ShopAtHome.com Releases Cyber Monday Special Report

Nov 28, 2012 No Comments

DENVER, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — ShopAtHome.com, the largest coupon search engine that connects upwards of 12 million consumers each month to the best deals and cash back savings, today released its Cyber Monday 2012 Special Report, which offers data on traffic, consumer coupon usage and trends on the site. With holiday sales beginning as [...]

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Sneak Peek: 32nd Annual Christmas Tree Auction

Nov 28, 2012 No Comments

VISALIA, Calif. – Get your free sneak peek at the beautiful trees on display at the 32nd annual Christmas Tree Auction, Bubbles & Baubles. The free preview will take place between 2 – 4:30 p.m. at the Visalia Convention Center this Friday, November 30. Bring your family and friends to see the 15 elaborate trees [...]

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Survey Names City of Fresno Top 10 Digital Government City

Nov 27, 2012 No Comments

FRESNO, Calif. –  The City of Fresno has been selected as a top-ranked digital government in the 12th annual Digital Cities Survey by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities program. The survey recognized Fresno as number 10 in the nation in cities with populations of 250,000 or more. Louisville Metro Government in Kentucky was the first-place [...]

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Is The Economy Feeling The Holiday Spirit?

Nov 27, 2012 No Comments

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – An improving economy coupled with a severe drought that caused increased feed costs for large birds generated a 4.8 percent surge in the 2012 PNC Christmas Price Index®, the whimsical economic analysis by PNC Wealth Management. Based on the gifts in the holiday classic, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” the [...]

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Fresno Energy Assessment Program Praised

Nov 27, 2012 No Comments

FRESNO, Calif. – Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin and representatives from the California Energy Commission and Pacific Gas & Electric gathered at the home of former California State Assembly Member Juan Arambula and his wife, Amy for a press conference to promote the City of Fresno’s Home Energy Tune-Up Program. After having the free energy assessment [...]

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Christmas Celebrations in California’s Gateway to Yosemite

Nov 26, 2012 No Comments

OAKHURST, Calif. – As the Christmas season approaches, Yosemite area communities are gearing up for the holiday with a myriad of events. Bass Lake is the first to get things started this year as the annual Bass Lake Tree Lighting Ceremony is set for Nov. 24. The celebration begins at sundown, as dozens of decorated floats [...]

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Walmart U.S. Posts Best Ever Black Friday Events

Nov 26, 2012 No Comments

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Nov. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Walmart U.S. has reported its best ever Black Friday events. The retailer saw larger crowds than last year and a huge response to its first ever one-hour guarantee on key electronic items. “I’m so proud of what our more than 1.3 million associates have done to prepare and [...]

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Three Ag Industry Veterans to be Honored at Nov. 29 Industry Forum

Nov 23, 2012 No Comments

FRESNO, Calif. – The San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association has announced that Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to L. Peter Christensen, Ron Metzler and Gary Wilson at the 2012 Winegrape Industry Forum on Nov. 29, 2012, at Pardini’s in Fresno.   Now in its 10th year, the Annual Meeting and Industry Forum is the [...]

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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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