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  • Workforce agency head denies mismanagement claims Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 6:17 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— The head of Iowa's workforce agency defended herself against accusations of mismanagement Wednesday, telling lawmakers that some people on her staff may be having a hard time with policy changes.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 27- Tyson Foods Inc, the largest U.S. meat processor, on Wednesday won U.S. antitrust approval for its purchase of Hillshire Brands Co.. The attorneys general of Illinois, Iowa and Missouri, all big hog-producing states, joined the settlement that the companies reached with the Justice Department's Antitrust Division.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 27- Conservatives in the U.S. Congress who object to President Barack Obama's immigration policies are threatening to tie a must-pass budget bill to the issue, making for a possible showdown in September and raising the specter of a government shutdown. One year ago, Congress faced a similar task.

  • Immigration could set stage for big U.S. budget showdown Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 3:31 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Aug 27- Conservatives in the U.S. Congress who object to President Barack Obama's immigration policies are threatening to tie a must-pass budget bill to the issue, making for a possible showdown in September and raising the specter of a government shutdown. One year ago, Congress faced a similar task.

  • *Corn retreats on forecast of record crop. Aug 25- Chicago corn futures fell on Monday after two straight days of gains while soybeans slid to a contract low on forecasts of record crops in the United States. Chicago Board of Trade new crop December corn fell 1.3 percent or 4-3/ 4 cents to $3.66-3/ 4 a bushel by 9:36 a.m. CDT.

  • Dunham, Poehler among those with books this fall Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 8:35 AM ET

    Neil Patrick Harris, for instance, decided that his early 40 s was too young for a "life" story, even for a Tony- and Emmy-winning actor.

  • Seed company sued by migrant workers in Michigan Sunday, 24 Aug 2014 | 4:02 AM ET

    CASSOPOLIS, Mich.— A major seed company is being sued by 32 migrant farm workers and seven of their children over the workers' claims that they were underpaid and experienced unsafe conditions and poor housing while removing tassels from corn in southwestern Michigan. The workers are mostly from Texas and were hired in 2012 to work in Cass County.

  • *Pro Farmer sees bigger U.S. corn crop than USDA. CHICAGO, Aug 22- Nearby U.S. soybean futures climbed to a one-week high on Friday as U.S. processors scrambled to find scarce old-crop supplies, with the start of the next harvest still at least a month away in the Midwest.

  • Deere to lay off about 460 from Iowa tractor plant Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 9:32 AM ET

    MOLINE, Ill.— Agricultural equipment maker Deere is laying off about 460 employees indefinitely from an Iowa tractor factory as it continues to adjust to market demand. The Moline, Illinois, company said Friday that the latest round of layoffs will be effective October 20.

  • Card cheat who used invisible ink gets casino ban Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    NEW LONDON, Conn.— A New Jersey man has been banned from Connecticut's casinos after pleading guilty to using invisible ink to mark cards at one. Bruce Koloshi of Summit, New Jersey, was sentenced Wednesday to the 10 months he served since his arrest last September at Mohegan Sun.

  • United lures top fliers with promise of a hot meal Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— To win the hearts of frequent business travelers, United Airlines is going through their stomachs. The move comes as American Airlines goes the other way, eliminating hot meals on most flights less than 1,000 miles starting Sept. 1.

  • SPENCER, Iowa, Aug 20- The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour on Wednesday estimated western Iowa's corn yield at 177.48 to 180.90 bushels per acre, above tour estimate of 160.12 to 175.65 bpa last year and the three-year tour average of 146.77 to 170.72, according to data provided by the tour.

  • CORALVILLE, Iowa, Aug 20- The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour on Wednesday projected Illinois' corn yield at a record of 196.96 bushels per acre, up from the tour average of 170.48 bpa last year and the three-year tour average of 149.36, according to data provided by the tour.

  • Iowa Senate race focuses on Ex-Im Bank     Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 6:45 AM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood reports on the race between Republican Joni Ernst and Democrat Bruce Braley as economic issues and the Export-Import bank debate take center stage.

  • Aug 20- Departures and primary losses for 28 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have created opportunities for a new wave of conservative and Tea Party- backed candidates. The Republican nominee to replace him is Gary Palmer, a fund raiser for a conservative think tank in Alabama who is backed by the anti-tax group Club for Growth.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 19- U.S. wheat futures advanced on Tuesday on concerns about reduced supplies from Ukraine, a major exporter, while new-crop soybeans slipped as a widely watched crop tour projected bumper U.S. harvests. Concerns that Ukraine may possibly scale back exports helped fuel gains, said Jerry Gidel, chief feed grain analyst for Rice Dairy in Chicago.

  • *Soy eases after USDA shows 71 pct crop good-to-excellent. CHICAGO, Aug 19- U.S. corn and soy futures slipped on Tuesday as a widely watched crop tour projected bumper U.S. harvests and traders expected more reports of robust crops, while wheat jumped on concerns about reduced supplies from Ukraine.

  • Business Highlights Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 5:50 PM ET

    Dollar General enters bidding for Family Dollar. Dollar General Chairman and CEO Rick Dreiling said during a conference call Monday that the company had expressed interest in combining with Family Dollar multiple times over the last few years.

  • Analysis: Congress can still do deals when it must Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 1:04 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Washington may be a sea of dysfunction, but the current Congress is offering a few reminders about how a bill becomes a law: compromise. However, when it came to improving veterans' health care, overhauling job training programs, authorizing water projects and "unlocking" cellphones for use in other networks, Congress managed to get the job done.

  • Unemployment rises in most US states in July Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 11:34 AM ET

    The Labor Department said Monday that unemployment rates fell in eight states in July and were unchanged in 12. At the same time, hiring rose in 36 states, fell in 13, and was unchanged in Iowa. Mississippi had the highest unemployment rate in July, at 8 percent, its first month with the highest since the 2008-2009 Great Recession.