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Alabama woman pinned to tree after canoe overturns


DOUBLE SPRINGS, Ala. | Authorities say a Huntsville woman has died after her canoe overturned and pinned her to a fallen tree. Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Senior Trooper Johnathan Appling said in a statement that 54-year-old Lori Williams Turner died ...

Huntsville woman killed in boating mishap in Bankhead National Forest


Lori Williams Turner, 54, drowned after the canoe she was riding in overturned and pinned her against a tree that had fallen across the river's surface, Alabama state troopers report. The incident occurred on the river near Double Springs. Turner was ...

Woman dies after canoe overturns in Alabama river, 2 others hospitalized


DOUBLE SPRINGS, Alabama — Authorities say a Huntsville woman has died after her canoe overturned and pinned her to a fallen tree. Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Senior Trooper Johnathan Appling said in a statement that 54-year-old Lori Williams Turner ...

Woman drowns in Bankhead Forest canoe accident


(WAAY) - The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says a Huntsville woman died in a canoeing accident over the weekend in Bankhead National Forest. Authorities said Lori Williams Turner, 54, drowned on the Sipsey River near Double Springs around 3 p.m. Saturday.

Heavy rains cause hazards on north Alabama waterways


but heavy rains have created hazards on some of north Alabama’s waterways. Rough waters and fallen trees led to the drowning death of a 54-year-old Huntsville woman on the Sipsey River near Double Springs over the weekend. Experienced paddlers caution ...

I Was in Prison & You Visited Me


The drive in today was an eyeful of all colorful Colorado has to offer.   A stunningly beautiful day that springs us alive and free!   Th ree different times deer and antelope graze in an open field al…

La Quinta softball smacks 5 home runs in victory


La Quinta High School remained unbeaten in Desert Valley League softball by beating Palm Springs 17-5 on Thursday. The Blackhawks (12-10, 6-0) collected 20 hits, blasted five home runs and scored 17 …

Utah County officials discuss transit expansion in Saratoga Springs, Eagle Mountain


SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah – Utah County leaders are making big plans to increase transit and expand freeways in the Satatoga Springs, Eagle Mountain region. They say they’re doing it to prepare for mass …

Best Colleges list 2015: Top 50 National Universities in US


​This year marks the 30th edition of the ​U.S. News Best Collegesrankings, which includes top National Universities​. These research institutions award degrees at every level, from bachelor's degrees …

PCT Day 7, Mile 94.5 to Warner Springs


Day 7 Mile 94.5 to Warner Springs, 15 miles Cost: $0 Today in a nutshell: Crazy winds that lasted all through the night but my tent managed incredibly well (considering I thought I was going to tak…

A Week-In-The-Life of Rikka on the Ring Road in Iceland


Rikka is a trained social psychology researcher turned full-time traveler. She first “deviated the norm” from a typical academic career path when she received her PhD and decided to travel long-term o…

Spacious 3 bedroom/2.5 bath townhome in Colorado Springs!


Click for details Spacious 3 bedroom townhome near Schriever and Peterson AFB * Open floor plan * Attached 2-car garage * The kitchen offers a pantry and breakfast bar * Master bedroom has adjoining w…

Valley roundup: Aztecs grab fourth win in a row


The Palm Desert High School baseball team pulled off another Desert Valley League win in dominating fashion Friday night with a 10-0 shutout at home against Cathedral City to move to 15-7 on the seaso…

#hikehalfpipe A Day in Bashor Bowl


Mainstream media would lead you to believe all halfpipes have to be 22 feet high, have riders doing double corks, and show peoples runs on a jumbotron. That’s not the case, halfpipe can be as simple a…

Single Family Residential for $12,000 in Double Springs, AL


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Take Action to Improve Your Financial Situation in DOUBLE SPRINGS ALABAMA

By Katie Bryan, America Saves Communications Director.

