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  • CHICAGO, April 27- Initial tests have found probable avian influenza outbreaks at five new commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting more than 6 million birds, the state's agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. "This is a big deal," Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said during a conference call on Monday.

  • Twin Disc posts 3Q profit Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 9:03 AM ET

    RACINE, Wis. _ Twin Disc Inc. on Tuesday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $2.9 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. Twin Disc shares have declined nearly 8 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Twin Disc, Earnings Report.

  • Oshkosh tops 2Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 7:57 AM ET

    OSHKOSH, Wis. _ Oshkosh Corp. on Tuesday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $54.5 million. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 76 cents per share. Oshkosh expects full-year earnings in the range of $4 to $4.25 per share, with revenue in the range of $6.5 billion to $6.6 billion.

  • CHICAGO, April 27- Initial tests have found five probable new cases of the rapidly spreading avian influenza on commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting an estimated 6 million birds, the state's agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. If these tests are positive, the state's tally of egg-laying chickens affected by the...

  • WASHINGTON— House and Senate GOP negotiators neared agreement Monday on a budget blueprint that would enable Republicans controlling Congress to more easily target President Barack Obama's signature health care law while delivering an almost $40 billion budget boost to the Pentagon. The emerging plan relies on deep cuts to domestic agency budgets and...

  • CHICAGO, April 27- Hundreds of farm workers exposed to a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu have been offered antiviral medication as a preventative measure in recent days, U.S. public health officials said. Alicia Fry, a medical officer in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's influenza division, said that while health officials are cautiously...

  • Enbridge seeks replacement pipeline in Minnesota Sunday, 26 Apr 2015 | 4:28 PM ET

    Enbridge, based in Calgary, Alberta, filed its application with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Friday. The Minnesota segment is part of a $7.5 billion project by Enbridge to build a new 36- inch diameter line from Hardisty, Alberta, to Superior, Wisconsin, where Enbridge has a terminal and connections to pipelines serving the Midwest, Gulf Coast and...

  • CHICAGO, April 26- The Minnesota State Emergency Operations Center has called on the National Guard to deliver water for use in the effort to contain the rapidly spreading avian flu virus, the center said on Sunday. Starting Monday, 30 National Guard soldiers and 15 military water trucks from the Willmar, Minnesota- based 682nd Engineer Battalion and the...

  • Michigan vote tests pothole angst vs. will to raise taxes Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 12:24 PM ET

    Mary Jo Walentovic was driving on a Detroit- area interstate in February when a car kicked up a large chunk of road that smashed through her van's windshield, destroying the rearview mirror and an armrest. Fed up, she plans to vote for a 1- cent sales tax increase on Michigan's May 5 ballot that would put an additional $1.2 billion a year into fixing deteriorating...

  • SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Bill MacFarlane has been anxious since a case of a deadly bird flu strain was recently confirmed in domestic poultry just 50 miles from his southern Wisconsin farm, the largest pheasant operation in North America that supplies 1.8 million birds each year to the game bird industry. At MacFarlane Farms, feed trucks that come onto the farm have to be...

  • Waterstone posts 1Q profit Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 4:07 PM ET

    WAUWATOSA, Wis. _ Waterstone Financial Inc. on Friday reported first-quarter net income of $3 million. The Wauwatosa, Wisconsin- based company said it had profit of 9 cents per share. Keywords: Waterstone Financial, Earnings Report.

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- Aiming to acquire more budget powers and take a swipe at Obamacare, Republicans will likely scrap a proposal that stirred controversy and helped launch Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan on the national stage: privatizing the Medicare health program. Ryan's bold Medicare "premium support" plan would be sacrificed to ensure passage of...

  • First Business Financial Services posts 1Q profit Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 8:24 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis. _ First Business Financial Services Inc. on Friday reported first-quarter net income of $4.2 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 90 cents per share. First Business Financial Services shares have dropped roughly 10 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • *Minnesota is second U.S. state to declare emergency over bird flu. *National Guard will be called up if needed- Minnesota governor. CHICAGO, April 23- Minnesota declared a state of emergency on Thursday over a fast-spreading strain of avian flu that has led to the extermination of more than 7.3 million birds in the country.

  • Briggs & Stratton posts 3Q profit Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 5:57 PM ET

    WAUWATOSA, Wis. _ Briggs& Stratton Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $33.9 million. Briggs& Stratton expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.27 to $1.43 per share, with revenue in the range of $1.9 billion to $1.95 billion. Briggs& Stratton shares have increased 1.5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • A few countries— including China, Russia, South Korea and Thailand— have shut off all imports of poultry products from the United States. Mexico, Japan and Canada are among 33 countries declining to accept poultry products from entire states, including Iowa, the nation's leading egg producer, and Minnesota, the top turkey grower in the U.S. Some countries— including...

  • Strattec Security posts 3Q profit Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 4:13 PM ET

    MILWAUKEE _ Strattec Security Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $4.4 million. Strattec Security shares have dropped 6 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Strattec Security, Earnings Report.

  • Dayton declares state of emergency over bird flu Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 2:58 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Minnesota Gov. Dayton signed an executive order directing the emergency management division to activate its response plan and support the efforts of the Board of Animal Health and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to cope with the epidemic. Outbreaks of the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza strain have already cost Minnesota...

  • Boehner: OK to swap agency budget boosts for other cuts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 12:26 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that he'd welcome a bipartisan move to replace budget cuts to domestic agencies and the Pentagon with cuts elsewhere in the government's almost $4 trillion budget. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., and Sen. When the supercommittee failed, automatic cuts of about $90 billion a year hit many federal programs, though Social...

  • ST. PAUL, Minn.— Likely GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker hopped across the border Thursday to mingle with Minnesota Republicans and while there discounted suggestions that Wisconsin's economy has performed worse in his time as governor than its Democratic-led neighbor. He said a formal decision would come once Wisconsin lawmakers set a new budget,...