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  • NEW YORK— In one of his first forays into policy as a presidential candidate, Republican Donald Trump calls for the deportation of all 11 million people estimated to be living in the country illegally while allowing the "really good people" to return. Deporting them all "is impractical and is opposed by a large majority of Americans," said Clint Bolick, an Arizona...

  • LAS VEGAS— Owners of a soon-to-close coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas have agreed to pay $4.3 million to settle a lawsuit and clean up contamination that neighboring Native Americans blame for health problems and water pollution. Some $1.5 million of the funds from NV Energy and the California Department of Water Resources are earmarked for a...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa _ Meredith Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $42.6 million. Meredith Corp. expects full-year earnings to be $2.90 to $3.25 per share. Meredith Corp. shares have fallen 8 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • American Equity beats Street 2Q forecasts Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 4:21 PM ET

    WEST DEMOINES, Iowa _ American Equity Investment Life Holding Co. on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $82.8 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 60 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $406.6 million.

  • The news comes a year after the Iowa Board of Regents and Deloitte Consulting LLP said the universities could save $16 million to $40 million over the next two years by negotiating joint contracts for goods and services with lower prices. Mark Braun, a University of Iowa administrator leading the effort to find efficiencies at the three schools, conceded...

  • The order signed Tuesday instructs the government to return Mo Yun's passport and immediately stop "all court-directed electronic monitoring," meaning she can return to China. Investigators allege that Mo helped her brother and five other Chinese nationals working for subsidiaries of Beijing- based DBN Group steal patented corn seed to reproduce its...

  • NEW YORK, July 29- When Matt and Jen Osmun opened their vape shop in Bethel, Connecticut, last December, they didn't expect to get a boost from the local medical marijuana outlet. "Sales are going really well, and getting better every month," said Jen Osmun, who started the business with her husband, a former plumber, after he was injured in an accident.

  • Heartland Express tops 2Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 3:39 PM ET

    NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa _ Heartland Express Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $23.3 million. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 25 cents per share. Heartland Express shares have decreased 26 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— The U.S. government expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday as he called for Congress to consider a disaster program for poultry producers similar to that for other livestock farmers. Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri lost the most birds.

  • *Corn flat amid improving crop conditions. WINNIPEG, Manitoba, July 28- Chicago soybean and wheat futures bounced on Tuesday, rising on bargain-buying and short-covering after recent lows, while corn was steady. The USDA said 62 percent of the U.S. soybean crop was in good to excellent condition, same as last week but below the previous year's 71 percent.

  • The Education Department confirmed Tuesday that it would conduct a limited pilot program to give prisoners access to the Pell grants. The official announcement was scheduled for Friday, when Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch visit the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup, Maryland. The prison has a partnership...

  • Heartland Financial posts 2Q profit Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 4:27 PM ET

    DUBUQUE, Iowa _ Heartland Financial USA Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter earnings of $15 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 65 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa, July 27- U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Monday described climate change as "one of most urgent threats of our time" and vowed to meet the challenge with a plan to generate enough clean energy to power every U.S. home by 2027.. Clinton promised to have more than half a billion solar panels installed nationwide within four years if she...

  • AMES, Iowa, July 26- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called on Sunday for a dramatic national shift to energy sources such as solar and wind, setting a goal of generating enough clean renewable energy to power every U.S. home within her first decade in office. "I want more wind, more solar, more advanced biofuels, more energy efficiency," Clinton...

  • WASHINGTON, July 26- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton promised on Sunday to push for a dramatic increase in renewable power production, setting a goal of generating enough clean renewable energy to power every U.S. home within 10 years of taking office. Clinton will discuss the proposals during a campaign stop on Monday at an...

  • NEW YORK— Five days before he was to start college, Fred Maahs' world turned upside down. Off the Delaware coast in 1980, on the last day of summer vacation, the 18- year-old took a dive from his family's boat into an unseen sandbar barely a foot below the surface, sustaining injuries that paralyzed him from the chest down. Some 2,000 people with disabilities— elated...

  • Trump campaign bans Iowa newspaper from event Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 10:28 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Des Moines Register says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has denied press credentials to its reporters after the newspaper published an editorial calling on the billionaire businessman to end his campaign. The Register says its reporters were denied credentials to a Trump campaign event in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Saturday.

  • WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va.— As Congress considers a long-awaited transportation funding bill, some Republican governors as well as Democrats say they aren't waiting to raise or borrow money to fix or build roads, bridges and highways. GOP governors in Georgia, Iowa, South Dakota and Utah are among those who have approved road tax increases.

  • He lost half of a year's normal production and income and won't be able to sell turkeys for months, but the central Minnesota farmer feels good to be getting back to normal. A USDA update Friday said scientists still haven't nailed down the specific ways the virus spreads from the wild into barns but research is continuing in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, the Dakotas...

  • West Bancorp posts 2Q profit Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 8:18 AM ET

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa _ West Bancorp Inc. on Friday reported second-quarter earnings of $5.3 million. West Bancorp shares have increased 13 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: West Bancorp, Earnings Report.