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Scott Walker OKs $250 million in taxpayer dollars for sports arena

Business News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 2:11pm
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is running for president, signed a bill Wednesday that will provide $250 million in taxpayer funds to help build a new basketball arena in Milwaukee.

Why Your Headphones Are Too Loud

Lifestyles - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 1:42pm
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(NewsUSA) - NewsusaInfographic - Don't think you have to worry about hearing loss? Think again. Take it from Dr. Sreekant Cherukuri who has always been a huge music fan. The former college DJ unfortunately listened to his music a little too loud and ended up damaging his hearing slightly. Dr. Cherukuri was able to relate to his patients who were struggling with hearing loss and that's why he designed and developed an affordable solution. His FDA registered hearing aid now costs 90 percent less than others on the market.

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Do You Know How Much Your Other Half Really Earns?

Lifestyles - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 1:37pm
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(NewsUSA) - So much for thinking we know everything that matters about our spouse or significant other -- at least, it seems, when it comes to money.

According to Fidelity Investments' new "2015 Couples Retirement Study," while the overwhelming majority of couples surveyed said they communicate "exceptionally well" or "very well" about financial matters, a whopping 43 percent couldn't correctly identify how much their partner earned -- up 16 percent from the last time the question was asked two years ago. And 10 percent of those in the dark were off by $25,000 when they apparently tried guessing.

"We know couples don't always agree when it comes to money, but we were surprised how many missed the mark on the question of their partner's salary," says John Sweeney, Fidelity's executive vice president of retirement and investing strategies. "If gaps exist around basic questions like that, couples might have other opportunities for improvement on the financial front, including how and where to retire and later-in-life issues like eldercare and estate planning."

Feeling a bit smug because you know how much your other half makes right down to the last decimal point? Then go ahead -- if you dare -- and try asking him or her these questions to see how you stack up:

* How much do we need to save to maintain our current lifestyle in retirement? (The survey results: 48 percent had "no idea," and another 47 percent -- particularly, alas, Baby Boomers closest to retirement -- disagreed on a figure.)

* How much can we expect in Social Security benefits to help complement what we've saved independently? (The survey results: 60 percent of all couples and 49 percent of Boomers drew a complete blank, even though the government regularly mails the info out.)

* If you add up all our investible assets -- i.e., bank accounts, mutual funds, retirement accounts, and stocks and bonds -- what's the grand total? (Survey results: 36 percent of couples couldn't agree.)

* Traveling the world or staying put? (Survey results: One in three gave conflicting visions of their expected post-retirement lifestyle.)

There are additional interactive "Couples Quiz" questions on Fidelity's website ( that you might want to try, including a fun one about what you'd do if your favorite store was having a blow-out sale.

Answering them produces your "Financial Personality," and you're encouraged to share the results with your partner and learn how to navigate the retirement process together.

A word of advice: While it pays to be honest, think long and hard about how badly you want to hit that sale.

MSU develops fuel-saving system for armored vehicles

MSU News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 1:28pm
An MSU research team recently developed an idle-reduction system for vehicles made by Holly Springs-based CITE Armored that allows the heating and air conditioning to operate without using the engine when in park.  Photo submitted/ Zach Rowland, CAVS

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Photo submitted/ Zach Rowland, CAVS" class="img-container" src="" style="width: 500px; height: 334px;">STARKVILLE, Miss.—A North Mississippi-based armored vehicle company will soon manufacture a more fuel-efficient product because of improvements developed by a major Mississippi State research organization.

At the university’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, a team of faculty and research staff members, along with graduate and undergraduate students, recently spent nearly a year developing an idle-reduction system for CITE Armored of Holly Springs. Specifically, they came up with changes that reduce fuel consumption of the company’s cash-in-transit vehicles.

The “idle off” system developed by the MSU team should improve a vehicle’s fuel efficiency by about 20 percent.

The MSU team delivered two working prototypes to the company for field testing last December, along with system blueprints for full-scale production.

CAVS Extension, an MSU unit focused on industrial projects, partnered with the CAVS research team on the CITE project. Director Clay Walden said the CITE project’s success embodied what CAVS Extension is meant to accomplish.

“This is a really excellent project, and it demonstrates how we can help Mississippi companies compete successfully using new technology and advanced resources,” Walden said.

