Launches Forex Trading Website
Esprit Financial Group Inc. www.espritfinancialgroup.com is a public company engaged in the operation and licensing of a comprehensive suite of Internet-based payday loan and check cashing software and private label back end office systems for the sub prime market, under the Cash Now banner. (Mon, 02 Apr 2007 11:00:00 GMT)

Mercator Reports Record Earnings, Cash Flow & Copper Production for the Year ended December 31, 2006
Mercator Minerals Ltd. today announced record operating cash flow for the year ended December 31, 2006 of $20.2 million or $0.36 per share, before interest, taxes, one time expenses related to the partial dismantling of the Mission South mill and the pre-feasibility work, and non-cash charges, as a result of significantly higher copper production combined with outstanding realized copper prices. (Mon, 02 Apr 2007 12:15:00 GMT)

What Will Venture Capitalists Fund Next?
In the Wild West of the Internet boom days, venture capitalists were the high-rolling gamblers who swept into town and threw cash at even the riskiest scheme if there was a glimmer of a potential gold rush. (Mon, 02 Apr 2007 12:16:37 GMT)

U.S. Stock-Index Futures Advance on Buyouts; First Data Rises
April 2 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. stock-index futures gained as a flurry of mergers and acquisitions suggested stocks are cheap relative to earnings. (Mon, 02 Apr 2007 12:42:13 GMT)

Deal Making Helps Bolster Futures; Slow Start Still Expected
(RTTNews) - Wall Street looked poised for a mild advance at the start of Monday's trading. Deal-making activity, including a deal to buy newspaper publisher Tribune Co., helped bolster stocks going into the session. (Mon, 02 Apr 2007 13:16:31 GMT)

Fitch: Aggressive U.S. CMBS Underwriting Will Lead to More Loan Defaults
NEW YORK----Increases in U.S. commercial real estate cash flows over the past several years suggest a new paradigm to some lenders. The recent subprime downturn should caution investors about the dangers of mixing aggressive underwriting with reliance on continued price appreciation. (Mon, 02 Apr 2007 14:07:00 GMT)

Research can help consumer complaint hit target
NEW YORK – The reception on your new high-definition TV is fuzzy. Your bank lets you make a cash withdrawal with your ATM card, then slaps an overdraft fee on your next statement. The book you ordered off an Internet site never arrived. (Mon, 02 Apr 2007 14:27:04 GMT)

Microsoft bleeding cash?
Microsoft's cash reserves are less than half what they were two years ago, according to a report. The Redmond developer, which once had as much as $64.4 billion in 2004, is now down to $29 billion at its most recent tally. The company claims that the shrink been a deliberate choice to buy into smaller companies and to reward investors. "We're ... (Mon, 02 Apr 2007 15:37:09 GMT)

Esprit Financial Group Inc. (Esprit) (CHNW.PK) Announces Filings Completed for Listing on the Frankfurt Exchange
Esprit Financial Group Inc. is a public company engaged in the operation and licensing of a comprehensive suite of Internet-based payday loan and check cashing software and private label back end office systems for the sub prime market, under the Cash Now banner. (Mon, 02 Apr 2007 17:01:00 GMT)

Stocks mixed near end of choppy session
Blue chips rose late Monday, helping the Dow industrials advance and the broader market erase losses at the end of a choppy session on Wall Street. (Mon, 02 Apr 2007 19:58:55 GMT)

Preparing for life after cash out
When that private equity firm or strategic buyer comes knocking, it pays to have a plan: cashing out raises complex issues ranging from family wealth preservation and philanthropy to how best to invest the windfall, be it tens of millions or hundreds of millions of dollars. (Mon, 02 Apr 2007 22:05:45 GMT)

U.S. Stocks Advance on Takeovers; Oil Rises to $66, Corn Falls
April 2 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. stocks rose on the first trading day of what is the Dow Jones Industrial Average's best month, helped by more than $44 billion in takeovers. (Mon, 02 Apr 2007 22:11:47 GMT)

Miami's arts center needs cash in a hurry
The Carnival Center for the Performing Arts, borrowing from its future to combat cost overruns and lackluster attendance, will run out of money by mid-May and needs a $4 million cash infusion to get through the budget year. (Mon, 02 Apr 2007 22:13:36 GMT)

Beloiters create vision for downtown
She came with a dream of a pocket park. Although some had their doubts, Marlene Erickson wouldn't take no for an answer. “There needs to be a pocket park between the Cash Advance store and the Strong Building,” Erickson said. “It already has benches and it needs a three tiered fountain.” (Mon, 02 Apr 2007 23:20:42 GMT)

Lawmakers trying to cut payday loan interest rates
Lawmakers advanced a bill Monday that would cap interest rates at 36 percent per year for all consumer loans less than $50,000 in an effort to close loopholes in Oregon state law that supporters say is being exploited by payday loan shops. (Tue, 03 Apr 2007 02:08:44 GMT)

