GOP candidate for California governor pushes gas tax repeal

California Election Governor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Republican candidate for California governor John Cox on Monday blasted a recent gas tax increase, previewing a central theme of his campaign message about the state’s high cost of living. Cox, a businessman from the San Diego area who has never held elected office, faces...


Strong Mississippi job market softens slightly in May

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s job market softened slightly in May, as unemployment ticked up and payrolls dipped. The jobless rate rose to 4.7 percent in May from 4.6 percent in April, as more people entered the labor force than found jobs. That’s slightly above the 4.5 percent record set in...


Trump escalates China trade war, announces plan for tariffs on $200 billion in products

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Monday that he has ordered his chief trade negotiator to draw up a list of $200 billion in Chinese products that will be hit with 10 percent tariffs if China refuses to back down in the rapidly escalating trade war between the...


Hotel to open in downtown Stillwater

Exchange Downtown Stillwater Hotel

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — When it came time for developer Corey Burstad to find a partner for his $13.5 million hotel project in downtown Stillwater, he knew a standard chain wouldn’t cut it. The space — the former Joseph Wolf Brewery block on South Main Street — was too historic and too unusual, he...


Texas man continues family tradition crafting leather goods

Exchange Leather Craftsman

DENTON, Texas (AP) — It’s silent in the small studio on the corner of Bell and Oak streets in downtown Denton, except for the scraping of metal on stone. In the same spot where his grandfather hand-tooled saddles for four decades, Clint Wilkinson, 35, silently counts each stroke of a knife across...


Tyler summer camp teaches students to pilot, program drones

Exchange Drone Camp

TYLER, Texas (AP) — Up, up and away! One Tyler Junior College summer camp is teaching students to fly. Drones, that is. The faces of seven little campers are set in stone as they concentrate. Their tablet’s Bluetooth connects to a small drone and the whir of propellers tells them they are ready to...


Veteran journalist named top editor of Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times Editor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Veteran journalist Norman Pearlstine, a leader at media giants including Time, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal, was named executive editor of the Los Angeles Times on Monday, when the paper’s new owner officially took control.  Pearlstine, 75, had been serving for two...


The Latest: China calls new Trump tariff threat 'blackmail'

Pompeo Detroit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-China trade tensions (all times local): 10:40 p.m. China’s Commerce Ministry is criticizing President Donald Trump’s latest threat of tariffs on $200 billion worth of its exports, calling it an “act of extreme pressure and blackmail.” Trump ordered the U.S....


Experts say auto tariffs would raise prices, cost jobs

Trade Dispute Auto Prices

DETROIT (AP) — Every workday, about 7,400 trucks mostly loaded with automotive parts rumble across the Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit and Canada, at times snarling traffic along the busy corridor. But if President Donald Trump delivers on threats to slap 25 percent tariffs on imported...


Studies show groundwater holding own against drilling boom

Gas Drilling Water Quality

New research suggests drinking water supplies in Pennsylvania have shown resilience in the face of a drilling boom that has turned swaths of countryside into a major production zone for natural gas. Energy companies have drilled more than 11,000 wells since arriving en masse in 2008, making...

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