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  • BISMARCK, N.D.— Some observers say a North Dakota bill passed this legislative session that sets guidelines for industrial hemp production should make it easier to grow and may help create an industry for Indian tribes, although it could take a while to sort out federal policies. David Monson is meant to put the state in line with the new federal farm bill that...

  • Bill under debate would limit farm antibiotics in Oregon Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 11:38 AM ET

    As public pressure mounts nationally against antibiotics, Oregon legislators are debating whether to curtail their use in agriculture. If the legislation passes, Oregon would be the first in the nation to mandate stricter rules on livestock antibiotics. Proponents of Oregon's bill say that's inadequate, because the move still allows operators to...

  • With legalization, lawyers turn to business of pot Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 10:42 AM ET

    "It's definitely something that established firms are dipping a toe into, though they are being very cautious, and rightly so," said Sam Kamin, a professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law who teaches a class about representing the marijuana industry. California and more than 20 other states have legalized the drug for medical use, and the pot...

  • Flir Systems beats 1Q profit forecasts Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 7:57 AM ET

    WILSONVILLE, Ore. _ Flir Systems Inc. on Friday reported first-quarter net income of $47.9 million. Flir Systems expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.60 to $1.70 per share, with revenue in the range of $1.55 billion to $1.6 billion. Flir Systems shares have declined slightly more than 4 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's...

  • *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.

  • StanCorp beats 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 6:07 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore. _ StanCorp Financial Group Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $56.5 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.15 per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • unit of Wells Fargo& Co, added eight advisers from Morgan Stanley and brokerage firm Edward Jones. G. "Carey" Revels, Craig Goldberg and Jonathan Zucker joined Wells Fargo Advisors from Morgan Stanley. Revels managed more than $108 million in client assets at Morgan Stanley and joined Wells Fargo's Hattiesburg, Mississippi office.

  • 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.

  • House panel is told of slavery in Thai seafood industry Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 1:31 PM ET

    Chris Smith said China was prematurely upgraded to Tier 2 in 2014, and singled out Myanmar, also known as Burma, Malaysia and Thailand as countries that need to do more to fight human trafficking across shared borders. Matthew Smith, who directs Thailand- based Fortify Rights, a nongovernment group, testified that hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims are...

  • Rosa DeLauro, a liberal stalwart from New Haven, finds herself in an unusual spot: She's fiercely opposed to President Barack Obama on a key issue. The 13- term congresswoman is organizing opposition to legislation backed by Obama that would allow Congress to vote up or down, without amendments, a trade pact with 11 Pacific nations. Joe Courtney also opposes the...

  • Lithia Motors beats Street 1Q forecasts Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 7:45 AM ET

    MEDFORD, Ore. _ Lithia Motors Inc. on Wednesday reported first-quarter profit of $40.7 million. For the current quarter ending in June, Lithia Motors expects its per-share earnings to range from $1.55 to $1.59. Lithia Motors shares have climbed 18 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WASHINGTON— Emotional disagreements over trade erupted in Congress on Wednesday, when a liberal senator delayed a committee's likely endorsement of a top trade priority for President Barack Obama. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a fierce opponent of the trade legislation, invoked a Senate scheduling rule to delay the committee's actions for hours.

  • WASHINGTON— As Congress considers whether to extend the life of a program that sweeps up American phone records, privacy advocates and civil liberties groups say too much about government surveillance remains secret for the public to fully evaluate its reach or effectiveness. "That means the public lacks information it needs to understand the significance...

  • Uber to return _ legally _ to Portland, Oregon Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 12:12 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— It's been dubbed "Taxis Gone Wild," and for the next 120 days Oregon's largest city will see a big shakeup in an old-school industry. It launched Portland service in December, but suspended operations after the city took legal action. Though Uber has a global reputation for flouting government regulations, the company agreed to several conditions to...

  • 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...

  • MEXICO CITY, April 21- Mexico, the biggest buyer of U.S. chicken, has halted imports of live birds and eggs from the U.S. state of Iowa due to an outbreak of deadly bird flu there, the Mexican government said on Tuesday. Mexico and other major countries last month imposed new export restrictions on poultry products from various U.S. states, but a new outbreak has hit top...

  • PORTLAND, Ore.— Two men have pleaded guilty for their role in a conspiracy to sell stolen limited-edition Nike sneakers to collectors who spend thousands of dollars for a single pair of shoes. Tung Wing Ho and Jason Keating changed their pleas Tuesday, the same day their trial was scheduled to start. Keating is a Florida man who sells rare sneakers to private...

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama hit back at fellow Democrats who oppose his trade initiatives Tuesday, saying they have their facts wrong on the eve of a key Senate vote. Elizabeth Warren, D- Mass., Obama said: "I love Elizabeth. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada told reporters, "I'm not only no, I'm hell no" on Obama's bid for "fast-track" authority.

  • RENO, Nev.— Interior Secretary Sally Jewell reversed the government's proposed federal protection for a type of sage grouse specific to California and Nevada on Tuesday, and said it shows it's still possible to head off a bigger, looming listing decision for the greater sage grouse across 11 western states. Brian Sandoval and others in announcing she's...

  • Biggest US outbreak of bird flu in poultry hits Iowa Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 7:05 AM ET
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    Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, found a lethal strain of bird flu in a flock of millions of hens at an egg-laying facility.