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  • Correction: Bird Flu story Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 6:24 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— In a story April 16 about bird flu, The Associated Press reported erroneously that recent outbreaks had led to the death of more than 2.5 million turkeys and chickens. USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak could be' devastating'. Top USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak may last for years and be' devastating' to poultry.

  • No. 1 egg-producing state aims to keep bird flu out Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 5:22 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— The discovery of bird flu on an Iowa turkey farm has raised serious concerns that the poultry-killing virus could find its way into chicken barns in the nation's top egg-producing state and rapidly decimate flocks that provide the U.S. with its breakfast staple. Iowa is home to roughly 50 million hens that lay nearly one in every five eggs...

  • Obama defends pursuit of sweeping trade pact Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 1:11 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama on Friday defended his pursuit of a sweeping trade pact as good for American workers in a global economy, dismissing fierce opposition from his own party as a "ratification of the status quo." Sander Levin, the senior Democrat of House Ways and Means Committee, declared he was "out to defeat" the legislation because, he said, it would...

  • Clifford spoke on a visit to Minnesota, the state hit hardest by outbreaks that have cost Midwest producers over 2 million turkeys and chickens since early March. He said the fact that the highly pathogenic H5N2 virus has already appeared as far east as southern Ontario means there's an uncomfortable risk of it spreading to the East Coast where much of the U.S....

  • Baylake posts 1Q profit Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 4:28 PM ET

    STURGEON BAY, Wis. _ Baylake Corp. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $2.2 million. The bank, based in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, said it had earnings of 24 cents per share. Baylake shares have risen slightly since the beginning of the year.

  • Associated Banc-Corp tops 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 4:13 PM ET

    GREEN BAY, Wis. _ Associated Banc-Corp on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $46.7 million. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 29 cents per share. Associated Banc-Corp shares have climbed nearly 2 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Top US lawmakers strike deal to fast-track trade deals Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 2:41 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Top congressional lawmakers struck a long-sought, bipartisan agreement Thursday for the broadest trade policy pact in years, allowing President Barack Obama to negotiate trade accords for Congress' review and move forward with talks on a sweeping partnership with Pacific nations. Obama quickly said he will sign the bill if Congress passes it.

  • 46 pension fund managers awarded six-figure bonuses Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 11:53 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— Forty-six of Wisconsin's pension fund managers and those who work directly with the state's investments will receive six-figure bonuses this year because of strong returns, data released Thursday by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board showed. Michael Williamson, the board's executive director, received the highest bonus at just over...

  • Bird flu outbreak could head eastward with fall migration Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    Now they're preparing for the worst, said Donna Carver, extension veterinarian at North Carolina State University. The highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza strain has turned up since December in commercial poultry farms, backyard flocks wild birds in the Pacific and Central flyways, but it's done the most damage in the heavily traveled Mississippi Flyway,...

  • Bank Mutual posts 1Q profit Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 4:39 PM ET

    BROWN DEER, Wis. _ Bank Mutual Corp. on Wednesday reported first-quarter profit of $3.6 million. Bank Mutual shares have increased slightly more than 6 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Bank Mutual, Earnings Report.

  • CONCORD, N.H.— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's call for governors to defy proposed federal rules to limit pollution has been met with mostly silence, but leaders in downwind New England states and drought-stricken areas in the West are pushing back. Maggie Hassan, also a Democrat, pointed to efforts there, including the Regional Greenhouse Gas...

  • Climate change plan faces high-profile legal test Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 12:34 PM ET

    EPA officials say the rule would protect public health, fight climate change and lower electricity costs by 8 percent by 2030.. Last month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., sent a letter urging the governors of all 50 states to defy the EPA by refusing to submit the compliance plans. Opponents also are getting support from an unlikely ally, Harvard Law...

  • ST. PAUL, Minn.— Majority Democrats in the Minnesota Senate aren't lining up with Gov. The Senate education budget proposal for schools released Wednesday includes $70 million in extra school readiness funding. Dayton criticized the House and Senate plans as "unacceptably low" in the amount of the state's projected $1.9 billion surplus devoted to schools.

  • WASHINGTON, April 15- More than a dozen states and a coal company will urge a U.S. appeals court on Thursday to throw out the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to limit carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants. "This represents a radical transformation of energy policy and will have a significant effect on West Virginia and other coal-producing...

  • Fight for $15 protests expand for low-wage workers Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 3:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The Fight for $15 campaign that began with fast-food workers expanded in size and scope Wednesday to include a range of workers who say their meager pay is a form of economic injustice. In New York City, more than 100 chanting protesters holding signs with messages like "We See Greed" gathered outside a McDonald's around noon, prompting the store to lock...

  • The United Nations has been promoting edible insects as a way to improve nutrition, reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and create jobs in insect production. At least 2 billion people worldwide already eat insects as part of their diet, according to the 2013 report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Inside San Francisco's La Cocina, a commercial kitchen...

  • WASHINGTON, April 14- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner appointed five largely loyal Republican allies to a negotiating panel on Tuesday to work out differences between House- and Senate- passed budgets. The Republican negotiators are led by Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price and include panel vice chairman Todd Rokita of Indiana, Diane...

  • Marten Transport beats 1Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 4:16 PM ET

    MONDOVI, Wis. _ Marten Transport Ltd. on Tuesday reported first-quarter profit of $10.2 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 22 cents per share. Marten Transport shares have climbed roughly 10 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— A bird-flu strain that has already led to the deaths of nearly 2 million turkeys nationwide spread to an Iowa turkey farm, authorities said on Tuesday, bringing to six the number of states hit with the outbreak that was also confirmed at eight more farms in Minnesota. The Iowa farm is in Buena Vista County housing some 27,000 turkeys, said Iowa...

  • CHICAGO, April 13- A flock of 200,000 hens in Wisconsin is the first commercial U.S. chicken operation to become infected with a lethal strain of bird flu, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said, widening the impact of a virus that has killed hundreds of thousands of turkeys this year. The chickens were at an egg-laying facility in Jefferson County, Wisconsin,...