Miramar Announces 2006 Year End Results
Miramar Mining Corporation(AMEX: MNG) today announced its consolidated 2006 annual financial results reporting a loss of $2.0 million for the year. The Company ended 2006 with consolidated working capital of $143.7 million, which includes cash and short term investments of $149.8 million. (Tue, 03 Apr 2007 02:42:00 GMT)

Oregon lawmakers move to cut interest rates for payday loans
Lawmakers advanced a bill Monday that would cap interest rates at 36 percent per year for all consumer loans less than $50,000 in an effort... (Tue, 03 Apr 2007 07:30:35 GMT)

E.On shares advance after Endesa bid is dropped
LONDON (MarketWatch) -- Shares in Germany's E.On AG jumped nearly 8% Tuesday after the power giant agreed to drop its 42.36 billion-euro bid for Endesa SA in exchange for the chance to grab a portfolio of the Spanish group's European assets. (Tue, 03 Apr 2007 09:07:38 GMT)

Asian Stocks Advance, Led by Samsung, Mitsubishi UFJ; BHP Gains
April 3 (Bloomberg) -- Asian stocks climbed, led by Samsung Electronics Co. and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc., after more than $44 billion of takeover announcements in the U.S. eased concern slowing economic growth will make companies less valuable. (Tue, 03 Apr 2007 09:10:48 GMT)

Lawmakers move to cut payday loan interest rates
Lawmakers advanced a bill Monday that would cap interest rates at 36 percent per year for all consumer loans less than $50,000 in an effort to close loopholes in Oregon state law that supporters say are being exploited by payday loan shops. (Tue, 03 Apr 2007 10:26:00 GMT)

UPDATE: E.On Shares Advance After Endesa Bid Is Dropped
LONDON (Dow Jones) -- Shares in Germany's E.On AG jumped nearly 8% Tuesday after the power giant agreed to drop its 42.36 billion-euro bid for Endesa SA in exchange for the chance to grab a portfolio of the Spanish group's European assets. (Tue, 03 Apr 2007 10:32:51 GMT)

Asian Stocks Advance, Led by Samsung, Mitsubishi UFJ; BHP Gains
April 3 (Bloomberg) -- Asian stocks climbed, led by Samsung Electronics Co. and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc., after more than $44 billion of takeover announcements in the U.S. eased concern slowing economic growth will make companies less valuable. (Tue, 03 Apr 2007 11:10:35 GMT)

Dollar Financial Corp Announces the Transition of Its U.S. CustomCash(R) Installment Loan Product to an Internet Based ...
BERWYN, Pa.----Dollar Financial Corp , a leading international financial services company serving under-banked consumers today announced it is developing an internet based lending platform for its three global business units, and expects it will be in a position later this month to commence offering its CustomCash® installment loan product in the U.S. through the internet. (Tue, 03 Apr 2007 12:00:00 GMT)

AdvanceMe, Inc. Opens New Customer Care Center in Rome, Georgia
AdvanceMe, Inc., the nation's foremost provider of Merchant Cash Advances for small and mid-sized businesses, announces today plans to open a customer care center located in Rome, Ga. The Rome Center will join the company's Kennesaw, Ga. location in offering its Merchant Cash Advance product to new customers. The Rome Center will be equipped to employ up to 25 AMI employees, including indirect ... (Tue, 03 Apr 2007 13:01:00 GMT)

Oregon lawmakers move to cut interest rates for payday loans
State lawmakers are trying to close a loophole they say is being exploited by payday loan shops. (Tue, 03 Apr 2007 16:09:24 GMT)

Oregon lawmakers considering payday loan bill
SALEM - Lawmakers advanced a bill Monday that would cap interest rates at 36 percent per year for all consumer loans less than $50,000 in an effort to close loopholes in Oregon state law that supporters say is being exploited by payday loan shops. (Tue, 03 Apr 2007 22:06:46 GMT)

Beloiters create vision for downtown
She came with a dream of a pocket park. Although some had their doubts, Marlene Erickson wouldn't take no for an answer. “There needs to be a pocket park between the Cash Advance store and the Strong Building,” Erickson said. “It already has benches and it needs a three tiered fountain.” (Tue, 03 Apr 2007 22:20:33 GMT)

Serial Robber
The spree started in Foley, an armed robbery, all recorded on surveillance video but this isn’t the only one says District Attorney Judy Newcomb. "They involved cash advance type businesses one in Foley, one in Gulf Shores and a bank robbery in Magnolia Springs." (Tue, 03 Apr 2007 22:52:48 GMT)

Australian Stocks Advance After RBA Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged; Banks, Retailers, Resource Stocks Gain
(RTTNews) - The stock market in Sydney, Australia is trading in the positive territory on Wednesday with gains of more than 1% led by banks and companies relying on domestic demand such as Woolworths, after the Reserve Bank of Australia, to the surprise of many analysts, refrained from raising benchmark interest rates and left it unchanged at 6.25%. Resource-related stocks rallied following rise ... (Wed, 04 Apr 2007 02:31:30 GMT)

