Metro to link suburban, MRTS and bus services

Metro rail, set to become the crucial piece in the jigsaw of the city’s transport network, has been designed to interlink suburban trains, MRTS services and bus stations at Washermenpet, High Court, Chennai Central, Government Estate, Guindy, Saidapet, St Thomas Mount and Airport. In Koyambedu, the metro station will be on the CMBT campus, while at Vadapalani shuttle buses will take commuters to the nearby MTC terminus. Metro rail’s underground station near Chennai Central will be a major hub, linked to the Chennai Central railway station, MMC suburban station, MRTS Park Town station and the Park suburban station. “It will have eight entry and exits. The first floor concourse, one level under Poonamallee High Road, will be the common transit point for people to move to different modes of transport. Metro trains will travel one level below the concourse,” said a metro rail official. Nearly 10 lakh people use Chennai Central, MMC, Park and Park Town MRTS stations daily. A subway from MMC and Central railway station will connect the metro’s station below Poonamallee High Road, while a canopied walkway will be built from its entry or exit to Park suburban station and MRTS station. The Chintadripet MRTS station and Government Estate underground metro station will be linked by a subway so that those wanting to switch to metro trains need not come out of Chintadripet station. “We are building such linkages wherever a metro station is near another public transport facility. In Guindy, the metro station will be adjacent to the suburban railway station where we are planning a foot over bridge linking the two services. We also plan to provide space for city buses to come into the metro station campus at Nandanam while the metro station at the high court will be linked to the MTC terminus and Fort suburban station,” said a senior official. The metro station at the airport, which will have a walkalator connecting the new terminals, will be designed in a way that will allow commuters to access buses. Railways have asked metro to link airport metro station to Tirusulam suburban railway station, opposite the airport. But, the Airports Authority of India is now considering to provide access to the existing subway that connects the airport campus and the railway station. Metro rail is putting up such infrastructure in a bid to allow commuters to travel using a single ticket. A Chennai unified metro transport authority, which is already in place, will work out details of single ticketing for interlinked urban transit network that is expected to become operational by 2016.

Silicon Valley Leaders Support Asia’s Largest Mobile Conference, the Global Mobile Internet Conference, to Come to Silicon Valley

SAN FRANCISCO, June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –Big announcements were not limited to just WWDC this week. GWC, the company behind the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC), the largest mobile Internet conference in Asia, announced that it would hold its first GMIC Silicon Valley ( gmic-sv.com ) conference in the San Jose Convention Center on October 19th-20th. The event will bring together an expected 5,000 mobile executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and developers from around the word. GMIC Beijing this past May played host to over 5,000 attendees from 32 different countries and speakers such as David Roberts (CEO, Popcap Games), Phil Libin (CEO, Evernote), Pony Ma (CEO, Tencent), Naveen Tewari (CEO, InMobi), Mike McCue (CEO, Flipboard), and Robin Li (CEO, Baidu). GMIC SV promises to bring the same influential agenda as its sister conference in Beijing with an even greater focus on the global mobile Internet industry – talks from the industry’s most influential leaders, a startup competition (G-Startup), a developer conference (AppSpace), a private industry leader meeting (G20), and exhibitions from the world’s hottest mobile companies. “We will work with many local and global partners to create great content for mobile developers worldwide,” said David Cao, President of Great Wall Club (US). In addition to partners, the GMIC SV Advisory Board will consist of very influential mobile industry leaders who will steer the GMIC SV conference to be relevant to the needs of mobile executives, developers, entrepreneurs and investors from Silicon Valley and around the world. GMIC SV Advisory Board: Ouriel Ohayon, CEO, AppsFire Duncan Logan, Founder, RocketSpace Christopher Kassulke, CEO, HandyGames Vijay Sharma, Chairman, One97 Communications Jeff Haynie, CEO, Appcelerator Jeff Clavier, Managing Partner, SoftTech VC Abhinav Mathur, CEO, Spice Mobile Akio Tanaka, Managing Partner, Infinity Venture Partners Lei Jun, CEO, Xiaomi Tim Chang, Managing Director, Mayfield Fund Danny Wirianto, CEO, Mindtalk Fritz Demopolous, Managing Director, Queens Road Capital Chris Dury, CEO, Getjar Victor Tong, Managing Director, Webplus Ventures Yu Yongfu, CEO, UCWeb Brewer Stone, Managing Director, Pacific Crest Securities Benjamin Joffe, CEO, Plus 8 Star Liu Chengmin, EVP, Tencent Steven Goh, CEO, Mig33 James Shen, VP, Qualcomm Caroline Lewko, CEO, WIP Connector Ken Gullicksen, VP, Evernote Diana Moldavsky, CRO, Zeptolab Atul Satija, VP, InMobi Narry Singh, Chief Business Guru, Outfit7 Sanjiv Parikh, Former VP, HTC Eric Setton, CTO, Tango Jonathan Flesher, VP, Zynga Richard Robinson, President, Youlu Terrance Phillips, VP, Silicon Valley Bank Ajay Mishra, Co-Founder, MobileIron Jack Jia, Partner, GSR Ventures The conference where Rovio (Angry Birds) and Evernote officially launched their products in China is coming this October to the U.S., and it will be the largest mobile Internet event The Valley has ever seen. Please contact or visit gmic-sv.com for further information. SOURCE Great Wall Club Inc Copyright (C) 2012 PR Newswire. All rights reserved

