Agency rulemaking overhaul still alive in House committee

Published: 05/27/2016

After accepting a substitute bill to enhance a planned overhaul to agency rulemaking and legislative review of it, a House committee continues its work on the measure as the regular session winds down.

Members of the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee most recently completed a sixth hearing on House Bill 503, a companion bill to Senate Bill 303, which has languished by comparison.

OSU study: Facebook postings could be problematic for new moms

Published: 05/27/2016

A new study shows which psychological characteristics of some new mothers may affect how they use Facebook to show off their baby.

Highly educated, mostly married Midwestern women who had full-time jobs were the group of choice for the study.

The study found that those who felt societal pressure to be perfect moms and identified most strongly with their motherhood role posted more frequently on Facebook.

Military spouses struggle to find jobs

Published: 05/27/2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Military spouses struggle to find jobs and are more likely to work for less pay or in positions below their education level, spurring unemployment and other costs of as much as $1 billion a year, according to a study.

Wrestling with frequent moves, deployments and erratic schedules of their service member mates, military spouses have an unemployment rate of up to 18 percent, compared to last month’s national jobless rate of 5 percent.

Mount Vernon estate exhibit looks at George Washington as a slaveholder

Published: 05/27/2016

MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) — It is the unavoidable Achilles’ heel in the reputation of George Washington and so many other Founding Fathers: that men who risked their lives to protect their nation’s liberty were also slaveholders.

That dichotomy will be explored in a new exhibit at Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, in a museum space previously dedicated to exhibitions featuring Washington’s furniture, fineries and his penchant for dining on syrupy hoecakes.

Eric Trump, helping his father, balances company, campaign

Published: 05/27/2016

NEW YORK (AP) — The windows of Eric Trump’s office in the Trump Tower offer breathtaking views of some of Manhattan’s most expensive real estate.

It’s there the youngest of Donald Trump’s adult sons is reflecting on eye-opening moments from a world far away.

To love, honor and share a credit card statement

Published: 05/27/2016

It’s wedding season and as many couples get ready to say their vows, they may want to have a talk about fidelity — financial fidelity.

A study by Harris Poll for the National Endowment for Financial Education finds that two in five Americans who have combined finances admit to lying to their partner or hiding information about money matters.

And it’s on the rise — 42 percent of those surveyed admitted to financial infidelity compared to 33 percent just two years ago.

Intruders breach US airport fences about every 10 days

Published: 05/27/2016

Under pressure to prevent people from sneaking onto runways and planes at major U.S. airports, authorities are cracking down — not on the intruders who slip through perimeter gates or jump over fences, but on the release of information about the breaches.

CEO pay climbs again, even as their stock prices don’t

Published: 05/27/2016

NEW YORK — CEOs at the biggest companies got a 4.5 percent pay raise last year. That’s almost double the typical American worker’s, and a lot more than investors earned from owning their stocks — a big fat zero.

The typical chief executive in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index made $10.8 million, including bonuses, stock awards and other compensation, according to a study by executive data firm Equilar for The Associated Press. That’s up from the median of $10.3 million the same group of CEOs made a year earlier.

Planners seek to transform border town into destination

Published: 05/27/2016

SANTA TERESA, N.M. — Trucks race along a winding road in the arid New Mexico desert. As they travel through Santa Teresa, a border-crossing port of entry and unincorporated town, they pass millions of square feet of warehouses that store steel coil, wind turbine blades and specialty glass.

It’s a town that state officials say has pumped millions into New Mexico’s economy.

But missing in this industrial enclave are shops, cafes, gas stations and residents. No one lives here.

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