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S&P 500 at record high on manufacturing pickup

S&P 500 at record high on manufacturing pickup

April 1st, 2014 5:55 pm by Associated Press

The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 13.18 points, or 0.7 percent, to close at 1,885.52. That's above its previous record of 1,878.04, set on March 7. The gains were broad, with eight out of the ten sectors in the S&P 500 rising.

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Syrup-makers go high-tech with wireless monitoring

Syrup-makers go high-tech with wireless monitoring

April 1st, 2014 2:35 pm by HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press; LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

Maple syrup production has come a long way from metal buckets hung on trees, but even high-tech operations have had to rely on old-fashioned foot patrols to fix a common problem — leaks.

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Report: Tenn. offered contingent incentives to VW

Report: Tenn. offered contingent incentives to VW

April 1st, 2014 8:29 am by Associated Press

Haslam, who has been a vocal critic of the United Auto Workers' efforts to represent workers at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant, has long denied suggestions that tax credits, grants and other incentives were tied to the union being rejected at the factory.

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GM, safety agency face Congress over recalls

GM, safety agency face Congress over recalls

April 1st, 2014 8:13 am by DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writer

General Motors' new CEO and the head of the nation's auto safety watchdog are headed to Congress to testify about a defect in small cars that is linked to 13 deaths.

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Congress passes bill to stop cut  to  doctors who treat Medicare patients

Congress passes bill to stop cut to doctors who treat Medicare patients

March 31st, 2014 9:20 pm by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

With just hours to spare, Congress stepped in Monday to finalize legislation to prevent doctors who treat Medicare patients from being hit with a 24 percent cut in their payments from the government.

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State employees, teachers won't get pay increase

State employees, teachers won't get pay increase

March 31st, 2014 8:00 pm by LUCAS L. JOHNSON II, Associated Press

Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that he won't be able to give state employees and teachers a pay increase next year mainly because of reductions due to an ongoing decline in revenue collections.

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Deadline dash: Health care sign-ups amid glitches

Deadline dash: Health care sign-ups amid glitches

March 31st, 2014 2:54 pm by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

A flood of last-minute applicants rushed to sign up for health insurance on Monday, deadline day for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more than 100,000 people at a time using the fragile system despite a new spate of intermittent ills.

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US stocks rise as investors close out quarter

US stocks rise as investors close out quarter

March 31st, 2014 2:52 pm by KEN SWEET, AP Markets Writer

Stocks rose broadly in afternoon trading Monday as the market headed for its fifth straight quarterly gain. Microsoft led the technology sector higher.

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Spring elements and supply shortages continue pumping up gas prices

Spring elements and supply shortages continue pumping up gas prices

March 31st, 2014 1:19 pm by Staff Report

Gas prices continue to increase in Northeast Tennessee, due in part to what AAA calls "typical spring factors," including refinery maintenance, increasing demand and the switch to summer-blend fuel.

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Target's credit-monitoring offer not enough to protect consumers, experts say

Target's credit-monitoring offer not enough to protect consumers, experts say

March 31st, 2014 8:23 am by By Claudia Buck, The Sacramento Bee (MCT)

Target certainly isn't the only retailer to have been hit — Michaels, Neiman Marcus and most recently Sally Beauty Supply have reported exposure of customer data — but it's definitely among the biggest ever.

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