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  • West Bancorp posts 4Q profit Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 8:51 AM ET

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa _ West Bancorp Inc. on Friday reported fourth-quarter profit of $5.8 million. West Bancorp shares have dropped roughly 2 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: West Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • Senate roll call vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 5:49 PM ET

    The 62-36 roll call Thursday by which the Senate passed a bill approving the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline Act. Baldwin, Wis.; Blumenthal, Conn.; Booker, N.J.; Boxer, Calif.; Brown, Ohio; Cantwell, Wash.; Cardin, Md.; Coons, Del.; Durbin, Ill.; Feinstein, Calif.; Franken, Minn.; Gillibrand, N.Y.; Heinrich, N.M.; Hirono, Hawaii; Kaine, Va.; Klobuchar, Minn.; Leahy, Vt.; Markey, Mass.; Menendez, N.J.;...

  • *Corn sags on technical selling; exports fail to impress. CHICAGO, Jan 29- Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures rose on Thursday, halting a six-session slide and rebounding from a three-month low after the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported larger-than-expected weekly export sales. Wheat rallied after the USDA reported U.S. export sales in the week ended...

  • Principal Financial beats Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 4:46 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa _ Principal Financial Group Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $270.4 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.04 per share. Principal Financial shares have declined slightly more than 7 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index...

  • *Corn sags on technical selling; exports fail to impress. CHICAGO, Jan 29- Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures rose on Thursday, halting a six-session slide and rebounding from a three-month low after the U.S. Agriculture Department reported larger-than-expected weekly export sales. Wheat bounced after the USDA reported U.S. export sales in the week ended Jan....

  • Officials confirm 202 job cuts at IBM's Dubuque facility Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 12:44 PM ET

    DUBUQUE, Iowa— State officials say 202 employees at IBM's Dubuque facility will lose their jobs next month as part of the company's worldwide layoff. Rick Dickinson, president and CEO of Greater Dubuque Development Corp., said the cuts drop IBM's employment in Dubuque to somewhere between 600 and 650. He said that's about half of the company's peak employment...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Closing in on a decision about whether to again run for president, Mitt Romney is finding that several past major fundraisers and donors in key states have defected to former Florida Gov. The donors, in interviews with The Associated Press, said they see in Bush what they liked about Romney in 2012, namely what they believe it takes to serve...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...