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Carbondale hotel now open

The Best Western Pioneer Plaza Hotel has opened on Main Street in Carbondale. It features 61 guest rooms and suites, a fitness center, business center and other shops. A complimentary deluxe continental breakfast is served daily for all overnight guests.

A full-service restaurant and bar will open in the fall, as will a banquet facility featuring 6,500 square feet available for meetings or large social events.

The hotel’s owner/general contractor is Daniel Sinawa and Marshall Hotels & Resorts Inc. has been hired to manage it. Marshall Hotels, based in Salisbury, Md., operates approximately 60 hotels along the East Coast and in the Caribbean.

Natural gas export delayed

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Tuesday he will delay final decisions on about 20 applications to export liquefied natural gas until he reviews studies by the Energy Department and others on what impact the exports would have on domestic natural gas supplies and prices.

Moniz, who was sworn in Tuesday as the nation’s new energy chief, said he promised during his confirmation hearing that he would “review what’s out there” before acting on proposals to export natural gas.

Among the things Moniz said he wants to review is whether the data in the studies are outdated.

A study commissioned by the Energy Department concluded last year that exporting natural gas would benefit the U.S. economy even if it led to higher domestic prices for the fuel.

Senate Energy Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and other critics have said the DOE study was flawed and relied on old data and unrealistic market assumptions.

Credit card payments increase

Americans got better about paying their credit card debt on time in the first three months of the year, a period when many borrowers use income tax returns to tackle their holiday season debt.

The rate of credit card payments at least 90 days overdue fell to 0.69 percent in the first quarter from 0.85 percent a year earlier — drop of nearly 19 percent, credit reporting agency TransUnion said Tuesday.

The January-March card delinquency rate was also down from 0.73 in the October-December quarter, when many consumers ramped up credit use to finance holiday season purchases.

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