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* NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (7/23/08)--The U.S. Attorney's Office in Newport News will seek the death penalty if David Anthony Runyon is found guilty in the for-hire murder of Navy Ensign Cory Allen Voss outside Langley FCU. Voss was shot to death by an ATM on April 20, 2007. Runyon is accused of plotting the murder for $20,000. Catherina Rose Voss, the victim's wife, Friday pleaded guilty to five counts, including conspiracy to commit murder for hire. She is accused of conspiring with her lover, Michael Anthony Eric Draven, to hire Runyon to kill Voss for $20,000. Draven faces life in prison. Voss, in an agreement that must be approved by the judge, would be sentenced to life in prison (Daily Press July 22) … * DES MOINES, Iowa (7/23/08)--The Iowa Jump$tart Coalition named Mary Dahlby, right, family and consumer science teacher at Urbandale Community School District, the 2008 Financial Educator of the Year. The award was provided by the Iowa Credit Union Foundation. Marybeth Foster, left, foundation executive director, presented the award to Dahlby during the annual Jump$tart Coalition Personal Financial Literacy Conference July 17-18. Dahlby spends more than half of her teaching time on financial concepts. She uses the National Endowment for Financial Education materials as the basis of lectures. One of her lessons, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” teaches high school seniors the time value of money. The Iowa Jump$tart Coalition is a partnership of organizations dedicated to improving the financial literacy of Iowa youth ... * RALEIGH, N.C. (7/23/08)--State Employees CU (SECU) was recognized by the North Carolina Board of Education and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for collaborating with DPI to improve personal financial literacy education in North Carolina’s public schools, according to SECU. SECU, a long-time promoter of the National Endowment for Financial Educations (NEFE) High School Financial Planning Program, partnered with DPI in 2007-2008 to provide NEFE training to the state’s high school civics and economics teachers. With the State Board of Education's approval of the NEFE curriculum, teachers can now incorporate the material into their courses to meet the North Carolina House Bill 1473 mandate for personal financial literacy in the classroom … * OTTAWA, Ill. (7/23/08)--Garnering inspiration from Oprah’s "Big Give" TV show, Financial Plus CU, Ottawa, Ill., has raised $34,781 for local individuals in need, as part of it own “Big Give" fundraiser, according to the Illinois Credit Union League. Each branch and department was given $100 at a recent staff meeting and told to make the money grow and find ways to give back to people and organizations in the community within 30 days. In all, 65 employees participated and grew the seed money through a number of raffles of goods and baskets, a bake sale, a car wash, cleaning windshields at the credit union’s drive-up facility, and guest bartending and waitressing at various establishments … * CHARLOTTE, N.C. (7/23/08)--Two men from Rock Hill were sentenced for plotting to detonate two pipe bombs at a Charlotte school to occupy police while they robbed Founders FCU in Charlotte. William Christopher Puckett, 19, was sentenced to seven years and eight months in prison, and Edgar Scott Williams IV, 19, received six years and eight months in prison, said a press release from the U.S Attorney's office (Rock Hill Herald and Charlotte Observer July 22). The two pleaded guilty and testified against two other co-defendants, Timothy and Steven Eddington. On the morning of the planned robbery, a Crime Stoppers tip led to the men who were sleeping in an abandoned house. Two pipe bombs were found in the house … * APPLETON, Wis. (7/23/08)--Thomas John Maday, former Wisconsin Commissioner of Credit Unions died Friday at an Appleton hospital. He was 60. Maday served as commissioner under Gov. Tommy Thompson. Services were held Tuesday in Fond du Lac, Wis. (WISinfo.com July 20) …


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