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Court orders EPA to alter rules

...Columbia Circuit orders the EPA to redo sulfur-dioxide and nitrogen-oxide standards for 13 states, mostly in the South and Midwest, that contribute to soot and smog along the East Coast. Texas and South Carolina would see limits for both forms of pollution...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-07-28/court-orders-epa-alter-rul
US home sales surge in June to fastest pace in 8-plus years

...said that inventories were flat or falling over the past year.Sales improved in all four geographical regions: Northeast, Midwest, South and West.The limited supplies could prove a drag on sales growth in the coming months, tempering further gains...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-07-22/us-home-sales-surge-june-f
US new-home sales hit June slump

...coming months.The median sales price has slipped 1.8 percent to $281,800 over the past 12 months. Buying fell in the Midwest, South and West, while rising sharply in the Northeast.Supplies remain remarkably tight with few new listings coming onto...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-07-24/us-new-home-sales-hit-june
Unemployment rates fell in 21 US states in June, rose in 12

...most of any state, followed by 23,000 in California and 16,000 in Texas.The unemployment rate fell to 5 percent in the Midwest, from 5.1 percent in May, and 5.3 percent in the South, from 5.4 percent. Unemployment in the Northeast declined...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-07-21/unemployment-rates-fell-21
Apartment construction drives US homebuilding surge in June

...percent in the Northeast because of apartments, while climbing 13.5 percent in the South. Home construction slumped in the Midwest and West in June.Nationwide, housing starts have risen 10.9 percent year-to-date.Over the past 12 months, employers...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-07-17/apartment-construction-dri
A catalpa in bloom is like a tree full of orchid blossoms

...also very rot-resistant, ideal for fence posts and arbors.Catalpa is native to a relatively small area of the central Midwest, but has spread from there, planted mostly for fence posts and landscaping.You won't find whole forests of them; self-seeding...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/home/gardening/2015-07-09/catalpa-bloom-tree-f
Midwest dogs facing canine flu outbreak; owners urged to limit pets' contact with other dogs

MADISON, Wis. - A canine flu outbreak has sickened many dogs in the Midwest, and veterinarians are cautioning pet owners to keep their dogs from going nose-to-nose with other four-legged friends...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2015-04-15/midwest-dogs-facing-canine-flu-outb
Night at the Movies

...California. Evans, AikenINSIDE OUT (PG): Emotions run wild in the mind of a girl named Riley when she must move from her Midwest home to San Francisco. Evans, Exchange, Aiken, Monetta ongoingTHE AGE OF ADALINE (PG-13): Adaline (Blake Lively...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/things-do/applause/2015-06-17/night-movies
Egg shortage cutting into restaurant profits, menu items

...off the menu.The H5N2 avian flu virus began showing up in Midwest commercial turkey and chicken farms this spring.To date...percent drop from 2014.By late May, the price for a dozen Midwest large eggs had soared 120 percent from its mid-April, pre-bird...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-06-21/egg-shortage-cutting-resta
In long-predicted shift, California Latinos outnumber whites

...Mexico and Central America during the 1980s, a population surge that has since moved to other states, particularly in the Midwest and South.As that happened, California's Hispanic population has grown more rooted and settled.Some 70 percent of the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/national/2015-07-08/long-predicted-shift-calif