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  • *Lawmakers seek tighter regulation of compounding companies* Outbreak has sickened 138 people in 11 states, killed 12* Senator Brown to return contributions from NECC owners By Tim McLaughlin and Toni Clarke.

  • By Tim McLaughlin and Toni Clarke. BOSTON, Oct 10- A Massachusetts specialist pharmacy linked to a company at the center of a major health scare closed temporarily on Wednesday and a state regulator clamped down on such operations in the wake of a meningitis outbreak that has claimed a dozen lives.

  • WASHINGTON-- A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the economy grew modestly in the late summer, bolstered by solid gains in housing. The report is based on anecdotal information from the regional districts and covers the period from mid-August to Sept. 28. The region's economy expanded modestly.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 10- Pressure mounted for greater regulation of a little known corner of the pharmaceuticals industry in response to a meningitis scare that widened to 11 states on Wednesday with the first case confirmed in Idaho.

  • WABASH, Ind.-- An energy drink maker is planning a $25 million expansion that's expected to bring up to 200 new jobs to a northern Indiana city. Living Essentials, the producer of 5- hour ENERGY, announced Wednesday it would build and equip a plant in Wabash with a total of 1 million square feet to be added in phases.

  • Carmen Wilkerson ran for mayor of St. George with one clear goal in mind for the tiny Missouri town: Get rid of it. In 2008, St. George _ known as a local speed trap _ had spent $200,000 more than it took into its coffers, according to county records. In its budget woes, St. George is far from alone.

  • Oct 10- Eighteen more people have contracted meningitis from potentially tainted steroid injections, and a death was officially confirmed in Florida, bringing the total number killed to 12, the Centers for Disease Control said on Wednesday.

  • *May take to early Nov. to identify all stricken in Tennessee. Oversight committees in both the Senate and House hope to learn more about the outbreak before Oct. 12 from staff members of the Food and Drug Administration and the CDC, aides said.

  • Oct 10- Experimental drugs from Roche Holding AG. and Eli Lilly& Co have been selected for a global Alzheimer's disease prevention trial, and a second Lilly drug is being considered for inclusion in the study, Washington University said on Wednesday.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of Cummins Inc. tumbled ahead of Wednesday's market opening after the engine maker cut its revenue guidance for the year and announced plans to eliminate up to 1,500 jobs. The Columbus, Ind. company said late Tuesday that it now expects its 2012 revenue to total about $17 billion, down from its previous prediction of $18 billion.

  • On Tuesday, the outbreak claimed four more lives and Florida became the latest state to report at least one death linked to the illness in a widening health scare.

  • NEW YORK-- Accuride's stock plunged to an all-time low on Wednesday as the company said it would not do as well as it had thought this year. THE SPARK: Accuride, which makes parts for commercial vehicles, previously predicted a full-year loss of 5 cents to 12 cents per share.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 9- A rare U.S. outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to steroid injections has claimed four more lives with Florida the latest state to report at least one death linked to the illness in a widening health scare, authorities said on Tuesday.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 9- A rare U.S. outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to steroid injections has claimed three more lives and New Jersey became the tenth state to report at least one case of the illness in a widening health scare, authorities said on Tuesday.

  • COLUMBUS, Ind.-- Indiana- based engine maker Cummins Inc. plans to cut as many as 1,500 jobs by the end of the year. The Columbus- based company has factories in Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico and North Carolina, and several overseas.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 9- A rare U.S. outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to steroid injections has claimed three more lives and New Jersey became the tenth state to report at least one case of the illness in a widening health scare, health authorities said on Tuesday.

  • CHILLICOTHE, Ohio-- Josh Mandel, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, declines to take a stand on the 2009 bailout of the auto industry and reserves judgment on vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's plans for Medicare.

  • ISLAMABAD-- A waterborne parasite commonly known as "brain-eating amoeba" has killed 10 people in Pakistan's largest city, a Pakistani official with the World Health Organization said Tuesday. Musa Khan, in charge of WHO's Disease Early Warning System in Pakistan, said the deaths were reported in the city of Karachi from March to September.

  • WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.-- A Purdue University professor says an increase in hiring by many U.S. retailers is a sign they're confident they'll see higher sales in the upcoming holiday shopping season.

  • A statement from the Austin, Ky., company on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website says the varieties are Kentucky Rose, Kentucky Bleu, Awe-Brie and Tomme de Nena. The cheeses were sold to farmers markets, restaurants, distributors and retail stores in Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia between Aug. 22 and Sept. 25.