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Is Penn State set to pick up a Class of 2021 commitment, or will it be disappointed again?

Decision day is here for Milbrook, N.C., three-star offensive tackle Diego Pounds.



Anita Palvin et al. that are talking to each other: Penn State offensive line coach Phil Trautwein addresses the media on Feb


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Penn State offensive line coach Phil Trautwein addresses the media on Feb

Will it mean good news for Penn State in the Class of 2021 for the first time since July?

All signs initially pointed to yes, as the experts involved with Rivals’ FutureCast and 247Sports’ Crystal Ball, which are the recruiting industry’s leading prediction tools, were unanimous in making Penn State the pick.

Then, on Thursday night, that changed when Blue-White Illustrated expert Ryan Snyder flipped his choice from the Lions to North Carolina.

Pounds has also been considering the Tar Heels, among others, but the Lions long ago put themselves in a strong position to become the leader for this commitment when they offered the 6-foot-6, 305-pound talent back in March and then continued to make him a priority recruit

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Family Business Thinks Big Despite Pandemic Challenges and State Fair Cancellation

If you know of Sherry and Chris Howard through their State Fair of Texas concessions business, you might think their motto is “Go big or go home.” But if you learn more about their family and their Scrumbscious Burgers and Pieshakes restaurant in Forney, you’ll find they know how to go big and go home.

Their big family has been a key to their success in good times as well as more challenging times. In fact, it was their family that led them into the food business in the first place.

Staring down a recession, the couple brainstormed ideas for Sherry, a stay-at-home mother of six, to bring in some additional income. They decided to sell pies out of their home, and with a website Chris built to fuel the business, they launched the sweet venture in 2007.

By the next year, demand had grown so much they moved into

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As Arizona businesses prepare to reopen, what is the state doing to prevent a virus resurgence?

PHOENIX — Three major Arizona counties could meet state benchmarks for businesses to reopen after months of shutdowns. 

The Arizona Department of Health Services says Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties are likely to qualify on Thursday.

One of those businesses set to reopen is the state’s movie theater chain Harkins. 

We all know movie theaters can give us all a chance to escape reality for a couple of hours but as Harkins looks to cast a new script for reopening, but questions remain how will ADHS enforce safety guidelines and will COVID-19 cases continue to fall. 

Harkins Theatres says all employees will wear masks and get daily wellness checks. Seating will be spread out for social distancing. Concessions will be streamlined with a reduced menu and touchpoints. Safety shields will be installed and enhanced cleaning throughout the theatre.  

“The numbers right now in the state of Arizona are encouraging,” said

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How do you reopen schools in a pandemic? Washington State Superintendent candidates have different ideas

The role of the superintendent of public instruction has changed as the COVID-19 pandemic forced school districts to decide how to reopen or stay remote.

Candidates vying for the position in November have different ideas about what schooling during a pandemic should look like.

Incumbent Chris Reykdal, who leads the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, has made decisions with Gov. Jay Inslee about how schools should move forward this fall. He announced a guidance plan that left the decision up to school districts.

His opponent, Maia Espinoza, thinks he could have done more. She said parents need more support from OSPI when it comes to distance learning as many districts still scramble to come up with plans, leaving parents to decide at the last minute how to provide for their children.

Espinoza finished second in the August primary with 25.3% of votes, less than 5 percentage points above

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State Bank of Pakistan in wait-and-see mode, governor says

SINGAPORE — Pakistan’s central bank is in “wait-and-see” mode to give businesses the confidence they need to start investing again and keep people employed, Governor Reza Baqir said Wednesday. 

After reducing by 625 basis points since March, the State Bank of Pakistan this week kept its policy rate unchanged at 7%. In its policy statement, the central bank said that business confidence and the growth outlook have improved as lockdowns eased due to a decline in the number of Covid-19 cases in Pakistan. 

“Our policy stance right now, to catch an idiom, is ‘steady as she goes.’ We want to give industry and investors the confidence that with aggregate demand very tepid, a yawning output gap because of the sharp fall in external and domestic demand from Covid, we don’t see any demand-driven pressures on inflation in the near horizon,” Baqir said on CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia.” 

