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First and second-class stamp prices rise

BBC News

The 2p price rise in the cost of first and second class stamps has now taken effect. A first-class stamp now costs 67p and a second-class stamp now costs 58p, under the price rises that came into force on Monday. Stamps bought before the price rise can still be used without any need to top-up the cost. Royal Mail said the squeeze on consumer finances was considered when setting the new price. But it added that the price rise was needed to maintain the universal postal service, which means that the price of a stamp is the same irrespective of where in the UK the letter is sent from and to.

Collector to auction kingdom of Hawaii stamps, eyes 2 million in proceeds

The Japan Times

NEW YORK – A collection of historic postage stamps issued when Hawaii was a kingdom is expected to fetch at least 2 million at auction. Renowned stamp collector William H. Gross is offering 77 items on May 29 during the World Stamp Show at New York's Javits Center. The collection has "some of the most iconic rarities in Hawaiian philately," said Charles Shreve, director of Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries. It contains 10 examples of very rare Hawaiian Missionary stamps issued in 1851 -- some unused, some canceled and on original envelopes, some containing letters. A 13-cent unused Missionary in near mint condition is expected to bring 50,000 to 75,000.

Price of stamps to rise next month

BBC News

The prices of first and second class stamps are to rise by 1p from 27 March, Royal Mail has announced. It will take the price of a first class stamp to 65p, and second class to 56p. Royal Mail said the price rises were necessary to maintain the universal service - the principle that it delivers letters across the whole of the UK for the same price. A stamp for large first class letter will rise by 2p to 98p. A large second class letter will go up by 1p to 76p.

Louisiana Food Stamp Program Threatened With Shutdown

U.S. News

The Department of Children and Family Services is slated to take a cut of around $34 million in the budget passed by lawmakers in the final minutes of the just-ended special session. The agency says that will force it to shutter the food stamp program in 2019 because it won't be able to pay for administration of the federally funded benefits.