More News
In exchange, Cox would receive Discovery’s Travel Channel and Antenna Audio, plus $1.28 billion in cash. (Wed, 04 Apr 2007 03:29:46 GMT)

Asian Stocks Advance On Positive Outlook About US Economy; Toyota, BHP Post Gains
(RTTNews) - The major stock markets in Asia, excluding China, are trading in the positive territory on Wednesday, after economic data released in the US on Tuesday revealed that home sales unexpectedly increased, which eased concerns on the perceived slowdown in the world's largest economy, the US. (Wed, 04 Apr 2007 03:47:01 GMT)

Proposed reforms
Highlights of the legislation seeking to add consumer protections to payday loans: (Wed, 04 Apr 2007 04:01:45 GMT)

Protecting payday borrowers
Shops that offer quick cash are booming in Arizona. But legislators say these businesses need to have more consumer protections.{b} Proposed reforms (Wed, 04 Apr 2007 04:04:46 GMT)

More News
In exchange, Cox would receive Discovery’s Travel Channel and Antenna Audio, plus $1.28 billion in cash. (Wed, 04 Apr 2007 05:06:56 GMT)

Efforts to shut down payday-loan industry look to 2008 ballot
PHOENIX — Convinced the payday-loan industry can't be properly regulated, a veteran state legislator is launching an initiative drive to drive it out of the state. (Wed, 04 Apr 2007 07:16:28 GMT)

Esprit Financial Group Inc. (Esprit) (CHNW.PK) Announces 'Cash Now 21' to be Added to Licensed Products Available to ...
Esprit Financial Group Inc. www.espritfinancialgroup.com is pleased to announce that it will offer its new 'Cash Now 21' service to both domestic and international licensees. (Wed, 04 Apr 2007 11:00:00 GMT)

Legislation to protect payday borrowers moves forward
Shops that offer quick cash for a fee are flourishing in Arizona. (Wed, 04 Apr 2007 16:14:35 GMT)

Police: Uncle, Nephew Net $73,000 In Scam
KEIZER, Ore. -- Keizer police have arrested two men in connection with a cash advance scam in the Willamette Valley area. Police said Phillip and Allouriea Cox, an uncle and nephew from Sacramento, Calif., may be responsible for more than $73,000 in losses from Oregon banks. (Wed, 04 Apr 2007 19:31:21 GMT)

Oregon lawmakers considering payday loan bill
SALEM - Lawmakers advanced a bill Monday that would cap interest rates at 36 percent per year for all consumer loans less than $50,000 in an effort to close loopholes in Oregon state law that supporters say is being exploited by payday loan shops. (Wed, 04 Apr 2007 20:06:46 GMT)

William Wheeler: Lying: Learn from the Best
My colleagues and I have recently finished a film called The Hoax about the exploits of a man named Clifford Irving. In 1971 Clifford told his publishers at McGraw-Hill that he had been contacted by reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes and asked to co-author Hughes's autobiography. Despite producing only three badly forged letters as proof of this association, Irving was given an advance of ... (Wed, 04 Apr 2007 21:15:17 GMT)

- New York Times
Stocks advanced slightly as oil prices dropped and economic data offered little incentive to buyers. (Thu, 05 Apr 2007 03:26:06 GMT)

Horoscopes
Aries You've been rich and you've been poor, and rich is often more comfortable. Taurus Get the information to your teammates, so they can advance. If you provide support, they'll do most of everything else. (Thu, 05 Apr 2007 04:59:26 GMT)

Man fears wife's revenge if he ends abusive marriage
Dear Abby: My son, "Marshall," is in an abusive marriage. This week, while his military unit was training in another state, his wife had his cell phone turned off. Then she took a cash advance (over the credit limit) against the card Marshall uses while away from home, and canceled his ATM card so he would not have access to money. She did all this because she was angry with him. (Thu, 05 Apr 2007 06:34:25 GMT)

Online Loan Search Center Debuts to Strong Reviews
Loan-search-center.com brings convenience and time saving features to today's online loan seeker. (Thu, 05 Apr 2007 07:01:00 GMT)

ABUSED MAN FEARS WIFE’S REVENGE
DEAR ABBY: My son, “Marshall,” is in an abusive marriage. This week, while his military unit was training in another state, his wife had his cell phone turned off. Then she took a cash advance (over the credit limit) against the card Marshall uses while away from home and canceled his ATM card so he would not have access to money. She did all this because she was angry with him. (Thu, 05 Apr 2007 07:08:43 GMT)

The Event rakes in the cash
More than 1,200 people gathered on a warm, moonlit night at La Encantada last Sunday to party the night away and raise money for children in Tucson. (Thu, 05 Apr 2007 07:23:41 GMT)

Payday loan bill aims to protect borrowers
Shops that offer quick cash for a fee are flourishing in Arizona. (Thu, 05 Apr 2007 07:30:16 GMT)

