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Posted: Mar 9, 2013 2:31 AM

Updated: Mar 9, 2013 2:31 AM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) A seller of motorized wheelchairs and mobility scooters whose commercials have become familiar television fixtures has sent layoff notices to its workforce a little more than two weeks after federal agents raided the place. The chief executive of The Scooter Store sent emails to the New Braunfels, Texas-based company's employees late last night. Martin Landon told his workforce of about 1,200 employees not to return to work unless advised to do so by the company human resources department.

WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) Police in northwestern Montana say a man shot and killed the host of the Sportsman Channel show "A Rifleman's Journal" while the TV personality was visiting the shooter's wife. Police identified the shooting victim yesterday as 43-year-old Gregory Rodriguez of Sugar Land, Texas. It wasn't clear how Rodriguez and the woman were acquainted.

DALLAS (AP) Former first lady Laura Bush has told aspiring female leaders from Egypt that including women throughout society strengthens communities and improves the stability of countries. She spoke yesterday in Dallas to the first graduates of the George W. Bush Institute's Women's Initiative Fellowship Program. The International Women's Day event was held on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Driskill Hotel, which has been a downtown Austin fixture since 1886, has been bought by Hyatt Hotels Corporation. The Chicago-based lodging chain announced yesterday that it had acquired the 189-room hotel for about $85 million.

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