America Saves Week, February 24 – March 1, 2014, is a time to review your finances, decide what you want to save for, and set up a system that will allow you to save automatically. That’s why the America Saves Week theme is Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Save Automatically. Did you know that only half of Americans report having good savings habits? Even if you are already saving, it’s good to take a look at your goals and decide if you can save more or start a new savings goal. Join thousands of others who are pledging to pay down debt, save money, and take financial action during America Saves Week.

Not sure what to save for or what to save for next? Here are the most popular saving goals of those who have pledged to save through America Saves:

· Save for Emergencies - Only 37 percent of low-to-moderate income households have a savings or money market account at a bank or credit union and nearly a quarter of savers who have pledged to save have chosen “emergency savings” as their first wealth-building goal. Learn more.

· Save for Education - Saving for education is the second most popular goal savers select when they pledge to save with America Saves. There are many different things to factor in when saving and paying for college. Learn more.

· Pay Down Debt - Getting out of debt is the #3 goal Savers select when they pledge to save. That does not come as a surprise since a 2012 survey found that 45% of families with annual incomes under $50,000 rely on credit cards to pay for basic needs such as rent, utilities, insurance and food. Learn more.

· Save for a Home - For decades, home ownership has been the main path to wealth for most Americans. Today, home equity - the market value of a home minus the balance on any home loans - represents more than four-fifths of the typical family’s wealth. Learn more.

· Save for Retirement - Retirement savings is a top priority for many Savers. Saving for retirement now will ensure that you have enough money to maintain a comfortable standard of living when you stop or reduce the amount of hours you work. Learn more.

Not sure how to save for your goals? Here are some saving strategies to help:

· Save Automatically - The easiest and most effective way to save is automatically. This is how millions of Americans save at their bank or credit union, and how millions of employees save through 401(k) and other retirement programs at work. Learn more.

· Save at Tax Time - Do you spend weeks eagerly anticipating your tax refund? When the money finally comes in, is it gone tomorrow? Many people view tax refunds as unplanned bonuses. They see the money as a gift from the government, to use for splurges or treats. But a tax refund provides the opportunity to improve your financial situation. Learn more.

Take the America Saves Pledge (or re-pledge) today to set your savings goal and make a plan to save. When you take the pledge you can also choose to receive text message tips and reminders to help you save for your goal. And don’t forget to follow America Saves on Facebook and Twitter.

America Saves Week is coordinated by America Saves and the American Savings Education Council. Started in 2007, the Week is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for inpiduals to assess their own saving status

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Schools and libraries with Wi-Fi in DOUBLE SPRINGS ALABAMA ?

In June 2013, I joined the President in Mooresville, NC, to launch ConnectED – an initiative to close the technology gap in our schools and bring high-speed Internet to 99 percent of America’s students within five years. This vision – that all students should have access to world-class digital learning – is well on its way to becoming a reality.

Thanks to the leadership of the President and the FCC, the resources are in place to meet the President’s connectivity goal. In addition, various private-sector partners are making over $2 billion worth of resources available to students, teachers, and schools. These include tablets, mobile broadband, software, and online teacher professional development courses from top universities. Fewer than 40 percent of public schools currently have the high-speed Internet needed to support modern digital learning.

But now we have the resources to solve this problem. We just need help from our nation’s superintendents and school technology chiefs.

Last year, the FCC approved the first major update to the E-Rate program since it was created in 1997. E-Rate (also known as the Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries) makes it more affordable for schools and libraries to connect to high-speed Internet – with the goal of making the gigabit speeds we see in cities like Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Chattanooga, Tennessee the norm in schools across the country.

These updates have unlocked funding to support internal Wi-Fi network upgrades in schools and libraries this year for the first time since 2012. Wi-Fi is important because no matter how fast the Internet connection is to a school, students can’t take full advantage of it without a robust wireless network within the school.

To secure E-rate support for Wi-Fi, schools and libraries must submit a form describing their project needs to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). USAC then posts the request for competitive bidding. The Department of Education has prepared an Infrastructure Guide to help district leaders navigate the many decisions required to deliver cutting-edge connectivity to students. That said, schools and libraries have the final say when they submit an application to USAC for approval.

