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Blagojevich witness arrested for shoplifting

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Awitness in the trial of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich has been arrested for shoplifting at a Home Depot store, according to articles in the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times.

Rajinder Bedi, 58, was allegedly seen by employees at the North Lincoln Home Depot store in Chicago concealing items valued at $166. Given the total value of the merchandise, Bedi may be charged with felony retail theft, which has a $150 threshold.

Bedi, who once held the position of managing director of the state’s Office of Trade and Investment in Blagojevich’s administration, testified under immunity in July about the ex-governor’s alleged efforts to sell President Obama’s former Senate seat.

Prosecutors said Bedi met with Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and a major Jackson fundraiser, Raghuveer Nayak, at a Chicago restaurant. At the meeting, Nayak promised to raise $1 million for Blagojevich if he appointed Jackson to the Senate seat, prosecutors said.

Blagojevich was convicted of lying to the FBI last summer, but the jury deadlocked on other counts. His retrial is scheduled to start next year.

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Lowe’s announces military discounts

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Lowe’s will offer all active, reserve, honorably discharged and retired military personnel and their immediate family members a 10% discount on in-store U.S. purchases made during the Veterans Day holiday. The discount is available Nov. 11 to 15.

The discount is available on in-stock and special order purchases up to $5,000. To qualify, individuals must present a valid military ID or other proof of service. Excluded from the discount are sales via Lowes.com, previous sales, and purchases of services or gift cards.

The retailer will also give away bumper stickers that say “Thank You” to our troops. A limited quantity of “Thank You” stickers, with an image of the American flag, will be available in-store during the Veterans Day weekend.

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Unemployment rate stuck at 9.6%

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The all-important jobs picture showed some improvement in October, but the unemployment rate remains stuck at 9.6%.

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Friday show the U.S. economy created a net gain of 151,000 jobs last month. That’s the first increase since April.

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