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  • TEXT-S&P rates ERAC USA Finance notes 'BBB+' Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 5:43 PM ET

    Oct 10- Standard& Poor's Ratings Services said today that it has assigned its' BBB+' issue rating to ERAC USA Finance LLC's notes, rule 144 A offerings without registration rights. ERAC's parent, Enterprise Holdings Inc., guarantees the notes. --Summary: Enterprise Holdings Inc., Sept. 25, 2012.

  • Highlights from the Fed's US economic survey Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:56 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the economy grew modestly in the late summer, bolstered by solid gains in housing. The report is based on anecdotal information from the regional districts and covers the period from mid-August to Sept. 28. The region's economy expanded modestly.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- Experimental Alzheimer's drugs from Roche Holding AG and Eli Lilly& Co have been selected for a high-profile clinical trial to test whether it is possible to prevent the brain-wasting disease from developing in at-risk patients.

  • Down economy exacerbating US town dissolutions Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:50 PM ET

    Carmen Wilkerson ran for mayor of St. George with one clear goal in mind for the tiny Missouri town: Get rid of it. In 2008, St. George _ known as a local speed trap _ had spent $200,000 more than it took into its coffers, according to county records. In its budget woes, St. George is far from alone.

  • McCaskill hits Akin with ads featuring raped women Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:12 PM ET

    Claire McCaskill took aim Wednesday at Republican challenger Todd Akin with a new series of TV ads featuring rape survivors outraged by Akin's remark about "legitimate rape" and his opposition to emergency contraception.

  • Oct 10- U.S. tax preparer H&R Block Inc said it was exploring strategic alternatives for its banking unit to avoid heavy costs associated with stricter supervision under the Dodd-Frank Act. H&R Block, like other companies with small banking units, is under pressure to get out of the business to escape costly oversight by the U.S.

  • Nebraska-based bank buying Missouri bank Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:22 AM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.-- Nebraska- based Pinnacle Bank has agreed to buy First State Bank of Joplin, Mo.. First State Bank has four branches in Joplin, one in Sarcoxie and one in Webb City and a total of $183 million in assets.

  • Oct 10- Roche Holding AG's experimental drug gantenerumab and Eli Lilly& Co's solanezumab have been chosen to be tested in a high-profile global Alzheimer's disease prevention trial, and a second Lilly medicine is being considered for potential inclusion in the study, Washington University said on Wednesday.

  • alzheimer's prevention trial-- Washington university. in global trial- Washington university. alzheimer's in different way-- Washington university.

  • Players lash out at new bounty discipline Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:24 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith and the NFL players union left little doubt they remain determined to challenge Commissioner Roger Goodell's authority to suspend players in connection with the league's bounty investigation of the New Orleans Saints.

  • Westar Energy says 2 new wind farms now operating Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:16 AM ET

    TOPEKA, Kan.-- Westar Energy Inc. says new wind farms in central and southwest Kansas are now producing power for its customers. The 201- megawatt Post Rock Wind Farm in Ellsworth and Lincoln counties began production Sept. 28. The Ironwood Wind Power Project farm in Ford and Hodgeman counties can produce up to 168 megawatts of electricity for Westar.

  • Belfonte recalls some ice cream with peanut butter Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:33 AM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- Belfonte Ice Cream is recalling two types of ice cream that contain peanut butter because of the potential of salmonella contamination. The ice cream was sold between April 2010 and October 2012 in retail and convenience stores in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

  • Pumpkin farmers have smashing crop despite drought Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:13 AM ET

    ST. LOUIS-- Farmers in a stretch of Illinois where most of the nation's pumpkins are grown say their crop looks relatively smashing and is likely to be one of the few successes in a year when severe drought baked most of the nation's heartland. But John Ackerman said most of the pumpkins he planted fared "fantastic" for a simple, single reason: Pumpkins dig dry weather.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- Experimental Alzheimer's drugs from Roche Holding AG and Eli Lilly& Co have been selected for a high-profile clinical trial to test whether it is possible to prevent the brain-wasting disease from ever developing in at-risk patients.

  • Oct 10- H&R Block Inc, the biggest U.S. tax preparer, said it is exploring strategic alternatives for its small banking operation to avoid a looming sharp rise in costs associated with the introduction of stricter supervision under the Dodd-Frank Act.

  • --We expect Kansas City, Mo.- based Dairy Farmers of America Inc.' s proposed new financing initiatives to result in an increase in the company's total debt. Rating Action On Oct. 9, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services revised its rating outlook on Dairy Farmers of America Inc. to negative from stable.

  • Expansion planned for western Mo. biodiesel plant Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 1:48 PM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- A Kansas City biodiesel plant plans to expand, allowing it to increase production by 40 percent. The facility is a joint venture of Paseo and Cargill and is near the Paseo Bridge in Kansas City. Jay Nixon traveled to Kansas City for the announcement.

  • Feds paid $40M to firms tied to McCaskill's spouse Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 1:28 PM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- Businesses affiliated with the husband of Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill have received almost $40 million in federal subsidies for low-income housing developments during her first five years in office, though it appears only fraction of that has made it to the family's bank accounts, according to an Associated Press analysis.

  • In Ohio, Mandel's Senate bid faces Dems' scrutiny Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 1:03 PM ET

    CHILLICOTHE, Ohio-- Josh Mandel, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, declines to take a stand on the 2009 bailout of the auto industry and reserves judgment on vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's plans for Medicare.

  • *Says to expand the Paseo biodiesel plant in Kansas City; expansion to up. biodiesel production capacity by 40 pct. *Source text* Further company coverage.