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WASHINGTON, Oct 11- U.S. health authorities said on Thursday that more people than previously thought received possibly tainted steroid injections and that some 14,000 patients could be at risk of contracting meningitis in an unprecedented outbreak of the disease.
MINNEAPOLIS-- Despite the drought that parched much of the rest of the country, 2012 is shaping up as a pleasant surprise for many Minnesota farmers who are expected to harvest record corn and sugarbeet crops. "It went better than we thought it would _ by a long ways _ that's for sure," southwestern Minnesota corn and soybean farmer Scott Johnson said with a laugh.
INDIANAPOLIS-- The Indiana State Fair is canceling paid concerts at next year's fair after shows moved to downtown Indianapolis following a deadly 2011 stage rigging collapse failed to attract big crowds during August's fair.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Oct 11- U.S. health authorities said on Thursday that more people than earlier thought received possibly tainted steroid injections and some 14,000 patients could be at risk of contracting meningitis in an unprecedented outbreak of the disease.
DARLINGTON, Pa.-- A natural gas drilling company has settled federal lawsuits by western Pennsylvania landowners who contested the company's drilling leases and were, in turn, countersued by the company for permission to cut down trees sometimes inhabited by a protected bat species so the wells could be drilled.
DES MOINES, Iowa-- The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday slightly lowered its projection for the nation's corn crop for a fourth straight month, reflecting worse-than-expected news about the actual impact of this year's withering drought from the farmers busy harvesting their fields.
Velvet Ice Cream said Thursday that some of the peanut products bought from Sunland Inc. for use in the ice cream flavors could be contaminated. The recalled Velvet products are sold mainly at convenience stores, ice cream parlors and small, independent retailers in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
It was the second-consecutive monthly decline in filings, although there remains a sharp divergence along state lines, according to a report Thursday by foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc..
*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.