With real interest

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Considering the state of business in a COVID economy

What will it take to make circular flexible food packaging? For a pilot at 10 Tesco supermarkets in the United Kingdom, five different companies all joining forces on packaging for one product: cheese.

Oh, and of course the cooperation of Tesco customers who returned film to the store.

Our sister paper Sustainable Plastics has the story about the work by Tesco, Plastic Energy, Sabic Innovative Polymers, Sealed Air and Bradburys.

“The flexible plastic material was first collected from the Tesco customers. This was then sent to Plastic Energy, who converted the used packaging into oil, through … pyrolysis,” Karen Laird writes in SP. “This recycled oil was used by Sabic in its production process as an alternative to traditional … materials to make new virgin-quality resin material. This material was supplied to [film supplier] Sealed Air, who developed one of its existing plastic packaging designs to use this material

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UIS, LLCC offering ‘late start’ classes appealing to those affected by COVID-19 pandemic – News – The State Journal-Register

Students who delayed their studies because of the COVID-19 pandemic can get a respite.

Both the University of Illinois Springfield and Lincoln Land Community College are offering “late start” accelerated classes beginning Oct. 19.

In most cases, the classes last eight weeks.

Both campuses opened the fall semester on Aug. 24, offering courses in a variety of formats.

Officials acknowledged that students might have been impacted in a variety of way by the pandemic and made the courses available to prospective and current students.

“Many students may not have been ready to start classes in August due to the COVID-19 pandemic but are ready to start now,” said UIS Interim Chancellor Karen Whitney. “This is also a great opportunity for current students to add to their course load and potentially earn their degree in a shorter period of time.”

Accelerated courses at UIS will be offered in accountancy, athletic training,

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UIS, LLCC offering ’late start’ classes appealing to those affected by COVID-19 pandemic – News – The State Journal-Register

Students who delayed their studies because of the COVID-19 pandemic can get a respite.

Both the University of Illinois Springfield and Lincoln Land Community College are offering “late start” accelerated classes beginning Oct. 19.

In most cases, the classes last eight weeks.

Both campuses opened the fall semester on Aug. 24, offering courses in a variety of formats.

Officials acknowledged that students might have been impacted in a variety of way by the pandemic and made the courses available to prospective and current students.

“Many students may not have been ready to start classes in August due to the COVID-19 pandemic but are ready to start now,” said UIS Interim Chancellor Karen Whitney. “This is also a great opportunity for current students to add to their course load and potentially earn their degree in a shorter period of time.”

Accelerated courses at UIS will be offered in accountancy, athletic training,

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State creates myconneCT to help business owners navigate tax filing

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — State officials say myconneCT, a new online tool new from the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, is supposed to be user friendly. They said business owners can file their taxes with just a few taps on their phones or personal computers.

The Thomas Hooker Brewery in Hartford was part of a focus group to see how the new platform should be built.

Acting Department of Revenue Services (DRS) John Biello said, “To the business community, I’d like to say ‘we heard you!’”

State officials said the current system businesses use to file taxes is old and clunky.

This upgrade will help in more ways than one. DRS commissioner said efficiency, managing accounts and registering a new business will all be easier with this online platform.

The governor said FAST Enterprises is the vendor who helped build the platform.

Biello said 7,000 business tax returns have been

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Business SA: State can take national lead on eco-industrial park

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Business SA’s recently released 9-point Plan to Skyrocket SA contains bold ideas and initiatives to kickstart and grow the South Australian economy post COVID-19.

Among them, is a proposal to develop a low emissions industrial park, also known as an eco-industrial park.

Eco-industrial parks (EIP) are communities of businesses co-located together to innovate, leverage new technologies and produce enhanced environmental and economic performance through collaboration. There are numerous examples of EIPs around the word.

Businesses who could become tenants in such a development include those seeking to become leaders in sustainability, low emissions transport, renewable energy, water, waste, recycling or hydrogen, to name a few.

Imagine a mix of manufacturing and service-related businesses working together and managing critical resources such as energy, water, waste and materials.

By working together, this community of businesses would receive a collective environmental and

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