Online Loan Search Center Debuts to Strong Reviews
Loan-search-center.com brings convenience and time saving features to today's online loan seeker. (PRWeb Apr 5, 2007) Post Comment:Trackback URL: http://www.prweb.com/pingpr.php/SGFsZi1IYWxmLUNyYXMtRmFsdS1NYWduLVplcm8= (Thu, 05 Apr 2007 07:34:05 GMT)

Arkansas lawmakers fail to crack down on payday loan industry
Payday loans are something of a enigma under Arkansas law. The state Constitutions usury law prohibits businesses from charging excessive interest rates. (Thu, 05 Apr 2007 13:33:07 GMT)

U.S. Stocks Rise, Heading for Weekly Gain on Technology Outlook
April 5 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. stocks rose, extending a weekly advance, after the earnings outlook for technology companies improved and oil prices fell. The Nasdaq Composite Index climbed for a sixth straight day. (Thu, 05 Apr 2007 16:26:47 GMT)

CME Livestock Review: Cattle Complex Up; Hogs, Bellies Mixed
KANSAS CITY (Dow Jones)--Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle and feeder cattle futures markets closed higher Thursday, carried there on the back of higher cash prices in the Plains states, market analysts and traders said. (Thu, 05 Apr 2007 18:32:48 GMT)

U.S. Stocks Rise; Yahoo, Technology Shares Lead Gain on Outlook
April 5 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. stocks gained, extending a weekly advance, after analysts increased estimates for technology companies and oil prices fell. The Nasdaq Composite Index climbed for a sixth straight day. (Thu, 05 Apr 2007 18:41:47 GMT)

The BullMarket.com Market Wrap: April 5th, 2007
Stocks traded modestly higher to record their sixth-straight advance ahead of a three-day weekend. (Thu, 05 Apr 2007 20:39:00 GMT)

Wall Street rises with bid for Chrysler
U.S. stocks ended higher in light trading on Thursday, as a decline in oil prices and a proposed takeover of automaker Chrysler overcame caution before jobs data that held back share prices earlier. (Thu, 05 Apr 2007 20:44:46 GMT)

MAN FEARS WIFE'S REVENGE IF HE ENDS ABUSIVE MARRIAGE
DEAR ABBY: My son, "Marshall," is in an abusive marriage. This week, while his military unit was training in another state, his wife had his cell phone turned off. Then she took a cash advance (over the credit limit) against the card Marshall uses while away from home, and canceled his ATM card so he would not have access to money. She did all this because she was angry with him. (Thu, 05 Apr 2007 23:57:33 GMT)

Moneymakers: Attorney Richard Tomlinson tackles payday loans
Subprime mortgage loans are hogging the headlines, but there's another kind of loan that's also getting state lawmakers' attention: payday loans. They are short-term loans given without a credit check. (Fri, 06 Apr 2007 05:52:14 GMT)

Titans ask: 'Brother, can you spare a dime?' Civic Center answers: 'OK, just 'til October'
The cash-strapped Tallahassee Titans are one step away from getting the funds its owner and manager say are needed to complete the indoor football team's first season. (Fri, 06 Apr 2007 06:08:22 GMT)

Wall Street up 2% on week
Wall Street spent another week repairing the damage inflicted by the late February sell-off. Investors are looking ahead to next week's start of the first quarter earnings season. (Fri, 06 Apr 2007 16:45:23 GMT)

Cutting the Fluff Out of Board Reporting
How to increase your influence and effectively manage your board of directors—so it doesn't manage you (Fri, 06 Apr 2007 22:23:18 GMT)

Attempted Abduction Suspect Caught on Video
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Police are looking for a man who stole a car with an eighteen-month-old baby inside. It happened on March 4 in the parking lot of Advance Discount and Auto Parts, located at 10014 Atlantic Boulevard. (Fri, 06 Apr 2007 23:45:34 GMT)

FIRST STEPS: Repairing bad credit, with help
Jermaine Moses is always on the move. He's a captain in the U.S. Army and over the past five years the military has shipped him to Korea, Oklahoma, Texas and Fayetteville, N.C., where he lives today. (Sat, 07 Apr 2007 03:40:29 GMT)

Astros lose to St. Louis, tumble to frigid 0-4 start
HOUSTON – When Phil Garner trotted to Minute Maid Park’s mound for an eighth-inning pitching change, Johnny Cash’s legendary “Ring Of Fire” blared on the loud speaker. (Sat, 07 Apr 2007 04:53:29 GMT)

U.S. Stocks Rise as Oil Retreats; S&P 500 Reaches 5-Week High
April 7 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. stocks advanced, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 Index to a five-week high, after oil prices fell, pending home sales rose and takeovers added to speculation that shares are inexpensive. (Sat, 07 Apr 2007 12:56:47 GMT)

