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U.S. poverty rate rises to 14.3%; ranks of working poor reach highest level since 1965

September 16th, 2010 10:55 am by Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP)The number of people living in poverty has climbed to 14.3% of Americans, with the ranks of working-age poor reaching the highest level since at least 1965.The Census Bureau on Thursday said about 43.6 million people, or one in seven, were

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Plea bargain could let child sex offender out of prison in 2 years

September 16th, 2010 5:02 am by Don Jacobs

A Claiborne County man facing more than 100 years in prison on allegations he had sex with a girl beginning when she was 11 and ultimately resulting in a child has accepted a plea bargain that could set him free in two years.The plea deal for 46-year-old

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Fatal pipeline accident turns attention to nation's aging pipelines

September 15th, 2010 11:25 am by Marian Wang, ProPublica

Following last week's pipeline explosion in California that killed at least four people and destroyed 58 houses in suburban San Bruno, regulators have been searching for clues about what caused the blast. A piece in the Associated Press, meanwhile, sugges

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Atmos reassures public about safety of area gas lines

September 15th, 2010 5:47 am by James Brooks

The likelihood of a gas transmission line exploding and sending a fireball over Johnson City, like the recent event in California, is remote, company spokesmen for Atmos Engergy said.In fact, the company recently received a continuing excellence award fro

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