Daily business briefing: Unemployment benefits up

April 17, 2014 

Although jobless claims continue to be near pre-recession levels, the number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits last week rose by 2,000. Learn more at http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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Sixteen counties in Missouri are arguing with Ameren Missouri over property within their borders that the utility company says is worth $103 million more than the utility claims, the St. Louis Business Journal reports. Read more at http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis. ...

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General Electric posted lower first-quarter net income than a year ago. The company's earnings are down from $3.5 billion on revenue of $34.94 billion during the same period last year. Find out more at http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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UnitedHealth Group's first-quarter net income fell 8 percent. The company reports that the overhaul and government budget cuts added about 35 cents per share in costs during the quarter. For more information, go to http://www.bnd.com/business.

-- Will Buss, BND business writer

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