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ConAgra expanding production, hiring, WI

May 19, 2009 7:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — In a climate of layoffs and furloughs, ConAgra Foods is planning a $28 million expansion in Menomonie that will create 30 jobs.ConAgra's addition to its Snack Pack pudding production line, including a new pudding machine with the latest technology, should be finished by...

Addition Would Reposition Metiscan as an Application Software Provider

May 19, 2009 7:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Metiscan, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: MTIZ), a leading provider of products and services that streamline the management of diagnostic imaging facilities, today announced that the Company is considering adding Apple iPhone Development to its portfolio of products and services.An integral part of Management's...

Fitch Ratings affirms United Tech as 'Stable', APFN

May 19, 2009 7:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Fitch Ratings on Tuesday affirmed United Technologies Corp.'s outlook as "Stable," but said concerns include weak demand in the industrial conglomerate's aerospace markets and the possibility of higher debt to finance acquisitions and share repurchases.The ratings agency also rated...

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DHT Maritime 1Q profit falls, APFN

May 19, 2009 7:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — DHT Maritime Inc., which operates large tankers used in carrying crude oil and dry commodities, said Tuesday its first-quarter profit fell 10 percent, as non-cash charges related to an accounting change offset higher shipping revenue.DHT earned $6.9 million, or 17 cents per share,...

Coverage of autism expanded under New Jersey bill, APFN

May 19, 2009 7:02 am | by ELI SEGALL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers advanced a bill that would expand health-insurance coverage for autism and other developmental disorders.The Assembly Appropriations and Senate health committees on Monday endorsed the measure to require health-insurance firms and plans licensed by the...

WHO seeks swine flu vaccine help for poor nations, 11th Ld-Writethru, MED

May 19, 2009 7:02 am | by FRANK JORDANS - Associated Press Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization urged drugmakers to reserve some of their pandemic swine flu vaccine for poor countries, but received few concrete offers as experts disclosed that an effective flu shot is still months away.The global body wants companies to donate at least 10 percent of...

Agriculture futures rise, livestock prices mixed

May 19, 2009 7:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Agriculture futures mostly pushed higher on the Chicago Board of Trade Wednesday.Wheat for July delivery jumped 14.5 cents to $6.03 a bushel, while July corn added 8.5 cents to $4.3425 a bushel and soybeans for July delivery leapt 24 cents to $11.86 a bushel. July oats were unchanged...

Beazer to refund millions to NC borrowers

May 19, 2009 6:56 am | by MARTHA WAGGONER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Beazer Mortgage Corp., which ceased operations more than a year ago, will refund $2.5 million to more than a thousand borrowers in North Carolina as part of a settlement over claims the Atlanta-based company violated state lending laws, state banking and company officials said...

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Aqua America upgraded to 'Buy' on strong 1Q profit, APFN

May 19, 2009 6:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Aqua America Inc.'s strong first-quarter results and recent share price drop prompted an analyst to upgrade the water and sewage utility Tuesday.Janney Montgomery Scott's Debra Coy upgraded the stock to "Buy" from "Neutral," saying in a client note that encouraging first-quarter...

Pa. starts rebate program for home solar systems, PA

May 19, 2009 6:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Home or small-business owners who go solar can get more than a third of their money back under a new Pennsylvania rebate program.Gov. Ed Rendell says he expects the $100 million approved for the Sunshine rebate program to be claimed fairly quickly. Rendell held a news conference...

Earnings Preview: Hormel Foods to report 2Q, APFN

May 19, 2009 6:56 am | by EMILY FREDRIX - AP Food Industry Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hormel Foods Corp. reports results for its fiscal second quarter on Thursday before the market opens. The following is a summary of key developments and analyst opinion related to the period.OVERVIEW: Hormel, the maker of Spam, chili and Jennie-O Turkey products, is coming off a...

Fla. gov signs bill giving energy-saving rebates, APFN

May 19, 2009 6:56 am | by HILARY LEHMAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MIAMI (AP) — Florida will begin offering rebates on energy-efficient appliances in an environmentally friendly attempt to boost sales.Gov. Charlie Crist on Monday signed a bill, which gives rebates on energy-efficient appliances, such as washing machines, refrigerators, dishwashers and freezers....

Mo. county official defends spending wards' money, 1st Ld-Writethru, MO

May 19, 2009 6:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A former Jasper County public administrator whose handling of the office is under investigation by two state agencies says she spent money from the accounts of county wards so those clients would remain eligible for certain benefits and public assistance.But at a status...

Commissioners expected to try veto override, IL

May 19, 2009 6:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County residents will know soon if a controversial 1 percentage point increase in the local sales tax stays or goes.County commissioners are expected at Tuesday's meeting to try to override board president Todd Stroger's veto of a tax repeal measure.Earlier this month,...

Raytheon gets $259.9 million Phalanx contract, APFN

May 19, 2009 6:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Defense contractor Raytheon Co. said on Tuesday that the U.S. Navy has awarded it a $259.9 million contract to overhaul and upgrade 57 Phalanx weapon systems along with equipment, spares, and technical support.The agreement is for 40 sea-based Phalanx systems and 17 Centurion...

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