AEROBICS/DANCE/YOGA
YWCA Classes: Classes offered at Westside YWCA: water aerobics at 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; land aerobics and tai chi at 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays; ballet for beginners ages 3-11 at 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Information: 584-4007. (Sat, 07 Apr 2007 20:38:41 GMT)

House GOP member wants to wipe our Pay Day lenders
PHOENIX - Convinced the industry can't be properly regulated, a veteran state legislator is launching an initiative drive to wipe out payday lenders. (Sat, 07 Apr 2007 21:20:53 GMT)

American Idol' Opens Songwriting Contest
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "American Idol" is now looking for the song that the winner will sing. The "Idol" songwriting contest has opened and songwriters can submit their work. (Sat, 07 Apr 2007 22:18:19 GMT)

April 30 marks Rebuilding Together deadline
April 30 is an important date to remember for anyone whose home needs repairs that the budget can't handle. (Sun, 08 Apr 2007 00:31:37 GMT)

Community events planned
The Shippensburg area community events listed below are open to the public. Some may charge admission or require reservations in advance. (Sun, 08 Apr 2007 03:20:02 GMT)

Quick Cash at a price
Stories by Tom Saul Part I of II: No one has to tell Joseph Heck about the treadmill of debt that those who borrow against their next paycheck can find themselves on. (Sun, 08 Apr 2007 03:44:01 GMT)

Local woman gets 'Big' gift; Karen Newman honored for work with disabled on reality TV show
TEMECULA -- A community came together to honor one of its own Friday, a Murrieta woman who has spent the last three decades working with the disabled and creating a local place for them to learn, share and grow together. (Sun, 08 Apr 2007 04:29:00 GMT)

UT, retailers and manufacturers cash in on Lady Vols win
Two days after the University of Tennessee Lady Vols won their seventh national championship, Martha Sitgreaves was at the HoundDogs retail store in West Knoxville. (Sun, 08 Apr 2007 04:56:17 GMT)

'Idol' begins search for next great songwriter
LOS ANGELES -- You haven't missed your chance to compete on ''American Idol'' this year. The hit Fox show is adding a songwriting contest to give the winning singer a winning first single. (Sun, 08 Apr 2007 05:17:46 GMT)

'Feed the bear': Help children learn to save
You've survived the winter and you're looking forward to a summer family getaway. But what you have in mind -- plane tickets, meals, motels and rides -- can be pricey. (Sun, 08 Apr 2007 08:24:48 GMT)

Don't be fuzzy when it comes to consumer complaints
The reception on your new high-definition TV is fuzzy. Your bank lets you make a cash withdrawal with your ATM card, then slaps an overdraft fee on your next statement. The book you ordered off an Internet site never arrived. (Sun, 08 Apr 2007 08:24:58 GMT)

Getting even good enough
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The 2007 Masters truly began at 2:11 p.m. yesterday when Tiger Woods rolled in a 2-footer for a birdie on No. 3. But did it end a little more than 3 hours 50 minutes later when he missed a 10-foot par putt on 18 to conclude a second consecutive bogey-bogey finish? (Sun, 08 Apr 2007 08:43:31 GMT)

Quick Cash at a price
Stories by Tom Saul Part I of II: No one has to tell Joseph Heck about the treadmill of debt that those who borrow against their next paycheck can find themselves on. (Sun, 08 Apr 2007 09:15:23 GMT)

Tax cuts, school funds among session’s highs
A pile of extra money and a congenial atmosphere combined to create what lawmakers and Gov. Mike Beebe are calling the most successful legislative session in recent memory. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest Edition) (Sun, 08 Apr 2007 12:42:17 GMT)

County calendar for 4/08/07
Community events for today and tomorrow listed. (Sun, 08 Apr 2007 18:27:57 GMT)

Stallions can’t break through in 1-0 loss to Skyline
For nearly 80 minutes, North Mesquite played defense at a level that normally allows teams to keep their seasons alive. The Stallions controlled possession for a majority of both halves, and the defense limited Skyline’s limited opportunities. (Sun, 08 Apr 2007 20:18:12 GMT)

A Madison Avenue Deal Maker Continues His Spending Spree
Miles S. Nadal, head of MDC Partners, is doing what he loves to do best: making deals. But when is enough enough? (Sun, 08 Apr 2007 23:37:36 GMT)

GAME-TIME DECISION
I organized a trip to a pro basketball game for 20 friends, purchasing tickets up front, then collecting the cash from each person. On game night, several did not show up, only some of whom alerted me in advance. I sold those tickets at face value at the arena. Who should get that money? Should it be refunded to the no-shows? Spread evenly among all? -- P.J., Texas (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 00:01:20 GMT)

News in brief
Here are a selection of brief news items from this week's paper edition, as well as a few news briefs that didn't make it in the paper. (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 02:12:55 GMT)

Emerging-Market Gains Slow, Send Investors to Dividend Stocks
April 9 (Bloomberg) -- Emerging-market investors, anticipating the smallest gains in stocks of developing nations since 2003, are snapping up shares that pay dividends. (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 03:11:57 GMT)

