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  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— The Missouri House gave initial approval Wednesday to a bill to reinstate limits on how much juries can award in noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases against health care providers. The state previously had caps that were overturned by the state Supreme Court in 2012. The bill creates a statutory cause of action for medical...

  • H&R Block handled fewer returns, but 3Q revenue jumped Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 4:18 PM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Tax preparer H&R Block Inc. said Wednesday that the earlier opening of the IRS' e-filing system helped its results in the fiscal third quarter even as it processed fewer tax returns than it did a year ago. H&R Block said tax returns were down for a number of reasons: consumers were filing their taxes at different times, form delays and errors...

  • Fed survey finds US economy growing at moderate pace Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 2:01 PM ET

    The Boston district said businesses in its area remained upbeat despite a series of huge snowstorms. Fed Chair Janet Yellen delivered the central bank's semiannual economic report to Congress last week and indicated that the Fed is still willing to be "patient" in terms of raising interest rates because of weak wage growth and inflation well below the Fed's 2...

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- Kansas City Fed President Esther George said on Wednesday the U.S. economy was approaching full employment and that the central bank should raise interest rates in the middle of this year. At a conference in Kansas City, George said she was "not overly concerned" with recent weak inflation, which has been dragged lower by the drop in oil prices.

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 17 Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    LAKE FOREST, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans speaks on current economic conditions and monetary policy before the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary Club 2015 Economic Breakfast- 1400 GMT. KANSAS CITY, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther George speaks on the U.S. economy at an event hosted by...

  • IOWA CITY, Iowa— Taser International, the stun-gun maker emerging as a leading supplier of body cameras for police, has cultivated financial ties to police chiefs whose departments have bought the recording devices, raising a host of conflict-of-interest questions. Taser is planning to send two of them to speak at luxury hotels in Australia and the United Arab...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 15 Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England's Paul Fisher speaks at the Economist's Insurance Summit 2015- 0910 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England's Anthony Habgood and Governor Mark Carney appears before Treasury Select Committee- Grabiner Report- 1000 GMT. LAKE FOREST, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans speaks on current economic conditions and...

  • *ECB policymakers meet in Cyprus on Wednesday, Thursday. NEW YORK, March 2- The dollar edged up on Monday, with an index that tracks the greenback against major currencies touching an 11- year peak even after soft economic data. "The dollar's long-term trend is up but it now is in some consolidation," said Paul Christopher, international strategist at Wells Fargo in St...

  • FOREX-Dollar touches 11-year peak as euro gains fade Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 11:58 AM ET

    *ECB policymakers meet in Cyprus on Wednesday, Thursday. The yen was off 0.45 percent at 120.07 yen to the dollar in late-morning New York trade. "The dollar's long-term trend is up but it now is in some consolidation," said Paul Christopher, international strategist at Wells Fargo in St Louis.

  • High court to consider bias claim on loan guarantees Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 10:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court will decide whether a bank discriminated against the wives of two Missouri real estate developers by requiring them to guarantee their husbands' business loans. The justices said Monday they will hear an appeal of Valerie Hawkins and Janice Patterson, who claim the bank discriminated against them based on their marital status...

  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking comments and data about monarchs through March 2, and a decision on whether to list the monarch as threatened is due in December. Environmentalists say the butterfly's decline— the overwinter population in Mexico reached a low in 2013— has coincided with the rise of St. Louis- based agribusiness giant Monsanto's...

  • House Roll Call: Approving 1-week DHS funding bill Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 10:25 PM ET

    The 357-60 roll call Friday by which the House approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week. The bill goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. Republicans— Aderholt, X; Brooks, N; Byrne, Y; Palmer, N; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 27- The Obama administration is battling Wall Street to win the support of dozens of Democrat lawmakers over rules that could rein in brokers who handle trillions of dollars in retirement accounts. President Barack Obama on Monday called on the Department of Labor to write new rules for brokers that seek to reduce conflicts of interest and "...

  • Correction: Earns-Aegion story Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 2:10 PM ET

    CHESTERFIELD, Mo.— In a Feb. 26 story about the financial results of Aegion Corp., The Associated Press reported erroneously, in a report generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research, that the company missed Wall Street profit expectations. Aegion reports fourth-quarter loss of $36.9 million. CHESTERFIELD, Mo.— Aegion Corp. on...

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Highway Patrol says 8 people dead, including the gunman, in shootings in southeastern Missouri.

  • Sam Brownback said he saw signs of economic growth Friday after a report showed that Kansas collected $22 million more in taxes than anticipated this month. Even with the unanticipated windfall for the month reported by the state Department of Revenue, the state's tax collections for the past eight months are running slightly behind expectations.

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 12 Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester, Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley, Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer, former Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke and Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Hiroshi Nakaso participate in the U.S. Monetary Policy Forum 2015 Annual Conference sponsored by the...

  • Huttig reports 4Q loss Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 6:33 PM ET

    ST LOUIS _ Huttig Building Products Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $500,000 in its fourth quarter. The St. Louis- based company said it had a loss of 2 cents per share. For the year, the company reported profit of $2.2 million, or 9 cents per share.

  • On Thursday, Obama stepped up his campaign for expanding exports and negotiating new trade deals in Asia and Europe, a rare spot of common ground with Republicans and a raw point of friction with Democrats. Presidents have had an increasingly tough time getting that authority from Congress; Bill Clinton had to buck his party to win it and George W. Bush got it by a...

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— State auditor's office: Tom Schweich, Missouri auditor and GOP governor candidate, has died.