Snooki’s Nude Photos Leak

What took you so long, Snooki?Apparently pregnant Jersey Shore star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi has joined the leagues of stars who can’t seem to keep their personal nude photos from going global.The big shocker here is that Snooki hasn’t already had nude photos leaked. Are we absolutely sure of that? Really? Well, OK. It’s not clear who leaked the photos of the Jersey Shore star, but a rep for Snooks says this was not something she orchestrated herself.“Clearly these are old and personal photos that were not meant for the 
public,” the rep told E! News. “It’s a shame someone decided to leak them for obvious personal gain.”Do you really plan to look at Snooki’s nude photos online? Are you tired of Snooki in general?

MDS signals international expansion ambitions with Legrand hire

Broker MDS has signalled its ambition to expand its footprint outside its traditional Portuguese-speaking powerbase with the appointment of New York-based Jacqueline Legrand as chief operating officer and a board director.Legrand joins the firm from New York’s Frank Crystal & Company where she oversaw international activities.Since 2009 she has been the North American chief operating officer for BrokersLink, one of the largest broking networks in the world, which counts both Frank Crystal and MDS as members.Legrand worked in a number of insurance and IT roles in France before joining Frank Crystal, including Théorème and IBM.MDS has traditionally focused on the Portuguese, Angolan and Brazilian markets, but has set its sights further afield as its chairman, José Manuel Fonseca, explained: “The broad expansion of our international footprint is highly strategic for our group and it is where we have decided to focus our energy and efforts.”

KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff5 dead, 15 injured in small plane crash near Kiev

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) – A small plane carrying skydivers crash-landed in stormy weather near the Ukrainian capital on Sunday, killing five people and injuring 15, including an Austrian citizen, emergency officials said. The L-410 plane belonging to a pilot school made a “hard” emergency landing during a heavy rainstorm with high winds near the Borodyanka airport some 30 kilometers (20 miles) west of Kiev, said Emergency Situations Ministry spokeswoman Yulia Yershova. No other details were immediately available. Channel 5 television reported that the pilots decided to return to the airport minutes after takeoff due to the sudden storm, but the plane came down several kilometers (miles) away in the middle of a field. Television footage showed the white aircraft with blue stripes flipped onto its side in the middle of a thick green field under sunny skies, after the rain gave way to bright sunshine. The cockpit was badly damaged and debris strewn about, including one of the plane's wheels. The plane was carrying 17 skydivers and three crew members. The injured have been taken to local hospitals. An investigation has been opened. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

