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California's Stevia Growers Bet On Fast Track To Sweetener Success

The first big fields of stevia ever grown in the U.S. will spout this summer in California's Central Valley. One company is trying to turn this semiwild, zero-calorie plant into an industrial crop at Silicon Valley speed.
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Storing Grain Can Aid Farmers In Commodity Pricing

Across the corn belt, more farmers are putting up their own grain bins. In the past year alone, farmers nationwide have added some 300 million bushels of on-farm storage. By storing their own grain, farmers can choose when and at what price they want to sell, and that can translate into thousands of dollars in profit. And this has grain buyers — like grain elevators and ethanol plants --working to keep their edge in the market.
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GOP Contests Move To Colorado, Minnesota

The Republican presidential nominating season heads into another phase this week as Colorado and Minnesota voters choose their candidates Tuesday. Over the weekend Mitt Romney scored a huge victory in the Nevada caucuses, besting his closest rival Newt Gingrich by double digits. As the Republicans battle it out, President Obama got some positive news on the economic front last week, and is seeing his polling numbers improve.
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Stopping The 'Brain Drain' Of The U.S. Economy

Recent surveys show that a large percentage of graduates from the nation's top schools are taking jobs in consulting or finance. But students at some top schools have begun protesting recruitment drives by financial firms in an effort to steer students away from the financial sector.
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Corporate America Drives Super Bowl Action

The Super Bowl game Sunday between the New York Giants and New England Patriots is just one part of a week full of events. Thousand of corporate executives are in Indianapolis for the Super Bowl — both the game and some big-league schmoozing.
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El-Arian On Economic Uncertainty

PIMCO CEO Mohamed El-Erian says the economic future is still uncertain because of the euro zone crisis, China's slowing economy and worrisome U.S. structural components. He talks to NPR's Guy Raz about his Foreign Policy piece "The World On A Knife's Edge."
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Arlington County Considers Changes To Sign Regulations

Arlington County board members are about to consider changes to rules detailing sign regulations, an issue that has been hotly debated for years.

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China's New Pick-Up Truck Suspiciously Ford Tough

The Chinese automaker JAC unveiled their latest design this week, and it bears a rather notable resemblance to the Ford F-150. Though the engine is much smaller, the JAC 4R3 will go on sale across China and in Africa and Latin America, after its debut at the Beijing motor show in April.

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