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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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Colorado lawmakers start debating annual state budget

Associated Press

Colorado budget writers have spent months assembling the state's spending plan for next year, and this week their fellow lawmakers will begin debating, tinkering, and voting on it. The process will begin in the Senate. By Thursday, the chamber is expected to pass it over to the House. Here are some highlights from the budget, which will take effect beginning July 1.

Harwood woman creates fun-filled flash mob dance scenes

- Associated Press

Court side in the Comcast Center in College Park, the scene looked like hundreds of other University of Maryland home basketball games. The evening of Feb. 16, 2013, the opposing team was Duke.

Kansas officials hope budget puzzle pieces drop into place

- Associated Press

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback hopes the GOP-controlled Kansas Legislature wraps up several key budget issues this week, though he's not pushing lawmakers to finish a spending blueprint for state government that also erases a projected shortfall of nearly $600 million.

Analysis: Gaps in Jindal budget appear in legislative review

- Associated Press

As they unravel Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal for next year, lawmakers are finding cuts disguised as "efficiencies," gaps not disclosed by the administration and critical services reliant on shaky financing.

Ex-Brownback aide lobbying against tobacco tax increase

Associated Press

Gov. Sam Brownback's former chief of staff is lobbying against a proposed tax increase on tobacco, one of the governor's primary proposals to balance the state's budget, according to Kansas secretary of state records.