iPhone 5 new possibilities

The Apple iPhone 5 is a very hot topic at the moment in the tech world with Apple’s WWDC kicking off tomorrow, Monday June 11. Here at Phones Review we continue to bring readers all the latest rumors and leaks about the iPhone 5 while we wait and today we have news of a possible new wireless feature plus another look at what the next iPhone could look like.Although we don’t expect any announcements at WWDC about the iPhone 5, with the focus being more on iOS 6, it seems that hasn’t stopped many people hoping for news of the iPhone 5 at the keynote speech tomorrow (world times here). We still think an October release is more likely than a June launch though and although nothing about the iPhone 5 will be confirmed before Apple makes it official, it’s interesting nonetheless to keep up-to-date with all the latest conjecture about features, specs and more.Just some of the most recent rumors for iPhone 5 inclusion are a larger display with a higher resolution than on the iPhone 4S, an HD front-facing camera and a possible front panel spot but we have further news today this time concerning a wireless feature known as AirDrop. A report on Technorati, sourced from Redmond Pie, tells how AirDrop could very well feature on the iPhone 5. Mac OS X users among you may already know that AirDrop is a feature currently available in Mac OS X Lion and that it can be used to wirelessly send files to other people using the feature. No particular set-up or settings are required as AirDrop can automatically find other users nearby.Users don’t even need to be using the same WiFi network, just be in the vicinity, and so we can imagine that AirDrop could certainly be a welcome addition to iOS users and the next iPhone. Plenty of people would surely appreciate a way to easily share between iOS devices and also Macs so we’ll be waiting with anticipation to see if this snippet comes to fruition.Along with this, regular readers will also know that we’ve been bringing you some concept looks at the iPhone 5 and we’ve seen some fanciful designs along with some that look rather more realistic. Yet another concept look with high-resolution 3D images has come to our attention from IBTimes and this time the design comes from Bryce Haymond of Blackpool Creative. You can see a video below this story of the new iPhone renderings. The look is based very much on leaks about the iPhone 5 along with leaked purported real looks of the iPhone 5, both in photos and on video. In Haymond’s words, “I thought it would be fun to piece together these fragments to see what the iPhone 5 might look like when Apple makes the big announcement.” Thus Haymond’s design for the iPhone 5 includes a repositioned FaceTime camera, a metal band on the reverse, a 4-inch display and other rumored details.We’re really interested to hear from our readers about the possible wireless AirDrop feature coming to the iPhone 5 and also what it could look like according to the latest renderings. Take a look at the video below and let us know if you’d like the genuine iPhone 5 to have this design? Do you think AirDrop would be a useful feature for the next iPhone? Send us your comments to let us know.

Bethesda Metro Elevator To Close For Rehabilitation

The entrance elevator at the Bethesda Metro station will be taken out of service beginning in late May as Metro conducts a major rehabilitation.The elevator, which has not seen a major rehab since the Bethesda station opened in 1984, will be closed for four months during the project, according to Metro.Metro technicians will replace components of the elevator — including the cab, motor, and control systems — ahead of a major rehabilitation of the station’s entrance escalators planned for 2014. Metro has come under increasing fire for escalator breakdowns at Bethesda.Also planned to improve rider circulation ahead of the 2014 escalator rehabilitation is the construction of new stairway between the platform and the mezzanine, according to a Metro spokesman Philip Stewart. A “cut out” for a future stairway was included as part of the station’s original design, Stewart said.The stairway project will be included as the Metro board considers the transit system’s capital and operating budgets for fiscal year 2013 on May 24, Stewart said.The $2 million project should take about 11 months, including design, and is expected to be complete before the 2014 escalator rehab, Stewart said.

