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  • BISMARCK, N.D.-- A recent study of the cost of maintaining North Dakota's county and township roads is being expanded to include bridges. The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University did the study at the Legislature's request.

  • COLUMBUS, Neb.-- The Nebraska Public Power District plans to issue $250 million in bonds this month to pay for transmission lines and power generation projects. Some of the proceeds from the bonds will also be used repay part of the utility's general revenue bonds. The fixed-rate, tax-exempt bonds will be issued on Oct. 15.

  • BISMARCK, N.D.-- Some North Dakota lawmakers say the Three Affiliated Tribes deserves a greater share of the taxes collected from reservation oil production. The Legislature's Tribal and State Relations Committee reviewed the idea. He says the panel didn't approve the 80 percent split, but he's expecting the Legislature will see the proposal next year.

  • NEW YORK-- U.S. companies are continuing to cut back on employee travel plans amid uncertainty surrounding the health of the economy. Americans are expected to take 438.1 million business trips this year, down 2 percent from last year, the Global Business Travel Association said Tuesday.

  • U.S. companies as diverse as chipmaker Intel Corp and printer Quad/Graphics Inc have opened in-house health clinics with doctors, nurses and even dentists to diagnose suspicious symptoms, write prescriptions and more. "We were beginning to see... growing chronic conditions in our population," says Tami Graham, director of global benefits for Intel. "

  • LAS CRUCES, N.M.-- The American Society of Civil Engineers has given New Mexico's infrastructure a grade of "C." The group, led by NM ASCE President and NMSU College of Engineering Associate Dean of Academics Sonya Cooper, recently released the state's grade in a new report.

  • It aims to attract people who want to learn more about how Kansas health, agriculture and food environments intersect. Sessions are planned on healthy eating behaviors, farming in Kansas, the role of food and farm policy and challenges in producing healthy food.

  • DETROIT-- Days after taking his wife off life support, George Cary got a phone call that confirmed his suspicions: Her meningitis-related death was linked to tainted steroid injections at a Michigan clinic that had regularly treated her back pain.

  • NEW HILL, N.C.-- Life will be a little noisier over the next several weeks for people who live near the Harris Nuclear Plant in New Hill, N.C.. Beginning Tuesday, Progress Energy will test the public alert notification sirens between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 9- The Nasdaq Composite fell 1 percent in morning trading on Tuesday, pressured by declines in shares of Apple, Microsoft, Intel and Oracle. The S&P 500 dropped 7.30 points, or 0.50 percent, to 1,448.58. Intel fell 2.7 percent to $21.89 after Sanford Bernstein cut the chipmaker to an "underperform" rating.

  • Oct 9- Standard& Poor's Ratings Services said today that it left its' BB+' issue-level rating and its' 3' recovery rating unchanged on Western Gas Partner L.P.' s existing $520 million 4% notes due 2022 after the partnership announced it proposed to make an add-on of up to $150 million to the issue.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 9- Russian equities turned positive on Tuesday, supported by an upturn in oil prices, while telecoms stocks edged higher following a $2 billion IPO announcement by mobile operator Megafon.

  • October 09- Following are terms and conditions. of a bond priced on tuesday.

  • NEW YORK-- The price of oil is rising on concerns about supplies from the Middle East and the North Sea. Benchmark crude is up $1.46 to $90.79 a barrel in New York Tuesday. There is also concern that an escalation of the situation in Syria could disrupt supplies from the Middle East.

  • Love's Travel Stops opened the facility Monday on Interstate 40 at the Morgan Road exit in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City- based company says the CNG filling station demonstrates its commitment to offering natural gas as an alternative fuel for the trucking industry. That was through a Chesapeake Energy, another Oklahoma City- based company.

  • WASHINGTON-- In a story Oct. 2, The Associated Press reported that South Korea had set a goal to make all of its textbooks digital by 2015. In June, South Korea modified the plan to exclude some grades and to allow paper textbooks to be used alongside digital books while paper books are phased out.

  • FROSTBURG, Md.-- Some high school students in Frostburg, Md. are monitoring the quality of the area's drinking water in anticipation of natural gas drilling. The Allegany County school board said Monday that environmental science students at Mountain Ridge High School have received a grant of more than $69,000 to collect water samples monthly for several years.

  • WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.-- A Purdue University professor says an increase in hiring by many U.S. retailers is a sign they're confident they'll see higher sales in the upcoming holiday shopping season.

  • Among the speakers are Lanier Cansler, former secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services and Brad Wilson, the chief executive officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. Robert Ingram of Hatteras Venture Partners will speak about what health care reform means for business.

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.-- Fans of Vermont singer Grace Potter will be able to watch her give an online concert where she is going to be promoting fair trade coffee. She's going to be singing at Joe's Pub in New York live Tuesday on the Facebook page of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc..