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  • MIAMI— Travelers who had braced for long lines and long waits were instead moving through most U.S. airports fairly quickly Monday, as the busy Memorial Day travel weekend drew to close. "Honestly it wasn't too bad," said Kendra Morehead of Wooster, Ohio, who flew from Detroit to Denver for a conference. "Things have been going pretty well so far this weekend and we are...

  • A study last year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Purdue University found that nearly 60,000 high-skilled agriculture-related jobs open up annually, but there are only about 35,000 college graduates available to fill them. University of Minnesota Extension is developing the challenge, which is now in its second year and already attracting...

  • As prices stabilized and droughts eased, attention turned to reopening some public ports, with the Woodswether terminal port in Kansas City last August being the first since 2007. "The idea that the Missouri River is not navigable is simply just incorrect," said Michael Collins, president and CEO of Port KC. With no lock and dam system to control the river's...

  • LENEXA, Kan.— A Lenexa- based jewelry company that was one of the Kansas City area's more successful startups when it was founded about two decades ago has announced its plans to close. Silpada Designs Inc. says its business model that involved jewelry-sales parties hosted at home has become outdated. Andrea Carroll, the company's vice president of design,...

  • LONDON, May 27- Monsanto boss Hugh Grant could land more than $70 million if the world's largest seed company is taken over by German chemicals giant Bayer AG. The U.S. firm said it was open to engaging in further negotiations with Bayer after turning down its $62 billion bid as "incomplete and financially inadequate" this week. That $122- per-share offer would allow...

  • ST LOUIS _ Caleres Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $17.8 million. Caleres Inc. expects full-year earnings to be $2 to $2.10 per share, with revenue in the range of $2.6 billion to $2.63 billion. Caleres Inc. shares have decreased 19 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • ST. LOUIS— A St. Louis jury ordered Monsanto and three other companies to pay more than $46 million to three people in a suit alleging negligence in the production of PCBs. Monsanto says in a statement that it has sympathy for them but is disappointed in the jury's decision and will appeal. Other defendants are Solutia, spun off by Monsanto in 1997; Pharmacia, which...

  • NEW YORK, May 25- A tie-up of Aetna Inc and Humana Inc would be anti-competitive in Missouri for several types of insurance, including individual Medicare Advantage plans where the combined company would have more than a 50 percent market share, the Missouri Department of Insurance said. The department said in an order, dated May 24 and posted on its website, that...

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo.— A Missouri woman already accused of embezzling more than $300,000 from engineering firm Black& Veatch stole $1.2 million during an earlier job at Garmin International, a new federal indictment alleges. The latest indictment also accuses her of stealing more than $1.2 million while previously serving as a senior payroll specialist between...

  • Alabama- Jay Grinney, HealthSouth, $7.8 million. Arizona- Don Slager, Republic Services, $10.9 million. Arkansas- Doug McMillon, Wal-Mart Stores, $19.8 million.

  • May 24- Duracell has failed in its effort to dismiss a lawsuit claiming it violated Energizer Holdings Inc's trademark rights by using a pink bunny on battery packages that closely resembled the sunglass-clad, drum-beating Energizer Bunny. District Judge Carol Jackson in St. Louis said Duracell, recently bought by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc,...

  • NEW YORK— Monsanto rejected Bayer's $62 billion takeover bid, calling it "incomplete and financially inadequate." Monsanto Co. Chairman and CEO Hugh Grant also said in a written statement that the initial offer failed to address potential financing and regulatory risks. Bayer AG, a German drug and chemicals company, made an all-cash bid that valued Monsanto's...

  • NEW YORK, May 24- Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, will reject Bayer AG's $62 billion acquisition bid and seek a higher price, two people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Monsanto shares rose 1.5 percent to $107.61 in late morning trading in New York, but remain far below Bayer's bid price, underscoring investor skepticism that a deal will be...

  • WASHINGTON— Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Tuesday he regrets remarks he made comparing long wait times at VA health care sites to waiting in line at a Disney amusement park. McDonald's statement came after a Republican senator called for his resignation and GOP lawmakers and veterans' service groups slammed his remarks as insulting and...

  • Authorities said Anthony R. Arriaga of Delphos, Ohio, shot Bennett K. Hatfield on Monday at Mountain View Memory Gardens, a cemetery in southern West Virginia's Mingo County. He was International Coal Group's CEO when a 2006 explosion at the Sago Mine in northern West Virginia killed 12 miners. Allen County, Ohio, Sheriff Sam Crish said West Virginia authorities...

  • Risk-appetite was further weakened by receding expectations that Japan can act to weaken its currency after a fresh warning from the United States last week against intervention. That sentiment was reinforced by comments from Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso, who said on Tuesday that Japan has no intention to devalue the yen sharply and consistently.

  • May 23- New Mexico sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an agency contractor and two mining companies on Monday over the 2015 breach of an abandoned Colorado gold mine that spilled some 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater into three states. New Mexico, Colorado and Utah were affected. Colorado and New Mexico both declared state of emergencies over...

  • *Fed's John Williams sees 2-3 rate hikes in 2016. May 23- Wall Street ended lower on Monday as a bounce in Apple failed to offset concerns that the U.S. San Francisco Fed President John Williams and his St. Louis counterpart, James Bullard, both struck hawkish tones in separate appearances on Monday.

  • *Fed's John Williams sees 2-3 rate hikes in 2016. May 23- Wall Street edged higher on Monday as a bounce in Apple helped offset growing concerns that the U.S. San Francisco Fed President John Williams and his St. Louis counterpart, James Bullard, both struck hawkish tones in separate appearances on Monday.

  • FERGUSON, Mo.— Ferguson city leaders, struggling to balance a budget decimated by fallout from the unrest that followed the police shooting of 18- year-old Michael Brown, will ask voters in August for a second tax increase, Mayor James Knowles III said Monday. The Ferguson City Council, at a special meeting on Sunday, voted to put on the Aug. 2 ballot a proposal to raise...