EuroView: Capital Fleeing Entire Periphery, Not Just Greece

By Jack Duffy PARIS (MNI) – The start of a bank run in Greece has captured the headlines, but it may be the run by foreign investors on the entire periphery that poses the biggest challenge to the Eurozone. While less visible than a rush by Greeks to withdraw their passbook savings, a move by non-residents to pull deposits and dump government bonds in countries like Italy and Spain is gathering pace, according to official data and analyst reports. In Italy, foreign investors reduced their holdings of government bonds by nearly E100 billon, or 12%, in the second half of last year. In Spain, non-residents dumped E37 billion, or 14%, of their government bonds between November and February. And by some accounts the pullback has accelerated as LTRO money has made domestic banks big buyers and foreigners even bigger sellers. Richard McGuire, senior strategist at Rabobank, notes that if the declines continue at their recent pace, international holdings of Italian government debt will be back to pre-euro era levels by July of next year. Spain could be back to pre-euro levels by year-end 2013. The departure of foreign investors “is pushing us toward a make or break moment” in the Eurozone,” McGuire said. “The only solution to the crisis is fiscal union of some sort,” he said. “This kind of capital flight, or de-euroisation, is pushing us away from that.” Fitch estimates that at the end the first quarter, foreign investors held just 34% and 32%, respectively, of Spain and Italy’s public debt, down from more than 60% and around 50% in 2008. But the capital flight is not just in government bonds. Matt King, global head of credit products strategy at Citigroup, says that from their peak bank deposits by foreigners have fallen by 64% in Greece, 55% in Ireland, 37% in Portugal, 13% in Spain and 34% in Italy. In a research note, King noted that Italy lost E160 billion in foreign private capital in 2011, while Spain lost about E100 billion. If capital outflow reaches the same average level that has occurred in Greece, Portugal and Ireland, Rome and Madrid could each lose another E200 billion, he said. “Capital flight will stop only once there is decisive policy intervention,” King says. “The longer investors have to wait for this, the more decisive it will need to be.” The fact is that investors no longer believe that a Greek euro, or a Spanish euro, or an Irish euro is the same as a German, Finnish or Austrian euro. As a consequence, private foreign capital is draining away from the periphery and being replaced with official capital, mostly provided by the European Central Bank. European Union leaders meeting in Brussels on Wednesday promised to take monetary union “to the next level” but did not agree on any concrete steps likely to convince foreign investors that the euro is a safe bet, even in the short term. Steps to a possible solution could be a pan-European deposit insurance program to stop deposit flight. Or a more active and flexible role for Europe’s bailout fund in supporting vulnerable banks. Or setting a timetable for the issuance of common Eurobonds once the fiscal compact treaty has been fully ratified. But bold steps in the Eurozone only happen at moments when leaders must act to avoid a catastrophe. And while Europe may be approaching such a moment, it is not there yet. “We believe that the crisis must get worse before it gets better,” said McGuire of Rabobank. “It is only when the crisis reaches a certain point of tension that leaders are driven to look beyond their own narrow political interests.” In the meantime, as the threat of bank runs hangs over Greece and Spain, the flight of foreign capital goes quietly on. With around E900 billion of Italian and Spanish government bonds still in foreign hands, there could be a lot more selling to come. (EuroView is an occasional column written by Market News International editorial staff. Any views expressed are solely those of the writer) –Paris newsroom; 33142715540; [TOPICS: M$$CR$,M$X$$$,M$S$$$,M$I$$$,M$Y$$$,M$$EC$]

