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  • USDA proposes healthier fare for child, adult day cares Saturday, 27 Jun 2015 | 10:43 AM ET

    About 3.8 million young children are fed daily through the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which primarily reimburses day-care providers, and also provides food for children in emergency shelters and pays for after-school meals or snacks in areas where at least half the students qualify for free- or reduced-price lunches. Millions of more affluent...

  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by two this week to 859, the first weekly gain since December. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 628 rigs were seeking oil and 228 explored for natural gas. Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania,...

  • Thursday's event in Kansas City, Kansas, is the only public hearing the EPA plans before making a decision in November on the renewable fuel standard program. The EPA says it's reducing the volumes because infrastructure inadequacies limit how much can be consumed and because the industry isn't able to produce enough non-ethanol fuels to meet the...

  • TOPEKA, Kan.— Judge blocks Kansas' ban on 2nd- trimester procedure opponents call' dismemberment abortion'.

  • From June 17 to 24, there have been 35 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater in the state, according to the Oklahoma Geological Survey. Particularly worrying for regulators, some of the recent quakes occurred in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, where there are no high-volume wastewater injection wells. Drillers were ordered by the Oklahoma Corporation...

  • America's most affordable states to call home Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 4:30 PM ET
    Top States Cheapest States

    You'd be surprised at the most affordable places to live in the U.S., thanks to low food prices, great home values and low utility costs.

  • Because of the number of those wanting to speak, the EPA is bringing in a second panel so the hearings can be conducted in two separate groups. They are the only public hearings planned on the issue before the EPA announces its decision. "There would be widespread noncompliance, and the EPA is not in the habit of putting out standards we don't think are achievable," he...

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, June 22- U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc on Monday dismissed concerns that buying smaller competitor Cigna Corp would be considered anti-competitive, even as antitrust experts said the combination would earn regulatory scrutiny. Besides the possible Anthem deal, Humana Inc is considering a sale, possibly to Cigna or Aetna Inc, a source...

  • One company copes with drought, floods AND bird flu Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 1:04 PM ET
    Corn and soy crops

    Despite contending with drought, bird flu and flooding in the last year, agribusiness giant Cargill is seen weathering the storm.

  • Last week alone, governors of 10 states were jetting across Europe, many converging at an air show in Paris. Others traveled to Canada, South America and Asia. Since the start of 2014, governors have taken or scheduled more than 80 trips to 30 countries in their efforts to increase exports and entice foreign companies to expand in their states, according to a...

  • BOISE, Idaho— A federal judge has signed off on a $25 million settlement in a lawsuit between wholesale grocers and potato farming associations accused of forming a price-fixing cartel. Associated Wholesale Grocers filed the class-action lawsuit in 2010, contending that potato growers in Idaho and elsewhere conspired to raise prices by restricting the...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 2 to 857 Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | 3:03 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by two this week to 857.. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 631 rigs were seeking oil and 223 explored for natural gas. Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Texas and West Virginia were unchanged.

  • WICHITA, Kan.— The Kansas winter wheat harvest is expected to get into gear this weekend or early next week, with warm, dry weather expected throughout the state. "They got a pretty good start on it yesterday— pretty muddy though," Brett Courson, assistant manager at the OK Co-op Grain elevator in Kiowa, said Friday. In most years, the winter wheat harvest begins in...

  • WASHINGTON— Unemployment rates rose in 25 U.S. states last month, driven higher in many cases by more people who began looking for work but didn't immediately find jobs. Rates fell in 9 states and Washington, D.C., and were unchanged in 16 states, the Labor Department said Friday. Hiring in Montana was flat.

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— Vermont's first-in-the-nation law requiring the labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms could cost the nation's grocers up to $10 million a day in fines, according to a letter from an industry organization that is suing the block the law. Peter Shumlin from the head of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, dated Wednesday,...

  • Brownback's office: Federal prosecutors finish probe into loans, bring no charges.

  • *Soybeans for July delivery on the Chicago Board of Trade were up half a percent at $9.42-3/ 4 per bushel by 0029 GMT, recovering from Monday's two-week low of $9.30-1/ 4. Kansas and Missouri, hit hard by early summer storms which have brought several inches of rain to both states, lag the nation. *Wheat was little changed at $4.89 a bushel, after falling as much as 3.5...

  • *Corn hits new contract lows. CHICAGO, June 15- Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures sank 2.9 percent on Monday, hitting a two-week low on expectations that drier conditions in the U.S. Corn futures also fell, hitting new contract lows amid pressure from good weather for crop development across the U.S.

  • The USDA is overseeing the killing and disposal of affected birds and the scope of the outbreak "has exposed some flaws in the response plans," Republican Sens. The USDA will be prepared to talk about its response if invited to testify before the Senate committee, spokeswoman Andrea McNally said. The USDA has more than 1,900 staff and contractors responding to...

  • GRAINS-Wheat steadies after slide on USDA supply lift Wednesday, 10 Jun 2015 | 8:46 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, June 11- Chicago wheat was little changed early on Thursday after tumbling more than 3 percent in the prior session in its sharpest slide in two weeks, as the U.S. boosted its supply outlook following heavy rains. *Wheat for July delivery on the Chicago Board of Trade was nearly flat at $5.13-3/ 4 a bushel. *The USDA forecast winter wheat production at 1.505...