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  • National firms to steer Denver sheriff reform Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 4:27 PM ET

    DENVER— Two national consulting firms will help the Denver Sheriff Department as it tries to make sweeping reforms after a series of high-profile misconduct cases. Mayor Michael Hancock said Thursday that Chicago- based Hillard Heintze and Los Angeles- based OIR Group will study the department and lead a national search for a new sheriff.

  • Oct 16- Goldman Sachs Group is in discussions to acquire IndexIQ, a Rye Brook, New York- based exchange-traded fund provider, according to three sources familiar with the situation. In September, Goldman sought permission from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to introduce a series of actively managed ETFs 1/ 8 ID: nL2N0RN1N7 3/ 4. However, if Goldman were...

  • Oct 15- The U.S. government is expected to release a report in late October that will help assess whether domestic gasoline prices would rise if Congress or the Obama administration lifted the 40- year ban on crude oil exports. Congress mandated the oil export ban following the Arab oil embargo of the 1970 s, which sent shock waves through energy markets and...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 15- Marijuana is illegal under federal law in the United States, but more than 300 attendees paid $500 each to attend the Cannabis Business Expo at a high-end hotel in Manhattan's Times Square, hoping to profit if it becomes legal by the end of the decade. Not far away, a former broker at Stratton Oakmont, the Long Island, New York, brokerage at the center of a...

  • Ingredion buying Penford for about $340 million Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 8:40 AM ET

    WESTCHESTER, Ill.— Ingredion is buying specialty ingredients company Penford Corp. for approximately $340 million. Ingredion Chairman and CEO Ilene Gordon said in a statement that the transaction will help it establish manufacturing of specialty potato starches in North America. Centennial, Colorado- based Penford had fiscal 2013 sales totaling $467...

  • Chipotle backs Colorado, Oregon labeling proposals Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 2:33 PM ET

    DENVER— Burrito giant Chipotle on Tuesday endorsed ballot measures in Colorado and Oregon that would require labeling of genetically modified food, providing a morale boost for campaigns being heavily outspent by agriculture interests. The company has not donated to the Colorado or Oregon labeling campaigns. Three states— Vermont, Maine and Connecticut—...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 14- Ending a 40- year old ban on U.S. crude oil exports would not raise domestic gasoline prices because it would put more petroleum onto global markets, where fuel prices are primarily set, a study by The Aspen Institute said on Tuesday. As the U.S. oil boom of the last six years builds an excess of light crude along the Gulf Coast refining hub, calls have...

  • GMO labeling measure attracts big money in Oregon Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 5:56 PM ET

    They have reported spending $7.2 million, according to filings with the Oregon Secretary of State's office. Among the largest contributions: $1.6 million from Monsanto; $1.4 million from PepsiCo Inc., and $870,000 from Kraft Foods. Some of their highest donors include the Portland- based nonprofit Center for Food Safety, which donates $1.1 million and...

  • List of new cities for Dallas flights Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 3:17 PM ET

    Southwest Airlines and Virgin America began long-haul flying from Dallas Love Field on Monday, as soon as a federal law restricting such flights expired. —Southwest: Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando and Washington. Starting Nov. 2, Southwest will add Atlanta; Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, Florida; Orange County and San Diego, California;...

  • Mesa County considers ATVs on county roads Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 1:51 PM ET

    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.— Mesa County commissioners are considering allowing all-terrain vehicles on county roads after supporters said it would be a great tourist attraction and provide an economic boost. Ron Pollard, owner of RV and ATV rental business Funshares in Grand Junction, approached Mesa County commissioners in July. Mesa County Commissioner Rose...

  • Company plans $4B plastic factory in North Dakota Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 1:26 PM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— A $4 billion factory is planned in North Dakota that will convert natural gas liquids into plastic, company and state officials said. William Gilliam, the chief executive officer of Badlands NGL LLC, Gov. John Hoeven announced the project Monday at the state Capitol in Bismarck.

  • Southwest poised will increase flights in Dallas Sunday, 12 Oct 2014 | 1:13 PM ET

    Some facts and figures about Southwest Airlines' expansion at Dallas Love Field:. —New destinations: Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando and Washington starting Monday; Atlanta; Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, Florida; Orange County and San Diego, California; Nashville; New York; and Phoenix, starting Nov. 2. —Southwest expects to operate about 160...

  • Pig farms rebound from virus; meat prices may drop Saturday, 11 Oct 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— A virus that killed millions of baby pigs in the last year and led to higher pork prices has waned thanks to warmer weather and farmers' efforts to sterilize their operations. Already, hog supplies are on the rise, with 5.46 million baby pigs born between June and August in Iowa, the nation's leading producer— the highest quarterly total in 20 years...

  • Oct 10- Willis North America, a unit of global risk adviser Willis Group Holdings, appointed Mary Davis as vice president and client advocate in its national senior living practice. She joins from insurance brokerage Lockton Cos, where she was vice president. Davis will report to John Atkinson, managing partner, Willis North America.

  • Seed money: 'Ganjapreneurs' compete for investors Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 1:19 PM ET

    "The Marijuana Show" allows for pot-entrepreneurs to compete for rare investment opportunities for their start-up ideas.

  • TORONTO/ ST. LOUIS, Oct 10- U.S. investors in Canada's medical marijuana industry are betting they won't fall under the scrutiny of U.S. law enforcement officers- but it's a risky bet. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has already been tracking investments made in state-sanctioned marijuana business in the United States. "We really like the Canada model, which is...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 9- Bill Gross, in his first public appearance since his shocking departure from Pimco, said there will be more flexibility in managing less money at Janus Capital Group Inc, but said he was disappointed over being forced to leave Pimco. Gross told Weil during the 30- minute webcast: "I think in terms of Janus Capital, like any successful marriage, we sort of...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 9- Bill Gross, in his first conference call and webcast since his shock departure from Pimco, told existing and potential clients on Thursday that there will be more flexibility in running less money at Janus Capital Group Inc.. "I think in terms of Janus Capital, like any successful marriage, we sort of chose each other," Gross said to Janus Chief...

  • Oct 8- Encana Corp said it would sell some of its natural gas assets in southern and central Alberta for about C $605 million as it focuses on more lucrative oil and natural gas liquids. The Clearwater deal comes just days after Encana agreed to buy Athlon Energy Inc for $5.93 billion to gain control of its oil-rich lands in Texas's Permian Basin.

  • LONDON, Oct 8- A pioneering cannabis drug developed by British firm GW Pharmaceuticals for treating spasticity in multiple sclerosis has been rejected as not cost-effective in the company's home market. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, which determines if medicines are worth using on England's state health service, said on Wednesday...