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* JACKSON, Miss. (1/30/09)--Mississippi credit unions have contributed $41,000 to Credit Unions for Kids during 2008, announced the Mississippi Credit Union Association. CUs for Kids benefits the children's hospitals in the Children's Miracle Network. The top credit union fundraiser was Jackson Area FCU, Jackson, which raised more than $7,700. "Our staff and members worked very hard last year in making our goal of $7,000, which we exceeded even in tough economic times," said Gary Fairley, the credit union's president/CEO. Since joining the CUs for Kids program in 1999, Mississippi credit unions have contributed more than $280,000 to Children's Miracle Network hospitals serving Mississippi children. Thirty credit unions in the state participated in the 2008 program … * SAN ANTONIO (1/30/09)--Gordon Dames has been appointed senior vice president of national account development for San Antonio-based Southwest Business Corp. He is the former president/CEO of Mountain America CU, Salt Lake City. Dames will be responsible for helding credit unions improve revenues and efficiencies with SWBC products, services and strategies (San Antonio Business Journal Jan. 29) … * RALEIGH, N.C. (1/30/09)--A credit union attempted-robbery suspect, who holed up in a woman's home after his getaway car crashed, is charged with first-degree murder for scaring the woman to death. The woman, Mary Parnell, 79, went into cardiac arrest while Larry Whitfield, 20, was hiding out at her home. Authorities said Whitfield and an accomplice, both armed with semiautomatic rifles, planned to rob the Gastonia, N.C., branch of Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Fort Financial CU. However, the credit union staff saw the men approaching and locked them outside. The men split up after their getaway car crashed. The accomplice was arrested shortly after the crash; Whitfield was arrested while walking in the neighborhood. If convicted, he faces life without parole (Associated Press Jan. 29) …


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