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  • More than 21 million birds have been killed or are expected to be condemned, and three states- Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa- have declared a state of emergency. Below is a timeline of the spread of the viruses, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Canada's Food Inspection Agency, and responses by the...

  • The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials said 23 states reported combined spending of more than $1 billion on winter maintenance operations and 8 million work hours plowing or treating state roads from October to March. The Department of Transportation wound up spending $154 million on winter maintenance, well above its...

  • NEW YORK, May 1- New U.S. and Canadian speed limits for oil trains will do little to temper the likelihood and severity of explosive accidents that have grown in frequency over the past two years, critics of new regulations said on Friday. Walking a line between increasing safety and keeping oil shipments moving at a clip on North American rails, regulators...

  • OSCEOLA, Mo.— After 45 years of providing health care in rural Missouri, Sac-Osage Hospital is being sold piece by piece. Sac- Osage is one of a growing number of rural U.S. hospitals closing their doors, citing a complex combination of changing demographics, medical practices, management decisions and federal policies that have put more financial pressure on...

  • WASHINGTON— Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas steadfastly defended his work on three foreign-investor visa cases while testifying before a House committee Thursday, following allegations that he used his post to help well-connected Democrats. "I regret the perception my own involvement created," Mayorkas told members of the House...

  • Since 2005, those lawsuits have generated a $14 million surplus for Edwardsville and solidified Madison County's place at the center of a long-running national debate over personal-injury claims. Lawsuits have also proliferated in smaller industrial communities such as Beaumont, Texas, and Charleston, West Virginia, but Edwardsville is the smallest and...

  • Renasant meets 1Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 7:21 PM ET

    TUPELO, Miss. _ Renasant Corp. on Tuesday reported first-quarter net income of $15.2 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 48 cents per share. Renasant shares have climbed nearly 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • The H5N2 strain has been reported in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. The H5N8 strain has been identified in California and also in Idaho, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dec. 19, 2014- Highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza strain confirmed in a...

  • Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service told Reuters the H5N2 virus- along with two other highly pathogenic strains of bird flu- will likely be passed among birds at breeding grounds in the northern United States and Canada through the summer. The USDA statement marks a shift in tone in the agency's...

  • Trustmark beats 1Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 5:24 PM ET

    JACKSON, Miss. _ Trustmark Corp. on Tuesday reported first-quarter net income of $29.1 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 39 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $144.4 million.

  • CHICAGO, April 27- Initial tests have found probable avian influenza outbreaks at five new commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting more than 6 million birds, the state's agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. "This is a big deal," Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said during a conference call on Monday.

  • JACKSON, Miss.— A Chicago bankruptcy judge has blessed plans to dismantle the former casino at the shuttered Harrah's complex in Mississippi's Tunica County. It's one facet of a massive bankruptcy case involving Caesars Entertainment Corp. and its attempt to restructure or shed almost $20 billion in debt. The board collects $3.65 million yearly from a port...

  • Hancock Holding beats 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 6:27 PM ET

    GULFPORT, Miss. _ Hancock Holding Co. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $40.2 million. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 54 cents per share. Hancock Holding shares have declined 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • The First Bancshares posts 1Q profit Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 3:36 PM ET

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. _ The First Bancshares Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $2 million. The First Bancshares shares have risen 12 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: The First Bancshares, Earnings Report.

  • unit of Wells Fargo& Co, added eight advisers from Morgan Stanley and brokerage firm Edward Jones. G. "Carey" Revels, Craig Goldberg and Jonathan Zucker joined Wells Fargo Advisors from Morgan Stanley. Revels managed more than $108 million in client assets at Morgan Stanley and joined Wells Fargo's Hattiesburg, Mississippi office.

  • NEW YORK, April 22- Financial companies are among the standouts of the first-quarter earnings reporting season, but their dazzling profit growth has failed to impress investors, who are finding reasons for caution behind the headline numbers. Both Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs blew through expectations, with respective profit growth of 59 percent and 48...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 15- About 6 percent of U.S. adults plan to buy Apple Inc's smartwatch according to a Reuters/ Ipsos poll, with men twice as likely as women to purchase Apple boss Tim Cook's first new major product. Ipsos polled 1,829 U.S. adults online between April 8 and 14 about the watch, which opened for preorders last week. Wall Street estimates had varied...

  • WASHINGTON, April 13- As the United States and Iran come closer to a historic nuclear deal, many U.S. states are likely to stick with their own sanctions on Iran that could complicate any warming of relations between the long-time foes. In more than half those states, the restrictions expire only if Iran is no longer designated to be supporting terrorism or if all...

  • "That JOLTS report was certainly quite strong and strong employment equals strong gasoline demand," said John Kilduff, partner at Again Capital LLC in New York. May crude was up $1.11 at $53.25 a barrel at 12:10 p.m. EDT, having traded from $51.17 to $53.46. Brent May crude was up 48 cents at $58.60, having swung from $57.02 to $59.09.

  • NEW YORK, April 2- A group of 14 state attorneys general on Thursday asked the U.S. Congress to investigate the herbal supplements industry after a New York probe of the products turned up ingredients that were not listed on labels and raised safety concerns. The group, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Illinois Attorney General Greg Zoeller,...