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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Our parent company and DirecTV are debating what's fair when it comes to carrying our programming. Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns this station, and DrecTV are negotiating a new contract to give DirecTV the right to broadcast our signal. That means at 12:01am March 1 our signal on DirecTV could go black. There are several factors involved, but like most business deals, money is one of the points being debated. DirecTV pays Sinclair Broadcast Group to run its programs, and DirecTV in turn charges its customers. The cost of producing those programs continues to get more expensive. Negotiations like this are becoming more common. DirecTV temporarily took Viacom networks like Comedy Central and Nickelodeon off the air during negotiations. Sinclair will continue to negotiate with DirecTV to reach an agreement before the deadline. Sinclair has reached hundreds of deals with DirecTV's competitors, including Dish Network during the last 18 months. Sinclair is not optimistic with these negotiations. DirecTV says these are the same unnecessary threats, posing as warnings, that Sinclair has made to frighten customers of other pay tv providers. In the meantime, remember you can watch our signal free over the air and it's also available from Dish Network and your local cable company. You can also go one step further and call DirecTV as a customer. DirecTV also says it is engaged in productive discussions with Sinclair Broadcast Group to retain its local stations.
Tuesday, February 19 2013, 10:54 PM CST
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.