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Company to remove levees from NW Minnesota, MN

May 26, 2009 8:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota company will begin removing emergency clay levees from several Minnesota communities this week after winning a contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.The corps awarded Hough Inc. of Detroit Lakes the $472,000 contract for removing levees in...

NetApp shares jump after upgrade, APFN

May 26, 2009 8:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of NetApp Inc. jumped Tuesday along with the rest of the technology sector after an analyst upgraded the data storage company, saying its pending acquisition of Data Domain Inc. strengthens its competitive position.NetApp last week agreed to buy the provider of data backup...

Swiss force referendum on 6 weeks vacation a year, EU

May 26, 2009 8:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Work got you down? Just take more vacation.That's the idea behind a referendum that Swiss citizens will have a chance to vote on after a campaign group collected 125,000 signatures demanding a minimum of six weeks paid vacation each year.The group, Travail.Suisse, says the...

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New assistant state treasurer for Kan. named, KS

May 26, 2009 8:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former aide to Kansas' governor and lieutenant governor is the new assistant state treasurer.Aaron Otto began his new job Tuesday, the same day his appointment was announced by State Treasurer Dennis McKinney.Otto had been serving both as chief of staff to the lieutenant...

Produce group spent $210K lobbying in 1Q, APFN

May 26, 2009 8:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United Fresh Produce Association, which represents farmers, grocers and restaurant chains, spent $210,000 in the first quarter to lobby on the federal budget, country of origin labeling and other issues, according to a recent disclosure report.The trade group — whose members...

Evaluating Credit Card Legislation on U.S. Bank & ABS Ratings/Performance Business Editors

May 26, 2009 8:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 26, 2009-- With the Cardholders' Bill of Rights Act of 2009 (H.R. 627) now signed into law, most focused credit card lenders will experience a net negative on longer-term growth and profitability, according to Fitch Ratings, which is evaluating the implications of...

Automating App Delivery Business Editors/High-Tech Editors

May 26, 2009 8:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 26, 2009-- Unprecedented cost pressures and the emergence of virtualization and cloud have forced CIOs to take a hard look at their IT strategies. The conclusion? IT has become far too focused on infrastructure, at the expense of the business applications that...

HL:Pacific Safety Products Q3 profit improves on operational changes, lower corporate expenses@

May 26, 2009 8:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

KANATA, Ont. — Pacific Safety Products Inc. (TSXV:PSP), a maker of body armour for police and military use, says operational improvements and lower expenses helped its third-quarter profit to grow 39 per cent.It reported Tuesday a net income of $417,000 for the quarter ended March 31. That compared...

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Tyson Foods spent $592K lobbying government in 1Q, APFN

May 26, 2009 8:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tyson Foods Inc., the nation's largest meat producer, spent more than $592,004 in the first quarter to lobby on meat labeling, tax credits and other issues, according to a recent disclosure report.The Springdale, Ark.-based company also lobbied on ethanol, climate change, trade...

Ohio-based Goodyear ending 820 jobs in France

May 26, 2009 8:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. plans to end consumer tire production at a plant in Amiens, France, as part of its strategy to reduce high-cost manufacturing.The decision announced Tuesday means Goodyear is cutting 820 of 1,200 jobs at the plant by the third quarter of 2010. The...

UN condemns upsurge in fighting in Somalia, 1st Ld-Writethru, UN

May 26, 2009 8:47 am | by EDITH M. LEDERER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to condemn the recent upsurge in fighting in Somalia and called for an end to actions that undermine the country's Western-backed government.The resolution adopted by the 15-member council emphasized that Somalia's long-term...

Int'l Dairy Foods Assn. spent $165K lobbying in 1Q, APFN

May 26, 2009 8:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Dairy Foods Association — whose members include Dean Foods Co., Lifeway Foods Inc. and ConAgra Foods Inc. — spent $165,000 in the first quarter to lobby on nutrition policy, dairy pricing and other issues, according to a recent disclosure report.The trade group...

FedEx rises, analyst softens tone after downgrade

May 26, 2009 8:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of FedEx Corp. rose Tuesday as a Stifel Nicolaus analyst who recently downgraded the stock gave a more upbeat outlook for the freight shipper, which has been hurt as recession undermines demand for shipping.Analyst David Ross said he visited a FedEx express hub and a ground...

Davenport announces bid for Ark. land commissioner, AR

May 26, 2009 8:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — State Rep. Monty Davenport says he'll run for state land commissioner in the 2010 election.Davenport, a Democrat from Yellville, on Tuesday announced his bid for the post. Davenport so far is the only candidate to have announced for the office. State Land Commissioner Mark...

Food marketers spent nearly $1.1M lobbying in 1Q, NH

May 26, 2009 8:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food Marketing Institute, whose members include Safeway Inc. and Kroger Co., spent nearly $1.1 million in the first quarter to lobby on food safety, retail crime and other issues, according to a recent disclosure report.The trade group for food retailers and wholesalers also...

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