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Unpaid fee means firefighters let house burn in Tennessee

In Tennessee, rural firefighters let a house burn because the homeowner had not paid a $75 fee. While the fact that firefighters let Gene Cranick’s home burn has sparked outrage, it has also sparked discussion on the cost of public services. The debate about firefighters letting a house burn comes down to individual responsibility versus
Loan

Reno’s mishandling of short term loans going uninvestigated

The city of Reno, Nevada, has found itself in a tough position. The city mishandled short-term loans that were supposed to be paid back in one year. The city’s failure to understand the terms, however, means these loans will be stretched out over 10 years. Reno’s short-term loans The state of Nevada provided more than
Loan

Texas rolling unemployment loan to the private market

Unemployment is high, and with up to 99 weeks of benefits available, states have paid out a lot. The federal government has provided loans to most states to fund unemployment benefits. The interest payments on those loans are coming due, and some states are seeking creative solutions. Federal unemployment loans In order to keep unemployment
Flood waters

Canadian government gives cash advances to flood victims

In Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada, flood victims are already seeing cash advanced from the government to help with cleanup. The loan cash is being funded by the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program. Estimates of the amount of damage from the Maple Creek floods are just now being put together, but the residents are already cleaning up.
Casino

Texas lawmakers considering a payday loan from casino interests

There is a new Texas legislature convening soon. This legislature will be facing a huge budget deficit. Casino interests are trying to get the legislature to allow casinos in the state to give a short-term loan to the state budget. Texas gambling interests Lawmakers in Texas are going to be convening their new session in
David Johnston

Change Your Personality By Controlling Self-Talk

Be who you “want” to be and not who you “think” you are! I have one daughter, two step sons and a beautiful wife. I do my best to live life with an open mind and a positive attitude. Reality is perception, some say, and I tend to agree. In the past I have had
Ogden Utah

Ogden, Utah, caps number of payday lenders

A ordinance passed by the city council of Ogden, Utah, on Tuesday puts a restriction on the number of payday lenders, title lenders and check-cashing companies allowed in the city. This new ordinance is not as stringent as the Ogden Planning Commission recommended. Current payday lenders in Ogden will not be affected. Ogden, Utah, payday
Sugarhouse Casino

Sugarhouse Casino | Dangerous neighbor or badly needed stimulus?

The Sugarhouse Casino, the first casino in Philadelphia, opened today on the shores of the Delaware River. This mega-casino received one of the five licenses awarded in December of 2006. While the Sugarhouse Casino is expected to bring in billions of dollars of gaming taxes, there is still controversy. Many residents and anti-gambling groups continue
Whole Foods

Private, low-interest loans offered to small farms

For small food producers, finding financing can be tough. Small farms often have high costs and low profit margins, which makes getting loans difficult at best. Some private businesses, however, are getting into the farm-loan business. Whole Foods Market offering $4 million In 2007, Whole Foods Market started the Local Producer Loan Program. This program