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  • Kum & Go chain settles disabilities lawsuit Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 6:15 PM ET

    The class-action lawsuit— filed by an Iowa man who uses a wheelchair— alleged the company failed to provide fuel dispensers with operable controls at an appropriate height, didn't provide accessible parking spaces of an appropriate width and in an appropriate location, and otherwise failed to comply with the ADA. Modifications the company will make include...

  • Small business divided over minimum wage votes Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 11:47 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Workers in five states could get a raise after Election Day. Minimum wage referendums are on Tuesday's ballots in Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota, where minimums range from $6.25 to $8.25 an hour. Ken Jarosch thinks he'll have to raise prices and hire fewer part-timers for his Elk Grove Village, Illinois, Jarosch Bakery if the state's...

  • Utilities open new gas-fired plant in Cheyenne Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 4:29 PM ET

    Although Wyoming is the nation's leading coal-producing state, officials say federal regulations now make it effectively impossible to open a new coal-fired plant anywhere in the country. Officials from Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power and Black Hills Corp. held an opening ceremony for the Cheyenne Prairie Generating Station Tuesday afternoon.

  • 43 groups to intervene in SD Keystone re-approval Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 4:10 PM ET

    The state Public Utilities Commission approved all of the groups that requested "party status"— including 15 from Nebraska— despite some objections from TransCanada Corp. Thirty-five of the applications expressed reservations over the project, and one landowner said he was "bullied" by the operator of the proposed pipeline during negotiations to cross his...

  • SD corn, sunflower harvests lag behind average Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 11:51 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— A week of warm, dry weather has helped South Dakota farmers with the harvest, but much of the corn and sunflower crops remain in the field. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that nearly all of the soybean crop and nearly three-fourths of the sorghum crop have been harvested. The report says South Dakota ranchers are busy...

  • South Dakota Keystone re-approval draws skepticism Monday, 27 Oct 2014 | 3:27 PM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Three times more individuals and groups than four years ago want to have a say in South Dakota's decision on whether to re-approve the portion of the Keystone XL pipeline that would run through the state if it is ever built, according to filings with the state. Almost 45 "party status" applications have been submitted to the South Dakota Public...

  • The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California, argues that the Environmental Protection Agency did not adequately analyze the impact of one of the new herbicide's active ingredients, 2,4- D, before granting approval on Oct. 15 to Dow's Enlist Duo herbicide. "They did not do an adequate job," said Andrew Kimbrell, an attorney with...

  • NorthWestern misses 3Q profit forecasts Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 6:54 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. _ NorthWestern Corp. on Thursday reported net income of $30.2 million in its third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 43 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • Noteworthy ballot measures in upcoming election Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:06 AM ET

    In Colorado, a "personhood" amendment would add fetuses to those protected by the state's criminal and wrongful death act. In Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia, voters will have a chance to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults, a step approved two years by voters in Colorado and Washington state. Washington state has two competing...

  • The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California, argues that the Environmental Protection Agency did not adequately analyze the impact of one of the new herbicide's active ingredients, 2,4- D, before granting approval on Oct. 15 to Dow's Enlist Duo herbicide. "They did not do an adequate job," said Andrew Kimbrell, an attorney with...

  • A Republican Senate means changing the chairmen Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 1:58 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— If Republicans win the Senate, the Pentagon should brace for constant grilling from Sen. The size of a Republican majority would determine committee ratios and budgets; more seats in the Senate translate into a greater advantage on the panels. "If we lose the Senate, for one thing, the way this Senate's been operating, they could end up blocking all my...

  • Unemployment rates fall in 31 US states last month Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including in many where incumbent governors and senators face tough re-election campaigns. The Labor Department said Tuesday that unemployment rates rose in 8 states and were unchanged in 11 states. Colorado and Kentucky, two states with hard-fought Senate campaigns, experienced the...

  • Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 1:03 AM ET

    CHICAGO— As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school— some on as little as $7.25 per hour. In one state, Illinois, the campaign to support the minimum wage would not actually raise the wage.

  • News Guide: DCCC outraises Senate rivals Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 12:52 PM ET

    Democrats' campaign committee for House races picked up $16.7 million in September despite long odds of winning a majority— surpassing both parties' campaign arms focused on the Senate, which is very much in play. If Republicans net six Senate seats and win handily as expected in the House, they will control both chambers in Congress for the final two years of...

  • EPA said it was applying "first-time-ever restrictions" on its approval of the herbicide, called Enlist Duo, which is designed to be used with new genetically modified crops developed by Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical. EPA said the approval lays out a template of new requirements for future approvals of herbicides designed for use with genetically...

  • PLYMOUTH, Wisc., Oct 8- Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Evans on Wednesday again urged the U.S. central bank to be "exceptionally patient" on raising interest rates, allowing inflation to rise as high as 2.5 percent if necessary to get the economy back to health. "I think when we try to sort of thread the needle and bring it in just at 2 percent and not...

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Oct 20 Monday, 6 Oct 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    NEW YORK- World Business Forum in New York. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew talks about the global economy and the recent G20 finance ministers meeting in a discussion sponsored by the Peterson Institute- 1245 GMT. ALBUQUERQUE- Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther George speaks on the U.S. economy before an economic forum hosted by the Federal...

  • *Medicaid expansion key part of Obama's healthcare reform. Up to a dozen states, including several led by Republicans, could move forward with plans to expand coverage under Medicaid after the November elections. Texas Governor Rick Perry once said expanding Medicaid would be similar to "adding a thousand people to the Titanic."

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Sept 15- The cost of the South Dakota portion of TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline has more than doubled to $1.974 billion in the last four years the project has awaited federal approval, the company said in a petition filed with the state Public Utilities Commission on Monday.

  • NAB acquired regional lender Great Western in 2008 for just below $1 billion to get more involved in funding agribusiness in the United States, but the operation lacks the scale of larger competitors in the western states where it operates.