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In the News, October 19th, 2008

More about the economy

Federal Reserve policymakers are expected to slash a key interest rate by a half-point, pushing the federal funds rate down to 1 percent.
Mortgage applications jumped 17% last month.
Gasoline prices fell to their lowest level in more than a year and a-half
According to a survey released by AAA, the average price of unleaded regular gas dropped 4 cents to $2.589 a gallon,
Nebraska Rethinks Safe-Haven

Nebraska's governor is calling a special session of the legislature next month in an attempt to fix the state's unique safe-haven law, which allows parents to abandon children as old as 18.
He wants to amend the law so it applies only to infants up to 3 days old.

Nebraska's safe-haven law is the only one in the country that lets anyone leave a child as old as 18 at a state-licensed hospital without fear of prosecution for the abandonment.

According to reports, a 17-year-old was left at a Lincoln hospital Tuesday night, making him the 23rd child abandoned since the law took effect in July.

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Just in time for cold and flu season...

Scientists at the University of Virginia say that cold can live for two days or longer.
They found commonly touched areas like refrigerator doors and handles were positive about 40 percent of the time" for cold germs.

Spots found to harbor the germ, doorknobs , refrigerator handles, light switches, remote controls, bathroom faucets, phones, and dishwasher handles.

Tests also showed that fragments of cold viruses are on the toys in waiting rooms.


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