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*Dish/ Clearwire bid could affect bidding war for Sprint. NEW YORK, May 30- One of the biggest minority shareholders in Clearwire Corp, on Thursday urged the wireless company to recommend against Sprint Nextel Corp's buyout offer after Dish Network Corp made a counter bid.
May 30- Thirty-three states have enlisted the federal government to run their health insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Aetna Inc, Cigna Corp and Humana Inc filed documents for exchange products with the state department of insurance.
*Clearwire expected to postpone vote on Sprint bid- sources. *Dish/ Clearwire bid could affect bidding war for Sprint. Crest, which holds about 8 percent of Clearwire shares, said Clearwire should open itself to competitive bidding, and said even though Dish's bid appears superior it may still prove inadequate to shareholders.
Karst said nearly 100 percent of the Midwest would receive rain with the heaviest rainfall of 1.0 to 3.0 inches or more in Missouri, eastern Kansas, Iowa and Illinois. Commodity Weather Group on Thursday said plantings of corn and soybeans would remain slow and the greatest concern is in Iowa, the top corn and soybean producing state in the United States.
*Wheat subdued as Black Sea export revival anticipated. CHICAGO, May 28- Chicago Board of Trade corn and soybean futures rallied on Tuesday with soy leaping more than 2 percent, the most in two weeks, as wet U.S. weather threatened to trim crop acreage and yields.
LONDON- As evidence mounts that a mid-year slowdown taking place in the world economy, the next few days will offer a clearer glimpse of how that will impinge on policymaking and buoyant financial markets (ECONOMY/GLOBAL, expect by 3 p.m. ET/ 1900 GMT, by Andy Bruce, 715 words). Kerry presses Egypt on reform, says aid depends on it.
Problems at regional refineries, declining gasoline stockpiles and delays of shipments into the region from the Gulf Coast helped boost prices last week, prompting market players to hoard what fuel they had. In Minneapolis, the average price per gallon has fallen to $4.26 from an all-time high of $4.32.
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*Hot weather last week stressed Kansas wheat. CHICAGO, May 21- Tornadoes, high winds, rain and hail that cut a swath across the midsection of the United States on Sunday and Monday did only minimal harm to the winter wheat crop in top producers Kansas and Oklahoma, agricultural experts said. I'm in Phillips County now, in northwest Kansas, and the crop looks terrible.
NEW YORK, May 21- Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline Inc on Tuesday said a portion of its natural gas pipeline near Moore, Oklahoma, was impacted after a tornado struck the region late Monday. Southern Star next-day gas prices, not typically tracked by Reuters but listed on ICE, traded down 3 cents on the day at $3.99, one of the only losers on the ICE gas price list.
LONDON, May 21- U.S. farmers are withdrawing unsustainable volumes of groundwater to irrigate their crops, resulting in an accelerating decline in aquifers across the central and western United States, according to a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey.
WASHINGTON, May 20- Water levels in U.S. aquifers, the vast underground storage areas tapped for agriculture, energy and human consumption, between 2000 and 2008 dropped at a rate that was almost three times as great as any time during the 20th century, U.S. officials said on Monday.
May 16- Areas of severe drought continue to shrink across many key agricultural areas of the central United States, though it may be too late for some wheat farmers who are preparing for harvest. Nebraska and Texas, also key wheat producing states, also saw drought area shrink.
A federal judge in Kansas City, Kansas, ordered Dow Chemical Co on Wednesday to pay $1.2 billion in a price-fixing case involving chemicals used to make foam products in cars.
Plains states rose 20 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier, with acreage commanding record prices because of red-hot demand for cropland in the world's biggest food-exporting nation, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said on Wednesday.
Plains states rose 20 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier, with acreage commanding record prices because of red-hot demand for cropland in the world's biggest food exporting nation, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said on Wednesday.
Plains states rose 20 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier, with acreage commanding record prices because of red-hot demand for cropland in the world's biggest food exporter, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON, May 14- The Senate Agriculture Committee approved a farm bill on Tuesday, costing $500 billion over a decade, that would expand the scope of the federally subsidized crop insurance program and modestly trim spending on food stamps for the poor. The 1,000- page bill now goes to the Senate floor, where a vote could be called as soon as this month.
WASHINGTON, May 10- The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday canceled budget-driven plans to close 149 air traffic control towers at smaller U.S. airports, two weeks after Congress passed legislation to end furloughs of air traffic controllers.