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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— In the nation's agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. "A couple of years from now, we might say this was the beginning of the trend," said Rusty Rumley, a senior staff attorney at the National Agricultural Law Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The Nevada Democrat used Senate procedures to prevent votes on any amendments to a bipartisan measure expanding hunters' access to public lands and renewing land conservation programs.
BENTONVILLE, Arkansas July 7- U.S. employers may be hiring again, but the job market recovery is not giving ordinary consumers enough confidence to increase their spending, a top Wal-Mart executive said on Monday.
BENTONVILLE, Arkansas July 7- U.S. employers may be hiring again, but the job market's recovery is not giving ordinary consumers enough confidence to increase their spending, a top Wal-Mart executive said on Monday.
*That the hiring rebound reported by the U.S. Labor Department is not translating into increased customer spending in Wal-Mart stores;. *That the U.S. economy is' not getting any better or worse' for Wal-Mart's core customers;.
HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by one this week to 1,874.. Pennsylvania declined by five, California lost three, Louisiana was down two and Colorado and Kansas both were off one. Alaska, Arkansas, North Dakota, Ohio, Utah and Wyoming were unchanged.
WASHINGTON— A new study explains how just four wells forcing massive amounts of drilling wastewater into the ground are probably shaking up Oklahoma. Those wells seem to have triggered more than 100 small-to-medium earthquakes in the past five years, according to a study published Thursday by the journal Science.
WASHINGTON— The United States in May finally recovered all the jobs lost to the Great Recession. But 32 states still don't have as many jobs as they did when the recession officially began in December 2007. The rankings from best to worst:.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Arkansas ended the fiscal year with a nearly $79 million budget surplus and has more than $174 million in one-time money available for various projects when the Legislature convenes next year, state finance officials announce Wednesday.
SPRINGDALE, Ark.— Tyson Foods Inc. has signed a definitive deal to purchase Hillshire Brands Co. for $7.75 billion, two days after the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs was let out of its agreement to buy Pinnacle Foods. Chicago- based Hillshire agreed to buy Pinnacle Foods Inc. for $4.23 billion in May.
PITTSBURGH— A Florida man who saved a woman from a burning sport utility vehicle is being honored for his heroism with his second medal from the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, only the fifth time in 110 years someone has won twice. Charles T. Carbonell Sr., of Tampa, is among 22 people to be honored on Wednesday with medals and cash awards.
Data provider CoreLogic said Tuesday that prices increased 8.8 percent in May compared with 12 months earlier. The pace of gains has slowed as more homes have come onto the market, according to CoreLogic. But CoreLogic's monthly figures aren't adjusted for seasonal patterns, such as warmer weather, which can affect sales.
OMAHA, Neb.— The economy in nine Midwestern and Plains states should continue growing steadily in the months ahead, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Tuesday.
NEW YORK— Pinnacle Foods said Monday it has scrapped its sale to Hillshire Brands, freeing Hillshire to be acquired by Tyson Foods. Pinnacle Foods, which makes Birds Eye frozen vegetables, Duncan Hines cake mixes and Hungry-Man frozen dinners, said it will get a $163 million breakup payment from Hillshire.
June 30- Devon Energy Corp said it would sell its remaining non-core gas-rich properties to peer Linn Energy LLC for $2.3 billion to focus on more lucrative oil assets and cut debt.
NEW YORK, June 30- What would you do if you suddenly got $100,000, no strings attached? With $30 trillion set to change hands from one generation to the next over the next 30 years, many others will find themselves in a similar position, according to Accenture.
OTTAWA, Ontario— Canada's Supreme Court ruled Friday that Wal-Mart must compensate former workers at a Quebec store that was closed after they voted to become the first Wal-Mart store in North America to unionize. The high court ruled in 2009 that Wal-Mart was entitled to close the store in Jonquiere in 2005, seven months after workers voted to unionize.
HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by 15 this week to 1,873.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Oklahoma gained eight rigs, Pennsylvania gained two and Alaska, California, Colorado, North Dakota and Ohio each gained one.
*U.S. to send military advisers to Iraq, offers air support. NEW YORK, June 19- Brent crude hit a nine-month high of more than $115 a barrel on Thursday as the United States said it could send military advisers to Iraq, raising concerns about the escalating conflict.
*Iraq asks United States for air support vs insurgents. NEW YORK, June 19- Brent crude hit a nine-month high near $115 a barrel Thursday, as concerns that ongoing violence in Iraq could limit oil supply from OPEC's second-biggest producer.