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Food companies see growth opportunity in dollar stores — Even as food giants like General Mills are offering organic products and cutting artificial flavors and colors, there's still a market for items like Hamburger Helper and Chex Mix at dollar stores.

At 50, Medicare spending more on hospice — 50 years into the Medicare program, the federal health insurance program for Americans 65 and older, one feature of the program has been fairly constant: about 25 percent of spending goes to care in the last year of life. "This is actually a statistic that has been remarkably stable from year to year.

Poultry industry seeks ways to prevent more bird flu — Poultry industry groups and government officials continue a two-day convocation on bird flu in Iowa on Wednesday, trying to understand caused an outbreak this spring to reach such a dramatic scale that it cost Midwestern poultry farmers 48 million birds. They're also evaluating how to mitigate a potential outbreak this fall when migratory birds, the virus carriers, take wing.

Bakers feel a pinch even as bird flu fades

What's in a stadium name? Millions. — There's been a flurry of stadium naming rights deals in the past week. Nissan announced on Thursday its name will crown the Tennessee Titans' football stadium. Last week, US Bank said a new Minnesota Vikings stadium will bear its name. Terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

Another Costco bonus for members: discount cars — Nearly 50 million Americans pay an annual fee of $55 to $110 a year at Costco so they can stock up on giant packages of steeply discounted paper towels or even bargain-priced jewelry. But a growing number of Costco members are also turning to the company to score a ride.

Predicting algae levels on Lake Erie — Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association are hoping to arm communities with resources in the event of another water crisis on Lake Erie this summer. Algae blooms, caused by excessive phosphorus from pollutants like farm fertilizers, made water in the Toledo area undrinkable last summer.

The financial backdrop to Postal Service union talks — Wednesday is the deadline for negotiators at the U.S. Postal Service to reach a new collective bargaining agreement with the American Postal Workers Union, which represents nearly 200,000 workers, including clerks, mechanics and vehicle drivers. The talks are unfolding against a bleak financial backdrop.

The oil economy, as measured in hotdogs and U-Hauls — You can learn a lot about the economy in Williston, N.D., based on Mitch Petrasek's recent hotdog consumption. When I met him in March outside the U-Haul where he was working in Williston, the capital of the state's oil patch, he had eight dogs lined up on a grill.

Target zeroes in on food, glorious food — Target, long the "cheap chic" destination for clothing and home furnishings, is trying to spruce up its grocery business at the expense of some of its big processed food suppliers by capitalizing on consumers' growing preference for organic and natural foods over packaged foods.
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Oct 02, 2015

@xlorentzen could you shoot me an email with your phone number if you'd be willing to do a short, taped interview?

Oct 02, 2015

Tight deadline request: have you ever placed a bet on who will win the Nobel prize in literature? Plz ping me asap

Oct 02, 2015

A sneak peek at what all-day breakfast at McDonald's will look like. Key point: it's a limited menu:

Sep 18, 2015

General Mills gets buzz with HefeWheaties Hefeweizen beer

Sep 11, 2015

ICYMI: McDonald's and other big companies move to cage-free eggs. But how carefree are cage-free chickens?

Aug 20, 2015

@fultonbeer Been trying to reach you guys for a radio story re HefeWheaties. Plz ping me at so we can talk

Aug 04, 2015

ISO Twin Citians who make regular or fill-in trips to dollar stores for food.That you or someone u know? Plz ping

Jul 22, 2015

@mostlydogs I'm not a realtor so I can only answer that from experience: price your house competitively!

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