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  • PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics Writer
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The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its pending home sales index climbed 5.5 percent in February to 112.3, its highest point since April and its second-highest point since 2006.

  • Associated Press
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Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the rate on 30-year fixed-rate home loans declined to 4.14 percent from 4.23 percent last week. The benchmark rate stood at 3.71 percent a year ago and averaged 3.65 percent in 2016, the lowest level in records dating to 1971.

  • Vanessa Miller The Gazette
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The governor’s proposal this week to lower spending in the 2018 and 2019 budget years portends more bad news for Iowa’s public universities, p…

  • Rod Boshart Times Bureau
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DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad expressed hope Wednesday that he and GOP legislators would be able to agree on a fiscal 2018 budget close to …

  • Ron Corbett

Last week, we read of our state’s fiscal year 2017 budget revenue shortfall of nearly $250 million. This week we heard the news that 73 of our…

  • James Q. Lynch Times Bureau
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DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad submitted budget revisions Tuesday lowering spending in the coming fiscal year $173.3 million from his previo…

  • CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer
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With a tight supply of houses for sale spurring bidding wars in many cities, the Standard & Poor's CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released Tuesday, increased 5.7 percent in January, the most since July 2014.

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The Women’s Choice Center will host a “Zumba for Babies” diaper drive 9-10 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at Our Lady of Lourdes School, 1506 Brown S…

  • Devan Patel
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Major development projects are in the city of Moline's present and future. 

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Illinois Casualty Co. has completed its conversion from a mutual company to a stock insurance company, the Rock Island-based firm announced Monday.