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  • PEORIA, Ill.— Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis planned to open this year's State of the City speech by thanking Caterpillar Inc. for its longtime commitment to the central Illinois town, declaring "We wouldn't be Peoria without Caterpillar." It's been that way for decades in Peoria and in other company towns across the United States. Caterpillar's recent decision to move...

  • CANNON BALL, N.D.— Public officials in North Dakota pleaded with the remaining protesters at the Dakota Access oil pipeline camp to pack up and leave so authorities can resume cleaning up the premises without any further arrests. John Henderson said the cleanup could take about a month and cost as much as $1.2 million, which ultimately would be paid by taxpayers.

  • CANNON BALL, N.D., Feb 22- All but a few dozen of the last holdouts from a months-long mass protest against a proposed oil pipeline in North Dakota peacefully vacated their riverside camp as an eviction deadline passed on Wednesday. "We've very firm that the camp is now closed," Governor Doug Burgum, a Republican, told an evening news conference. The encampment has...

  • *USDA expected to raise forecast for soybean plantings. The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade rose 0.3 percent to $10.25-1/ 2 a bushel, having earlier hit a low of $10.22 a bushel- the lowest since Feb. 1. "There are bumper supplies in South America, while the U.S. Department of Agriculture is expected to report an increase in plantings.

  • SYDNEY, Feb 23- U.S. soybeans edged higher on Thursday, rebounding from a three-week low touched earlier in the session, with market sentiment likely to be driven by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's U.S. crop planting forecasts due later in the day. *The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade rose 0.3 percent to $10.25-3/ 4 a bushel, having...

  • CHICAGO _ First Industrial Realty Trust Inc. on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 37 cents per share. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $94.8 million.

  • Police arrested a handful of protesters who confronted them with taunts late in the day outside the camp entrance, then retreated as tensions mounted in the standoff, about 40 miles south of Bismarck, the state capital. Republican Governor Doug Burgum and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had set a 2 p.m. CST deadline for protesters to leave the Oceti Sakowin camp,...

  • CHICAGO _ SP Plus Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $9.6 million. SP Plus expects full-year earnings to be $1.55 to $1.65 per share. SP Plus shares have fallen 0.5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • CHICAGO, Feb 22- The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday approved a revised budget that incorporates unpaid furlough days and other cost-cutting measures to save $104 million to help address a $215 million pension funding shortfall. The Chicago Public Schools will continue to pursue money from the state of Illinois to fill the gap, including through its...

  • Dec. 2014— Dallas- based Energy Transfer Partners applies to the federal government to build the 1,200- mile Dakota Access pipeline to carry North Dakota oil through the Dakotas and Iowa to an existing pipeline in Illinois. The proposed route skirts the Standing Rock Sioux tribe's reservation and crosses under Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir in North...

  • CANNON BALL, N.D., Feb 22- A few dozen demonstrators opposed to the Dakota Access pipeline defied a Wednesday deadline to leave a protest camp they have occupied for months to demand an end to construction of the project, saying they were prepared to be arrested. President Donald Trump has pushed for the completion of the multibillion-dollar pipeline since he...

  • CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly higher Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar. gained 5.25 cents to 4.4125 a bushel; Mar. corn rose 1.75 cents at 3.71 a bushel; Mar. oats was up. 50 cent at $2.53 a bushel; while Mar. soybeans lost 3.50 cents to $10.2275 a bushel. February live cattle was up 2.20 cents at $1.2130 a pound; March feeder cattle rose. 55 cents at...

  • CANNON BALL, N.D., Feb 22- Protesters opposed to the Dakota Access pipeline braced for a showdown with authorities as some vowed to defy Wednesday's deadline to abandon the camp they have occupied for months in a bid to halt the project. President Donald Trump has pushed for the completion of the multibillion-dollar pipeline since he took office last month,...

  • *Traders adjust positions ahead of annual USDA forum. As of 12:18 p.m. CST, Chicago Board of Trade March soybeans were down 2-1/ 2 cents at $10.23-3/ 4 per bushel after dipping to $10.23, the contract's lowest since Feb. 1. CBOT March corn was up 2-1/ 4 cents at $3.71-1/ 2 a bushel and March wheat was up 5 cents at $4.41 a bushel.

  • CANNON BALL, N.D., Feb 22- Protesters opposed to the Dakota Access pipeline braced for a showdown with authorities as some vowed to defy Wednesday's deadline to abandon the camp they have occupied for months to halt the project. President Donald Trump has pushed for the completion of the multibillion-dollar pipeline since he took office last month, despite...

  • *Fed to release minutes at 2:00 p.m. ET. The company is set to win antitrust approval from European Union regulators for its $130 billion merger with Dow Chemical, sources told Reuters. Policymakers, including Fed Chair Janet Yellen, have been hinting at the possibility of a rate hike at an upcoming meeting.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 22- U.S. long-dated Treasury debt yields rose from two-week lows on Wednesday, after French centrist presidential candidate Francois Bayrou pulled out of the elections in France and offered an alliance with independent candidate Emmanuel Macron. This meant that Macron together with Bayrou's support will have a better chance of defeating...

  • *Fed to release minutes at 2:00 p.m. ET. The minutes, due at 2:00 p.m. ET, will likely give more clarity on the next hike. "It is no more a question of whether they will raise rates, but when they are going to do it," said Jim Davis, regional investment manager at U.S. Bank Private Client Group in Springfield, Illinois.

  • President Donald Trump has pushed for the completion of the multibillion-dollar pipeline since he took office last month, despite objections from Native Americans and environmental activists who say it threatens the water resources and sacred land of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Republican Governor Doug Burgum and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers set a...

  • "It has been hard for us to keep up, with lots of folks running backup for each other," says Brandon Dudley, vice president of the Chicago- based company that arranges bus charters for events ranging from nights on the town to long-distance trips. In its latest report, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 35 states had moderate to high levels of flu...