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  • CHICAGO, April 27- Hundreds of farm workers exposed to a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu have been offered antiviral medication as a preventative measure in recent days, U.S. public health officials said. Alicia Fry, a medical officer in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's influenza division, said that while health officials are cautiously...

  • Enbridge seeks replacement pipeline in Minnesota Sunday, 26 Apr 2015 | 4:28 PM ET

    Enbridge, based in Calgary, Alberta, filed its application with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Friday. The Minnesota segment is part of a $7.5 billion project by Enbridge to build a new 36- inch diameter line from Hardisty, Alberta, to Superior, Wisconsin, where Enbridge has a terminal and connections to pipelines serving the Midwest, Gulf Coast and...

  • CHICAGO, April 26- The Minnesota State Emergency Operations Center has called on the National Guard to deliver water for use in the effort to contain the rapidly spreading avian flu virus, the center said on Sunday. Starting Monday, 30 National Guard soldiers and 15 military water trucks from the Willmar, Minnesota- based 682nd Engineer Battalion and the...

  • NATIONAL GUARD IN MINNESOTA CALLED UP TO DELIVER WATER FOR USE IN BIRD FLU CONTAINMENT EFFORT- STATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER.

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— Some observers say a North Dakota bill passed this legislative session that sets guidelines for industrial hemp production should make it easier to grow and may help create an industry for Indian tribes, although it could take a while to sort out federal policies. David Monson is meant to put the state in line with the new federal farm bill that...

  • Bill under debate would limit farm antibiotics in Oregon Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 11:38 AM ET

    As public pressure mounts nationally against antibiotics, Oregon legislators are debating whether to curtail their use in agriculture. If the legislation passes, Oregon would be the first in the nation to mandate stricter rules on livestock antibiotics. Proponents of Oregon's bill say that's inadequate, because the move still allows operators to...

  • House GOP finalizes bid in education funding debate Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 1:31 AM ET

    Mark Dayton and fellow Democrats who control the Senate. During a House session that began Friday and stretched into early Saturday morning, GOP lawmakers offered a budget bill that also would limit future salary hikes for administration officials, cut the new Metropolitan Council chair's salary in half and remove the governor's ability to appoint those...

  • SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Bill MacFarlane has been anxious since a case of a deadly bird flu strain was recently confirmed in domestic poultry just 50 miles from his southern Wisconsin farm, the largest pheasant operation in North America that supplies 1.8 million birds each year to the game bird industry. At MacFarlane Farms, feed trucks that come onto the farm have to be...

  • NEW YORK— Even if Comcast's $45.2 billion bid for Time Warner Cable is dead, consolidation among the companies that pipe in our TV, phone and Internet will carry on. Bloomberg News and The New York Times both said Thursday that Comcast is planning to drop its bid, citing unidentified people with knowledge of the matter. Comcast and Time Warner Cable declined to...

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, April 23- Comcast Corp's board was meeting late on Thursday to finalize plans to abandon its proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable Inc, according to a person directly familiar with the matter. Comcast and Time Warner Cable declined to comment. The news came a day after officials of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, the two largest U.S....

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, April 23- Comcast Corp's board was meeting late on Thursday to finalize plans to abandon its proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable Inc, according to a person directly familiar with the matter. Representatives of Comcast and Time Warner Cable declined to comment. The news came a day after officials of Comcast and Time Warner...

  • *Minnesota is second U.S. state to declare emergency over bird flu. *National Guard will be called up if needed- Minnesota governor. CHICAGO, April 23- Minnesota declared a state of emergency on Thursday over a fast-spreading strain of avian flu that has led to the extermination of more than 7.3 million birds in the country.

  • Digi International posts 2Q profit Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 6:01 PM ET

    MINNETONKA, Minn. _ Digi International Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $1.4 million. For the current quarter ending in June, Digi International said it expects revenue in the range of $51 million to $54 million. Digi International shares have risen roughly 4 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • SPS Commerce misses 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 5:48 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS _ SPS Commerce Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $586,000. For the current quarter ending in June, SPS Commerce expects its per-share earnings to range from 16 cents to 17 cents. SPS Commerce expects full-year earnings in the range of 73 cents to 77 cents per share, with revenue ranging from $156.2 million to $158.2 million.

  • April 23- Comcast Corp plans to drop its $45 billion offer to buy Time Warner Cable Inc in the face of opposition from U.S. regulators, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The news came a day after Comcast and Time Warner Cable officials met with reviewers from the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice...

  • CHICAGO, April 23- Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency on Thursday in response of the fast-spreading avian flu that has led to the extermination of more than 7.3 million birds in the United States. State health officials also said the state has been expediting prescriptions for the antiviral drug Tamiflu, for farm workers and others...

  • A few countries— including China, Russia, South Korea and Thailand— have shut off all imports of poultry products from the United States. Mexico, Japan and Canada are among 33 countries declining to accept poultry products from entire states, including Iowa, the nation's leading egg producer, and Minnesota, the top turkey grower in the U.S. Some countries— including...

  • NEW YORK— Wall Street appears increasingly convinced Comcast's $45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable is dead. A telling indicator is the gap between the value Comcast's all-stock bid assigned to each Time Warner Cable share and Time Warner Cable stock's current price. Buying Time Warner Cable would give Comcast millions of Internet and TV customers in...

  • April 23- For two years, 3 M Co has been among the best bets in industrial stocks, with analysts swooning over its financial performance and desire to return cash to shareholders. St Paul, Minnesota- based 3 M generates more than 60 percent of its sales outside the United States. Excluding currency swings, 3 M's revenue growth of 3.3 percent trailed some analysts'...

  • Dayton declares state of emergency over bird flu Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 2:58 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Minnesota Gov. Dayton signed an executive order directing the emergency management division to activate its response plan and support the efforts of the Board of Animal Health and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to cope with the epidemic. Outbreaks of the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza strain have already cost Minnesota...