A ‘Customer’ Survey for the City
Is access to public transportation New York’s most important municipal service? Is the city’s poorest performance in the area of re-entry programs for former convicts? Is the public school system still faltering? (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 04:11:55 GMT)

Pentax Shares Rise After Hoya Raises Takeover Bid (Update3)
April 9 (Bloomberg) -- Shares of Pentax Corp., a Japanese camera maker, surged after Hoya Corp. said it plans to increase a takeover offer for the company and pay with cash instead of stock. (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 04:15:56 GMT)

Going Out Guide 04/09
Photo contest. The Pasquotank Arts Council Gallery and The Daily Advance will sponsor the 2007 Photography Show & Competition opening May 6. The contest is open to photographers 18 and older. Two photos may be entered for $10. Prize money of $50, $100, $200 will be awarded to the winners. Call 338-6455 for rules and entry forms or email maryt@pasquotankarts.org. (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 04:30:27 GMT)

Community Meetings
Submit your organization's meeting for immediate publication online at savannahnow.com/do/add_event or e-mail your meeting at least two weeks in advance to calendar@savannahnow.com or fax to 525-0796. Contact number must be listed. Community Meetings is printed Monday-Wednesday in the Accent section as space allows. For information, call 652-0310. To see more upcoming community meetings, visit ... (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 04:54:31 GMT)

Pentax Shares Rise After Hoya Raises Takeover Bid (Update4)
April 9 (Bloomberg) -- Shares of Pentax Corp., a Japanese camera maker, surged after Hoya Corp. said it plans to increase a takeover offer for the company and pay with cash instead of stock. Pentax President Fumio Urano will resign in May, the company said. (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 05:00:46 GMT)

Generalizations rankle auto-title business owner
Nothing enrages Rod Aycox, owner and chief executive officer of Alpharetta, Ga.-based Select Management Resources, more than the idea that his auto-title-loan business exploits its customers. (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 05:43:51 GMT)

Loans put your car on the line
Part II of 2: In Iowa’s fledgling car-title loan business, Anderson Financial Services LLC sits at the top of the heap. (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 05:45:22 GMT)

Working-class struggle: More families living near poverty level
Christy and Robert Christol thought they were doing well financially. The Box Elder family had carefully established good credit scores, recently bought a surplus home from Ellsworth Air Force Base through a Rapid City bank and mortgage company and had received raises at their workplaces. (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 05:55:39 GMT)

Community events planned
The Shippensburg area community events listed below are open to the public. Some may charge admission or require reservations in advance. (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 06:05:02 GMT)

Pentax Shares Rise After Hoya Raises Takeover Bid (Update5)
April 9 (Bloomberg) -- Shares of Pentax Corp., a Japanese camera and medical equipment maker, surged after Hoya Corp. said it plans to increase a takeover offer for the company and pay with cash instead of stock. (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 06:45:56 GMT)

Trained moms earn more
CHEYENNE -- Katie Painter runs a front end-loader for Hot Iron, a construction company that does excavation work for storm sewers and pipelines. She works 50 hours a week, receives overtime pay, and lives in a trailer she owns on land she and the bank own between Moorcroft and Upton. (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 08:12:40 GMT)

Regional gaming is go
Registration for the second annual Windows Gaming Championship (PC) is now open, meaning gaming enthusiasts across the Gulf can sign-up in advance before soon competing for thousands of US dollars in cash prizes. (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 09:46:35 GMT)

Valuemart Info Approves Allotment Of 1 Cr. Shares On Preference
(RTTNews) - Monday, Valuemart Info Technologies stated that it has approved to allot 1 crore equity shares of Rs. 2 each at a premium of Rs. 4 per share either for cash or for advance amount on preferential basis to strategic investors. (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 09:47:02 GMT)

Esprit Financial Group Inc. (Esprit) (CHNW.PK) Announces Agreement With Japanese Company to Market Advanced Electronic ...
Esprit Financial Group Inc. www.espritfinancialgroup.com is pleased to announce an Agreement in Principle with a Japanese company regarding the marketing of products from Esprit's Advanced Electronic Funds Management division. (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 12:00:00 GMT)

Pentax shares soar on higher Hoya bid
Stock up 9.1% on takeover offer to pay with cash instead of stock (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 12:16:49 GMT)

Halter pleased with first session
Lt. Gov. Bill Halter set himself apart from his predecessors by offering his own legislative program, something that at first struck some leading senators as a not-likely-to-succeed oddity. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest Edition) (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 12:45:11 GMT)

U.S. Stocks Advance on Jobs Data as Dow Chemical Shares Rally
April 9 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. stocks extended last week's rally after employers added more jobs than analysts forecast, adding to evidence that consumer spending will keep the economy expanding. (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 13:56:47 GMT)

