Category Archives: Business

Bayer CropScience settles with feds for $5.6M over 2008 blast that killed 2 in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The government has struck a $5.6 million settlement with Bayer CropScience over an explosion that killed two people at the company’s Institute, West Virginia pesticide plant in 2008, federal officials announced Monday. Under the agreement with the

In down-to-wire budget battle in Congress, GOP leaders in tricky territory to avoid shutdown

WASHINGTON — Congress’ Republican leaders face stark tests as they fight to keep the government open past month’s end, amid fears a shutdown could imperil their party’s White House ambitions. For House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, any wrong move could

Chinese president to meet with American business leaders, investment treaty likely topic

SEATTLE — When Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses a meeting of some of the top names in Chinese and American business Wednesday, they may be most interested what he says about progress toward a treaty between the nations that would

Health care gives convenience another try

When patients need simple health care, they can get impatient about having to wait. That’s prompted more health care systems to stress convenience. This month, North Memorial Health Care will open two easy-access clinics in new Hy-Vee grocery stores in

Burning controversy: Shift in US firefighting strategy prioritizes sage grouse brush in West

RENO, Nev. — Federal agencies deciding how to deploy firefighters during one of the West’s worst wildfire seasons are considering a new factor in their deliberations: an imperiled bird that inhabits a vast stretch of sagebrush from California to the

US stocks waver in early trading; energy sector follows price of crude oil higher

NEW YORK — Major stock indexes drifted in early Wednesday trading, while the price of crude oil recovered after a big drop the day before. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 20 points to 16,310 as of 10:05

Despite fewer days suitable for fieldwork, Minnesota farmers harvest big chunk of soybean crop

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Farmers were able to harvest nearly one-quarter of Minnesota’s soybean crop in the past week, despite having only 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork. According to the Minnesota crop report released Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Even before deadly Seattle crash, critics called duck boats too dangerous for city streets

SEATTLE — The National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation into the deadly crash of a duck boat and charter bus is the first time the agency has looked into a land crash of the amphibious vehicles critics say are too dangerous

Before you figure out money, think about happiness

I was running around the lake and noticed a runner slapping hands and making inspiring comments to everyone he passed. I laughed out loud when he ran by. If he articulated his purpose, I suspect it would be to bring

Sunday conversation with Shane Coen, landscape architect

Landscape architecture has been enjoying an elevated status in recent years as both the private and public sector recognize how good design can spur economic vitality. This year, Minneapolis-based Coen + Partners, a small firm in the Warehouse District, received

Alcoa splitting its metals segment from its better performing automotive and aerospace units

NEW YORK — Alcoa will split into two independent companies, separating its bauxite, aluminum and casting operations from its engineering, transportation and global rolled products businesses. The metals maker has been dealing with a downturn in its smelting business because

Federal government settles with Hudson City for biases against black and Hispanic communities

WASHINGTON — Mortgage discrimination against black and Hispanic communities has led to a proposed $32.75 million settlement between Hudson City Savings Bank and the federal government. The New Jersey-based lender located branches, chose mortgage brokers and marketed loans that discouraged

Chicago mayor Emanuel prepares property tax hike to address city's huge debt

CHICAGO — After watching for years as their city’s financial troubles piled up, Chicago homeowners will be told this week that it’s time for them to start paying the tab. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to propose a large increase

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