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  • 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...

  • Gas Natural sells its Wyoming Energy West assets Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 10:27 AM ET

    CODY, Wyo.— Energy West Inc. is selling its subsidiary, Energy West Wyoming Inc. to Black Hills Corp. for $17 million. Gas Natural, a holding company, distributes and sells natural gas to about 73,000 customers in seven states, including Montana and Wyoming. Black Hills Corp, based in Rapid City, South Dakota, serves 777,000 natural gas and electric customers in seven...

  • 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...

  • EPA approves new weed killer for engineered crops Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    The EPA said Wednesday that it will allow the use of a 2,4- D weed killer called Enlist Duo, a new version of the popular herbicide used since the 1940 s. The EPA said in a release that the agency's decision reflects a large body of science and that officials used "highly conservative and protective assumptions to evaluate human health and ecological risks."

  • Republicans to spend $1M on ads in South Dakota Saturday, 11 Oct 2014 | 4:18 PM ET

    PIERRE, S.D.— The National Republican Senatorial Committee plans to reserve $1 million worth of television advertising time in South Dakota, a spokeswoman for the committee said Saturday, days after national Democrats announced the same. Needing to pick up six seats to regain control of the chamber, Republicans have banked on winning conservative South...

  • Pig farms rebound from virus; meat prices may drop Saturday, 11 Oct 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— A virus that killed millions of baby pigs in the last year and led to higher pork prices has waned thanks to warmer weather and farmers' efforts to sterilize their operations. Already, hog supplies are on the rise, with 5.46 million baby pigs born between June and August in Iowa, the nation's leading producer— the highest quarterly total in 20 years...

  • 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.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 19- U.S. wheat futures advanced on Tuesday on concerns about reduced supplies from Ukraine, a major exporter, while new-crop soybeans slipped as a widely watched crop tour projected bumper U.S. harvests. Concerns that Ukraine may possibly scale back exports helped fuel gains, said Jerry Gidel, chief feed grain analyst for Rice Dairy in Chicago.

  • *Soy eases after USDA shows 71 pct crop good-to-excellent. CHICAGO, Aug 19- U.S. corn and soy futures slipped on Tuesday as a widely watched crop tour projected bumper U.S. harvests and traders expected more reports of robust crops, while wheat jumped on concerns about reduced supplies from Ukraine.

  • TORONTO, Aug 15- More than eight months after an extreme winter began snarling North American rail traffic, a Reuters analysis of industry data shows delays lingering, raising the risk of a second winter of chaos on the rails.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 12- Beef Products Inc will reopen a Kansas processing plant on Monday to boost production of "lean finely textured beef," which critics call "pink slime," as wholesale beef prices soar with a shrinking U.S. cattle herd.

  • CHICAGO, July 23- As U.S. farmers turn in record grain crops this autumn, many will have a powerful new tool- giant sausage-shaped storage bags- to help them avoid the lowest prices in years and gain more control over trade with giants such as Cargill Inc..

  • States get nasty in the fight for jobs Friday, 20 Jun 2014 | 10:28 AM ET

    The recovery is taking hold. Companies are hiring. State finances are looking up. Time for things to get nasty as states vie for business.

  • America's top state to live in is... Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    Wonder which state has the lowest crime rate, ranks high in environmental quality, parks and recreation and access to health care? Read on.