US Fed Cattle Prices Reach Highest Levels Since Late 2003
KANSAS CITY (Dow Jones)-- U.S. cash cattle prices last week surged $4 to $5 per hundredweight on a live basis and $6 to $7 dressed to their highest levels since late 2003. (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 14:47:38 GMT)

U.S. Stocks Climb to Six-Week Highs on Takeover Speculation
April 9 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. stocks extended last week's advance, climbing to six-week highs, on speculation takeovers show shares remain inexpensive. Dow Chemical Co. rose the most in three weeks on a report the biggest U.S. chemical maker may become the target of the largest leveraged buyout ever. (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 16:26:47 GMT)

12 local companies compete in Food Bank challenge
Twelve Greeley companies are competing to gather the highest food and cash donations fro the Weld Food Bank's annual Corporate Food Challenge. (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 18:02:31 GMT)

U.S. Stocks Climb to Six-Week Highs on Takeover Speculation
April 9 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. stocks extended last week's advance, climbing to six-week highs, on speculation takeovers show shares remain inexpensive. Dow Chemical Co. rose the most in three weeks on a report the biggest U.S. chemical maker may become the target of the largest leveraged buyout ever. (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 18:11:47 GMT)

Military proposes to curb loan practices
Predatory lending practices could be subject to a 36 percent cap on interest rates and fees under the draft rule. (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 19:59:05 GMT)

Military drafts anti-predatory lending rules
The U.S. Defense Department will propose curbs on what it considers predatory lending to military service members and their families such as payday loans, car title lending and tax refund anticipation loans, a draft of the proposal showed. (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 20:11:35 GMT)

UPDATE: US Defense Dept Lending Proposal May Exempt Banks
WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The U.S. Department of Defense said it would consider a plan that would exempt most products offered by federally regulated banks and credit unions as part of a broad new proposal to prevent lenders from offering certain high-cost loans to military service members and their families, according to a draft of the proposal obtained by Dow Jones Newswires. (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 20:46:42 GMT)

Staff photo by Julie Becker
After a brief pollution-induced hitch, the Beloit Public Library's progress on its new facility is beginning to advance according to plan. (Mon, 09 Apr 2007 22:20:28 GMT)

Going Out Guide 04/10
Photo contest. The Pasquotank Arts Council Gallery and The Daily Advance will sponsor the 2007 Photography Show & Competition opening May 6. The contest is open to photographers 18 and older. Two photos may be entered for $10. Prize money of $50, $100, $200 will be awarded to the winners. Call 338-6455 for rules and entry forms or email maryt@pasquotankarts.org. (Tue, 10 Apr 2007 03:30:40 GMT)

Groups encourage alternatives to payday loans
The message on the brochure from Quad-Cities Interfaith couldn’t be more blunt. (Tue, 10 Apr 2007 05:31:12 GMT)

Community events planned
The Shippensburg area community events listed below are open to the public. Some may charge admission or require reservations in advance. (Tue, 10 Apr 2007 05:50:14 GMT)

Railroad firms surge after Buffett invests in the industry
U.S. stocks on Monday extended their advance of last week, climbing to six-week highs on speculation that takeovers would fuel growth. (Tue, 10 Apr 2007 06:46:08 GMT)

European Stocks May Rise; Puma, BHP Billiton, Rio May Advance
April 10 (Bloomberg) -- European stocks may advance on speculation mergers and acquisitions will accelerate and an economic slowdown in the U.S. is coming to an end. (Tue, 10 Apr 2007 07:04:44 GMT)

Asian Stocks Advance to a Six-Week High; Coles, Rinker Climb
April 10 (Bloomberg) -- Asian stocks climbed to a six-week high, buoyed by record takeover proposals in Australia for Coles Group Ltd. and Rinker Group Ltd. (Tue, 10 Apr 2007 10:25:42 GMT)

Reward offered for info on missing preacher's wife
Bossier Police announced this morning that the family of a missing preacher's wife is offering a cash reward for her whereabouts. (Tue, 10 Apr 2007 15:55:53 GMT)

IONA Buys LogicBlaze
The all-cash acquisition of LogicBlaze enables IONA to accelerate its strategy of delivering innovative, enterprise Open Source SOA solutions to the large IT organizations typified by the Company's customers. As a result of the acquisition, the LogicBlaze organization, including co-founders Hiram Chirino, Rob Davies and James Strachan will join IONA's Open Source business. (Tue, 10 Apr 2007 18:56:16 GMT)

House GOP member wants to wipe our Pay Day lenders
PHOENIX - Convinced the industry can't be properly regulated, a veteran state legislator is launching an initiative drive to wipe out payday lenders. (Tue, 10 Apr 2007 21:20:55 GMT)

Jet to pay Rs 950 cr in cash for Air Sahara deal
As part of the revised deal to buy out Air Sahara, Naresh Goyal controlled private carrier Jet Airways will have to pay a total of Rs 950 crore in cash. (Tue, 10 Apr 2007 22:00:43 GMT)

