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Mortgage Rates Hover Near Record Lows

Nov 23, 2012 No Comments

NEW YORK, Nov. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Mortgage rates continue to hover near record-low territory. The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell one basis point over the past week to 3.53 percent, according to Bankrate.com’s (NYSE: RATE) weekly national survey. That is just one basis point higher than the record low that was set in [...]

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Economy Posts Gains, but Fiscal Uncertainty Poses Significant Challenges to Outlook

Nov 22, 2012 No Comments

WASHINGTON, Nov. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Economic activity accelerated in the third quarter, but data continue to show a sluggish recovery overall, according to Fannie Mae’s (FNMA/OTC) Economic & Strategic Research Group. Since its low point in 2009, U.S. gross domestic product has climbed 7.2 percent, compared with an average growth of 16 percent for [...]

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Fresno SBA Seeking Nominations for Small Business Week Awards

Nov 22, 2012 No Comments

FRESNO, Calif. –  Each year during National Small Business Week, the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recognizes outstanding small business owners for their contribution to the American economy and society. The dates for National Small Business Week 2013 will be officially announced by President Obama. SBA is currently accepting nominations for several SBA awards [...]

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PG&E Offers Energy Saving Tips For The Holiday Season

Nov 21, 2012 No Comments

SAN FRANCISCO, CA  - Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season tomorrow, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) offers the following energy-saving tips to help customers save energy and money.   No-cost Energy Saving Tips: When using your furnace, set your heating thermostat at 68 degrees or lower during the day, health permitting. Set your thermostat at [...]

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Physician Income Up Slightly in 2012, Risk of Fiscal Cliff Poses Worrying Signs

Nov 21, 2012 No Comments

NORWALK, Conn., Nov. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Physician income increased modestly in 2012, with slightly higher percentages of doctors reporting incomes in the highest brackets, according to Physicians Practice’s 2012 Physician Compensation Survey. Yet doctors also report higher practice overhead; consequently, physicians are more likely to say that their personal income is down this year [...]

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World Ag Expo and E.M. Tharp Announce Agricultural Scholarship

Nov 21, 2012 No Comments

TULARE, Calif. – World Ag Expo and E.M. Tharp, Inc. have teamed up for the seventh year to provide the “We Believe in Growing” scholarship, created to support agricultural education. High school seniors from Madera, Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Kern counties are encouraged to apply by Jan. 18, 2013 to be considered. Two $10,000 scholarships [...]

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Tulare County Farm Bureau Awards $8,000 in Garden Grants to Local Schools

Nov 20, 2012 No Comments

TULARE, CA – Every year, Tulare County Farm Bureau’s education committee accepts applications from area schools that want to create or maintain gardens on their campuses. This fall, the education committee awarded grants to 22 schools throughout Tulare County. Schools may apply for a $250 renewal grant if they have an existing garden, or for [...]

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Fresno Nurse Describes 2012 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway Winning Experience

Nov 20, 2012 No Comments

FRESNO, CA – Fresnan Brenda Lincoln had all her attention fixed on her TV Sunday, Nov. 11 when the prizes for the 2012 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway were being announced on KMPH FOX 26. Lincoln had purchased a $100 raffle ticket at the insistance of her daughter, and hoped to win one of the [...]

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Consumer Reports Reveals Annual Naughty & Nice List

Nov 19, 2012 No Comments

NEW YORK, NY Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index (Index) rose sharply in October, primarily due to the second consecutive and significant increase in new home prices. The Index tracks consumer cash flow as an indicator of future consumer spending[i]. “The housing market appears to be recovering after bottoming out, while [...]

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Fresno Food Expo to Boost International Participation

Nov 19, 2012 No Comments

FRESNO, CA – The 2013 Fresno Food Expo season was kicked off at the Valley Lahvosh Baking Company in downtown Fresno Friday morning, with the third edition of the Expo on March 14 of next year set to greatly increase the number of international buyers. The first Fresno Food Expo was held in 2011, and [...]

