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Obama?s tariff on China tires catches local attention


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?For some reason the consumer knows about this, which is kind of surprising. We?ve had people asking us about it for two or three weeks already. ??Rod Koons, owner of Rod?s Tire & Service Tire specialists in Hillsboro and Marion say it?s not clear how President Obama?s recent 35 percent tariff on tires made in China will affect local consumers. The ...

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SPRING CARCAREFOCUSVehicle maintenance a smart economic investment


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As any vehicle ages, routine maintenance and upkeep become increasingly important, not only for a vehicle?s longevity, but also for its efficiency and safety. With challenging economic factors, many consumers are making tough financial decisions, including postponing or canceling plans to buy a new vehicle. The typical vehicle on American roads is now a record 9 years old, according ...

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You can navigate the changes in TV technology

While the change to all-digital TV might sound a little scary to some people, the fact is that digital broadcasting will benefit everyone, bringing improved picture and sound quality, as well as additional channels and interactive video and data services. The best news is that it?s actually very ...

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Be aware of tech theft threat at school and in dormitories

It?s not just the hardware costs that students need to be concerned about. Since these devices are often used for school work and personal computing as well as entertainment, losing a laptop can negatively impact academic performance or put a student at risk for identity theft. Students need to know how to protect themselves. Computers now play ...

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Databases provide useful resources for family research

As a ?detective,? Crocker uses a wide variety of available technology to discover new tid-bits of information. For example, he uses Web site geared toward genealogy research to find family trees relating to his family history. He also uses national databases in the United States, as well as in England. ?There are a lot of ...

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