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  • Amazon closing distribution plant in Kansas Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 12:52 PM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— Amazon.com plans to close a distribution center in southeast Kansas in February, a move that will affect hundreds of workers in this rural area, the online retailer said Wednesday. Amazon said it employs hundreds of workers in Coffeyville, but gave no specific numbers. Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said the retailer has reached deals...

  • Report: Midwest economic growth slower this fall Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 8:54 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— The economy will likely grow more slowly this fall in nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Wednesday.

  • Report: Kansas wheat production lowest since 1989 Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 5:02 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— A new government report says this year's winter wheat production in Kansas is at the lowest level since 1989.. Kansas farmers planted 9.6 million acres for the 2014 wheat crop. The report also estimates this year's Kansas oat production at 840,000 bushels, about the same as last year.

  • Answers about lingering delays at Chicago airports Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 5:50 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Traffic at Chicago's two busiest airports was slowly returning to more normal levels Monday, three days after a fire at a regional air traffic control center disrupted much of the nation's air-travel system.

  • Thousands attend anti-pipeline concert in Nebraska Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 | 11:27 AM ET

    NELIGH, Neb.— Roughly 8,000 people filled a northeast Nebraska farm Saturday to hear Willie Nelson and Neil Young perform at a concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The Lincoln Journal Star reports politicians and activists spoke to the crowd on Art and Helen Tanderup's farm about the pipeline project between performances.

  • Wolf Creek seeks more time to fix faulty sensor Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 | 5:38 PM ET

    An unscheduled two- to three-day shutdown would cost Kansas utilities, and eventually their customers, more than $1 million. The plant is jointly owned by Westar Energy, Kansas City Power& Light and Kansas Electric Power Cooperative.

  • US rig count unchanged at 1,931 Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 1:42 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. was unchanged this week, holding at 1,931.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Wyoming gained three rigs, New Mexico increased by two and Alaska, Colorado and West Virginia each gained one.

  • Hawaii gas stations, stores sold to Texas company Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 1:37 PM ET

    HONOLULU— Hawaii's largest independent gasoline operator is being sold to a Texas company for $240 million. Houston- based Susser Petroleum MLP said Thursday it will buy Aloha Petroleum Ltd. Aloha has nearly 100 gas stations and is one of the largest convenience store operators in Hawaii with 44 stores.

  • US cites Missouri company in cell tower deaths Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 12:44 PM ET

    David Michaels, the assistant secretary of labor who heads OSHA, said in a statement that the nation's "growing need for telecommunications should not cost workers' lives." OSHA proposed penalties of $134,400 for the company. OSHA says so far this year, 11 workers have died in such accidents and 13 deaths occurred in 2013..

  • Business Highlights Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 5:59 PM ET

    Prices at the pump head below $3 in much of US. The average in Springfield, Missouri, is already below $3, according to Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service and GasBuddy.com. The gap is 20 cents or more in seven states, including California, Kansas, South Dakota and Connecticut, according to AAA.

  • At a glance: Gasoline prices by state Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 4:56 PM ET

    The usual autumn decline of the price of gasoline is getting an assist from lower global oil prices. Up to 30 states could see an average price below $3 a gallon by the end of the year. Source: AAA, OPIS and Wright Express.

  • Prices at the pump head below $3 in much of US Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 12:52 PM ET

    The average in Springfield, Missouri, is already below $3, according to Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service and GasBuddy.com. Cities in high-priced states such as California and New York will not be among them, though, which will probably keep the national average above $3.

  • Erotica chain to sell goods to pay back taxes Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 7:33 PM ET

    TOPEKA, Kan.— An online sale of sex toys could give Kansas a boost of revenue. The Kansas Department of Revenue seized items in July from the stores— operated by United Outlets LLC, under the name Bang— for failure to pay sales, income and withholding taxes of $163,986, spokeswoman Jeanine Koranda said.

  • Federal government sues Kansas bitcoin business Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 9:16 AM ET

    LEAWOOD, Kan.— A Kansas company that offered bitcoin-generating computers is being sued by the Federal Trade Commission, which said it bilked more than 20,000 consumers out of as much as $50 million.

  • Sept 23- Deere& Co, the world's largest farm equipment maker, said it was exploring strategic options for its low-margin crop insurance business and had hired Citigroup as its adviser.

  • Kansas growers plant winter wheat, harvest corn Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— A new government report shows Kansas growers were busy in the past week planting winter wheat as the corn and sorghum harvests progressed. Corn condition is rated as 16 percent poor to very poor, 29 percent fair, 41 percent good and 14 percent excellent.

  • Cost of shutting down Wolf Creek could top $1B Sunday, 21 Sep 2014 | 1:58 PM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— Shutting down the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant could cost as much $1 billion when it reaches the end of its useful life about 30 years from now, according to a new report.

  • TOPEKA, Kan.— Kansas elections official reverses course, ballots will go out without Democrat in Senate race.

  • Kent Hiteshew, director of the Treasury's newly-formed Office of State and Local Finance, told a meeting of bond attorneys that he was aware of concerns that the elimination of municipal bonds from the definition of banks' high-quality liquid assets could potentially limit bank demand for the debt, pumping up costs of new bond issuance.

  • Kent Hiteshew, director of the Treasury's newly-formed Office of State and Local Finance, told a meeting of bond attorneys that he was aware of concerns that the elimination of municipal bonds from the definition of banks' high-quality liquid assets could potentially limit bank demand for the debt, pumping up costs of new bond issuance.