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They may not have been the year's top stories, but several other topics made business news in 2004. Here are a few of them, in alphabetical order:

The Bank of Ephraim fails as the result of bad loans and embezzlement and now operates under the Far West Bank brand.

Bankruptcy filings are down about 5 percent in Utah for the first 11 months of 2004, compared to the same period of 2003.

Some employees at C.W. Mining Co.'s Co-Op Mine near Huntington continue to fight for representation by the United Mine Workers of America. Results of a December vote are held by the National Labor Relations Board pending further review.

Deseret Book acquires Excel Entertainment Group, distributor of LDS-centric films, for an undisclosed amount.

Hamilton Partners announces that it hopes to build a 22-story office tower on Main Street between 200 South and 300 South.

The Salt Lake-based Huntsman companies file with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a $1.3 billion public offering of stock.

Kohl's Department Stores opens five Utah locations in October.

Novell officially announces that it has moved its headquarters from Provo to Waltham, Mass.

PacifiCorp faces criticism for power outages after a 2003 Christmas snowstorm and for its bidding processes.

SCO Group continues its legal fights over the Unix and Linux computer operating systems, sparring with IBM, Novell Inc., DaimlerChrysler and AutoZone.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration seeks a permanent injunction against Midvale-based Utah Medical Products, alleging "significant violations" in the company's quality system regulations.

Walgreen Co. says it will open nine new stores in Utah between April 2004 and July 2005.