Armored vehicles made by CITE are used to pick up and deliver cash for financial institutions. The driver—who must remain inside with the engine running—and a carrier make frequent stops that may last anywhere from five to 15 minutes. A constantly idling engine is necessary to maintain warm or cold air flow required for cabin comfort.

Matthew Doude, a CAVS research associate, said the team was asked to develop an electronic system that automatically turned off the engine when the driver shifted into park—but that kept the heating or air conditioning running.

“The idea itself (of heating or cooling a vehicle without using the engine) maybe isn’t revolutionary, but the way we did it is pretty unique,” Doude explained. “There are after-market bolt-on air conditioners you can get that would probably serve a similar purpose, but we integrated our system with the vehicle’s existing heating and air conditioning so that everything happens automatically for the driver.”

While the new system costs a little more on the front-end, Doude said long-term fuel savings should more than pay for the technology over the life of each equipped vehicle.

Ken Russell, CITE’s senior vice president of plant operations, complimented the CAVS team for its work and the product it developed.

“It is our goal to be the industry leader in technology as applied to cash-in-transit armored vehicles,” Russell said, “not only to provide customers integrated control systems, but also efficiently utilize their resources (fuel savings on the engine/idle system). CAVS provides unique, world class resources that effectively brings to fruition projects that we would not have in-house resources to accomplish.

“CAVS engineers, equipment and facility are a rare combination of research and hands-on skills directed at solving and creating innovative solutions. To have such a resource locally available in-state created a synergy between CAVS and CITE that would be almost impossible to replicate,” Russell said.

Doude said requests for CAVS consulting by private companies like CITE, especially on powertrain engineering research, are increasing. Even those situated much closer to the Michigan automotive industry have come to MSU for research and expertise, he added.

With an international automotive industry changing so dynamically and rapidly in recent years, Doude predicted that CAVS will be ideally positioned to make an ever-growing impact on vehicle technology.

“I think the last five years have been the most transformative in the automotive industry since the invention of the car,” he said. “I don’t see that slowing down at all over the next 10 years. It’s an exciting time to be in the automotive field.”

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Two dads tackle their own kids' diabetes

Health - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 12:59pm

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ABC's Bernie Madoff miniseries coming next year

Business News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 12:58pm
ABC's miniseries about Bernie Madoff has finished production, and it'll premiere next year, the network announced Wednesday.

Trump's signature: The 'meh' shrug

Business News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 12:44pm
Donald Trump already has a signature hairstyle, a signature real estate brand and even a signature way of firing people.

Russia warns it could ban more foods

Business News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 12:40pm
Russia, which has been squashing brie and other banned Western foods, may have to rev up the bulldozers again to keep pace with a growing list of prohibited imports.

Donald Trump slams Beijing for crashing the yuan

Business News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:56am
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Rich Russians cutting back on private jet travel

Business News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:51am
Rich Russians are significantly cutting back on private jet travel as the slumping Russian economy and weaker currency force them to stick to a budget.

Meet the CNN Heroes nominees

CNN - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:50am
They're your neighbors, your colleagues, your friends. They are CNN Heroes, each of whom shows how one person can make a difference. Do you know a hero? Nominations are open for 2015 CNN Heroes.

Categories: National News

Kraft Heinz cuts 2,500 jobs

Business News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:49am
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Oil wars: OPEC is winning

Business News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:42am
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Could DNA-editing CRISPR revolutionize medicine?

Health - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:38am

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'Straight Outta Compton' stars on police: 'Things haven't changed'

Business News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:31am
For the stars of "Straight Outta Compton" not much has changed in terms of the tension between police and African Americans since the days of the influential rap group N.W.A.

Judge rules Verizon's Wi-Fi is faster than Cablevision's

Business News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:06am
A federal judge has ruled that Verizon's Wi-Fi really is faster than Cablevision's.

Recording of early MLK 'Dream' speech found

CNN - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:02am
Little else stirred the American soul in the 20th century like four short words cried out across the National Mall in Washington -- "I have a dream."

Categories: National News

Man charged in attack on same-sex couple from West Point

CNN - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:02am
New York police arrested a man Wednesday who they say randomly attacked a same-sex couple -- the first two men to be married at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Categories: National News

Global stock markets plunge on China currency decline

Business News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:51am
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The aftermath of Katrina

CNN - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:44am

Categories: National News
Casey Woodford serves during Ridgway volleyball practice earlier this week.
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