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February 24, 2017

PEORIA, Ill. — Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis planned to open this year’s State of the City speech by thanking Caterpillar Inc. for its longtime commitment to the central Illinois town, declaring “We wouldn’t be Peoria without Caterpillar.”

It’s been that way for decades…


Americans buy existing homes at fastest pace in a decade

February 23, 2017

WASHINGTON — Americans shrugged off rising mortgage rates and bought existing homes in January at the fastest pace since 2007. That has set off bidding wars that have pushed up prices as the supply of available homes has dwindled to record lows.

Home sales rose 3.3 percent in January from…


Maple syrup producers face challenges in warming world

February 22, 2017

DURHAM, N.H. — New Hampshire’s maple syrup producers say they are feeling the impact of climate change, as winters become warmer and frigid nights so critical to their business become fewer.

Producers joined climate experts and Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire on…


Pharmacy buys medical supply firm

February 22, 2017

A longtime pharmacy recently acquired a local health care supply store in Rocky Mount.

Almand’s Drug Stores, which is celebrating 75 years of operations this year, has expanded business within the health care industry. Richard Kos, co-owner of Almand’s Drug Stores and a certified…