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Jan. 21—Former state Rep. Steve Kouplen has been named executive director of the USDA's Farm Service Agency in Oklahoma, the White House announced on Thursday. Kouplen, 70, of Beggs, is the former president of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau and former chairman of the Oklahoma Beef Council. He was raised on his family's farm and ranch in Beggs and operated his own Hereford cattle ranch and farm. He ...

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Jan. 21—Bank fixed deposits (FDs) continue to be popular investment products not just among senior citizens, who are looking for guaranteed income, but also among investors who can't stomach risk. But over-exposure to FDs is not good, and you need to assess your asset allocation and goals to decide how much money you should park in them. For instance, saving for your child's higher education ...

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Jan. 21—In a recent report, a brokerage house predicted that the dream capital expenditure (capex) cycle might be finally unfolding. The expectations are that if the capex supercycle is actually realized, then good wealth creation opportunities can follow for investors. Capex is undertaken when current capacity utilization and anticipated future demand are high. Essentially, companies estimate ...

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Jan. 21—BENGALURU — Mindtree Ltd has been reporting strong growth over the last few quarters. In its fiscal third quarter earnings last week, the Bengaluru-based IT services firm reported a sequential revenue growth of 5.2% in constant currency terms, making it the fourth consecutive quarter of more than 5% revenue growth. Its order book was up 14.6% year-on-year at $358 million, taking the ...

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Jan. 21—The full West Virginia Senate will consider a bill that creates an insurance company intended to keep the state's mine cleanup funds from slipping further toward insolvency. But state lawmakers will have to figure out where to get $50 million if the bill, advanced by the Senate Finance Committee Thursday morning, is to become law as is. Led in sponsorship by Senate President Craig ...

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Jan. 20—SANTA FE — A plan to exempt Social Security benefits from taxation in New Mexico could be picking up steam after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham threw her support behind the idea this week. While similar proposals have stalled at the Roundhouse in recent years, at least five bills dealing with the taxation of Social Security retirement income have been filed already, by a mix of Democrats ...

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Jan. 20—A bill that would allow for restricting state banking contracts with financial institutions that "boycott" energy companies is headed to the full West Virginia Senate. The Senate Finance Committee advanced Senate Bill 262 during its meeting Thursday morning, brushing aside concern from some senators and the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia that the bill overreaches in ...

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Jan. 20—Everything Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and head coach Nick Sirianni said Wednesday in their season-ending press conference has to be looked at through the two-word prism of how they presented their answers. Those two words? "Right now." So "right now," Jalen Hurts got an emphatic endorsement from Roseman and Sirianni when asked Wednesday, in different forms, if Hurts is going ...

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Jan. 20—The Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce will partner with Moneywise Wealth Management to offer a retirement plan for all its members. The new plan comes before a new state requirement set to take effect in June mandating all businesses with five or more employees offer a retirement plan. If businesses do not offer their own company-sponsored plan, they must participate in the ...