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DAVENPORT — They still are proud to say — as many Deere & Co. retirees do — that they bleed green and always will.

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DES MOINES — Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate climbed to 6.8 percent in August, a level not experienced since July 1986, when the state’s jobless rate was also 6.8 percent. The August unemployment rate compared with 6.5 percent for July and 4.2 percent for August 2008.

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MASON CITY — Iowans like the predictions of a giant corn crop this year, but they wouldn’t bet the family farm on it just yet.

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WELLSBURG — The chance for record-breaking corn and soybean crops just keeps getting better.

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DES MOINES — A woman who was fired after asking if someone was gay has been denied unemployment benefits.

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YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — As Gene Butman Ford opened its doors Saturday, salesmen outnumbered the shoppers looking at a depleted stock of cars and trucks, and it didn’t appear that many customers were ready to buy.

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WATERLOO — A key difference that separates the pizza prepared at Tony’s Trattoria from other pizza places restaurants is the preparation. Each pizza is made from scratch and then cooked in a gas-fired brick oven.

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FOREST CITY (AP) — An Osage High School graduate who learned everything he knows about motor homes from “the university of Winnebago” has navigated one of the industry’s leading manufacturers over very bumpy terrain in the past year.

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If Congress ever gets through the health care debate, lawmakers can turn their attention to the next centerpiece item in their economic agenda: cap and trade.

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DES MOINES - The rate of Iowa homeowners facing foreclosure has leveled off, but Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said Thursday the plateau is still above historical norms.

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MOLINE, Ill. — Deere & Co. said Thursday that 367 manufacturing employees of the John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline, Ill., will be placed on indefinite layoff later this month due to reduced market demand for the factory’s products.

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WATERLOO — Regional employers expect to hire at a soft pace during the fourth quarter of 2009, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

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WATERLOO — From an economic standpoint, consumers can expect three negative effects from the current economic downturn in the next year, economist Ernie Goss told a gathering of local business people Tuesday.

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DAVENPORT — Lee Enterprises, Inc., which owns The Courier, has returned to compliance with requirements for continued listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

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