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  • The lawsuits, filed in federal court in the District of Columbia, say the EPA has not responded to petitions filed in 2009 and 2011 by the Environmental Integrity Project and the Humane Society of the United States. The lawsuits say the EPA failed to take action and ask it to respond to the petitions within 90 days, Environmental Integrity Project attorney Tarah...

  • Meredith Corp. posts 2Q profit Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 9:27 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa _ Meredith Corp. on Wednesday reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $39.6 million. Meredith Corp. expects full-year earnings in the range of $3.25 to $3.35 per share. Meredith Corp. shares have dropped 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • "Virtually every city is grappling with this," said Tom Murphy, an urban revitalization expert and former mayor of Pittsburgh, referring to the demolitions designed to enliven dowdy business districts. No one tracks how many old parking garages are being replaced, but it's happening more frequently, said Shannon Sanders McDonald, an architecture professor at...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— A proposed performance-based funding model for Iowa's three public universities could have a negative financial impact among schools in the state and hurt funding for some graduate programs, state lawmakers said Monday during a committee meeting. Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter told the House appropriations committee that...

  • Heartland Financial posts 4Q profit Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 4:42 PM ET

    DUBUQUE, Iowa _ Heartland Financial USA Inc. on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $12.3 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 57 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • Jan 26- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his supporters have formed a political-action committee ahead of a likely bid for president, adding a third well-known Republican figure to the fight for campaign funds among the party's core donor class, the Wall Street Journal reported. The PAC signals increased competition for the same set of large-dollar...

  • Unmanned drones could play key roles in food supply Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 3:02 AM ET

    When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. This month, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the first permit for agricultural use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Steven Edgar, president and CEO of ADAVSO, says his Idaho- based business will use a...

  • Jan 26- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his supporters have formed a political-action committee ahead of a likely bid for president, adding a third well-known Republican figure to the fight for campaign funds among the party's core donor class, the Wall Street Journal reported. The PAC signals increased competition for the same set of large-dollar...

  • When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. This month, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the first permit for agricultural use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Steven Edgar, president and CEO of ADAVSO, says his Idaho- based business will use a...

  • More privacy sought for Obama healthcare website Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 6:15 AM ET
    HealthCare.gov website seen on Nov. 12, 2014.

    The Obama administration may need to make still more changes to protect consumer privacy on the government's health insurance website.

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration appears to be making broader changes to protect consumer information on the government's health insurance website, after objections from lawmakers and privacy advocates. The Associated Press reported last week that details such as consumers' income and tobacco use were going to private companies with a commercial...

  • UPS and Starbucks are big market movers Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 4:49 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. United Parcel Service Inc., down $11.32 to $102.93. The chemical company's quarterly earnings adjusted for one-time items topped Wall Street forecasts but its revenue fell short of expectations.

  • Scott Walker will have to plug a roughly $280 million budget shortfall by the end of June, and the state faces a two-year deficit that could be as large as $2 billion, based on new estimates released Friday by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau. Wisconsin's two-year shortfall hits about $2 billion when state agency requests— which will certainly not be...

  • Garden gnome fans fret: SkyMall files for bankruptcy Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 1:35 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Apparently, airline passengers aren't buying enough garden gnomes, superhero pajamas and heated cat shelters. While flying high over Iowa, they could dream about owning a $16,000 multisensory home sauna or maybe just a grill spatula with a built-in flashlight for $29.95. They don't have a captive audience, "says John DiScala, who runs the travel advice...

  • WASHINGTON— Bowing to privacy concerns, the Obama administration reversed itself Friday, scaling back the release of consumers' personal information from the government's health insurance website to private companies with a commercial interest in the data. The administration made the changes to HealthCare.gov after The Associated Press reported...

  • CHICAGO, Jan 23- Deere& Co, the world's largest maker of farm equipment, will lay off more than 900 employees at plants in Iowa and Illinois in the latest round of job cuts spurred by a decline in grain prices that is hurting demand for agricultural machinery. Iowa will be hit hardest by the reductions, with about 565 workers in Waterloo and 300 others in Ankeny slated...

  • Walker rejects Menominee request for Kenosha casino Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 11:49 AM ET

    Scott Walker on Friday denied the Menominee Nation's request for permission to build an off-reservation casino in Kenosha, saying approving the project could leave the state owing a rival tribe hundreds of millions of dollars. The decision is devastating for the Menominee, who have been pushing to build a casino at Kenosha's Dairyland Greyhound Park dog...

  • Jan 23- Rockwell Collins Inc on Friday reported a 26 percent increase in quarterly profit as sales rose 16 percent, and lifted its forecast for 2015.. Profit from continuing operations rose to $169 million, and earnings per share increased 29 percent to $1.24. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa- based company notched up its full year EPS forecast by 20 cents to between $5.10 and...

  • Deere will lay off about 910 workers indefinitely from factories mostly in Iowa and sideline another 500 employees in Illinois until late summer, as the agricultural equipment maker continues its adjustment to demand for its products. The Moline, Illinois, company also said Friday that it is adding 220 jobs at construction and forestry factories in Iowa.

  • Rockwell Collins misses 1Q profit forecasts Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 7:42 AM ET

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa _ Rockwell Collins Inc. on Friday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $167 million. Rockwell Collins expects full-year earnings to be $5.10 to $5.30 per share, with revenue in the range of $5.2 billion to $5.3 billion. Rockwell Collins shares have climbed 3 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index...