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Duckwall-Alco officially changes names to Alco Stores

BY Staff Writer

Abilene, Kan. — Duckwall-Alco said Thursday it is officially changing its name to Alco Stores, Inc. An amendment at Wednesday’s annual shareholder meeting was approved. The company’s ticker symbol on NASDAQ is now “ALCS.”

The 111-year-old chain has 216 locations in 23 states, mostly in small-town environments. Plans are on tap to open five new stores in fiscal 2013 and eight underperforming stores are slated to be closed.

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Lowe’s donates $250K for wildfire, flood relief

BY CSA STAFF

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Lowe’s has donated $250,000 to the American Red Cross to help with relief efforts associated with the wildfires in Colorado and the flooding in Florida.

In addition to the $250,000 donation, Lowe’s is also launching a social media support program to aid disaster victims. For every Facebook Like and Twitter Retweet received on the Lowe’s disaster-specific posts, Lowe’s will donate a pair of work gloves, up to a total value of $50,000, to the American Red Cross to distribute to residents and emergency officials.

“The fires in the Western part of the country and the severe flooding in Florida have affected the residents, including many of our employees, in communities surrounding our stores,” said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe’s director of community relations. “At Lowe’s, we are committed to assisting our neighbors in times of disaster. By partnering with organizations like the American Red Cross, we can ensure help is there for those who need it the most.”

Donations to the disaster relief program enable the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to victims of disasters. In the days and weeks to come, Lowe’s and its employees will continue to work with the Red Cross to aid in the recovery of individuals and families affected by the wildfires and floods.

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M&M’s(R) gives fans the ultimate NASCAR seats

BY CSA STAFF

M&M’s ® is awarding fans with the ultimate upgrade, giving them the best seats at the Kentucky Speedway.

The "OfficialChocolate of NASCAR" is giving four fans upgraded, M&M’s ® branded lounge-style seats to watch the No. 18 Toyota car driven by Kyle Busch. The fans will also enjoy Sprint Vision handsets, personal servers and M&M’s ®.

M&M’s ® will also offer fans the chance to enjoy ungraded seats at NASCAR races in Bristol, N.H. and Charlotte.

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