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  • California smartphone 'kill switch' bill fails 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 8:46 pm
  • SACRAMENTO, California - A bill that would force electronics manufacturers to install a shut-off function in all smartphones narrowly failed in the state Senate on Thursday but could be revived later this spring.

  • Tenn. official to VW: 'Circumstances have changed' 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 8:38 pm
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Volkswagen was still moving forward with a draft memorandum of understanding on Tennessee state incentives to expand the automaker's Chattanooga plant as recently as two weeks before a union election at the factory, according to emails obtained by WTVF-TV.

  • Vermont ups the ante on genetically modified foods 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 8:29 pm
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermont has raised the stakes in the debate over genetically modified foods by becoming the first state to pass a bill requiring that they be labeled as such in the grocery aisle, making the move despite the opposition of the powerful U.S. food industry.

  • Dean Foods closing dairy in Delta 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 8:22 pm
  • GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado - Dean Foods says it's closing is Meadow Gold milk-processing plant in Delta, citing a decision by grocery store chain City Market to open its own dairy.

  • March casino revenues down 3.5 percent from 2013 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 7:55 pm
  • NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's casino winnings fell 3.5 percent statewide in March compared to a year ago, from a total of $232.2 million in March 2013 to $224.1 million last month.

  • Snyder, lawmakers at odds over charitable gambling 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 7:25 pm
  • LANSING, Michigan - Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers remain at odds over how much to rein in the charitable gambling industry featuring games such as Las Vegas-style poker, after the state Senate voted unanimously Thursday to ease regulations that could go into effect next month.

  • FDA backs off animal feed rule affecting brewers 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 7:19 pm
  • MILWAUKEE - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it will revise proposed livestock feed rules after hearing objections about the potential cost from brewers who sell grain leftover from making beer to ranchers and dairy farmers.

  • SD lottery board relaxes promotional policy 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 7:04 pm
  • PIERRE, South Dakota - The South Dakota Lottery's oversight board voted 6-1 this week to relax the promotions policy that governs licensed lottery operators.

  • Bill to end dog racing awaits Senate floor debate 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 7:04 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - A bill that would end greyhound racing in Council Bluffs but allow dog owners to continue operating a track in Dubuque was placed on the legislative fast-track Thursday, passing through the Senate committee to make it eligible for floor debate as soon as Friday.

  • Sands 1Q profit beats predictions thanks to Macau 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:46 pm
  • LAS VEGAS - Casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. said its first-quarter net income rose 36 percent due to a strong performance in Macau, the world's largest gambling market.

  • South Dakota swine research facility draws money 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:46 pm
  • PIERRE, South Dakota - South Dakota, a state known for vast open space and sparse population, is getting a financial boost from an industry which considers those to be major assets - swine production.

  • 22 upstate casino proposals submitted in NY 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:46 pm
  • ALBANY, New York - Groups hoping to secure the rights to open a casino in upstate New York include hometown business owners as well as gambling giants like Caesars, Genting Group and Foxwoods, state gambling officials announced Thursday.

  • North Dakota finds more radioactive oil waste 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:34 pm
  • BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota confirmed Thursday the discovery of a new radioactive dump of waste from oil drilling, and separately a company hired to clean up waste found in February at another location said it removed double the amount of radioactive material originally estimated to be there.

  • 2-week truce for hot sauce maker, California city 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:29 pm
  • LOS ANGELES - A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between the makers of Sriracha hot sauce and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy to bear.

  • Colorado lawmakers plan to boost marijuana profits 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 4:28 pm
  • DENVER - The federal government has reluctantly agreed to let Colorado be the first state to collect taxes from the legal sale of recreational marijuana, but it also has made clear it doesn't agree with the move and may try to stop it, if isn't tightly controlled.

  • Amazon launches grocery service for Prime members 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 4:00 pm
  • NEW YORK - Amazon is taking aim at grocery stores and discounters like Wal-Mart with a grocery service that lets its Prime loyalty club members fill up to a 45-pound box with groceries and get it shipped for a flat rate of $5.99.

  • FDA eases into regulating e-cigarettes 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:38 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The federal government's move to regulate e-cigarettes is a leap into the unknown.

  • Oil near $102 on Ukraine crisis; US gas prices up 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:32 pm
  • The price of oil rose to near $102 a barrel Thursday on worries about tensions in Ukraine.

  • GM profit sinks; CEO sees no recall hit to sales 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:04 pm
  • DETROIT - The cost of recalling nearly 7 million cars and trucks sank General Motors' first-quarter profit, but the company's CEO said the much-publicized recalls have yet to cut into sales.

  • Auto parts supplier opening plant near Kansas City 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 2:35 pm
  • RIVERSIDE, Missouri - A subsidiary of a Canadian automotive supplier is building a new manufacturing plant in the Kansas City area.

  • Man robs Milltown bakery 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 2:32 pm
  • MILLTOWN, Delaware - Delaware State Police are looking for a man who robbed a baker in Milltown.

  • Cigarette maker Lorillard 1Q profit falls 17 pct 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 1:49 pm
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - Tobacco company Lorillard Inc.'s first-quarter profit fell more than 17 percent as its costs rose, it sold fewer cigarettes and its year-ago results benefited lower expenses from a longstanding legal settlement.

  • Wyoming tribes start getting federal payments 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 1:35 pm
  • LANDER, Wyoming - The first installment in a $157 million federal settlement began to pour into the Wind River Indian Reservation this week, as members of the Northern Arapaho Tribe started receiving $6,300 checks in the mail.

  • Gas prices across Texas hold steady at $3.49 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 12:34 pm
  • IRVING, Texas - Retail gasoline prices across Texas held steady this week at $3.49 per gallon.

  • Schumer: FDA will back off spent grain proposal 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 11:44 am
  • ALBANY, New York - Sen. Charles Schumer says federal regulators have agreed to back off a proposal the nation's craft beer brewers said would hurt their businesses.