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Grain lower, livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 1:30pm

Grain futures were lower Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain lower, livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 1:30pm

Grain futures were lower Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Q&A: Illinois heading toward 2nd year with no state budget

Sara Burnett, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 1:20pm

Illinois is heading toward a second year without a state budget, putting some schools and colleges in jeopardy of closing and all but ensuring more social services and state programs will be cut amid a legislative standoff unlike anything the state has ever seen.

High court sides with property owners in wetlands case

Sam Hananel, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 1:20pm

The Supreme Court is making it easier for landowners to bring a court challenge when federal regulators try to restrict property development due to concerns about water pollution.

Oklahoma lawmakers move toward reducing high school testing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 1:11pm

Oklahoma lawmakers have moved forward in eliminating some mandated high school exams during a time in which educators are frustrated by state budget cuts.

UK pound slides as polls indicate support for EU exit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 1:10pm

The British pound fell sharply Tuesday after two opinion polls for The Guardian newspaper indicated support for a British exit from the 28-country European Union in next month's referendum.

Residents to start return to fire damaged Canadian oil city

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 1:02pm

A phased return of more than 80,000 residents of the fire-damaged oil sands city Fort McMurray will begin Wednesday as planned, Alberta's premier announced Tuesday.

Justices reject union appeal over Trump Taj Mahal bankruptcy

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 1:01pm

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a union challenge seeking to restore health and pension benefits for more than 1,000 workers at the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City.

Sinclair Oil Company to fund Rawlins education initiative

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 1:01pm

Sinclair Oil Company has told a Wyoming school district that it is prepared to invest at least $400,000 in a three-year initiative to improve academic outcomes.

Italy court upholds Concordia captain guilty verdict

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 1:01pm

An Italian appeals court has upheld the conviction and 16-year prison sentence for the Italian captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that capsized off Tuscany in 2012, killing 32 people.

Plan would raise tuition at 3 Iowa universities by $300

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 12:51pm

Most students at Iowa's three public universities would pay $300 more in the upcoming school year under a plan to increase tuition released Tuesday.

Alaska House, Senate negotiators reach deal on state budget

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 12:31pm

Alaska House and Senate negotiators reached a deal on a state budget that restores funding for public schools, reduces a proposed cut to the university system and aims to prevent layoff warnings being sent to state workers.

Hungary does U-turn, says not seeking to drive out Uber app

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 12:31pm

In an apparent policy U-turn, Hungary says it's not aiming to drive Uber from the country. Instead, the government wants to ensure that the ride-sharing app sticks to rules ensuring fair competition for all taxi companies.

Feds fine Idaho potato processor $273,000 after gas release

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 12:21pm

Federal authorities have fined an Idaho food processing company $273,000 following the release of a dangerous gas.

US consumer confidence slips in May

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 12:20pm

U.S. consumer confidence fell for a second month in May to the lowest level since November.

Carl Icahn says he bought a stake in Botox-maker Allergan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 12:20pm

Activist investor Carl Icahn says he bought a "large" stake in Botox-maker Allergan and said he's supportive of the company's CEO, Brent Saunders.

Already hurting for doctors, Louisiana could lose even more

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 12:11pm

Bahnsen Miller understands the challenges — and the damages — of Louisiana's budget woes firsthand. You can't ignore them if you've been in one of the state's doctor training programs, constantly at risk of calamity.

The Latest: $60-120 per-pupil hike OK'd; test remains intact

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 12:00pm

The Latest on Michigan's state budget (all times local):

EU office estimates almost $1 billion in graft last year

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 11:40am

The European Union's anti-fraud office said that almost $1 billion of the bloc's budget was lost to graft and irregularities last year.