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  • BOWLING GREEN, Ky.— General Motors announced Thursday it will spend $439 million to upgrade the Kentucky plant that makes the Chevrolet Corvette sports car. The project includes a new 450,000- square-foot paint shop that is almost half the size of the current production facility in Bowling Green. "The Corvette is one of Kentucky's most-cherished icons,"...

  • CHICAGO, May 21- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that employers have a duty to protect workers in their 401 plans from mutual funds that are too expensive or perform poorly. The high court ruled on a class-action lawsuit against Edison International. St. Louis lawyer Jerome Schlichter, who has made a cause of suing 401 plans to get them to shape up, brought the...

  • European cable and mobile phone operator Altice, controlled by founder Patrick Drahi, is fixing its sights on the U.S. market starting with a $9.1 billion deal for St. Louis- based Suddenlink. Such companies say their costs, per subscriber, are higher than those of cable giants such as Comcast. Comcast's own $45 billion quest for No. 2 rival Time Warner Cable was...

  • WASHINGTON, May 19- The third of four key U.S. congressional committees on Tuesday approved funding for 12 additional Boeing Co fighter jets in fiscal 2016, increasing the prospects that the company will keep its St. Louis production line running past the end of 2017.. The committee followed the lead of the House and Senate armed services committees, which each...

  • May 15- As seed and chemical maker Monsanto Co. woos Swiss agrochemicals firm Syngenta, Monsanto also is trying to win over consumers in key international markets, rolling out social media and marketing campaigns. U.S.-based Monsanto said it has recently launched interactive consumer-oriented websites in China, France, India, Argentina and Brazil, in...

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Missouri lawmakers concluded a tumultuous annual session Friday, ending their work ahead of a deadline while failing to pass a bill rewriting the state's deadly force standards for police in response to last summer's fatal shooting in Ferguson. The House quit about 10 minutes early, and the Senate nearly three hours ahead of the mandatory 6...

  • CHICAGO, May 14- Prices for prime crop land in the central Corn Belt held up better than other regions in the first quarter, but the outlook for low grain prices looked likely to pressure land values and farm incomes further in coming months, according to Federal Reserve quarterly surveys of farm bankers issued on Thursday. But it said a jump in farmland values in...

  • CHICAGO, May 14- Wholesale U.S. choice-grade beef hit an all-time high on Thursday, spurred by supermarkets stocking up on tight supplies for the May 25 Memorial Day holiday, the kickoff of the summer grilling season, traders and analysts said. Thursday morning's wholesale price for choice beef hit $264.52 per hundredweight, topping the previous record of...

  • CARACAS/ NEW YORK, May 14- A growing number of U.S. companies say they can't cope with Venezuela's sinking bolivar currency, prompting some of them to remove their operations in the South American nation from their consolidated financial reports. The restructuring moves can shield the financial results of parent companies such as batteries and razors maker...

  • CARACAS/ NEW YORK, May 14- A growing number of U.S. companies say they can't cope with Venezuela's sinking bolivar currency, prompting some of them to remove their operations in the South American nation from their consolidated financial reports. The restructuring moves can shield the financial results of parent companies such as batteries and razors maker...

  • CRUCITO, Colombia— Manuel de Jesus Sanchez holds up a green poncho to protect his skin from the midday sun. From that moment Sanchez was exposed to the glyphosate-based herbicide used by Colombia to wipe out cocaine-producing crops, he says his skin broke out in a yellow rash. Tales of harmful health effects, everything from skin problems to miscarriages, abound...

  • World Point posts 1Q profit Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 5:42 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS _ World Point Terminals LP on Wednesday reported first-quarter earnings of $9.5 million. The St. Louis- based company said it had net income of 27 cents per share. Keywords: World Point Terminals, Earnings Report.

  • Cereal maker Post says bird flu squeezing its egg supply Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 5:22 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc. says a Midwest bird flu outbreak is affecting more of its egg supply. St. Louis- based Post estimates that roughly 20 percent of its egg supply is impacted by the outbreak. The virus began appearing since mid-April in Iowa's chicken flocks, and farmers culled their flocks to contain any spread.

  • Correction: Wells Fargo-Lawsuit story Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 3:46 PM ET

    CLAYTON, Mo.— In a story May 12 about a lawsuit against Wells Fargo Bank, The Associated Press misspelled the last name of a venture capitalist. Missouri jury awards woman $77 M in case against Wells Fargo. Missouri jury awards $77 M to woman in lawsuit claiming Wells Fargo mismanaged family trusts.

  • CLAYTON, Mo.— A Missouri jury has awarded a woman $77 million in damages in a lawsuit alleging Wells Fargo Bank mismanaged her family trusts, costing her tens of millions of dollars. The St. Louis County jury, after a trial of more than two weeks, sided late Monday with 78- year-old Barbara Burton Morriss of the St. Louis suburb of Olivette, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch...

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Missouri's Republican-controlled House voted Tuesday to override the Democratic governor's veto of legislation that would reduce the weeks of available jobless benefits to one of the shortest periods in the nation. Missouri already is one of seven states that offer less than the standard 26 weeks of benefits. The March unemployment rate...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Patriot Coal Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday for the second time in three years and said it is involved in active negotiations for the sale of the company. It had emerged from an earlier bankruptcy case in December 2013 in Missouri. Coal- mining companies in central Appalachia have struggled in recent years, shedding...

  • Stifel posts 1Q profit Monday, 11 May 2015 | 5:06 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS _ Stifel Financial Corp. on Monday reported first-quarter earnings of $43.1 million. The St. Louis- based bank said it had earnings of 56 cents per share. Keywords: Stifel Financial, Earnings Report.

  • NEW YORK— Panera Bread said Monday that it hired two executives from competitors Darden Restaurants Inc. and McDonald's Corp.. For the past nine years, Madsen was president and chief operating officer of Darden, which owns the Olive Garden chain. Panera Bread Co. is based in St. Louis and operates about 1,900 stores.

  • Syngenta rejects $45 billion Monsanto takeover bid Friday, 8 May 2015 | 12:13 PM ET
    Corn plants growing in a greenhouse at the Monsanto Chesterfield Village facility in Chesterfield, Missouri in 2010

    Agricultural companies Monsanto and Syngenta are working with investment banks on a takeover deal, three sources familiar with the matter said.