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April 09, 1999

* Allied Waste Industries and Browning-Ferris Industries Inc. won approval for their $210-million asset swap from the Justice Department and the Illinois and Missouri attorneys general by agreeing to sell some waste-collection routes in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The asset swap is separate from the proposed purchase of Browning-Ferris by Allied, which continues to be reviewed by the department's antitrust division and several state attorneys general.

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* Laidlaw Inc., the biggest North American provider of ambulance, school and intercity bus transportation, said it's cutting 2,200 jobs, or 2% of its work force, because of lower ambulance revenue. The cuts are mostly in the Northeast and South and will be completed during its fiscal third quarter ending May 31, the Canadian company said. Laidlaw, which also owns the Greyhound bus line, will take a $30-million charge for the firings.

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