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  • *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,...

  • Bemis beats 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 8:57 AM ET

    NEENAH, Wis. _ Bemis Co. on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $54.4 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 58 cents per share. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.06 billion.

  • Snap-On beats Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 8:03 AM ET

    KENOSHA, Wis. _ Snap-On Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $110.5 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.83 per share. Snap-On shares have increased 9 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed slightly more than 2 percent.

  • Johnson Controls misses Street 2Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 8:00 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE _ Johnson Controls Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $529 million. Johnson Controls expects full-year earnings to be $3.55 to $3.70 per share. Johnson Controls shares have risen 6 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed slightly more than 2 percent.

  • Obama's trade agenda draws Republican support in House Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 12:21 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— House Republicans pushed White House- backed trade legislation toward committee approval on Thursday despite strong objections by Democrats demanding stronger labor and environmental standards as well as a ban on currency manipulation by Asian nations. With the GOP in the majority, there was no doubt the measure would clear the Ways and Means...

  • Two different strains have been discovered in the United States this year. The H5N2 strain is in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. The H5N8 strain has been identified in California and also in Idaho, U.S. Department of Agriculture data shows.

  • Plexus meets 2Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 4:45 PM ET

    NEENAH, Wis. _ Plexus Corp. on Wednesday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $23.6 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 69 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $645.1 million.

  • CDC eyeing bird flu vaccine for humans, though risk is low Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 12:38 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— Federal officials said Wednesday they're taking steps to create a human vaccine for the bird flu virus that's slammed the Midwest poultry industry, though they still consider the danger to be low and the food supply not at risk. Alicia Fry, an influenza expert with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said officials are hopeful...

  • LOS ANGELES— An outbreak of canine flu has sickened more than 1,000 dogs in the Midwest, killing a handful and stirring concern among animal lovers nationwide that the highly contagious virus will sideline their pets. Steve Gilberg, a digital marketer in Chicago, says his 6- year-old pug-Chihuahua mix, Joey, had most of the symptoms: high fever, runny nose, watery...

  • County Bancorp posts 1Q profit Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 9:36 AM ET

    MANITOWOC, Wis. _ County Bancorp Inc. on Wednesday reported net income of $2.5 million in its first quarter. The bank, based in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, said it had earnings of 43 cents per share. Keywords: County Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • WASHINGTON— Emotional disagreements over trade erupted in Congress on Wednesday, when a liberal senator delayed a committee's likely endorsement of a top trade priority for President Barack Obama. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a fierce opponent of the trade legislation, invoked a Senate scheduling rule to delay the committee's actions for hours.

  • April 21- Discovery of a strain of deadly avian influenza in a large egg-laying facility in Iowa this week was the latest outbreak of the disease in the United States. The H5N2 strain has been discovered in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Kansas, Arkansas, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Missouri. Following are facts about the U.S. poultry...

  • MEXICO CITY, April 21- Mexico, the biggest buyer of U.S. chicken, has halted imports of live birds and eggs from the U.S. state of Iowa due to an outbreak of deadly bird flu there, the Mexican government said on Tuesday. Mexico and other major countries last month imposed new export restrictions on poultry products from various U.S. states, but a new outbreak has hit top...

  • CHICAGO, April 21- The spread of a deadly strain of bird flu into an Iowa egg farm accelerated market concerns over how big of a bite the current outbreak could take from the United States' egg and poultry businesses, sending shares of several leading meat companies' down on Tuesday. Minnesota, the largest turkey-producing state in the country, has been the hardest...