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  • Nebraska jobless inches up to 3.7 percent Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:19 AM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.— Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate inched up a tenth of a point to hit 3.7 percent in March, but the state's jobless rate remains one of the lowest in the nation, according to a state report released Friday. The 3.7 percent rate in March is two-tenths of a point under the 3.9 percent the state posted in March 2013, the state Department of Labor said.

  • BNSF outlines fertilizer shipment plan to feds Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 2:40 PM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— BNSF Railway Co. will add trains in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana solely for transporting fertilizer for spring crop planting, the railroad has told a federal oversight board. The federal board this week ordered BNSF and Canadian Pacific Railway to report their plans by Friday to ensure delivery of fertilizer shipments this spring.

  • Overall index up in rural Midwest banker survey Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— The overall index for an economic survey of bankers in 10 Midwestern and Plains states has risen for a second consecutive month, suggesting more growth in the months ahead.

  • Union Pacific railroad's 1Q profit up 14 percent Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 8:27 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— The harsh winter didn't keep Union Pacific railroad from delivering 14 percent higher quarterly profit as it hauled more agricultural, industrial and coal shipments. Union Pacific's revenue grew 7 percent to $5.64 billion. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected Union Pacific to report earnings per share of $2.37 on $5.7 billion in revenue.

  • CSX railroad expects modest 2014 profit growth Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:05 AM ET

    CSX Corp. stock declined more than 3 percent to $27.36 in afternoon trading Wednesday. Ward said the Chicago area's cold, snowy winter was especially problematic because all the major freight railroads connect in Chicago and commuter trains use some of the same rails. There is already a long-term plan in place to improve rail traffic through Chicago.

  • CSX 1Q profit falls 14 pct as weather slows rails Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 4:40 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— Harsh winter weather slowed CSX railroad and contributed to a 14 percent drop in first-quarter profit, even as freight volume grew modestly. On Tuesday, the railroad based in Jacksonville, Fla., reported net income of $398 million, or 40 cents per share, in the quarter ending March 31. That's down from $462 million, or 45 cents per share, a year ago.

  • Huge Big Boy steam locomotive coming back to life Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 3:32 AM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— In its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300- horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the mountains of Wyoming and Utah.

  • Hoeven: BNSF pledges to speed fertilizer delivery Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    The North Dakota Republican said BNSF Executive Chairman Matt Rose told him over the weekend that the railroad "will dedicate additional resources and crews to get fertilizer to North Dakota producers faster."

  • Unruly man charged after jet diverts to Nebraska Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 1:50 AM ET

    OMAHA, Nebraska— A man removed from a California- bound Southwest Airlines aircraft after he allegedly tried to open a door during the flight was charged Monday with interfering with the crew. The flight with five crew members and 134 passengers then continued on to Sacramento and arrived safely about two hours behind schedule.

  • Railroads stress safety after deaths up in 2013 Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 6:07 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— Railroads are launching a new campaign to highlight the dangers of being near train tracks after a spike in rail deaths last year. At this time last year, the railroads were proudly calling 2012 their safest year ever as derailments and crossing accidents kept declining.

  • Lawsuit over Hebrew National hot dogs is revived Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 12:36 PM ET

    NEW YORK, April 4- A year after ConAgra Foods Inc won the dismissal of a lawsuit claiming that its Hebrew National hot dogs were not kosher, a higher authority has given the case new life. Instead, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found simply that the case did not belong in federal court, and returned it to the Dakota County, Minnesota state court where it began.

  • March 24- Southwest Airlines Co will more than double its flights from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport this year with new nonstop routes to cities including Akron- Canton, Ohio; Indianapolis and Dallas Love Field, it said on Monday.

  • *Buffett's company and Graham Holdings in $1.1 billion swap. *Berkshire invested in Washington Post Co in 1973. March 12- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc plans to shed much of its 40- year-old investment in Graham Holdings Co, the former publisher of the Washington Post, and swap most of its shares for a Miami television station and other assets.

  • March 4- Warren Buffett is seeking to reassure shareholders about how his Berkshire Hathaway Inc will perform in the decades after he steps down or dies, but remains as vague as ever about succession plans. Jeff Immelt, the CEO at General Electric Co, has been unable to get his company's share price anywhere near the heights achieved by his predecessor Jack Welch.

  • NEW YORK, March 1- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Saturday signaled he plans to make more large acquisitions to expand a conglomerate that posted a record profit in 2013, helped by a recovering U.S. economy.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 28- A five-year bull market may have finally outdueled one of the U.S. stock market's biggest bulls, and Warren Buffett will probably tell investors on Saturday that his 43- year run of beating the Street has come to an end.

  • *Cuts FY adj earnings forecast to $2.22- $2.25/ share from $2.34- $2.38. *Expects third-quarter adj. earnings of about $0.60/ shr vs est $0.66.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 26- After a scary sell-off in emerging markets in the past week, investors who specialize in the sector are looking for places to hide while also looking for opportunities to benefit.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 26- After a scary sell-off in emerging markets in the past week, investors who specialize in the sector are looking for places to hide while also looking for opportunities to benefit.

  • "After years of a steady rise led by lower than average U.S. yields, strong domestic and international demand for commodities, low interest rates and solid profit margins, we're seeing the rate of price increases leveling off for farmland in some areas we serve," said Mark Jensen, senior vice president at Farm Credit Services of America, an Omaha- based FCS subsidiary and a leading lender to farmers and ranchers in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.

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