Live coverage of Apple’s 2012 WWDC keynote – Next gen MacBook Pro and more

It’s that day again, the one when we can finally stop speculating about Apple’s 2012 lineup and learn everything we want to know about the new MacBook Pros, the refreshed Mac Pros, the latest version of iOS, and all sorts of other iProducts. The build up to this event has been as rumor-packed as ever, with speculation and leaks about an update to the two-year-old Mac Pro, Retina display MacBook Pros running Nvidia’s Kepler GPU, incredible new maps in iOS 6, and all sorts of similarly exciting possibilities.The event kicks off at 1PM (Eastern), after which this post will be updated continuously until it ends. We’ll be closely following the on-scene coverage from PCMag, Engadget, Ars Technica, Time, GDGT, and The Verge.It’s 1PM (10AM PST). The event has started, and Tim Cook is on stage… get ready for the 23rd WWDC.First up, the numbers: WWDC sold out in 43 minutes, there are 100 sessions and 100 hands-on labs, Apple has over 1000 engineers,  there are over 400 million accounts in the App Store, the App Store has over 650,000 apps, over 225,000 tablet apps. There have been over 30 billion apps downloaded from the App Store, and over $5 billion paid out to developers. (Basically, apps are serious business.)Now it’s demo time, there is a talk about how apps touch people’s lives — helping the bling navigate, helping children learn, and so forth. Big picture: apps make for accessibility, regardless of who you are or what you need from your device.With that heartfelt stuff out of the way, it’s time for the innovation. Here comes Phil Schiller…First up — the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro! Not surprisingly, the systems will get upgraded to Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors (up to 2GHz, Core i7). Expect to see systems with up to 8GB RAM. And, as leaked prior to the event, SSD sizes will go up to a maximum of 512GB. That means up to 500Mbps read speeds. (That’s going to cost you…) They will have the Nvidia (Kepler-based) GPUs as well, just like we heard earlier today.Also, systems get USB 3.0! (Down with the Thunderbolt tyranny!) There will be a single, blue USB 3.0 slot on the MacBooks.FaceTime (front-facing) cameras will be updated as well, allowing for FaceTime HD. They will shoot in 720p.The 11-inch MacBook Air will still start at $999, while the 13-inch model will start at $1199. All but the $999 model are $100 cheaper then they were previously.Now, meet the next generation MacBook Pro! It’s super thin at just 0.71-inches, Apple dropped the optical drive, and it weighs 4.46 pounds. And yes… it has the Retina display. This thing looks like everything Apple fans were dreaming of.That Retina display operates at an incredible 2880 x 1880. That’s 220 ppi. Existing apps will either have to be redone or get pixel doubling in order to work at the new resolution.The new MBP’s processors will go to up 2.7GHz, and, of course, they will be Intel’s Ivy Bridge. Nvidia’s Kepler GPUs will power that crazy display, and they will have up to 768GB of SSD storage and up to 16GB RAM. Apple says the battery life will be up to 7 hours.As for ports, those were upgraded too. There is a new, thinner MagSafe (v2.0), USB 3.0, 2x Thunderbolt, SD, and, wait for it, full-on HDMI! That’s another first for Apple.They are talking through the design now — the system had to be completely redesigned to work. The glass cover on the display was dropped, the lid was redesigned, there are dual mics, new speakers, and more. The thermals were redesigned, and there is even a new, asymmetrical fan design that will seem quieter then the old model to human ears.And the price for the new MacBook Pro? It starts at $2199. That will get you the 15.4-inch Retina display, 8GB RAM, 256GB Flash storage, a GeForce GT 650M with 1GB, and a 2.3GHz quad-core processor.The MacBooks will be available for ordering today. (Presumably they will be in Apple stores later this week.)Now it’s time for Craig Federighi and OS X. Specifically we’ll be talking about Mountain Lion. There are a lot of numbers being thrown around, but basically OS X has been doing very well lately, as has the Mac App Store, which distributes Lion, and iCloud. Mountain Lion will have over 200 new features, 8 of which will be discussed today. First up is iCloud…Using a new developer SDK it will be possible to store documents in the cloud. Docs from Keynote, Pages, etc., will go there. Reminds and Notes will cloud-sync as well. Docs updating on the iPhone will