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  • LMI reports 1Q loss Monday, 4 May 2015 | 7:21 AM ET

    ST CHARLES, Mo. _ LMI Aerospace Inc. on Monday reported a loss of $1.5 million in its first quarter. On a per-share basis, the St Charles, Missouri- based company said it had a loss of 11 cents. Keywords: LMI Aerospace, Earnings Report.

  • Tensions in places such as Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, have prompted candidates to explore the complicated relationship between poor communities and the police, and the deep-seated issues that have trapped many of the 45 million people who live in poverty in the United States. A frustrated President Barack Obama challenged the nation to do "some...

  • NORMAN, Okla.— Forecasters troubled by the high death count from twisters in Alabama and Joplin, Missouri, four years ago say they must put away their "nerd-speak" and find better ways to communicate if the public is going to react appropriately when bad weather approaches. "We're not giving up," John Murphy, the National Weather Service's chief operating officer,...

  • Some make nothing at all when Congress is in recess. Members of the House and Senate collect their $174,000 annual salaries whether Congress is making laws, taking a break or causing a partial government shutdown. "This is the most important building in the world," said Sontia Bailey, who works the cash register and stocks the shelves at the "Refectory" takeout on the...

  • WICHITA, Kan.— Farmers and other agriculture industry leaders will fan out across Kansas in the coming days to examine the extent of damage to winter wheat from drought, disease and winterkill. Reports of a heavy infestation of the disease have surfaced in southeast Kansas near Altamont and more moderate cases have also surfaced in Labette around Labette...

  • Charter reports 1Q loss Friday, 1 May 2015 | 9:12 AM ET

    STAMFORD, Mo.— Charter Communications Inc. on Friday reported a loss of $81 million in its first quarter. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 7 cents per share. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.37 billion.

  • Q&A: Why have rural hospitals been closing? Friday, 1 May 2015 | 7:21 AM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— There are more than 4,700 hospitals in the U.S, spread about evenly between urban and rural areas. But that number has been dwindling. More than 100 hospitals have closed since 2010, and the pace has quickened in the past couple of years.

  • 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...

  • CHICAGO, April 30- The highly pathogenic H5 avian flu turned up in initial tests at five more farms in Iowa, including a commercial egg operation housing up to 5.5 million birds, Iowa's agriculture department said on Thursday. The egg farm's owner, Rembrandt Foods, one of the top U.S. egg producers, confirmed the outbreak but disputed the number of birds affected.

  • CHICAGO, April 30- The highly pathogenic H5 avian flu turned up in initial tests at five more farms in Iowa, including a commercial egg operation housing up to 5.5 million birds, Iowa's agriculture department said on Thursday. Avian flu was "probable" at four other commercial farms in Buena Vista, Sioux and Clay counties, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land...

  • Legget & Platt tops Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 4:51 PM ET

    CARTHAGE, Mo. _ Leggett& Platt Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $71.7 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 46 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $965.7 million.

  • Baltimore riot damage adds burden to small businesses Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 3:02 PM ET

    BALTIMORE— Richard Sung Kang's American dream came crashing down in a shower of broken glass. His West Baltimore liquor store and bar, the Oxford Tavern, was hit by looters during a riot over the police-involved death of neighborhood resident Freddie Gray. About 200 small businesses were unable to open the day after the violence, Maryland Gov.

  • April 30- Exxon Mobil Corp's first-quarter profit dropped less than expected in results posted on Thursday as margins at the refining unit of the world's largest publicly traded oil company surged on tumbling crude prices. "It was a strong quarter," said Brian Youngberg, analyst at Edward Jones in Saint Louis. The Irving, Texas- based company earned a...

  • Arizona lawmakers tell cities they can't ban plastic bags Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 12:35 PM ET

    PHOENIX— Vexed by the litter caught in cactus and shrubs, one Arizona city banned plastic bags on Earth Day last year. Those efforts are now in limbo after Arizona lawmakers voted this month to make it illegal for cities to impose bag bans, angering municipalities over what they see as heavy-handed action by the state. Arizona cities are forbidden from hiking...

  • Comedy at work: From menial, low-paid jobs comes laughter Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 12:15 PM ET

    NEW YORK, April 30- First jobs are not usually very funny. In fact they're often menial, and low-paid, and pretty degrading. First job: Dairy Queen counter.

  • CHICAGO, April 30- An Iowa-based chicken broiler breeding farm has initially tested positive for the highly pathogenic H5 bird flu, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship confirmed on Thursday. The facility in Kossuth County, Iowa, houses an estimated 19,000 birds, state officials said. The H5N2 strain has been reported in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa,...

  • Empire District Electric posts 1Q profit Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 12:06 PM ET

    JOPLIN, Mo. _ Empire District Electric Co. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $14.6 million. Empire District Electric shares have decreased 20 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Empire District Electric, Earnings Report.

  • Bird flu found in hawk in western Minnesota Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 10:47 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— A hawk in western Minnesota is the first wild bird in the state to test positive for the bird flu virus since the beginning of an outbreak that's killed more than 20 million birds in the Midwest this spring, state wildlife officials announced Thursday. Minnesota, the nation's largest turkey-producing state, has been hit hard by the flu, with nearly 4...

  • Belden reports 1Q loss Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 10:09 AM ET

    ST. LOUIS _ Belden Inc. on Thursday reported a first-quarter loss of $19.6 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 98 cents per share. Belden expects full-year earnings in the range of $5.28 to $5.48 per share, with revenue ranging from...

  • April 30- Exxon Mobil Corp reported a smaller-than-expected drop in quarterly profit on Thursday as oil and gas output and refining results grew even as lower crude prices ate into earnings at the world's largest publicly traded oil company. "It was a strong quarter," said Brian Youngberg, analyst at Edward Jones in Saint Louis. The Irving, Texas company earned a...