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  • WASHINGTON, April 23- U.S. arms makers complain regularly that lower Pentagon spending on ships, jets and other hardware will hit their earnings, but a string of better-than-expected results this week show that layoffs and cost-cutting have kept profits flowing, and growing.

  • Minn. Senate OKs added job protections for women Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 3:01 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Minnesota senators have passed a wide-ranging package of workplace protections for women aimed at leveling pay, accommodating pregnancies and fostering entrepreneurial opportunities. The bill passed 51-14 on Wednesday and sets up a likely negotiation with the House, which passed legislation that goes even further.

  • Soybeans were mixed, with nearby prices pressured by spread trading activity and expectations of more U.S. imports of South American beans amid weak near-term demand from China. Chicago Board of Trade May corn rose 6- cents, or 1.2 percent, to $5.02-1/ 4 a bushel by 11:07 a.m. CDT in a second straight day of gains after sinking to a three-week low on Monday.

  • UMD plans center to train new generation of miners Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 10:47 AM ET

    DULUTH, Minn.— The University of Minnesota Duluth is creating a new program to turn out more graduates who can work in the mining field. UMD geology professor Jim Miller said at a conference Tuesday that the goal of the Mineral Resources Center is to graduate people with a full understanding of the mining cycle, even if they specialize in certain areas.

  • Supervalu returns to profit in 4Q, beats Street Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 8:46 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— Supervalu returned to a profit in its fourth quarter as the grocer distanced itself from the exorbitant costs and charges it booked during the same period last year.

  • April 21- Video streaming service Netflix on Monday became the most visible company with a business relationship with Comcast to oppose the No. 1 cable operator's $45.3 billion merger with Time Warner Cable.

  • Medtronic says CoreValve injunction is postponed Monday, 21 Apr 2014 | 6:15 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Medtronic said Monday that a federal appeals court has ruled it can continue selling its CoreValve heart valve system. Edwards Lifesciences of Irvine, Calif., noted that the court order does not reverse the jury findings or affect the damages it was awarded.

  • Limited corn planting begins in SW Minnesota Monday, 21 Apr 2014 | 4:47 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Snow and cold continue to put field work on ice at farms across Minnesota. In its weekly crop progress and condition report for the state, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says it received reports of limited corn planting from southwestern Minnesota last week, as well as some planting of oats, spring wheat and barley.

  • USDA establishes rural business investment program Monday, 21 Apr 2014 | 9:21 AM ET

    Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced in Cedar Rapids the formation of the first Rural Business Investment Company, a for-profit firm licensed by the USDA to invest in businesses that otherwise might not have the capital to increase business opportunities. The USDA traditionally has offered guaranteed loans or direct loans for rural businesses.

  • General Mills scraps controversial new legal terms Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 | 1:42 PM ET

    NEW YORK— General Mills is scrapping a controversial plan to strip consumers of their right to sue the food company. The next day, General Mills clarified the meaning of its new terms to say they did not apply when people engaged with its brands on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Railroad says it's committed to hauling fertilizer Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 3:09 PM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— Canadian Pacific Railway told a federal oversight board Friday that moving fertilizer for spring planting does not present a "significant challenge" for the railroad.

  • Judge strikes down part of Minnesota energy law Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 2:50 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— A federal judge ruled Friday that part of a Minnesota law designed to promote the use of renewable energy is unconstitutional because it attempts to control business that takes place outside state borders— and she barred Minnesota officials from enforcing it.

  • USDA orders farms to report pig virus infections Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 11:38 AM ET

    Porcine epidemic diarrhea has killed millions of pigs in 27 states since showing up in the U.S. last May, with Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and North Carolina being hit hardest. Previously, the USDA and the nation's pork industry tracked PED with voluntary reports from the labs.

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- An unmanned U.S. Navy helicopter built by Northrop Grumman Corp and a precision ship-landing system built by Raytheon Co face mandatory reviews that could lead to their cancellation after quantity reductions drove unit costs sharply higher in 2013, the Pentagon announced on Thursday.

  • Facing FTC action, U.S. ringmakers call off deal Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 6:53 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 17- Jostens, a leader in the school ring and academic memento market, on Thursday said it had dropped plans to acquire competitor American Achievement Corp- a deal the Federal Trade Commission had said it would fight.

  • NORTHROP'S UNMANNED FIRE SCOUT HELICOPTER SAW AVERAGE UNIT COSTS RISE BY 49 PCT AFTER QUANTITY CUT BY 49 AIRCRAFT- PENTAGON.

  • BNSF outlines fertilizer shipment plan to feds Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 2:40 PM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— BNSF Railway Co. will add trains in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana solely for transporting fertilizer for spring crop planting, the railroad has told a federal oversight board. The federal board this week ordered BNSF and Canadian Pacific Railway to report their plans by Friday to ensure delivery of fertilizer shipments this spring.

  • Overall index up in rural Midwest banker survey Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— The overall index for an economic survey of bankers in 10 Midwestern and Plains states has risen for a second consecutive month, suggesting more growth in the months ahead.

  • Minnesota labor force surpasses 3 million Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:56 AM ET

    Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben said Minnesota has 33,000 more jobs than its all-time employment peak. Steve Hine, research director at the agency, said Minnesota hit 2 million people in its labor force in 1978 and reached 2.5 million in 1993. It has taken longer to get the rest of the way.

  • Minnesota Pipe Line seeks to expand capacity Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:13 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— Minnesota Pipe Line Co. announced plans Thursday to nearly double the capacity of a crude oil pipeline that carries oil from Canada and North Dakota to the two refineries in the Twin Cities that produce most of Minnesota's and much of Wisconsin's transportation fuels.

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