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  • NEW YORK, Nov 5- On the 19th floor of Consolidated Edison's Manhattan headquarters, the veteran lineman briefing a roomful of 100 out-of-town utility workers had a lot of advice, from the practical to the profane. It was familiar patter for Glenn Nicholas and his co-workers from New Orleans, who had been to New York before to train with Con Edison.

  • *Nebraska, Colorado among states with badly depleted soil moisture. *Driest summer on record for Nebraska, preliminary data says. Indeed, Nebraska recorded the driest June, July and August on record and the third-driest September ever, according to preliminary data from the National Climatic Data Center.

  • Cox sued for linking vending machine image, pot Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 4:54 PM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- A company that makes medical vending machines sued a conservative lobbying group on Friday, claiming it was defamed when the group used an image of a machine during a news conference in opposition of Arkansas' medical marijuana ballot initiative.

  • U.S. drought shrinking, but not fast enough Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 5:05 PM ET

    Nov 1- Snow and rain and cooler temperatures helped ease suffering in drought-stricken areas of the United States over the last week, though some areas saw conditions grow worse, according to a climatology report issued Thursday.

  • *Saks, Macy's hope to open in New York City on Wednesday. *Wal-Mart says holiday plans intact. Luxury department store Saks Inc said it would reopen on Tuesday three of the stores that it had to close because of Sandy, including stores in greater Washington and Philadelphia.

  • An uneasy economy, and those living through it Sunday, 28 Oct 2012 | 7:55 AM ET

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Here was Chas Kaufmann's life before the Great Recession: $28,000 in restaurant tabs in a year, cruises, house parties with fireworks. Now: "We mainly shop at Sam's Club and portion out our meals. We spend $4 to $5 a night on eating. "

  • FACTBOX-The wealthy behind U.S. presidential race Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:48 PM ET

    Oct 26- Individual donors to U.S. presidential candidates can contribute up to $2,500 for the state-by-state party nominating contests and another $2,500 for the general election.

  • Ark. approves Entergy plan to join grid manager Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 5:41 PM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.-- Arkansas regulators are giving cautious approval to Entergy Corp.' s plans to let an outside group manage power transmission. Entergy wants its utilities to join the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, or MISO. Entergy still needs blessings from Mississippi and New Orleans city officials.

  • US drops 13 to 1,826 rigs exploring for oil, gas Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 2:47 PM ET

    Texas- based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,408 rigs were exploring for oil and 416 were searching for gas. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas dropped seven rigs and New Mexico fell by 5. Alaska and Oklahoma lost three apiece, and West Virginia was down by two.

  • Ark. storage business to build facility in Joplin Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 10:57 AM ET

    JOPLIN, Mo.-- Missouri is offering incentives for an Arkansas storage business to open a facility in Joplin. Jay Nixon's administration says Don's Cold Storage could receive more than $1.1 million under several state incentive programs to build a $14 million cold-storage and distribution center.

  • Wal-Mart completes deal with Chinese company Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 12:37 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced the completion of its increased investment in a fast-growing Chinese company, as the world's largest retailer looks to broaden its access to a rapidly growing customer base.

  • Ark. AG says deal with drug company to net $489K Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 12:26 AM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- Arkansas will receive nearly $490,000 under a settlement reached with a pharmaceutical company over allegations it paid kickbacks and improperly marketed drugs. The money will go to the state Medicaid program. The firm was accused of unlawfully marketing drugs for non- FDA- approved illnesses, which led to false Medicaid claims.

  • Ark. AG seeks info on alleged payday lenders Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 4:22 PM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is seeking information about the practices of three companies he says are engaging in payday lending. The suit says Money Mutual LLC, Selling Source LLC and Partner Weekly LLC are all based from the same address in Las Vegas.

  • Networks, AP changing exit poll strategy Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 2:14 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- A growth in early voting and tough economy for the media are forcing changes to the exit poll system that television networks and The Associated Press depend upon to deliver the story on Election Night, all with the pressure-filled backdrop of a tight presidential race.

  • Report: Data spotty that tax break created jobs Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 3:06 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS-- Legislation that allowed local governments to direct excess property tax dollars from tax-increment financing districts into other private developments was supposed to kick-start construction hiring in Minnesota, but an examination published Wednesday found evidence of job creation was spotty at best, even as many companies cashed in on the new law.

  • Peco Foods announces expansion in Arkansas Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 2:01 PM ET

    BATESVILLE, Ark.-- Peco Foods says it will add 300 jobs in eastern Arkansas by expanding a feed mill in Newark and a processing plant in Batesville. Peco Foods announced the expansion Wednesday alongside local leaders and Gov. Peco Foods is the eighth-largest poultry processor in the United States.

  • Wal-Mart makes push on Target's Minnesota turf Saturday, 20 Oct 2012 | 7:55 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.-- Target Corp. may be headquartered in Minneapolis, but that's not stopping Wal-Mart Stores Inc. from making an aggressive push in its rival's home state.

  • 3 bank failures bring US 2012 total to 46 Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 7:26 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Regulators on Friday closed two small banks in Florida and one in Missouri, bringing to 46 the number of U.S. bank failures this year. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. seized GulfSouth Private Bank and First East Side Savings Bank, both in Florida. Regulators also shuttered Excel Bank in Missouri.

  • Unemployment rates in US states, at a glance Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 3:38 PM ET
  • US count up 4 to 1,839 rigs exploring for oil, gas Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 2:51 PM ET

    Texas- based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,410 rigs were exploring for oil and 427 were searching for gas. A year ago, Baker Hughes listed 2,013 rigs. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska gained five rigs while Arkansas, Colorado and North Dakota rose by two each.