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  • *Lynch takes over after protests in Baltimore. *Justice Department is probing use of excessive force. Besides the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, other questionable encounters between police and black males in recent months have led to unrest in South Carolina, Missouri, Ohio and New York.

  • WICHITA, Kan.— Kansas smokers are upset about plans to sharply increase the cigarette tax to help fill a budget hole created by Gov. Sam Brownback's income tax cuts and say they will take their business to Missouri or Oklahoma if the tax hike passes. The proposal isn't popular among some lawmakers, especially those who live on the border with Missouri, which has the...

  • Michigan vote tests pothole angst vs. will to raise taxes Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 12:24 PM ET

    Mary Jo Walentovic was driving on a Detroit- area interstate in February when a car kicked up a large chunk of road that smashed through her van's windshield, destroying the rearview mirror and an armrest. Fed up, she plans to vote for a 1- cent sales tax increase on Michigan's May 5 ballot that would put an additional $1.2 billion a year into fixing deteriorating...

  • *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.

  • Reinsurance Group misses Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 5:33 PM ET

    CHESTERFIELD, Mo. _ Reinsurance Group of America Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $125.1 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.85 per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.63 billion.

  • Correction: Ride-hailing Regulations story Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 1:05 PM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— In an April 22 story about the Missouri House giving initial approval to statewide rules for the ride-sharing industry, The Associated Press misidentified the Democratic state House member who described the legislation as an example of big business taking advantage of local government. Missouri House endorses statewide regulations...

  • DST Systems beats 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 9:27 AM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ DST Systems Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $107.8 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.26 per share. DST Systems shares have increased 24 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Peabody Energy slides after cutting sales forecast Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 8:33 AM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Coal miner Peabody Energy Corp. cut its sales forecast Thursday after posting a bigger loss in the first quarter, and its shares fell more than 7 percent. The St. Louis company reported a bigger loss than Wall Street expected for its first quarter and its revenue came up short of analyst estimates. Peabody Energy sold 60.6 million tons of coal in the first...

  • Enterprise Financial Services posts 1Q profit Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 8:12 AM ET

    CLAYTON, Mo. _ Enterprise Financial Services Corp. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $9.3 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 37 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $33.7 million.

  • Some police in US looking to body cameras on their own Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 1:33 AM ET

    Studies of camera use by police in Rialto, California, and Mesa, Arizona, showed steep declines in citizen complaints and in use of force by officers. In the Ohio village of New Richmond, where Kidder's restraint last week in the face of a potentially deadly suspect has drawn wide acclaim, police chief Randy Harvey said the video shows why he'd like to have the...

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— An effort by Missouri lawmakers to create statewide regulations for ridesharing companies including Uber and Lyft has received initial approval in the House. Opponents from Kansas City and St. Louis say it would remove cities' ability to protect residents. John Carpenter of Kansas City says the proposal is an example of big business taking...

  • Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide sold by Monsanto Co and is found in hundreds of products sold worldwide by many companies. But some scientific studies have linked it to health problems, and last month a research unit of the World Health Organization classified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans." Monsanto spokeswoman...

  • UPDATE 1-American Airlines CEO opts for shares, no salary Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 7:04 PM ET

    April 22- The chief of American Airlines Group Inc has opted to receive his primary pay in stock starting on Wednesday, drawing union criticism because he has opposed linking the pay of pilots to the company's performance. Parker was paid about $12.3 million in 2014, including a $7 million stock grant. Allied Pilots Association spokesman Gregg Overman said...

  • Two different strains have been discovered in the United States this year. The H5N2 strain is in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. The H5N8 strain has been identified in California and also in Idaho, U.S. Department of Agriculture data shows.

  • O'Reilly Automotive beats Street 1Q forecasts Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 4:42 PM ET

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. _ O'Reilly Automotive Inc. on Wednesday reported first-quarter earnings of $212.9 million. O'Reilly Automotive expects full-year earnings to be $8.42 to $8.52 per share, with revenue in the range of $7.6 billion to $7.8 billion. O'Reilly Automotive shares have risen 12 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500...

  • DETROIT, April 22- General Motors Co's return to selling smaller pickups in the United States has resuscitated a moribund market segment, but new data highlights the risk that the automaker's new trucks are cannibalizing sales of higher-priced models. However, beneath the encouraging numbers for the Colorado and Canyon are some less positive trends, said IHS...

  • April 22- DuPont is buying a California- based microbiome discovery company for development of biological crop products, a move that the chemical and crop company hopes will give it an edge in an emerging agricultural market. DuPont's announcement on Wednesday did not disclose how much it is paying for Taxon Biosciences Inc, but said the 15- year-old company...

  • April 22- DuPont is buying a California- based microbiome discovery company for development of biological crop products, a move that the chemical and crop company hopes will give it an edge in an emerging agricultural market. DuPont's announcement on Wednesday did not disclose how much it is paying for Taxon Biosciences Inc, but said the 15- year-old company...

  • Great Southern Bancorp beats 1Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 7:15 PM ET

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. _ Great Southern Bancorp Inc. on Tuesday reported first-quarter earnings of $11.7 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 68 cents per share. Great Southern Bancorp shares have dropped 2 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • April 21- Discovery of a strain of deadly avian influenza in a large egg-laying facility in Iowa this week was the latest outbreak of the disease in the United States. The H5N2 strain has been discovered in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Kansas, Arkansas, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Missouri. Following are facts about the U.S. poultry...