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  • *GPS, IT systems lifting yields, shedding jobs. VILJOENSKROON, South Africa, July 6- South African farmer Cobus van Coller scans the flashing computer screen in the cab of his harvester. As a result of these two new methods, which are revolutionising agriculture globally, South Africa is growing more food with less manpower-- a trend with profound social and...

  • *Corn hits 2015 highs as Informa trims crop forecast. *Wheat, soybeans end mixed ahead of U.S. holiday weekend. "The latest forecasts shifted the rain to the wettest areas of Indiana, Illinois and Ohio and that is putting some premium back into the market for corn and soybeans," said Brian Hoops, president of Midwest Market Solutions.

  • *Corn highest since Dec. 30 as Informa trims crop forecast. *Wheat, soybeans rebound from Wednesday declines. "The latest forecasts shifted the rain to the wettest areas of Indiana, Illinois and Ohio and that is putting some premium back into the market for corn and soybeans," said Brian Hoops, president of Midwest Market Solutions.

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— About 1 million low-income Ohio residents could be required to pay a new monthly cost for Medicaid health coverage or potentially lose it under a Republican provision in the state budget, officials estimate. Under the plan, Kasich's administration must seek a waiver of federal Medicaid rules so that the state can require certain adults on the...

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Missouri utility regulators on Wednesday denied a company's request to construct a high-voltage power line in Missouri that was planned for a multistate wind energy project. Houston- based Clean Line touted the $2.2 billion project as a way to provide low-cost clean energy and jobs to Missouri, but landowners warned it would hurt farming...

  • Angie's List names COO Howell as its interim CEO Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 11:26 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Service ratings site Angie's List on Wednesday named Chief Operating Officer J. Mark Howell as its interim CEO as it looks for a replacement for co-founder and longtime executive William Oesterle. Oesterle announced his plans to leave on April 15, saying he wanted to become more active in civic life in Indiana. Oesterle co-founded Angie's List Inc....

  • Indiana's religious freedom bill among host of new laws Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 3:05 AM ET

    ATLANTA— Just days after a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, Indiana's religious freedom law took effect Wednesday amid an ongoing national debate over gay rights and religious objections. Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which sparked protests and boycott threats earlier this year before being quickly revised, is...

  • INDIANAPOLIS— One of Indiana's largest health and hospital networks reached a $20.3 million settlement with the federal government to resolve allegations of overbilling the Medicaid and Medicare programs for surgeries, the U.S. attorney announced Tuesday. Community Health Network, which operates eight hospitals in Indianapolis, Anderson and Kokomo, and...

  • The planted soybean acreage is 2 percent more than in 2014, with the largest increases found in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Tennessee. Corn and soybean conditions in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Ohio have shown deterioration in recent weeks with the heavy rain. Missouri and Illinois have experienced the wettest Junes since the National Weather Service...

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good is getting a raise a year after the country's largest electric company confronted a coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals, the company said in a regulatory filing Monday. Duke Energy's board of directors approved raising Good's annual salary by $50,000...

  • HARRISBURG, Pa.— A new public school funding formula being considered by the Legislature would create winners and losers as it seeks a way to link the distribution of state aid more closely to need. Shrinking school districts that were previously spared aid cutbacks— many in western Pennsylvania— would see their share of aid come in lower under the proposed new...

  • Weather in the fertile grain belt of the United States is critical to prices and the flow of food around the world. Recent storms have dumped double the normal rainfall on much of eastern Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and western Ohio, MDA Weather Services said. Kent Hamm, a general manager of grain elevators in Illinois, said a buyer in Taiwan contacted him on Friday...

  • ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 26- From renaming an ice cream flavor to flying the gay movement's rainbow flag, many American corporations celebrated Friday's U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage and said it made good sense for their businesses. "We applaud today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, which will help families across the...

  • INDIANAPOLIS— The Finish Line Inc.' s fiscal first-quarter profit rose as a key sales metric improved. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 25 cents per share. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $432.4 million.

  • *Wheat up as rain could impede U.S. harvest. Wheat rose on fears that storms could prevent the U.S. crop being gathered just as thousands of harvesters are rolling onto fields. Chicago Board of Trade July corn was up 1.06 percent at $3.80-1/ 4 a bushel at 0951 GMT after touching a session peak of $3.80-3/ 4, the highest since April 23.

  • Obama health care law survives second Supreme Court fight Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 10:12 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court sent a clear message Thursday that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is here to stay, rejecting a major challenge that would have imperiled the landmark law and health insurance for millions of Americans. The 6-3 ruling, which upheld financial aid to millions of low- and middle-income Americans to help pay for...

  • INDIANAPOLIS— Eli Lilly received some European legal backing for its top product, the lung cancer treatment Alimta, on Thursday when a British court upheld a patent protecting a vitamin regimen administered with the drug. Shares of the Indianapolis drugmaker climbing in premarket trading. Alimta brought in $2.79 billion in sales globally last year as...

  • WASHINGTON— Most Americans want the Supreme Court to side with the government when it decides whether the feds can continue subsidizing insurance premiums in all 50 states under President Barack Obama's health care law, according to polls in recent months. Five things to know about public opinion on the Supreme Court's coming decision on the health care law:.

  • NEW YORK— Orthopedic device makers Zimmer Holdings and Biomet say they've completed their $13.35 billion cash-and-stock combination. The company has taken the name Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc. and will trade under the ticker symbol to "ZBH" on Monday. Zimmer Holdings Inc. agreed to buy privately-held Biomet in April 2014 for about $10.35 billion in cash and $3...

  • Indiana will defy Obama on climate change plan Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 12:41 PM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS— Indiana will not comply with President Barack Obama's plan to battle climate change by requiring reductions in emissions from coal-fired power plants, Republican Gov. The proposal as currently written, known as the Clean Power Plan, will make Indiana electricity more expensive and less reliable and hurt economic growth in Indiana and across...