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  • Tyson beats 2Q profit forecasts Monday, 4 May 2015 | 7:36 AM ET

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. _ Tyson Foods Inc. on Monday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $334 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 73 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • ArcBest misses 1Q profit forecasts Monday, 4 May 2015 | 5:03 AM ET

    FORT SMITH, Ark. _ ArcBest Corp. on Monday reported first-quarter net income of $745,000, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 11 cents per share. ArcBest shares have declined 21 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • NORMAN, Okla.— Forecasters troubled by the high death count from twisters in Alabama and Joplin, Missouri, four years ago say they must put away their "nerd-speak" and find better ways to communicate if the public is going to react appropriately when bad weather approaches. "We're not giving up," John Murphy, the National Weather Service's chief operating officer,...

  • CHICAGO, April 30- The highly pathogenic H5 avian flu turned up in initial tests at five more farms in Iowa, including a commercial egg operation housing up to 5.5 million birds, Iowa's agriculture department said on Thursday. The egg farm's owner, Rembrandt Foods, one of the top U.S. egg producers, confirmed the outbreak but disputed the number of birds affected.

  • CHICAGO, April 30- The highly pathogenic H5 avian flu turned up in initial tests at five more farms in Iowa, including a commercial egg operation housing up to 5.5 million birds, Iowa's agriculture department said on Thursday. Avian flu was "probable" at four other commercial farms in Buena Vista, Sioux and Clay counties, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land...

  • CHICAGO, April 30- An Iowa-based chicken broiler breeding farm has initially tested positive for the highly pathogenic H5 bird flu, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship confirmed on Thursday. The facility in Kossuth County, Iowa, houses an estimated 19,000 birds, state officials said. The H5N2 strain has been reported in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa,...

  • Murphy Oil reports 1Q loss Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 5:15 PM ET

    EL DORADO, Ark. _ Murphy Oil Corp. on Wednesday reported a first-quarter loss of $14.4 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 86 cents per share. Murphy Oil shares have decreased roughly 3 percent since the beginning of the year, while the...

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, April 29- Saudi Arabia, the world's second-largest importer of chicken broiler meat, has banned imports of poultry meat and egg products from the Canadian province of Ontario due to the presence of avian influenza on three Ontario farms. This strain has also been reported this year in the United States in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota,...

  • The H5N2 strain has been reported in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. The H5N8 strain has been identified in California and also in Idaho, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dec. 19, 2014- Highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza strain confirmed in a...

  • CHICAGO, April 28- Tyson Foods Inc, the largest U.S. poultry producer, plans to eliminate use of human antibiotics in its chicken flocks by September 2017, one of the most aggressive timetables yet set by an American poultry company. The Arkansas- based chicken and meat company also said Tuesday it is working on ways to curtail such on-farm drug practices at its...

  • The County of Lackawanna Transit System repeatedly rejected the ads sought by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Freethought Society, telling the group it doesn't permit advertising space to be used as a forum for public debate. The transit system allowed several churches— as well as a political candidate and a blog that linked to anti-Semitic, Holocaust denial...

  • CHICAGO, April 27- Initial tests have found probable avian influenza outbreaks at five new commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting more than 6 million birds, the state's agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. "This is a big deal," Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said during a conference call on Monday.

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Tyson Foods intends to stop using human antibiotics in its domestic chicken flocks by September 2017, the company said Tuesday, and will explore doing the same for its beef, pork and turkey operations. Donnie Smith, Tyson's president and CEO, said the 2017 target wasn't intended to match any customer's timetable. Christine Daugherty, Tyson's vice...

  • CHICAGO, April 28- Tyson Foods Inc, the largest U.S. poultry producer, plans to eliminate the use of human antibiotics in its chicken flocks by September 2017- one of the most aggressive timelines yet set by an American poultry company. The Arkansas- based chicken and meat giant also said it is working on ways to curtail such on-farm drug practices at its other...

  • Bill seeks to expand coverage for Hawaii fertility law Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 12:29 AM ET

    HONOLULU— A proposal in Hawaii's Legislature would expand a state mandate on fertility treatments to include same sex couples and single women, updating a law that now only offers such benefits to benefits to women who are married to men. Hawaii is one of just a handful of states that requires insurance companies to cover fertility treatment through in vitro...

  • CHICAGO, April 27- Initial tests have found five probable new cases of the rapidly spreading avian influenza on commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting an estimated 6 million birds, the state's agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. If these tests are positive, the state's tally of egg-laying chickens affected by the...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 22 to 932 Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 1:25 PM ET

    Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 703 rigs were seeking oil and 225 explored for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost 19 rigs; North Dakota lost five; Oklahoma was down three; and Alaska, New Mexico and West Virginia each lost one. Louisiana gained two rigs, while Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas and Pennsylvania each gained...

  • *Minnesota is second U.S. state to declare emergency over bird flu. *National Guard will be called up if needed- Minnesota governor. CHICAGO, April 23- Minnesota declared a state of emergency on Thursday over a fast-spreading strain of avian flu that has led to the extermination of more than 7.3 million birds in the country.

  • Correction: Oil Leak-Arkansas story Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 4:09 PM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— In a story April 22 about a settlement involving an Arkansas oil spill, The Associated Press misspelled the last name of an Exxon Mobil Corp. spokesman. Exxon Mobil firms to pay nearly $5 M for Arkansas oil spill. LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Two subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil must pay almost $5 million in penalties for state and federal violations involving the...

  • Simmons First National posts 1Q profit Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 9:39 AM ET

    PINE BLUFF, Ark. _ Simmons First National Corp. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $8.7 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 65 cents per share. Simmons First National shares have risen almost 9 percent since the beginning of the year.