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Study: Connecticut,Delaware get top marks
NEW YORK -- Connecticut and Delaware take top honors for economic development, according to a recent study, while West Virginia languished behind.
The two states earned straight A's in business vitality, performance and development capacity in Corporation for Enterprise Development's annual state report card. CFED is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that promotes economic opportunity.
Other strong overall performers included Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Utah and Wisconsin, which earned all As and Bs. West Virginia was the only state to flunk each category.
Ohio received a B in performance and Cs in the other categories. Pennsylvania was rated as follows: business vitalilty, C; performance, A; and development capacity, B.
Survey shows a riseof drivers who multitask
NEW YORK -- Do you watch the road when you drive? Not as much as you may think, a recent survey from Nationwide Mutual Insurance suggests.
More than four of five drivers believe they're safe drivers and 59 percent believe they aren't distracted drivers. However, nearly three-fourths admit to talking on a cell phone while driving and 38 percent said they have driven a certain distance without any recollection of doing so.
"Our culture of multitasking has really taken to the roads, extending beyond changing the radio station and getting worse with each generation," said Bill Windsor of Nationwide.
Younger drivers are the guiltiest. Thirty-five percent of Generation Y drivers admit to multitasking while driving, whereas 30 percent of Generation X and 21 percent of baby boomer drivers do.
Technology and food are the biggest distractions for Generation Y drivers. Thirty-seven percent text or IM while driving, and 29 percent would like Internet access in the car. Nearly three out of four eat snacks in the car, while almost half eat full meals while driving.
Nationwide collected 1,200 surveys online in November.
Associated Press

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