Bringing our schools up to speed is a major priority, and E-rate provides an opportunity to make doing so much more affordable. For all of the superintendents and technology officers: If you haven’t yet done so, get your requests submitted by February 26, 2015, and your applications in before March 26, 2015 (requests must be up for 28 days before a school can choose a vendor). Your students, your community, and your country will thank you for bringing our classrooms into the 21st century. [20]




DOUBLE SPRINGS ALABAMA: the March employment report reflects a pace of monthly job growth

The March employment report reflects a pace of monthly job growth below the recent trend, coming on the heels of February’s strong report. The unemployment rate was stable, broader measures of unemployment fell, and hourly earnings continued their rise. A range of factors including the weather and the global economic slowdown have affected economic data for the first quarter. The President has been clear that he will continue to push for policies including investments in infrastructure and relief from the sequester that would help ensure the strong underlying longer-term trends persist.

FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

1. The private sector has added 12.1 million jobs over 61 straight months of job growth, extending the longest streak on record. Today we learned that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 126,000 in March, driven by a 129,000 increase in private-sector employment. This particular month’s job gains were below the recent trend, as job growth in a number of industries slowed somewhat (see point 5). Over the past twelve months, the private sector has added 3.1 million jobs, nearly the highest year-over-year growth in the recovery so far.


2. Real aggregate weekly earnings have risen nearly 5 percent over the last twelve months. Real aggregate earnings track the purchasing power of total wages and salaries paid to U.S. private-sector employees, reflecting the combined effects of rising employment, rising wages, and a longer workweek. Aggregate earnings are nearly 7 percent above their pre-crisis peak. Indeed, they have recovered nearly twice their losses during the recession. Year-over-year aggregate earnings growth trended about 2-3 percent at an annual rate in recent years, but has risen to 5 percent year-over-year in recent months as hourly earnings have begun to rise (see point 3).

 


3. Over the past twelve months, rising real hourly earnings accounted for nearly half the increase in real aggregate weekly earnings. The large contribution of rising hourly earnings is a recent trend. Aggregate earnings reached a trough in December 2009, and over the following year-and-a-half, real hourly wages declined. The aggregate earnings increase during that early period was driven by a combination of rising employment and a longer workweek. Over the next three years, both hourly earnings and the workweek were largely stable, with rising employment accounting for 80 percent of the growth in aggregate earnings. Real wage growth over the past year has been a major contributor to the speed-up in aggregate earnings, due to both rising nominal wages and slowing consumer price growth as oil prices have declined. While the recent progress is encouraging, there is more work to do to ensure that real earnings growth is sustained and shared with a broad range of American families.

 


4. The overall share of jobs held by women rose from an average of 48.5 percent in 2001-2007 to 49.3 percent in March 2015. This 0.8 percentage point increase masks substantial variation within industries. Female workers shifted out of smaller industries like financial activities and information services where the female share declined by 3.1 and 3.7 percentage points, respectively and into higher-employment industries like retail trade. Women’s share of employment also increased somewhat in the government sector, where 57 percent of workers are female. Accordingly, women were disproportionately affected by the cuts to government employment that occurred between 2010 and 2013, but they have also disproportionately benefited from net job growth in this sector since mid-2013.

 


5. Job growth in a number of industries fell below recent trends in March. Looking over the 61-month streak of private-sector job growth, March was an especially weak month for mining and logging (-11,000), manufacturing (-1,000), leisure and hospitality (+13,000), and construction (-1,000). The weakness in mining and logging is likely attributable in large part to the recent decline in oil prices. March was a stronger than usual month in retail trade (+26,000) and health care and social assistance (+30,000). Across the 17 industries shown below, the correlation between the most recent one-month percent change and the average percent change over the last twelve months rose to 0.51 from 0.13 last month, remaining somewhat below the average correlation over the past two years.

 


As the Administration stresses every month, the monthly employment and unemployment figures can be volatile, and payroll employment estimates can be subject to substantial revision. Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is informative to consider each report in the context of other data as they become available.

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