National budget 5.23.11

Staff reports

GateHouse News Service National Budget


Contacts: Lisa Glowinski, (217) 816-3343,

Michael Toeset is off this week.


WAKE UP CALL!: State employment benefits reduced

INNER CIRCLE: Steps to take after you've received your evaluation


JOPLIN TORNADO: Photos, video and news from the devastated Missouri town

-- NOTE: GHNS is preparing a web page that will appear on all sites late this afternoon with how to help info, links to more coverage, and photos, videos and news updates. If you have questions about this, contact news service editor Lisa Glowinski, (217) 816-3343,

TORNADO GUARD: Missouri National Guard mobilized to help Joplin, Mo.  -- Joplin, Mo., city officials say the American Red Cross has set up a shelter at Missouri Southern State University for people left homeless by Sunday’s devastating tornado. Gov. Jay Nixon mobilized the Missouri National Guard after tornados ripped through Joplin, Mo. The Carthage Press (Mo.)

TORNADO BLOOD: Type O-negative blood supply runs low in Joplin, Mo.   -- Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has issued a code red alert on type O-negative blood in the aftermath of the deadly tornadoes that ripped through the Joplin, Mo., area Sunday evening. The Carthage Press (Mo.)


BUYING INSURANCE PAGE: Making sure you have enough coverage


KIDZBUZZ: All about Hawaii

JUNE RADARFROG PRODUCTS: Baby food on a budget; air-dry laundry and save



FOURTH OF JULY PAGE: Patriotic quotes

FATHER'S DAY PAGE: Gifts kids can make for Dad

MEMORIAL DAY PAGE: Helping children of fallen soldiers


FLAG DAY PAGE: 10 facts about the flag you might not have known


HEALTH WATCH: Expecting baby -- weekly Health Watch with items on getting pregnant, new research in malaria prevention, distracted driving and more. By GHNS

HAROLD CAMPING: Harold Camping 'mystified' over no judgment day -- Camping first calculated the date of May 21, 2011 for his first judgment day book “1994?” His complicated calculation was based on the time that Christ went to the cross in 33 A.D. But in that book, Camping decided judgment day would occur in September 1994 because of the Scripture verse “… but for the elect’s sake those days should be shortened” (Matthew 24:22). Antonio Prado/Community News (Del.)


WENDY J. MURPHY: Strauss-Kahn accuser must stand firm against ruthless attacks -- Call me politically incorrect, but the idea that Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the recently dethroned head of the International Monetary Fund –– an organization that controls hundreds of billions of dollars, and lots of countries as a result –– had consensual sex with a hotel maid form West Guinea is preposterous. Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

* Localization tip: Do you think this scandal will ruin Dominique Strauss-Kahn's political career? 

CHARITA GOSHAY: The Rapture? Too much to do, no time to do it -- Harold Camping, founder of the Family Radio Network, and Allison Warden, whose group,, rented 50 billboards for the event, were among those doomsayers who probably were shocked to wake up Sunday in their own skins. Canton (Ohio) Repository

KEVIN FRISCH: Dancing on the (debt) ceiling -- One thing Republicans and Democrats ought to be able to agree on is that the United States should not be a debtor nation. Let’s cut up the federal credit card. But first, let’s pay it off. Messenger Post (N.Y.)

* Poll idea: Should we raise the national debt ceiling or not?

Business / auto

GREG ZYLA: Where have all the tail fins gone? -- Several readers have commented recently on tail fin design, so we're taking a closer look this week into this interesting aspect of automotive design. By Greg Zyla, GHNS columnist.

AUTO BITS: Cruise into summer with simple auto fixes -- weekly auto rail with tips on restoring your car from winter damage. By GHNS