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  • Nebraska's jobless rate hit 3.9 pct in September Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 11:49 AM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.-- Nebraska's unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent in September, a tenth of a percentage point under the August and July figure of 4 percent, the state Labor Department said in a report released Friday. Only North Dakota's September rate of 3 percent was lower than Nebraska's. Unemployment in the state's largest city, Omaha, dropped to 3.8 percent.

  • Economic index jumps for Midwest, Western states Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 11:29 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.-- An index of economic conditions in 10 Midwest and Western states jumped this month after three months of drought-induced doldrums. "Our survey indicates that the negative impacts of the drought are being more than offset by the positives of very strong incomes from high agriculture and energy prices," said Creighton University economist Ernie Goss.

  • Report: Nebraska wind power would boost economy Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:23 AM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.-- Nebraska is trailing its neighbors in wind-energy development and missing an opportunity to add jobs to the state economy while producing a cleaner form of energy, according to a report released Thursday.

  • Union Pacific 3Q profit up 15 pct. on price hikes Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:06 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.-- Union Pacific said Thursday that its third-quarter profit climbed 15 percent because price increases and more automotive and chemical shipments helped the railroad offset a 12 percent drop in coal shipments. Union Pacific, based in Omaha, Neb., said Thursday that revenue grew 5 percent to $5.34 billion from last year's $5.1 billion.

  • Lindsay rises on demand for irrigation systems Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 11:21 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Lindsay Corp. reached their highest point in more than a year on Thursday after the irrigation system maker said its fourth-quarter net income surged on higher demand from farmers.

  • Union Pacific 3Q profit up 15 pct on price hikes Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 8:31 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.-- Union Pacific said Thursday that its third-quarter profit climbed 15 percent because price increases and more automotive and chemical shipments helped the railroad offset a 12 percent drop in coal shipments. Union Pacific, based in Omaha, Neb., said Thursday that revenue grew 5 percent to $5.34 billion from last year's $5.1 billion.

  • Werner 3Q net falls on weak demand, higher fuel Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 4:45 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.-- Trucking and logistics company Werner Enterprises Inc. said on Wednesday that its third-quarter net income fell 15 percent because of weak demand for freight hauling and rising fuel prices. The company earned $25.1 million, or 34 cents per share, for the quarter that ended Sept. 30.

  • Lindsay Corp. fiscal 4Q profit rises 48 pct. Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 3:45 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.-- Irrigation system maker Lindsay Corp. said Wednesday that its fiscal fourth-quarter net income jumped 48 percent, boost by higher demand from farmers. For the quarter ended Aug. 31, the Omaha, Neb.- based company made $8.8 million, or 68 cents per share, up from $5.9 million, or 46 cents per share, in the same quarter last year.

  • CSX 3Q rail profit dips 2 pct. on volume shift Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 4:43 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.-- CSX Corp. reported a 2 percent dip in its third-quarter profit and revenue Tuesday because the railroad delivered fewer carloads of coal and crops, and fuel surcharge revenue declined. The Jacksonville, Fla.- based railroad made $455 million, or 44 cents per share. That's down from $464 million, or 43 cents per share in the same period a year ago.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 12- Electronic trading on the main online platform of TD Ameritrade, the No. 1 U.S. discount brokerage by trading volume, was disrupted for about a half hour on Friday due to a technical glitch that prevented some stock symbols from being recognized, the company said.

  • Rating Action On Sept. 21, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its' BBBpi' counterparty credit and financial strength ratings on Central States Health& Life Co. of Omaha. The ratings on CSO are based on the company's strong capital adequacy as measured by our model, and strong operating performance based on its strong pretax return on revenue.

  • Fidelity Investments to build center near Omaha Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 1:41 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.-- Fidelity Investments has selected the Omaha suburb of Papillion for its new, $200 million data center, the company said Friday.

  • OPPD commits insurance payouts to adjust rates Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:42 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.-- The Omaha Public Power District board has committed to using any insurance payouts related to the shutdown at the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant to adjust customer rates. OPPD spokesman Mike Jones says the insurance is used to ease the financial impact of any outages at the Fort Calhoun plant.

  • Nebraska's Pinnacle Bank buying Hastings bank Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 10:25 AM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.-- Pinnacle Bank has announced a deal to buy Hastings State Bank. The Hastings bank deal is the second in two days for Pinnacle Bank. Pinnacle Bank is part of Pinnacle Bancorp, which is based in Omaha.

  • 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.

  • Iowa regulators OK MidAmerican rate adjustment Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 4:33 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa-- Iowa regulators have approved a settlement on MidAmerican Energy's plans to increase electric rates to cover rising costs. The Iowa Utilities Board says Tuesday the deal allows MidAmerican to increase annual revenue by $38.7 million, or 4 percent, in 2012. The utility temporarily raised rates in March.

  • --Our ratings on U.S.-based The Gavilon Group LLC, including the' BB' corporate credit rating, remain on CreditWatch, where they were placed with positive implications following Tokyo- based Marubeni Corp.' s.

  • US Ag secretary attends regional drought workshops Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:58 AM ET

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack plans to attend the first workshop on Tuesday in Omaha, Neb. The other three workshops are being planned in Pueblo, Colo., Pine Bluff, Ark., and an undetermined town in Ohio.

  • OMAHA, Neb., Oct 6- Steve Martin has released an off-beat ad endorsing Bob Kerrey's candidacy in Nebraska's U.S. Senate race, in which the actor and comedian demonstrates how to build a wad of paper while cue cards offering praise for Kerrey are displayed on the screen.

  • Dismissal of Neb. securities fraud lawsuit upheld Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:09 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.-- The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by an Omaha man convicted of investment fraud against his former business attorney. On Friday, the Nebraska Supreme Court agreed and upheld the dismissal.