Japanese Stocks May Advance; Canon, Olympus May Gain on Euro
April 11 (Bloomberg) -- Japanese shares may advance, paced by Canon Inc. and Olympus Corp., after the euro climbed to a record high against the yen, boosting the value of their European sales. (Tue, 10 Apr 2007 23:41:48 GMT)

DoD targets payday loans
The draft proposal will be published Wednesday in the Federal Registrar. (6:23 p.m.) (Tue, 10 Apr 2007 23:53:52 GMT)

Ads proposed to support space programs
Corporate advertising could rise to the heavens under a proposal unveiled here Tuesday to bolster cash-strapped U.S. space programs. (Tue, 10 Apr 2007 23:57:15 GMT)

Without Legislation, Payday Lending Battle Shifts Back To Court
LITTLE ROCK -- With the Legislature's failure to further regulate payday lenders for the fourth consecutive session, the battle over the constitutionality of the industry's practices will shift back to the judicial branch this fall. (Wed, 11 Apr 2007 00:19:54 GMT)

DOD Proposal Limits High-Interest Loans
DOD Draft Proposal Limits High-Interest Loans to Servicemembers; Payday Loans Targeted (Wed, 11 Apr 2007 01:56:49 GMT)

Draft Limits Lending to Servicemembers
RICHMOND, Va. -- Servicemembers and their dependents could pay no more than 36 percent annual interest on payday loans, vehicle title loans and refund anticipation loans under a preliminary draft of a law intended to stop high-interest loans to the military. (Wed, 11 Apr 2007 02:19:09 GMT)

Going Out Guide 04/11
Photo contest. The Pasquotank Arts Council Gallery and The Daily Advance will sponsor the 2007 Photography Show & Competition opening May 6. The contest is open to photographers 18 and older. Two photos may be entered for $10. Prize money of $50, $100, $200 will be awarded to the winners. Call 338-6455 for rules and entry forms or email maryt@pasquotankarts.org. (Wed, 11 Apr 2007 04:00:56 GMT)

DOD Proposal Limits High-Interest Loans
By DENA POTTER RICHMOND, Va. - Servicemembers and their dependents could pay no more than 36 percent annual interest on payday loans, vehicle title loans and refund anticipation loans under a preliminary draft of a law intended to stop high-interest loans to the military. The U.S. (Wed, 11 Apr 2007 05:13:35 GMT)

Around the Markets: Vietnam's biggest fund manager is taking profits
Government share sales may slow down the advance of the Vietnamese stock market, now the most expensive one in Asia. Dragon Capital is selling stocks but plans to buy again after prices fall. (Wed, 11 Apr 2007 07:16:29 GMT)

Community events planned
The Shippensburg area community events listed below are open to the public. Some may charge admission or require reservations in advance. (Wed, 11 Apr 2007 07:25:02 GMT)

Without legislation, payday lending battle shifts back to court
By Jason Wiest Arkansas News Bureau LITTLE ROCK - With the Legislature's failure to further regulate payday lenders for the fourth consecutive session, the battle over the constitutionality of the industry's practices will shift back to the judicial branch this fall. (Wed, 11 Apr 2007 07:52:06 GMT)

Business news in brief
Nursing-home operator Genesis HealthCare Corp. of Kennett Square yesterday sent a letter to shareholders urging approval of the pending $1.25 billion acquisition of the company. Private equity firms Formation Capital L.L.C. and JER Partners have offered $63 per share in cash for Genesis stock. (Wed, 11 Apr 2007 08:03:21 GMT)

Without Legislation, Payday Lending Battle Shifts Back To Court
LITTLE ROCK -- With the Legislature's failure to further regulate payday lenders for the fourth consecutive session, the battle over the constitutionality of the industry's practices will shift back to the judicial branch this fall. (Wed, 11 Apr 2007 09:18:55 GMT)

London midday: Footsie eyes six-year high
LONDON (SHARECAST) - Expectations of early gains on Wall Street, a slight advance from the mining sector and talk that Marks & Spencer is attracting attention from private equity buyers, buoyed London. (Wed, 11 Apr 2007 11:23:45 GMT)

Pumpkins can be big business
For someone interested in growing giant pumpkins for Halloween it could pay to plan in advance. (Wed, 11 Apr 2007 13:25:05 GMT)

Canadian Stocks Advance on Earnings Outlook, M&A; Alcan Gains
April 11 (Bloomberg) -- Canadian stocks gained, led by commodity producers including Alcan Inc., after rival aluminum maker Alcoa Inc. reported profit that exceeded analysts' estimates. (Wed, 11 Apr 2007 13:54:51 GMT)

Without legislation, payday lending battle shifts back to court
By Jason Wiest Arkansas News Bureau LITTLE ROCK - With the Legislature's failure to further regulate payday lenders for the fourth consecutive session, the battle over the constitutionality of the industry's practices will shift back to the judicial branch this fall. (Wed, 11 Apr 2007 14:22:06 GMT)

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