Southwest Airlines completes purchase of AirTran Airways

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AirTran Airways logo

(Best Syndication News) - Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) announced that they have completed the purchase of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI) which also includes AirTran Airways.

The two airlines will continue to operate under their separate names until Southwest is able to get a Single Operating Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The AirTran Airways brand will eventually become a Southwest brand starting in 2012.

AirTran will continue their operations as usual and people with members of the A+ Rewards credits and A+ Elite status are still valid with AirTran Airways. Eventually AirTran's A+ Rewards will be merged into the Southwest Rapid Rewards program, but participating customers will be notified well in advance of this change.

Worldwide Travel Alert issued for US Citizens traveling Internationally

(Best Syndication News) - The US Department of the State has issued a worldwide travel alert for US citizens that are either traveling or visiting outside of the US. The travel alert will expire on August 1, 2011. The warning was in response to the recent death of Osama Bin Laden which could further cause anti-American violence.

The agency recommends that US citizens in anti-American areas should limit traveling outside of their hotel rooms or homes. They should also avoid any mass gatherings or demonstrations.

Carnival Cruise Lines launches New Carnival Magic ship on May 1 – Enter to win a Caribbean Cruise for Four

Carnival Magic ship on May 1 – Enter to win a Caribbean Cruise

Carnival Cruise Lines to reveal the new Carnival Magic ship on Facebook May 1

(Best Syndication News) - Carnival Cruise Lines will be sharing the launch online of their new Carnival Magic ship beginning on May 1, 2011 with footage documenting the ship's first inaugural activities. The company will be sharing the footage of the historic day on their Facebook page. Plus the company will be giving away a seven-day Caribbean cruise for four people with a quiz based on the clips that they posted on their Facebook page.

Altogether, the company will document the launch with a total of 11 clips on their Facebook page, celebrating their new cruise ship's first day in service. The company will document the naming ceremony, the new amenities of the Carnival Magic ship, and will also have interview of top executives, as well as other information.

Missouri Flood Warnings issued throughout the state

Missouri Flood Map

NWS flood status map

(Best Syndication News) - There have been around 1,000 residents in and around Popular Bluff, Missouri evacuated because levees may be overcome because of rising water levels of the Black River. There is already much flooding from the heavy rains throughout the state. In addition to this, Missouri was hit by tornado damage at several locations in the state this past Friday.

The town of Poplar Bluff, Missouri is at risk for having the levee give way which could cause many homeowners in the flood zone to become seriously flooded. According to local news reports, the water level will continue to rise even higher. This is causing local authorities to worry that the levee will fail and possibly cause a catastrophe.

The state of Missouri has many roads that have been flooded in the southern states. Driving over a flooded road can leave a motorist stranded and can be dangerous to cross. To check the current road conditions visit

2011 HGTV Green Home Giveaway enter online now through June 2 for a chance to win sweepstakes

2011 HGTV Green Home Giveaway enter online now through June 2 for a chance to win sweepstakes

2011 HGTV Green Home Giveaway Sweepstakes website

(Best Syndication News) - HGTV has begun a new sweepstakes for a '2011 HGTV Green Home Giveaway'. This house has been designed to be eco-friendly and energy efficient and is located in the Stapleton community in Denver, Colorado. The decor and interiors reflect the green living ideal, as well as the exterior of the home. In addition to winning a new home, you can also win a 2011 GMC Terrain vehicle, and $100,000 in cash. You can enter the HGTV Green Home Giveaway sweepstakes twice per day, once each on their two websites, now through June 2, 2011.

The home was built where the old Stapleton Airport was located. They used concrete pieces of the old airport in their landscaping and also with the fencing. They have layered the landscaping to make it interesting. The landscaping uses zeroscaping which is plants that use little water and are native to the area. Out front there is a outdoor patio living space with a decorative fire pit. The outdoor furniture is made with recycled materials. There is also another backyard patio area that has a dining table along with a built in grill. You won't have to mow the backyard grass, because it is artificial turf.

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