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4-H program aims to grow next generation of ag scientists

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — One team is developing GPS ear tags so cattle farmers can track herds from afar. Another thinks drones can protect livestock from predators. Yet another is developing a rechargeable portable warmer to prevent vaccines from freezing when dairy producers inoculate their herds in the winter. These aren’t corporate or university researchers, but teenagers in Minnesota’s ...

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US stock indexes slip as consumer goods makers fall

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes are mostly lower Tuesday morning. Consumer goods companies are falling despite a report that showed spending by consumers jumped last month by the largest amount in six years. Major U.S. indexes are wrapping up a strong month that has brought them near their highest levels of 2016. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial ...

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Ventura says he won’t run for president in 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says he won’t run for president. Ventura had said earlier that he was considering a possible presidential campaign. But in a statement posted Thursday to his “Off the Grid” website, he says he “unequivocally” will not run. The 64-year-old Ventura says he’d love to debate Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but he ...

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Great Plains Energy to purchase Westar Energy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Great Plains Energy plans to buy Westar Energy, the largest utility company in Kansas. Great Plains in the parent company of KCP&L. The two companies announced Tuesday that the transaction has an estimated value of $12.2 billion. Westar Energy will be sold for $51 per share in cash and $9 per share in stock. The ...

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