- USDA offers funding for farmers markets, local food programs Updated: Jul-05-15 8:34 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's focus has traditionally been on food production, agriculture and natural resources but under the administration of President Barack Obama the USDA also has taken on a broader rural economic development role.
- Barber buys mentor's shop in small business initiative Updated: Jul-05-15 3:04 am
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut - Clyde Thompson was the stand-in for the quintessential small business person, that icon always held up as the solution to the nation's economy.
- Gay marriage opponents propose 2 Colorado ballot measures Updated: Jul-04-15 7:08 pm
DENVER - Opponents of gay marriage have proposed two Colorado ballot measures in response to the Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples have a right to marry nationwide.
- Mardi Gras business lasts all 12 months at Jefferson Variety Updated: Jul-04-15 11:04 am
JEFFERSON, Louisiana - All year long, Jill Schneider works to create the most coveted specialty throw of the Krewe of Muses Mardi Gras parade, the decorative shoe. A member of the all-female krewe for 6 years, Schneider has transformed a workroom attached to her New Orleans home into a gallery of glitter, a studio of sequins, an art house of appliques and a sparkly shrine for her embellished high heel shoes.
- Disaster loans offered in Ky., W.Va., Va. for weather damage Updated: Jul-02-15 9:49 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Federal disaster loans are available in parts of Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia for weather-related damage in March.
- Judge rules for Montana teachers' union in pension dispute Updated: Jul-01-15 7:32 pm
HELENA, Montana - A Helena judge has blocked a legislative measure that cut retired teachers' annual inflationary pension increases, saying it violates the contracts clauses in the Montana and U.S. constitutions.
- Civics test, rules for e-cigarette sales among new Utah laws Updated: Jul-01-15 7:05 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - More than 50 new laws took effect Wednesday in Utah, including measures requiring high school students to pass a U.S. citizenship test, restrictions on electronic-cigarette sellers and expanded death benefits for families of fallen police officers and firefighters.
- California slips back to No. 8 economy in world Updated: Jul-01-15 6:35 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Less than a month after edging out Brazil, California has slipped back to its ranking as the eighth-largest economy in the world based off an update of global economic data released Wednesday.
- Pom-pom pay: California bill gives cheerleaders minimum wage Updated: Jul-01-15 4:10 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - They boost their teams from the sidelines and promote them by appearing in calendars and at fan events, but some sports cheerleaders say they are still not considered team employees and are paid what amounts to less than minimum wage.
- Thousands gather in Portland as Oregon eases into legal weed Updated: Jul-01-15 4:05 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - Oregon began easing into an era of legal marijuana Wednesday after an early morning pot celebration at the center of Portland.
- Love your country, love your dog: Keep pets safe over July 4 Updated: Jul-01-15 11:14 am
LOS ANGELES - To us, fireworks are the sparkling embodiment of July Fourth. But to dogs, they truly are bombs bursting in air.
- Paul is first major-party candidate to court pot donors Updated: Jun-30-15 7:48 pm
DENVER - Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul courted donors from the new marijuana industry Tuesday, making the Kentucky senator the first major-party presidential candidate to publicly seek support from the legal weed business.
- Boosting overtime: Obama calls for broader coverage Updated: Jun-30-15 12:38 pm
WASHINGTON - They're called managers, and they sometimes work grueling schedules at fast food chains and retail stores. But with no overtime eligibility, their pay may be lower per hour than many workers they supervise.
- Railroad official asks digital map makers to mark crossings Updated: Jun-29-15 2:03 pm
LOS ANGELES - The federal agency that oversees railroads has asked digital mapping companies to alert drivers as they approach track crossings in the hope that visual and audio cues will lead to greater awareness of potential dangers.
- California oil spill gushed like hose 'without a nozzle' Updated: Jun-27-15 1:07 am
LOS ANGELES - Firefighters investigating a reported petroleum stench at a California beach last month didn't take long to find a spill - oil was spreading across the sand and into the surf. Tracing the source, they found crude gushing from a bluff like a fire hose "without a nozzle," records show.
- Swollen Colorado rivers force rafters to seek calmer waters Updated: Jun-26-15 5:11 pm
DENVER - Rapidly melting snow and heavy spring rains are sending Colorado's rivers tumbling out of the mountains, so far claiming the lives of at least 11 people and forcing some whitewater rafting companies to seek out calmer rapids and stock extra safety gear.
- California court says 'sweepstakes' games are illegal Updated: Jun-25-15 7:17 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - Computerized "sweepstakes" games offered at special Internet cafes are the equivalent of slot machines that are illegal under state law, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
- New Mexico coal plant owners settle Clean Air Act violations Updated: Jun-24-15 6:03 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - The owners of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation reached a settlement Wednesday with federal agencies over complaints they flouted rules for permits and violated the Clean Air Act, leading to expanded pollution control upgrades that will cost millions of dollars.
- More than $5 million in disaster loans made in Oklahoma Updated: Jun-24-15 5:02 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The U.S. Small Business Administration says more than $5 million in disaster loans have been approved in Oklahoma for residents and businesses affected by storms, tornadoes, winds and flooding in 24 counties.
- Retirees deciding whether new lifestyle will include pets Updated: Jun-24-15 10:49 am
LOS ANGELES - Denise and John Stevens have had pets their whole lives - then they retired.
- Trim gym trend turning fitness fans into business owners Updated: Jun-24-15 6:31 am
NEW YORK - Slim one-room gyms are in, and the low cost of starting them is turning gym rats and workout instructors into entrepreneurs.
- Southern Arizona tribe sues state to be able to open casino Updated: Jun-23-15 7:22 pm
PHOENIX - A tribe in southern Arizona that wants its new Phoenix-area casino to open by the end of this year has filed a lawsuit naming Gov. Doug Ducey and other top Arizona officials.
- Liquor board OKs new rules after Oktoberfest controversy Updated: Jun-23-15 5:32 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's liquor board approved more flexible rules for granting event permits Tuesday, a year after receiving intense criticism when board members considered denying a permit to serve beer at an annual Oktoberfest celebration.
- Cabs say Uber, Lyft should be subject to airport fare rules Updated: Jun-19-15 4:59 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A prominent cab company lawyer is calling for new limits on airport taxi fares to be applied to ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft.
- See food before buying at largest US fish auction Updated: Jun-19-15 10:41 am
HONOLULU - As the sun rises over Honolulu, commercial fisherman have already unloaded their catches and docked their boats for the day. The fish are lined up on pallets, packed in ice and displayed for buyers to inspect.