sync and update with those on your computer… you know the drill.Also, the notification center will be updated, sort of like Growl, but also with an iOS type feel to it. Next, OS X will get dictation.And Safari will be updated for faster javascript rendering and a multi-use main address bar. iCloud Tabs will sync your browser tabs across devices. There will be a be a new Tab View, and faster, smoother scrolling using Core Animation.It’s demo time. Let’s all take a breath.A new technology hitting OS X Mountain Lion is Power Nap. This feature keeps Macs up-to-date while they are sleeping. It handles Mac App store updates, OS X updates, and backups while the computer is sleeping.Next is AirPlay Mirroring. This means wireless screen-sharing. There will also be GameCenter for OS X. This will work Mac-to-Mac as well as Mac-to-iOS.And those all are just the start… There is a new Chinese input mode, rename from title bar, Offline Reading List, and over 1700s APIs.Mountain Lion, like Lion before it, will cost $19.99 for the upgrade. And that’s not just for Lion users, everyone on Snow Leopard and new will pay the same price.Now it’s Scott Forstall and iOS 6.He’s starting off with the, rather impressive, numbers: 365M iOS devices, 80% of users are on iOS 5 (take that Google!), 700B notifications are pushed daily, over 1.5 trillion notifications have been pushed in total. iMessage sends over a billion messages a day. there have been over 10B tweets from iOS 5, and so on.First on the iOS 6 docket is Siri. The voice assistant can now handle sports scores. It’ll also get you restaurant data using OpenTable and Yelp so you can get restaurant recommendations based on what’s nearby. Also you’ll be able to ask Siri about movie times and what’s playing in your area. Basically Siri is taking a bite out of the web’s push towards semantic search.Siri also gets Auto integration with most of the big names: BMW, GM, Mercedes, Audi, and so on, as well as more languages (Mandarin and Cantonese), and Siri is coming to the iPad.The next big reveal is Facebook integration into iOS. It will be easy to do all your Facebook tasks from your iDevice, probably not unlike you use Twitter now. And in iOS 6 Siri will work with Facebook.iOS’ phone app is being updated as well. If you can’t take a call (or if you miss it) you’ll be able to quickly reply with a text or set a reminder to call that person back. There will be canned messages for super quick, one-button reply messages or you can do a custom message if you have more to say.iOS will also get a do-not-disturb mode, which will limit distractions and not bother you unless the same person calls over and over.And FaceTime will work over cellular, instead of just WiFi.Mobile Safari will work sync with iCloud Tabs, as noted previously. Safari will be able to handle online photo uploads (using web forms) and you’ll be able to share Photo Streams in iOS 6. Using shared Streams you’ll also be able to comment on other people’s streams.With the updated Mail.app you’ll be able to set people as your VIPs. There also the ability to open password-protected documents and there is finally pull-to-refresh!And there is a new app: Passbook. It will store all your digital passes and QR codes in one place: think Fandando, airline boarding passes, Target coupons, Starbucks, and so on. The apps are live, so they update, say, if your flight changes.Another new feature is single-app mode, which only let’s a single app operate at a given time. This would be ideal for a teacher who is giving a test on the iPad and doesn’t want Safari to be active.And, as predicted, all new Maps in iOS 6. Apple is handling all their own map tools, including 100M listings, traffic tools, and more. That 3D map tool we heard about before the event, it turned out to be real, and it’s called Flyover. It’s 45-degree views, and it looks stunning. The Maps UI is enhanced as well, with new info cards, satellite view, and more. There is also turn-by-turn navigation built in.And that’s all just the start. iOS will work with hearing aids soon and there will be Game Center challenges, Lost Phone mode, and more.iOS6 comes this Fall. It will be compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, 2nd gen iPad, the 3rd gen iPad, and the 4th generation iPod touch.Tim Cook is back on stage… what else could there possibly be? Is there a “one more thing”? Will a blogger in the audience collapse from exhaustion? Nope, that’s it!The WWDC 2012 Keynote is over! Wow, that was pretty huge. Thanks for reading.[image credit]

