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Kalkaska seeks to revive downtown, lure visitors

September 24, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

From left, Kalkaska village manager Penny Hill, brownfield redevelopment authority chair Mark Avery and village president Jeff Sieting stand near the village’s iconic trout statue, which cold become part of a park or square as part of plans to redevelop the downtown area, Sept. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Traverse City Record-Eagle, Jan-Michael Stump)...

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Decades of federal dollars helped fuel gas boom

September 24, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this June 25, 2012 file photo, a crew works on a gas drilling rig at a well site for shale based natural gas in Zelienople, Pa. It sounds like a free-market success story: a new gas drilling boom driven by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking,...

Conn. River dam licensing offers chance for change

September 24, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Oct. 10, 2001 file photo, the hydroelectric generating plant is seen in Bellows Falls, Vt. Five big hydropower stations on the Connecticut River are up for relicensing, which environmentalists say gives a rare opportunity to consider...

Romney Medicare plan: Key details still in flux

September 24, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney acknowledges donors after he spoke at a campaign fundraising event in Del Mar, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare is the one...

WHY IT MATTERS: Global warming

September 24, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Dec. 18, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the morning plenary session of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. Obama proposed a bill that would have capped power plant carbon dioxide...

Gas drilling protests held in US, other countries

September 22, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Cynthia Walter, from the Sierra Club, and other participants rallied and signed petitions in Schenley Park during a rally against Shale gas drilling in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/John Heller) PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Demonstrators in the...

Verizon iPhone 5′s secret feature: It’s ‘unlocked’

September 22, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Western Michigan University student Alenna Brown ,19, leaves with her new iPhone 5 in Kalamazoo, Mich. on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/The Kalamazoo Gazette, Mark Bugnaski) ALL LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL TV INTERNET OUT NEW YORK (AP) — The Verizon Wireless...

Spaceport is built, but who will come?

September 22, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE- This Oct. 17, 2011 file photo shows British billionaire Sir Richard Branson drinking champagne after repelling down the side of the new Spaceport America hangar in Upham, N.M. As the nation’s first launch station to send people to space nears...

Nigeria airline says it will resume flights Sunday

September 22, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Chris Ndulue, Managing Director of Arik airline speaks to journalist during a press conference in Lagos, Nigeria. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. Nigeria’s largest airline says it will resume flights Sunday after halting them over what it claimed was...

Chavez’s record: an oil bonanza squandered?

September 22, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

In this Sept. 5, 2012 photo, people watch a TV in Caracas, Venezuela broadcasting President Hugo Chavez delivering a speech as presidential candidate. Nearly 14 years after President Hugo Chavez took office, and despite the biggest oil bonanza in...