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  • 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.

  • Great Plains Energy misses 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 6:39 AM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Great Plains Energy Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $19.5 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 14 cents per share. Great Plains Energy shares have decreased 4.5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Aegion reports 4Q loss Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 6:39 AM ET

    CHESTERFIELD, Mo. _ Aegion Corp. on Thursday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $36.9 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 40 cents per share. Aegion shares have dropped roughly 8 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 10 Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    ATLANTA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart speaks on monetary policy and the economic outlook before the 2015 Banking Outlook Conference- 1800 GMT. LONDON- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher gives a lecture on "Reflections on 10 Years at the Fed: Through the Financial Crisis" at event hosted by the...

  • Viking boats to cruise Mississippi River Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 5:22 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS, Feb 25- Viking Cruises Ltd will establish its first North American beachhead, a homeport in New Orleans, and will offer cruises up the Mississippi River starting in 2017, the company and Louisiana officials announced. The company- whose boats ply the rivers of Europe, Russia, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt- will begin cruising the Mississippi with two...

  • ADM cuts biodiesel output as industry hit by weak margins Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 1:23 PM ET

    WINNIPEG/ NEW YORK, Feb 25- Archer Daniels Midland, one of the world's top biofuels producers, has slowed North American biodiesel output, the latest sign the industry is battling uncertainty over U.S. renewable fuel policy while the oil rout curbs demand. The Chicago- based agri business has "temporarily" shifted production at its Velva, North Dakota, oilseeds...

  • Isle of Capri Casinos tops Street 3Q forecasts Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 8:39 AM ET

    ST. LOUIS _ Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $5.4 million. Analysts expected $226.3 million, according to Zacks. Isle of Capri Casinos shares have climbed 20 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Ameren beats 4Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 8:18 AM ET

    ST LOUIS _ Ameren Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $48 million. Ameren expects full-year earnings to be $2.45 to $2.65 per share. Ameren shares have declined almost 7 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased nearly 3 percent.

  • HALLOWELL, Maine— State utility regulators decided Wednesday to reconsider agreements with two companies planning to develop wind power projects in Maine, despite widespread criticism from industry officials who said doing so would be inappropriate and set a dangerous precedent. The Public Utilities Commission voted 2-1 in favor of reopening...

  • EPR Properties reports 4Q results Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 5:48 PM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ EPR Properties on Tuesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of $1.04 per share. Analysts expected $79.2 million, according to Zacks.

  • NEW ORLEANS— European river cruise giant Viking, already gaining a high profile in the United States with its sponsorship of popular PBS television shows, announced Tuesday that it will make New Orleans its first North American home port for Mississippi River cruises expected to begin by late 2017.. Viking's move will produce 416 new jobs in New Orleans,...