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  • MINNEAPOLIS— Poultry producers and scientists have been hoping warmer weather would knock down a virulent strain of bird flu that has hammered the Midwest, but the virus recently took its biggest toll yet, hitting a farm in Iowa that held nearly 10 percent of the state's egg-laying chickens. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that the deadly H5N2...

  • Sensient posts 1Q profit Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 7:24 PM ET

    MILWAUKEE _ Sensient Technologies Corp. on Monday reported first-quarter net income of $30.5 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. Sensient expects full-year earnings in the range of $3 to $3.09 per share. Sensient shares have climbed 11 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • The groups first sued after the EPA in October approved the herbicide's use in six states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The latest motions were filed after the EPA decided last month to allow its use in nine more states: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma and North Dakota.

  • CHICAGO, April 20- 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 on Monday, the worst case so far in a national outbreak that has now prompted Wisconsin to declare a state of emergency. The other states with infected poultry flocks are Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana,...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Up to 5.3 million hens at an Iowa farm must be destroyed after the highly infectious and deadly bird flu virus was confirmed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday. Iowa is home to roughly 59 million hens that lay nearly one in every five eggs consumed in the country. The virus was first detected in Minnesota, the country's top...

  • CHICAGO, April 20- Wisconsin has declared a state of emergency over a bird flu outbreak that is infecting U.S. poultry and Governor Scott Walker said on Monday he has authorized the state's National Guard to help contain the disease. Since the beginning of the year, the H5N2 flu has been found in poultry in 12 states, including Wisconsin. Other states with infected...

  • Badger Meter misses Street 1Q forecasts Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 4:15 PM ET

    MILWAUKEE _ Badger Meter Inc. on Monday reported first-quarter net income of $4.2 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 40 cents per share. Badger Meter shares have increased 6.5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • CHICAGO, April 20- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Monday declared a state of emergency over an outbreak of a strain of bird flu deadly to poultry and authorized the state's National Guard to help contain the virus.

  • WASHINGTON, April 20- If the U.S. Supreme Court blows up the tax subsidies at the heart of Obamacare in June, Republicans hope to deliver on their promise to offer an alternative healthcare plan. Two front-running Republican options at an early stage in Congress include a refundable tax credit that experts say is virtually the same thing as the Obamacare tax...

  • 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...

  • 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...