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Unemployment Fell In February In 22 States

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell in 22 U.S. states in February from January, a sign that hiring gains are benefiting many parts of the country.

The Labor Department says unemployment rates rose in 12 states and were unchanged in 16

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Red States, Too, Get Health Care Nod From Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some bipartisan cooperation may finally be breaking out in the nation's contentious battle over health care overhaul.

The Obama administration announced Thursday that four red states are on the list of those getting the initial go-ahead to build their own health insurance marketplaces

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Economic Index Jumps For Midwest, Western States

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An index of economic conditions in 10 Midwest and Western states jumped this month after three months of drought-induced doldrums.

The Rural Mainstreet survey of rural bankers rose to 56

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States Turning To New Tolls To Pay For Highways

WASHINGTON (AP) — Driving onto an Interstate highway? Crossing a bridge on the way into work? Taking a tunnel under a river or bay? Get ready to pay.

With Congress unwilling to contemplate an increase in the federal gas tax, motorists are likely to be paying ever more tolls as the government searches for ways to repair and expand the nation's congested highways

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Survey: Farming Helps Economy Grow In Rural States

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economy remains strong in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Plains states because of the health of agricultural businesses there.

The overall economic index on the new monthly Rural Mainstreet survey rose to 58

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Survey: High Fuel Prices Slowing Rural Growth

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Higher fuel prices may be applying brakes to the economy in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Plains states.

A monthly survey index of rural bankers dropped to 57.1 in April from 59

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Survey At 4-Year High, But Shows Signs Of Trouble

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey of bankers in 10 Midwest and Great Plains states puts the report's overall index at a 4 1/2-year high, but other indicators show trouble ahead for the rural economy

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USDA Announces $308 Million In Aid To States

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The nation's top agriculture official is expected to announce Wednesday more than $300 million in emergency assistance to 33 states and Puerto Rico to help them recover from an unusually intense year for natural disasters across the U

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Vermont Named Healthiest State, But What’s the Unhealthiest?

If you live in Vermont, congratulations — for the fifth year in a row, your state has been named as the healthiest in the country.

The United Health Foundation’s 2011 America’s Health Rankings, released Monday, also put New Hampshire, Connecticut, Hawaii and Massachusetts in the top five.

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