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  • Enrollment falling at for-profit colleges Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 1:36 PM ET

    When the University of Phoenix, the country's largest university, announced this week it's closing 115 campuses and satellite locations, it signaled more than a sudden availability of commercial real estate near highway interchanges, where for-profit colleges like to set up shop as a student convenience.

  • Iowa Sept. unemployment rate drops to 5.2 percent Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 1:12 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa-- Iowa's unemployment rate has dropped to 5.2 percent in September, down significantly from the August figure. Workforce Development Director Teresa Wahlert says the decline was welcome news. Iowa's unemployment rate is far below the national rate of 7.8 percent.

  • Economic index jumps for Midwest, Western states Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 11:29 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.-- An index of economic conditions in 10 Midwest and Western states jumped this month after three months of drought-induced doldrums. "Our survey indicates that the negative impacts of the drought are being more than offset by the positives of very strong incomes from high agriculture and energy prices," said Creighton University economist Ernie Goss.

  • Unemployment rates fall in 7 US swing states Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 11:18 AM ET

    Rates dropped in Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada and North Carolina. They were unchanged in New Hampshire and Virginia. With just 18 days until Election Day, polls show GOP challenger Mitt Romney gaining momentum with voters in key states.

  • Earnings Preview: Reynolds American to post 3Q Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:44 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.-- Reynolds American Inc., the second-biggest U.S. cigarette company, should give investors some insight into its premium Camel brand and its value-priced Pall Mall brand when it releases its third-quarter results before the stock markets open Tuesday.

  • Report: Nebraska wind power would boost economy Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:23 AM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.-- Nebraska is trailing its neighbors in wind-energy development and missing an opportunity to add jobs to the state economy while producing a cleaner form of energy, according to a report released Thursday.

  • Stellar duo target Ohio's working class for Obama Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 8:33 AM ET

    PARMA, Ohio-- Lest anyone forget the importance of Ohio's white, working-class voters, President Barack Obama sent a clear reminder on Thursday. Clinton implored voters to reward Obama for bailing out the auto industry, which has deep roots in Ohio. Ohio is at the center of both Obama and Republican Mitt Romney's campaign strategies.

  • At a glance: Gas prices in battleground states Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 4:37 PM ET
  • Lawsuit: Aspen Dental clinics operating illegally Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 4:11 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.-- Aspen Dental Management and the private equity firm that controls it illegally operate dental clinics across the country and engage in aggressive, misleading profit-driven practices that cause patients economic harm, claims a federal lawsuit filed Thursday in New York.

  • House tea party icons face re-election challenges Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:18 PM ET

    Michele Bachmann's tendency to cause a ruckus on Capitol Hill made her a tea party sensation. Allen West of Florida, Steve King of Iowa and Joe Walsh of Illinois are all embroiled in tough and expensive races that are drawing plenty of spending by friends and foes from around the country.

  • Drought conditions ease in key Midwest farm states Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 11:15 AM ET

    The benefit of recent downpours was more pronounced in states such as Iowa, the nation's biggest corn producer. Thursday's update showed that 63.9 percent of Iowa still is in extreme or exceptional drought _ the worst two classifications _ in what marked an improvement of nearly 12 percentage points from a week earlier.

  • North Dakota company buying 3 Nebraska dealerships Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:47 AM ET

    GRAND ISLAND, Neb.-- North Dakota- based Titan Machinery Inc. says it's buying three CaseIH agriculture equipment dealerships in Nebraska. Titan, of West Fargo, N.D., says it is acquiring Toner's Inc., which operates Toner's in Grand Island, Red Line Equipment in Broken Bow and Ord Equipment in Ord.

  • Humane Society hatches bid to unseat Iowa lawmaker Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:07 AM ET

    Steve King of Iowa has little use for the Humane Society, particularly when it comes to laws designed to give calves, pregnant sows and hens a little more freedom on the farm.

  • Romney ad advantage doesn't tell the whole story Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 12:42 AM ET

    An Associated Press analysis of presidential campaign advertising data from April through last week found that pro-Romney spending has exceeded pro-Obama ad spending by at least $65 million across the nine states expected to decide the election: Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa and Wisconsin.

  • Armed posse patrols timber land in sheriff's place Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:45 AM ET

    Instead, some folks in Josephine County, larger than the state of Rhode Island, are taking matters into their own hands _ mounting flashing lights on their trucks and strapping pistols to their hips to guard communities themselves. Others have put together a virtual neighborhood watch, using Facebook to share tips and information.

  • World Food Prize activities attract Occupy protest Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 3:08 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa-- It's difficult to argue with the goals of the World Food Prize Foundation _ to recognize people who have helped improve the quality and availability of food to reduce world hunger.

  • GOP-leaning group plans new $11 million ad blitz Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 10:17 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- A Republican-leaning independent group supporting Mitt Romney's presidential bid is spending $11.1 million on new television ads aimed at women. The group planned to air the new ad on national and local cable stations, and in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.

  • Iowa harvest nearly complete Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 10:14 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa-- Iowa farmers are close to wrapping up this year's harvest as much needed rain finally fell across most of the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 87 percent of the corn crop has been harvested, which is a month ahead of schedule. Ninety-three percent of the soybean crop is in from the fields, which is three weeks ahead of normal.

  • Obama embraces economic record in new commercial Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 3:28 PM ET

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va.-- With the economy showing some signs of improvement three weeks before Election Day, President Barack Obama on Monday laid down a full embrace of the economic record many Republicans say is his biggest weakness.

  • TEXT-S&P affirms Homesteaders Life Co Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 2:52 PM ET

    Rating Action On Sept. 21, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its' BBBpi' counterparty credit and financial strength ratings on Homesteaders Life Co.. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, HLC primarily offers group life products, with a focus on preneed and final-expense insurance.