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‘Termite menace’: Hybrid swarm of destructive species set to invade Florida

- The Washington Times

It’s not hurricanes and high water that is threatening Florida. It’s termites. Two of the most destructive species of the termite kingdom are now swarming simultaneously in South Florida - and scientists are worried. The Asian and Formosan subterranean termite clans are about to meet, mate and produce an unprecedented number of feisty hybrid offspring - hundreds of thousands of alates, or winged males and females.

President Barack Obama walks out of the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 26, 2015, to board Marine One on the South Lawn for a short trip to Andrews Air Force base Md., before traveling to Lawson State Community College in Birmingham to speak about the economy. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Obama pushing new rules on payday loan industry

- The Washington Times

President Obama will push for new regulations on the $46 billion payday loan industry Thursday and will criticize congressional Republicans for trying to undermine the federal agency that enforces consumer laws.

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Cap on Vermont tax deductions has nonprofits worried

- Associated Press

Vermont lawmakers looking to raise $35 million in new revenue to help close a budget gap are proposing to raise part of that money by putting a new cap on the itemized deductions taken by some income tax filers.

IRS scams flourishing in eastern SD as April 15 approaches

Associated Press

Authorities in eastern South Dakota say phone scams in which con artists pose as IRS agents to bilk people out of thousands of dollars are flourishing as the April 15 federal tax-filing deadline approaches.

State regulators determine EB-5 loan firm must pay bank tax

- Associated Press

A South Dakota company set up to recruit wealthy foreign investors in an investment-for-visa program that became entangled in scandal and eventually swept up into in last year's U.S. Senate race must pay a state banking tax.

Oversight hearing to examine winter transportation woes

Associated Press

The snow is melting and public transportation is returning to full service. But the investigations into the massive breakdowns that plagued the MBTA during a record-setting stretch of winter weather are continuing.