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Will honey bees stay sweet on North Dakota? — It might seem surprising that North Dakota, one of the northernmost and coldest states in the nation, is the bees' knees for honey production. It produces more honey than any other state. In summertime, North Dakota's climate is just right. It's conducive to flowers' production of nectar, which bees use to make honey.

Amazon reportedly pursuing convenience store concept — The online retailing giant Amazon is reportedly looking to expand its role in the grocery world with new brick-and-mortar convenience stores and curbside pick-up locations. The Wall Street Journal said members of Amazon's same-day delivery subscription service would have exclusive access to the grocery stores.

A bankruptcy with plenty of parking spots — The for-profit college ITT Educational Services abruptly shut down last month, leaving 8,000 employees and 40,000 students in the lurch. ITT's bankruptcy also means virtually everything it owns is for sale, from office and classroom furniture to 30 real estate properties with plenty of room for parking.

What would Twitter's suitors get for $20 billion? — Several media reports are fueling speculation that the troubled social media giant Twitter is an acquisition target. Its bidders allegedly include, which sells online software for sales and marketing, along with Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Walt Disney Co. The Wall Street Journal said the cost of acquiring Twitter could run upwards of $20 billion.

Will Costco lose its valuable members to Amazon Prime? — Grocery retailers are dealing with big price declines in products like eggs, meat and dairy. Lower prices can mean lower sales. Costco, which sells a lot of groceries, isn't immune. But it's got a not-so-secret weapon: its membership fee, which starts at $55 a year.

Jack and the non-GMO beanstalk — In the late 90s, many farmers went all in on biotech crops, whose genetics have been tweaked to do things like repel insects or resist herbicides. Today, about 90 percent of the corn and soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically modified.

Regulators release guidance for driverless technology — As driverless cars go from sci-fi to reality, Americans are watching the birth of a revolutionary new industry - and the government wants to play more of a role in shaping it. The Obama Administration has released guidelines to get makers of self-driving cars to share more information about their safety systems proactively, instead of having them hash everything out on their own.

ITT closes its doors — ITT Educational Services is ceasing operations Friday, leaving more than 8,000 employees out of work. The for-profit education firm is shuttering more than 130 campuses nationwide after the Department of Education cut off access to federal financial aid for new students. For-profit colleges have been floundering as regulators scrutinize their recruiting tactics, costs and job placement rates.

The latest bumper crop in agriculture: mergers — Bayer AG and Monsanto are the latest agribusiness giants hoping that a merger will help them better weather a downturn in the agricultural economy. Monsanto is the world's largest supplier of genetically modified seeds and the maker of the weed killer Round-up. Bayer is better known for its pharmaceuticals.

Napa Valley insists: It's in California, not Texas — About 18 months ago, Rex Stults at Napa Valley Vintners learned something he found worrisome. "It was brought to our attention that a winemaker, far from the state of California, somewhere in the South, was importing grapes from here and putting Napa Valley on the label of those wines," said Stults, the trade group's government affairs director.
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Oct 11, 2016

Trump and Clinton want to change how "carried interest" is taxed. So what the heck is it? 

Oct 05, 2016

@connelldotcom But not sure why you're striking hostile tone. My story was not non GMO advocacy. I was explaining how a supply chain works.

Oct 05, 2016

@connelldotcom You make me realize I didn't include the point that it's non-GMO, not GMO-free, b/c you cannot 100 percent guarantee

Oct 05, 2016

@jowyang I'm a reporter hoping to interview u by 2 ET re why Twitter's data is valuable to suitors. avail?

Oct 05, 2016

@jbernoff Hoping to interview u asap for story re Twitter suitors. Plz ping w your number.

Oct 05, 2016

@TweetleDee2b I don't understand your points. Almost all corn and soybeans produced in US are in fact genetically modified.

Oct 04, 2016

Elaine Quijano kicking butt keeping these guys in line.

Oct 04, 2016

One of the big challenges for growing soybeans that are not genetically modified? Keeping GMOs at bay. 

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