Kingsport Times News Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Bacon prices rise after virus kills baby pigs

Bacon prices rise after virus kills baby pigs

April 8th, 2014 5:40 pm by Associated Press

A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more.

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7M enrolled doesn't guarantee health law's success

7M enrolled doesn't guarantee health law's success

April 8th, 2014 7:10 am by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

Republican opponents of the law keep pushing for a repeal, but as millions of people obtain insurance, how long can the party's strategy remain a politically viable option?

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High-tech items giving deaf-blind online access

High-tech items giving deaf-blind online access

April 8th, 2014 6:59 am by FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press

Thousands of people with combined hearing and vision loss to have benefited from a pilot program called iCanConnect. The initiative provides low-income deaf-blind individuals with the most up-to-date telecommunications devices for free.

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Volkswagen expansion talks at standstill in Tenn.

Volkswagen expansion talks at standstill in Tenn.

April 8th, 2014 6:53 am by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

Expansion talks at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant have ground to a halt amid disagreements about the role of organized labor at the factory in Tennessee.

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Clinchfield/Press intersection work gets under way

Clinchfield/Press intersection work gets under way

April 7th, 2014 8:57 pm by Matthew Lane

KINGSPORT — Tipton Construction began work on Monday near the intersection of Clinchfield and Press streets. The end result will be a reconfigured entrance into the Food City property.

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Senate OKs jobless bill; House prospects slimmer

Senate OKs jobless bill; House prospects slimmer

April 7th, 2014 8:10 pm by DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed.

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Car rental companies ramp up exotic offerings

Car rental companies ramp up exotic offerings

April 7th, 2014 3:17 pm by MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press

In the past few years, some of the biggest car rental companies have added the finest cars money can buy to their fleets. Alongside the practical Toyotas and Fords are Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Bentleys, Aston Martins and Teslas, to name a few.

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5 signs US job market may finally be accelerating

5 signs US job market may finally be accelerating

April 7th, 2014 8:35 am by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer

Hiring over the past 12 months has outpaced population growth. More workers in the prime 25- to 54-year-old age group are finding jobs.

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State grant funds added seating for Lee Theater

State grant funds added seating for Lee Theater

April 6th, 2014 11:59 pm by Wes Bunch

The town of Pennington Gap is preparing to add more than 150 seats to the historic Lee Theater thanks to a $75,000 grant last week from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

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Obama to sign executive orders on pay disparity

Obama to sign executive orders on pay disparity

April 6th, 2014 10:10 pm by JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Lacking congressional support to raise wages or end gender pay disparities, President Barack Obama is again imposing his policies on federal contractors.

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