Cortney Westbrook


Stories Written by Cortney Westbrook

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By DEE-ANN DURBIN and TOM KRISHER The Associated Press DETROIT – General Motors will keep open about 900 dealerships across the country that it had planned to close, a shift in corporate strategy that could preserve thousands of jobs. The automaker will wind up with about 5,000 U.S. dealers in July, up from original plans […]

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER The Associated Press WASHINGTON – Job openings jumped in April to the highest level in 16 months, a sign that private employers may boost hiring in coming months. The number of jobs advertised at the end of April rose to 3.1 million from 2.8 million in March, the Labor Department said […]

There goes the neighborhood. We do not know if that was Sarah Palin’s initial response to the news that a journalist writing a book about her had rented the house next to hers in Wasilla, Alaska. But who could blame her if it was? As it is, the response Palin did share on Facebook seems […]

People who have never wished the Obama administration well are smacking their lips in glee because they believe the BP oil spill will be as politically damaging to the president as it is environmentally harmful to the Gulf Coast. “I don’t see how the president’s position and popularity can survive the oil spill,” said former […]

Dennis Seid 6/3/10 Economic reports raise job hopes By MARTIN CRUTSINGER The Associated Press WASHINGTON – Fewer people are filing claims for unemployment aid, new jobs are showing up in service industries and companies are squeezing all they can from lean staffs and may need to hire soon. Hopes for the job market brightened Thursday […]

n The inherited neurological disorder affects 200,000 Americans. By Fernando Quintero The Orlando Sentinel ORLANDO, Fla. – During his first public presentation as Youth Ambassador for the National Tourette Syndrome Association, 14-year-old Nathaniel Ray was bombarded with questions from fifth-graders at Stone Lakes Elementary in Orlando, Fla., last week. “Is it when someone gets sick […]

By Carlie Kollath Daily Journal Hancock Fabrics is remodeling its stores and the Tupelo location is the first in the state to be revamped. It has thousands of new items, new displays, new signage and a new layout. The store has plenty of its traditional fabric offerings, but now about 25 percent of the selling […]

Carlie Kollath 6/2/10 have logo and pictures CUTLINES: C. Todd Sherman Store manager Janiece Martin, left, and Dena Livingston, vice president of marketing, stand among the new cake-decorating items in the newly expanded crafts department of Hancock Fabrics’ store in Tupelo on Wednesday. The company plans to roll out the expanded assortment to its other […]

n Wal-Mart makes splashy price cuts to get its mojo back. By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO The Associated Press NEW YORK – Wal-Mart is counting on $1 ketchup bottles and sub-$4 cases of Coke to get its low-price mojo back. The sharp cuts at its U.S. Walmart stores, which came ahead of Memorial Day weekend, have already […]