ABC6 – Providence, RI and New Bedford, MA News, WeatherSpecial election in Ariz. to replace Giffords

By KEVIN FREKINGAssociated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats are hoping that late campaign appearances by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will help push her hand-picked successor to victory in a special congressional election in Arizona. Republicans, trying to make the southern Arizona House race a referendum on President Barack Obama and his handling of the economy, are running a former Marine who narrowly lost to Giffords two years ago. The Arizona race is just one of the election battles taking place across the nation Tuesday. Voters in Virginia, Maine, Nevada, North Dakota and South Carolina are taking part in primary elections. Giffords, 42, resigned in January to focus on her recovery from a gunshot wound to her head during a gunman's shooting spree a year earlier. Six people died and 13 were wounded at a constituent event she was hosting outside a Tucson supermarket. She has made few public appearances since the shooting but has returned to Tucson in recent days to help the former director of her district office, Ron Barber, in his race to succeed her in the House. His Republican opponent is Jesse Kelly. Giffords attended a concert Saturday night and listened as her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, spoke on her behalf in praising Barber, who was wounded in the shooting. The couple met Sunday with volunteers to thank them for their work. “Some of those people used to be her supporters,” Kelly said after the meeting. “But now Ron has his own team that's energized to make sure he gets across the finish line on Tuesday, and Gabby is very excited about that.” The Republican candidate, Jesse Kelly – he is not related to Giffords' husband – continued to make the case in the election's final hours that Barber and Obama are out of touch with people in Arizona's 8th Congressional District. Republicans have a 26,000-person edge over Democrats in voter registrations. “It's time to put a stop to the Barber-Obama team,” Kelly's campaign said in its final ad. Outside groups have spent more than $2 million on the Arizona race. Barber, 66, had a sizable fundraising lead in late May, but spending from conservative groups helped reduce it. The Arizona 8th is a rare swing district that is competitive virtually every election. Giffords defeated Kelly by about 4,000 votes in 2010 when the election focused on immigration and when tea partiers rallied to the tough-talking former Marine. Now, the economy and jobs are atop voters' concerns. “Emotions are very high. People are very concerned about the economy and tiring of just limping along,” said John Ellinwood, a spokesman for the Kelly campaign. Kelly, 30, has called for lower taxes and more energy production as a way to improve the economy. He would roll back federal regulations and environmental protections in an effort to boost oil and gas drilling. Barber also is trying to convince voters that he understands their concerns. He frequently talks about building up the solar industry and the need to cut taxes, but only for the middle class. While Kelly has made it clear he would not support any income tax increases, Barber has said the wealthy need to “pay their fair share.” Immigration is still an important issue. Kelly wants a double-layer fence built along the district's border with Mexico. Barber is skeptical the fence would work on the district's rugged terrain. He has called for more manpower, horse patrols and the use of drones. The Tucson region is home to a growing population of retirees who rely on Medicare and Social Security. Kelly said in 2010 that privatizing the programs was a “must.” He said he would protect Social Security for current seniors but the program needed to be “phased out.” Giffords assailed his comments with great effect. Democratic groups have employed a similar game plan this election. “They're taking snippets from video out of context,” said Ellinwood. But Kelly has dialed back his rhetoric on Medicare and Social Security while still saying future Social Security participants should get a chance to opt out of the program. Both parties' national organizations have invested in the race. A win will give the victor a chance to claim momentum five months before November. A loss for Democrats would add to the difficulty of gaining the 25 seats they need to take control of the House. Republicans now hold a 240-192 advantage with three vacancies, including Giffords' seat. Tuesday's victory will be only a temporary one. Both candidates are promising to run for a full term in the fall, setting up a possible November rematch in a newly redrawn district that is friendlier to Democrats. Senate primaries in four states are expected to set up competitive races in November, which will help determine which party controls the Senate next year: -Former Sen. George Allen is the heavy favorite to win Virginia's Republican Senate primary, which includes three other candidates. The winner takes on Democrat Tim Kaine. -Six Republicans and four Democrats are running to fill the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe in Maine. The front-runner, former Gov. Angus King, isn't on the ballot because he's running as an independent. -Republican Sen. Dean Heller and Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley each are expected to prevail with ease against a slate of unknowns in Nevada. Their fall race would be one of the most competitive in the country. -In North Dakota, Rep. Rick Berg and businessman Duane Sand are vying for the Republican nomination in the race to replace retiring Sen. Kent Conrad. Democrat Heidi Heitkamp is running unopposed. In South Carolina, most of the interest is in the new 7th District in the northeastern corner of the state. Nine Republicans and four Democrats are running for the new House seat. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.