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  • TOPEKA, Kan.— Kansas is expected to increase taxes to close a budget shortfall, but the Republicans who control the Legislature don't agree on the outlines of a plan, yet. At least a few GOP legislators have suggested the state must rethink a personal income tax break for business owners, prompting a group representing small businesses to run a radio ad campaign to...

  • The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there's no reason to think that listeria illnesses and deaths linked to Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries and the discovery of listeria in Ohio- based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams are related. Jeni's ice cream hasn't been linked to any illnesses, but the company recalled its...

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- Aiming to acquire more budget powers and take a swipe at Obamacare, Republicans will likely scrap a proposal that stirred controversy and helped launch Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan on the national stage: privatizing the Medicare health program. Ryan's bold Medicare "premium support" plan would be sacrificed to ensure passage of...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 22 to 932 Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 1:25 PM ET

    Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 703 rigs were seeking oil and 225 explored for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost 19 rigs; North Dakota lost five; Oklahoma was down three; and Alaska, New Mexico and West Virginia each lost one. Louisiana gained two rigs, while Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas and Pennsylvania each gained...

  • *Minnesota is second U.S. state to declare emergency over bird flu. *National Guard will be called up if needed- Minnesota governor. CHICAGO, April 23- Minnesota declared a state of emergency on Thursday over a fast-spreading strain of avian flu that has led to the extermination of more than 7.3 million birds in the country.

  • Ride-hailing firm Uber expands service to 4 Kansas cities Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 10:22 AM ET

    TOPEKA, Kan.— Ride-hailing company Uber expanded service to four new Kansas cities Thursday, three days after Republican Gov. Uber said riders in Lawrence, Leavenworth, Manhattan and Topeka could connect with Uber drivers Wednesday afternoon. "We've got hundreds of drivers ready to rock' n' roll, and we've got hundreds of more applications in the pipeline," said Will...

  • LOS ANGELES— More than a dozen areas in the United States have been shaken in recent years by small earthquakes triggered by oil and gas drilling, a government report released Thursday found. The man-made quakes jolted once stable regions in eight states, including parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas, according to...

  • TOPEKA, Kan.— Hospitals in Kansas would pay higher fees and the state would capture projected savings from three companies managing its Medicaid proposals under new budget-balancing proposals that Republican Gov. About half of the expected budget savings— nearly $33 million— would come from reducing the state's projected spending for Medicaid, which...

  • Q&A: What's listeria and how is it traced to ice cream? Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 3:15 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— New technologies account for one way that the government is tracking a life-threatening outbreak of listeria linked to Blue Bell ice cream products. Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries recalled all its products this week after listeria was found in a variety of the company's frozen treats. The massive recall followed several smaller recalls as...

  • Sam Brownback's plan for balancing Kansas' next budget is in trouble because a major health insurance company opposes it, and a GOP lawmaker said Wednesday the measure probably should be dropped. The state would use the new revenues to capture additional federal funds for its Medicaid program, which provides health coverage to about 368,000 needy and...

  • Two different strains have been discovered in the United States this year. The H5N2 strain is in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. The H5N8 strain has been identified in California and also in Idaho, U.S. Department of Agriculture data shows.

  • LINCOLN, Neb.— An expanded tax credit for wind-energy farms won initial approval from Nebraska lawmakers Wednesday despite arguments that the state shouldn't invest in the industry. Jeremy Nordquist, of Omaha, said his proposal would help Nebraska compete with other Midwestern states that have worked more aggressively to establish renewable energy...

  • CDC using new technology to track listeria Illnesses Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 4:27 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The government is relying on some new technology— as well as a bit of luck— to track an outbreak of life-threatening listeria linked to Blue Bell ice cream products. Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries recalled all its products this week as listeria was found in a variety of the company's frozen treats. "It is giving us a new power to investigate cold cases,"...

  • San Fran housing rent up a sizzling 14.8 pct. in 12 months Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 12:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Almost no one is moving to San Francisco to save money. But average home rent has jumped nearly 15 percent in the past year— to $3,129 last month— according to real estate data firm Zillow. Over the 12 months that ended in March, rents nationally climbed a seasonally adjusted average of 3.7 percent nationally, Zillow reported Wednesday.

  • April 21- Discovery of a strain of deadly avian influenza in a large egg-laying facility in Iowa this week was the latest outbreak of the disease in the United States. The H5N2 strain has been discovered in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Kansas, Arkansas, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Missouri. Following are facts about the U.S. poultry...

  • MEXICO CITY, April 21- Mexico, the biggest buyer of U.S. chicken, has halted imports of live birds and eggs from the U.S. state of Iowa due to an outbreak of deadly bird flu there, the Mexican government said on Tuesday. Mexico and other major countries last month imposed new export restrictions on poultry products from various U.S. states, but a new outbreak has hit top...

  • WICHITA, Kan.— A former bank president and two of his customers allegedly conspired to launder drug money in Kansas for Mexican cartels, while two former employees of the small southwest Kansas bank failed to report the suspicious financial transactions, according to charges unsealed Tuesday. The 37- count indictment is part of a larger national...

  • HOUSTON— A massive recall has brought more attention and put more pressure on a century-old Texas ice cream company that has been searching to discover how its products became linked to a deadly string of listeria cases. Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries said Tuesday, a day after recalling all its products, that it is getting closer to pinpointing the cause of the...

  • WASHINGTON— Blue Bell Creameries is pulling all of its products off the shelves after samples of its ice cream tested positive for a potentially deadly bacteria— listeria. It follows several smaller Blue Bell recalls over the last month that the company initiated after its products were linked to three deaths at a Kansas hospital. Seven other listeria...

  • WASHINGTON— With real-time monitors, scientists have linked a swarm of small earthquakes west of Fort Worth, Texas, to nearby natural gas wells and wastewater injection. In 84 days from November 2013 to January 2014, the area around Azle, Texas, shook with 27 magnitude 2 or greater earthquakes, while scientists at Southern Methodist University and the U.S....