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  • April 27- For advocates, it is all about protecting a fundamental right of Americans to farm their land. For opponents, it is about big business, pollution and puppy mills. "All eyes are on Oklahoma," said Joe Maxwell, political director for the Humane Society Legislative Fund, which opposes the proposal.

  • WASHINGTON— The Federal Reserve kept a key interest rate unchanged Wednesday against the backdrop of a slowdown in U.S. and global growth and provided no hint of when its next rate hike may occur. In a statement after its latest policy meeting, the Fed noted that the United States is enjoying solid job gains but also that "economic activity appears to have slowed."

  • WASHINGTON— Lawmakers accused Valeant Pharmaceuticals of gouging patients to reward Wall Street investors during a hearing Wednesday scrutinizing the embattled drugmaker's pricing tactics. Susan Collins, R- Maine, in her opening statement. Berna Heyman, a patient with a rare genetic disorder called Wilson's Disease, testified that the co-pay on her...

  • AUSTIN, Texas, April 26- Tornadoes were spotted in two central states on Tuesday as the National Weather Service warned large swaths of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas could be hit by twisters, destructive hail and high winds. The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch extending from Texas into southern Nebraska and a severe thunderstorm watch for large...

  • AUSTIN, Texas, April 26- Tornadoes were spotted in two central states on Tuesday as the National Weather Service warned large swaths of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas could be hit by twisters, destructive hail and high winds. The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch extending from Texas into southern Nebraska and a severe thunderstorm watch for large...

  • A sign marks the location of a Panera Bread restaurant in Chicago.

    SAINT LOUIS, Mo. _ Panera Bread Co. on Tuesday reported first-quarter net income of $35.1 million. The average estimate of 15 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.50 per share. Eleven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $675.5 million.

  • AUSTIN, Texas, April 26- The National Weather Service warned that large sections of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas could be hit by tornadoes, destructive hail and high winds on Tuesday, prompting some school districts to send students home early. It issued a tornado watch extending from Texas into southern Nebraska and a severe thunderstorm watch for large parts of...

  • NEW YORK, April 26- U.S. Treasury yields rose on Tuesday, with the benchmark 10- year yield hitting its highest levels in almost five weeks as investors made room for government debt supply in Europe and the United States. "The surprise will be any significant change in their message from their March statement," said Ira Jersey, fixed-income strategist at...

  • *Denmark to pick either Boeing or Lockheed Martin jets- sources. COPENHAGEN, April 26- U.S. defense giants Lockheed Martin and Boeing have stepped up their battle in Denmark to win a $5 billion order for combat jets which is due to be decided next month, with an advertising blitz in newspapers and on billboards by Boeing reflecting the importance they give to...

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ UMB Financial Corp. on Tuesday reported first-quarter net income of $36.2 million. The average estimate of four 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.

  • ST LOUIS _ Centene Corp. on Tuesday reported a first-quarter loss of $17 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. Centene expects full-year earnings in the range of $4 to $4.35 per share, with revenue in the range of $39 billion to $39.8 billion. Centene shares have declined 4.5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. _ Southern Missouri Bancorp Inc. on Monday reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $3.3 million. Southern Missouri Bancorp shares have risen 4 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Southern Missouri Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • ST. LOUIS _ Express Scripts Holding Co. on Monday reported first-quarter profit of $526.1 million. Ten analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $25.52 billion. For the current quarter ending in July, Express Scripts expects its per-share earnings to range from $1.55 to $1.59.

  • A sharp economic slowdown in China— the world's second-largest economy after the United States— has already hurt much of the developing world. Europe is straining to gain any momentum, and Japan is hobbled by wary consumers and an aging population. Even in the United States, key sectors like manufacturing and energy have been bruised by a strong dollar and...

  • ST. LOUIS— Kraftig Brewing Co. founder William K. "Billy" Busch is now offering $1 more than his siblings in his effort to buy Grant's Farm in south St. Louis County. Anheuser-Busch InBev, formed when the Belgian brewer purchased Anheuser-Busch in 2008, leases Grant's Farm from the Busch family. Billy Busch, with the support of one brother, sought to buy Grant's Farm...

  • But beyond the chart-toppers and dance parties, the legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson grew to include political stances, challenges to record execs and an overarching focus on African-American empowerment. At the Grammys in Los Angeles, Prince was referring to the Black Lives Matter Movement that was galvanized by the 2014 police killing of an unarmed Michael...

  • TORONTO, April 21- Plaintiffs leading a lawsuit against online dating website Ashley Madison over a security breach that exposed the personal data of customers must publicly identify themselves to proceed with the case, a U.S. judge has ruled. The plaintiffs are suing Ashley Madison, a website that facilitates extramarital affairs, for failing to adequately...

  • April 21- Walgreen Co agreed to reform its advertising practices and pay $500,000 to settle allegations its Walgreens and Duane Reade stores in New York overcharged consumers at the register and used price tags that fooled them into thinking they were getting great deals. The settlement with the largest U.S. drugstore chain, a unit of Walgreens Boots Alliance...

  • NEW YORK— SunEdison, a one-time star in the alternative energy field, filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday after years of rapid-fire acquisitions left the solar company in a desperate cash situation. The committee also said that at SunEdison, "cash forecasting efforts lack sufficient controls and processes. SunEdison, which had grown to an almost $10...

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ DST Systems Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $58.1 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.46 per share. DST Systems shares have climbed slightly more than 1 percent since the beginning of the year.