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Ameren natural gas prices about same as last winter

CHAMPAIGN — Ameren Illinois customers can expect to pay about the same rates for natural gas as they did last winter, the company said Thursday.

Average prices during the 2014-15 heating season prices will be 53 to 55 cents per therm, compared with last season's average of 54 cents per therm, according to company projections.

Tech firm fined for paying workers $1.21 per hour

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Silicon Valley company is paying more than $43,000 in back wages and penalties after labor regulators found eight employees imported from India were being treated like they were in an overseas sweat shop while they were working on a special project in the U.S.

First Busey income up for quarter

CHAMPAIGN — First Busey Corp. this week reported third-quarter net income of $9.1 million, up from $7.9 million a year earlier.

For shareholders in the Champaign-based parent company of Busey Bank, that resulted in earnings of 10 cents per share, up from 8 cents per share in the third quarter of 2013.

Government ups air bag warning to 7.8 million vehicles


Danville mainstay closes doors

DANVILLE — Like many of the regulars at Schroeder's Drive In, Leon "Bud" Miller was surprised and disappointed to find out Tuesday that one of Danville's fast-food mainstays had suddenly closed its doors that morning.

Not so fast cord-cutters — cable's not going anywhere

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Missouri judge to rule against Ameren in power line case

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge says he plans to rule against a subsidiary of Ameren Corp. in a legal fight over whether it needs state permission to build a high-voltage power line across northern Missouri.

After rough winter, small firms make plans to profit

NEW YORK — What do you do in the midst of mountains of snow? If you're like some small business owners, you try to profit from it.

After last year's rough winter and with forecasts of another snowy season, small business owners want to ensure they can operate through whatever's ahead and, in some cases, capitalize from it.

Can health funds stay on top?

NEW YORK — When swings in the stock market cause anxiety to spike, like it is now, many investors aim to get healthy.