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So far, the search for the missing Malaysian airliner in a remote part of the southern Indian Ocean has come up empty.

Last night, the Alabama Senate approved a $1.8 billion General Fund budget that increases funding for Medicaid and supports a one-time bonus of $400 for state employees. It now goes badk to the House, which approved a slightly different version.

Choral music students  from Westlawn and University Place Middle Schools have been invited to perform at the National Youth Choir Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York City on March 30.

The NCAA 2014 Tournament included quite a few upsets and buzzer beaters that upset many bracket hopes. The rack of 64 continues today with Duke facing Mercer at 11:15.

The crowd didn’t like it when MK was voted off “American Idol” last night. There were loud boos in the audience when the judges announced they wouldn’t use their once-per-season save to keep MK in the competition.

Johnson Controls and Eberspaecher North America plan to expand their operations to keep up with production. Both will result in the adding of new jobs.

The Legislature has restarted an effort to rewrite the Alabama Constitution a few parts at a time. Meanwhile, the Dalai Lama plans to visit Birmingham for a four-day weekend visit in October. Public and private events are being planned.

Rating agency Fitch has downgraded the outlook for Russia’s credit rating and S&P warned of a potential downgrade, too.

Russia is said to be among the nations with the largest numbers of people trying to get out and find asylum elsewhere.

Federal experts estimate that within 10 years, the equivalent of 2.5 million full-tim workers could be working less. They say it’s because the new health care law could become a powerful temptation for job-weary workers to move on to new opportunities.

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