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  • WASHINGTON— Apartment rents are up. So are prices for restaurant meals, haircuts, gym memberships and a cup of coffee. For American consumers who have become used to flat or even falling prices for several years, an unfamiliar sight has emerged in many corners of the economy: Inflation is ticking up.

  • WASHINGTON— The federal Export-Import Bank expired June 30 when Congress failed to renew its charter. Five things to know about the Export-Import Bank and its future:. The House announced plans Tuesday to pass a three-month highway extension that does not include an Export-Import Bank provision— and then adjourn for the summer.

  • House, Senate on collision course in highway debate Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 3:26 AM ET

    "We're not taking up the Senate bill," the California Republican told reporters at the Capitol, adding that the Senate should instead take up the bill already passed by the House. "My best advice to the Senate is to get our highway bill moved forward," he said. Hours later, in a hectic late-night session, the Senate voted 64-29 to include the provision reviving the...

  • KINGSTON, Jamaica— The U.S. Virgin Islands' environmental agency plans to file a violation order against two rum producers on St. Jamal Nielsen, spokesman for the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, said authorities are "in the process of crafting a violation order" against Cruzan Rum and Diageo USVI, a subsidiary of global liquor giant Diageo PLC that...

  • Ted Cruz for harshly criticizing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an extraordinary display of intraparty division played out live on the Senate floor. The drama came as the Senate defeated a procedural vote to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law and took a step toward reviving the federal Export-Import Bank, both amendments on a must-pass...

  • As Democrats fret over 'sharing economy,' GOP moves in Saturday, 25 Jul 2015 | 9:43 AM ET

    DENVER— The debate over ride-hailing firm Uber is laying bare divides in the Democratic Party and on the left about how to handle the new "sharing" economy. In New York City this past week, liberal Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to limit the number of Uber drivers on the streets, only to be rebuked by the state's more centrist governor, Andrew Cuomo. But the bright-blue...

  • Glance: The new 'Big Three' of health coverage Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 1:33 PM ET

    Anthem Inc.' s $48 billion purchase of rival Cigna Corp. is set to create the nation's largest health insurance company. The combination, in tandem with Aetna Inc.' s pending purchase of rival insurer Humana Inc., would leave three health insurers that would dominate the rapidly changing industry landscape in the U.S. HEADQUARTERS: Anthem in Indianapolis; Cigna...

  • Senate moves forward on 6-year highway, transit bill Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 8:06 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate agreed Wednesday to take up a sweeping transportation bill a little over a week before states will face a cutoff of highway and transit aid in the middle of the summer construction season. The vote puts the Senate on a path toward likely passage of the measure by the middle of next week. GOP leaders there expressed reluctance to take up a...

  • LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Barely two weeks after a fire threatened to disrupt its plans, Brown-Forman Corp. celebrated the upcoming start of construction for a new Old Forester Distillery that will return its founding brand to its historic roots along Louisville's Whiskey Row. However, Brown-Forman executives said Wednesday the distillery's opening will be pushed...

  • FRANKFORT, Ky.— The government spends $900 million a year to train Kentucky workers, yet just 8 percent of employers say the state's workforce has "good skills" according to a new report from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Still, it calls for Kentucky's next governor to conduct an independent review of the state's workforce training system, saying "the governor...

  • Stock Yards posts 2Q profit Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 7:39 AM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Stock Yards Bancorp Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $9 million. The bank, based in Louisville, Kentucky, said it had earnings of 60 cents per share. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 60 cents per share.

  • WASHINGTON— The 11 million Americans who receive Social Security disability face steep benefit cuts next year, the government said Wednesday, handing lawmakers a fiscal and political crisis in the middle of a presidential campaign. The trustees who oversee Social Security and Medicare said the disability trust fund will run out of money in late 2016. That...

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., said he would give Democrats more time, but added he intends to push forward with the bill even if it means keeping the Senate in session over the weekend. Charles Schumer of New York, the No. 3 Democratic leader, said, "I can't remember a time where I have been asked in all my years in the Congress to vote yes ahead of time on a...

  • July 21- Printer maker Lexmark International Inc forecast third-quarter profit well below Wall Street's estimates and said it would cut about 500 jobs as it absorbs recently acquired businesses. Lexmark said the restructuring is expected to generate $2 million savings in 2015 and annualized savings of $65 million beginning in 2017..

  • UPDATE 1-Printer maker Lexmark to cut 500 jobs Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 7:29 AM ET

    July 21- Printer maker Lexmark International Inc said it would cut 500 jobs, or about 4 percent of its global workforce, as the company integrates its recently acquired businesses and tries to soften the impact of a strong dollar. Lexmark swung to a quarterly loss in the second quarter ended June 30, hurt by an 11 percent decline in revenue in its imaging solutions...

  • Lexmark reports 2Q loss Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 6:48 AM ET

    LEXINGTON, Ky. _ Lexmark International Inc. on Tuesday reported a second-quarter loss of $36.3 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. For the current quarter ending in September, Lexmark expects its per-share earnings to range from 51 cents to 61 cents. Lexmark shares have increased 15 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • This table contains projected and actual enrollment figures for the newly eligible Medicaid population in the 30 states and the District of Columbia that have opted to expand the program under the federal Affordable Care Act. Where available, it also provides the estimated and revised cost of paying for the program during the 2017 fiscal year, when states...

  • ATLANTA— More than a dozen states that opted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act have seen enrollments surge way beyond projections, raising concerns that the added costs will strain their budgets when federal aid is scaled back starting in two years. That's greater than what was initially predicted through 2021. As a result, the state revised its...

  • Republic Bancorp posts 2Q profit Friday, 17 Jul 2015 | 8:15 AM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Republic Bancorp Inc. on Friday reported second-quarter earnings of $8.3 million. Republic Bancorp shares have climbed 6.5 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Republic Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • APNewsBreak: New rule to protect streams near coal mines Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 | 11:11 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Obama administration proposed new regulations Thursday designed to reduce the environmental impact of coal mining on the nation's streams, a long-anticipated move that met quick resistance from Republicans, even as the administration projected only modest job losses in coal country. In describing the proposed rule's impact, the...