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Bank of the West Extends Sponsorship of Pac-12 Conference

Nov 19, 2012 No Comments

SAN FRANCISCO, CA /PRNewswire/ – Bank of the West today announced it has extended its sponsorship of the Pac-12 Conference for two years, maintaining its position as an official sponsor and the official banking partner of the Conference. The bank has been a Pac-12 sponsor since 2010. Along with public engagement through on-site branding, experiential marketing and social [...]

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Deloitte Consumer Spending Index Moves Up Sharply in October

Nov 19, 2012 No Comments

NEW YORK, NY Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index (Index) rose sharply in October, primarily due to the second consecutive and significant increase in new home prices. The Index tracks consumer cash flow as an indicator of future consumer spending[i]. “The housing market appears to be recovering after bottoming out, while [...]

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Top 25 Team Rankings of the Harris Interactive College Football Poll

Nov 18, 2012 No Comments

NEW YORK, Nov. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Today’s Harris Interactive College Football PollSM shows theTop 25 results compiled from rankings submitted by the Harris Interactive panel of former coaches, players and administrators, and current and former members of the media.  Notre Dame took over the top spot in the rankings and is the only undefeated team in the HICFP Top 25.  Losses by Oregon and Kansas [...]

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Hostess Brands to Wind Down Company After Union Strike Cripples Operations

Nov 16, 2012 No Comments

IRVING, TX – Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Hostess Brands Inc. today announced that it is winding down operations and has filed a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court seeking permission to  close its business and sell its assets, including its iconic brands and facilities. Bakery operations have been suspended at all plants. Delivery of [...]

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Boys & Girls Clubs Hosting Coats Drive

Nov 15, 2012 No Comments

Fresno, Calif. – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County are now accepting new or slightly used jackets, hoodies and sweaters to be distributed Dec. 15 to many of its young members. The clothes items are available for drop-off at the clubs’ main office, located at 540 N. Augusta in Fresno.  A special curbside [...]

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U.S. Local Online/Interactive/Digital Ad Revenues to Reach $38.1B in 2016

Nov 15, 2012 No Comments

CHANTILLY, Va., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — BIA/Kelsey, advisor to companies in the local media industry, expects the overall U.S. local media market to grow moderately through 2016, at a 2.1 percent compound annual growth rate. In the fall update to the firm’s U.S. Local Media Forecast (20011-2016), the firm forecasts total U.S. local media [...]

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Caution Lingering Among Long-Term Investors Four Years After 2008 Financial Crisis

Nov 14, 2012 No Comments

BALTIMORE, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –Four years after the 2008 global financial crisis, the onset of a severe economic recession, and ongoing market turbulence, a lack of faith in equity investing appears to be lingering, even for long-term investors who say that saving for retirement is their top financial priority.  In an online survey of [...]

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Adventist Medical Center – Selma Emergency Services Honored

Nov 14, 2012 No Comments

Selma, Calif. – The Adventist Medical Center – Selma Emergency Department received a CEP America Distinguished Site Award for excellent performance, high patient satisfaction scores and low wait times. Additionally, Selma hospital ER Nurse Practitioner Dennis Levine, CFNP, received the Lead Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award and the CEP 10-year Service Award. CEP America [...]

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Sun-Maid Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Holiday Sweepstakes

Nov 14, 2012 No Comments

KINGSBURG, CA, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Sun-Maid celebrates its 100th anniversary by giving away over a thousand customer prizes this holiday season. Sun-Maid, a farmer-owned cooperative best known for raisins, dried fruits and raisin bread, will run its 100th anniversary sweepstakes until December 31, 2012 at www.facebook.com/SunMaidGirl.    The sweepstakes includes the following details: 100 grand prize winners will receive $100 Visa gift [...]

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Smartphone Shoppers Help Make Retailers’ Registers Jingle this Season

Nov 13, 2012 No Comments

NEW YORK, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Smartphones may be among retailers’ strongest allies this holiday season, according to Deloitte’s annual holiday survey of consumer spending intentions and trends. Half (50 percent) of consumers surveyed own smartphones, and nearly 7 in 10 (68 percent) plan to use their phones for holiday shopping this year.  These shoppers [...]

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