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  • SINGAPORE, June 8- Chicago wheat futures edged higher on Monday, extending a more than 8 percent rally scored last week, amid worries over potentially lower crop yields in the U.S. *Wheat for July delivery on the Chicago Board of Trade was up 0.3 percent at $5.18-3/ 4 a bushel by 0034 GMT. Plains, investors were also looking at dry conditions in Western Europe and parts...

  • CHICAGO, June 4- Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures jumped 1.8 percent on Thursday, and were on track to post a third gain in the last four sessions as some weather concerns provided the impetus for traders to cover short positions. "It is a little early in the game as things have gotten maybe a little less than perfect in some areas," said Greg Grow, director of...

  • For UAW members, two-tier wage issue is personal Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 1:00 AM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Kansas, June 2- For United Auto Workers union members Jermaine and Akema Austin, a two-tier wage system at General Motors Co is not just business, it's personal. Detroit automakers, which pushed for and won the two-tier system in negotiations with the union, say the freedom to hire workers at lower wages has helped them recover from near-death in the...

  • As expected, the goal fell short of the amount required by Congress in a 2007 law. The EPA did not cut the ethanol blending target as much as it did in its previous plan. The oil industry has lobbied fiercely against increased blending requirements, and its trade group said on Friday it would go to Congress to push for an overhaul of the policy.

  • U.S. state April income tax revenue returns to growth Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 3:35 PM ET

    May 27- U.S. state personal income taxes rebounded in the key revenue month of April, partly due to 2014' s strong stock market, after dropping a year ago, but collections have not fully stabilized since big increases in 2013.. Brian Sigritz, director of state fiscal studies at the National Association of State Budget Officers, said income tax revenue, boosted in part...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 18- Nearly six million people with disabilities may benefit from new tax-free savings plans approved by Congress last year, but the accounts may not be as helpful or available as quickly as originally promised. After a decade of lobbying by disability advocates, Congress passed The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act in the final hour before...

  • May 15- Blue Bell Creameries said it would lay off about 750 full-time and 700 part-time employees, nearly a month after the ice cream maker voluntarily recalled all its products and stopped production due to bacterial contamination. The cuts will affect about 37 percent of the Brenham, Texas- based company's total workforce of 3,900, a decision Chief...

  • *Nebraska becomes 16th U.S. state affected by avian flu. May 12- The fast-spreading avian flu virus was confirmed for the first time in Nebraska, at a commercial egg-laying farm that housed a flock of 1.7 million chickens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. "Unfortunately, Nebraska has joined a long list of states currently dealing with highly...

  • *Wheat firm as softer dollar prompts short-covering. *Soybeans also higher; Argentine strikes eyed. CHICAGO, May 12- Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures hit a two-week high and soybeans also firmed on Tuesday as a weaker dollar inspired managed funds to cover short positions ahead of a monthly U.S. government report.

  • May 11- A strain of avian flu that until now had been found only in the Western United States has cropped up in Indiana, bringing the total number of states affected by the virulent outbreak to 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. The H5N8 strain found in a backyard poultry flock in Indiana is concerning to them also. It was also found in captive...

  • UPDATE 1-USDA finds H5N8 bird flu strain in Indiana Monday, 11 May 2015 | 1:59 PM ET

    May 11- A strain of highly pathogenic H5 avian flu that had recently been found only in the Western United States has been confirmed in a backyard poultry flock in Indiana, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. The H5N8 strain in Indiana is the same one that had been previously confirmed in the Pacific flyway, specifically in commercial chicken and...

  • Tornado hits Kansas Friday, 8 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Tornado hits Kansas

    Storm chasers capture video of a massive tornado sweeping across the Plains.

  • AUSTIN, Texas, May 7- Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries had a Listeria problem at its Oklahoma plant as early as 2013 and did not do enough to make sure its factory was sanitized, according to documents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Health officials had said three people made ill by Listeria between January 2014 and January 2015 had died in a Kansas...

  • AUSTIN, Texas, May 7- Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries likely knew as early as 2013 of a Listeria problem at its Oklahoma plant and did not do enough to make sure its factory was sanitized, according to documents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA also found problems at Blue Bell plants in Sylacauga, Alabama, and Brenham, Texas. The FDA posted the...

  • Kansas budget woes could hit small businesses hard Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 3:30 PM ET
    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback

    A massive tax-cutting package championed by the Kansas governor is having unintended consequences.

  • WICHITA, Kansas, May 6- The Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association projected the yield of Oklahoma's 2015 winter wheat crop at 29.4 bushels per acre, an official with Plains Grains, a wheat industry group, said on Wednesday. Mark Hodges of Plains Grains said the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association projected Oklahoma wheat production at 111.7 million bushels, based...

  • *Corn follows wheat higher after hitting seven-month low. *Soybeans fall after hitting two-month high. Scouts on the Wheat Quality Council's annual tour of Kansas on Wednesday found prospects for the crop in the western portion of the state worse than those of last year's drought-hit crop.

  • COLBY, Kansas, May 5- Colorado's 2015 winter wheat crop should yield 38.0 bushels per acre, an official with the Colorado Wheat Research Foundation, an industry group, said on Tuesday. Joe Westhoff of the Colorado Wheat Research Foundation forecast Colorado wheat production at 89.3 million bushels, based on harvested acreage of 2.35 million acres.

  • May 5- Ride-hailing service Uber on Tuesday said it ceased operations in Kansas after the state legislature decided to override Governor Sam Brownback's veto of a bill that will impose stricter regulations on ride-hailing services. The Kansas Senate on Tuesday voted 96-25 to override Brownback's veto of the Kansas Transportation Network Company...

  • COLBY, Kansas, May 5- Crop scouts on the first day of an annual three-day tour of Kansas projected an average yield for hard red winter wheat in the northern portion of the state at 34.3 bushels per acre, down from 34.7 bushels a year ago. Scouts on the tour, organized by the Wheat Quality Council, sampled 284 fields on Tuesday between Manhattan and Colby, Kansas.