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  • WICHITA, Kan.— Kansas wheat crops and livestock are in generally positive shape so far this winter, a government report shows. Temperatures this past month have averaged between 4 and 8 degrees below normal in eastern Kansas, while the western portion remained near normal, NASS said. The latest update comes as a blanket of snow covers much of Kansas, replenishing...

  • Epiq Systems reports 4Q loss Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 4:51 PM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. _ Epiq Systems Inc. on Monday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $630,000, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. Epiq Systems expects full-year earnings in the range of 86 cents to 92 cents per share. Epiq Systems shares have increased 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • House Roll Call: Approving 1-week DHS funding bill Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 10:25 PM ET

    The 357-60 roll call Friday by which the House approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week. The bill goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. Republicans— Aderholt, X; Brooks, N; Byrne, Y; Palmer, N; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y.

  • US rig count decreases 43 to 1,267 Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 2:49 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 43 this week to 1,267 amid depressed oil prices. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, North Dakota's count fell by 11, Oklahoma lost nine, Louisiana seven, Texas six, New Mexico four, Colorado three and Wyoming two.

  • Seaboard posts 4Q profit Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 5:13 AM ET

    SHAWNEE MISSION, Kan. _ Seaboard Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $118.7 million. The Shawnee Mission, Kansas- based company said it had profit of $101.39 per share. For the year, the company reported profit of $365.3 million, or $309.96 per share.

  • Sam Brownback said he saw signs of economic growth Friday after a report showed that Kansas collected $22 million more in taxes than anticipated this month. Even with the unanticipated windfall for the month reported by the state Department of Revenue, the state's tax collections for the past eight months are running slightly behind expectations.

  • Feb 26- SandRidge Energy Inc said it would reduce spending by 56 percent this year and slash its rig count, as the oil and natural gas producer responds to a slump in crude prices. Oil companies such as Chevron Corp, ConocoPhillips and Apache Corp have forecast lower spending in 2015.. SandRidge's net income rose to $314.1 million, or 48 cents per share, in the fourth...

  • Westar misses 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 6:42 AM ET

    TOPEKA, Kan. _ Westar Energy Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $43.4 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 37 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • *Decline in Apple weighs on S&P and Nasdaq. NEW YORK, Feb 25- Wall Street lagged a rise in global markets on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq closing slightly lower even as energy shares gained along with a surge in oil prices. On Wall Street, a sharp drop in shares of Apple Inc took a toll on the S&P 500 and Nasdaq, but the Dow marked another record closing high,...

  • WASHINGTON— The House voted Wednesday to expand the benefits of popular college savings plans that President Barack Obama failed to scale back. The bill would add $51 million to the budget deficit over the next decade, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation, which provides official estimates for Congress. While the measure highlights a political...

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— A legislative panel on Wednesday recommended significant changes to a contentious proposal that would allow people with concealed carry permits to take their guns to most public places in Wyoming. Allen Jaggi, R- Lyman, would allow concealed-carry permit holders to take their weapons to any public event or place, including schools and college...

  • House, Senate GOP looking at food stamp overhaul Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 6:11 PM ET

    Conaway says a 2013 GOP effort to cut food stamps "didn't resonate well" because Republicans didn't spell out why it was important. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R- Kan., has said he will do a similar review. In 2013, GOP leaders held up a massive farm bill for more than a year, insisting that money for farm programs be paired with cuts to SNAP.

  • TOPEKA, Kan.— Kansas officials acknowledge that a tax exemption championed as an economic stimulus by Republican Gov. But new figures from the Department of Revenue about who's benefited from the policy have intensified a legislative debate over whether the exemption should be modified. Kansas faces a projected shortfall of nearly $600 million in its budget...

  • State-by-state breakdown of used cars with open recalls Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 12:18 PM ET

    Carfax, a company that sells vehicle history reports to dealers and car buyers, searched recalls and state registration databases and found that more than 46 million cars are on U.S. roads with recalled parts that have yet to be repaired. Here is a state-by-state breakdown of cars with unfixed recalls in 2014:. Source: Study of 2014 state registration data by...

  • Supreme Court sides with Kansas in water dispute Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 10:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Nebraska to pay Kansas $5.5 million in a long-running legal dispute over use of water from the Republican River. The dispute centers on a 1943 compact allocating 49 percent of the river's water to Nebraska, 40 percent to Kansas and 11 percent to Colorado. Since 1999, Kansas has complained that Nebraska uses more...

  • QTS Realty reports 4Q results Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 6:39 AM ET

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. _ QTS Realty Trust Inc. on Monday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The Overland Park, Kansas- based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $20.4 million, or 55 cents per share, in the period. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from...

  • *USDA cattle, storage reports at 2 p.m. CST. CHICAGO, Feb 20- Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle fell Friday on lower cash prices before the U.S. Department of Agriculture's monthly Cattle-On-Feed report at 2 p.m. CST, traders said. Tom Tippens, an analyst with West Oak Commodities, said the futures market is faced with strong demand headwinds given extreme...

  • US rig count decreases 48 to 1,310 Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 1:46 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 48 this week to 1,310 amid depressed oil prices. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas' count fell by 22, Oklahoma lost 16, North Dakota and Wyoming each lost four, Alaska lost three, Colorado lost two and California and Utah...

  • *USDA cattle, storage reports on Friday. Thursday morning's average market-ready or cash hog price in Iowa/ Minnesota was up 52 cents per hundredweight from Wednesday to $57.71, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. Separate USDA data showed the morning's wholesale pork price had risen 39 cents per cwt from Wednesday to $72.83.

  • WASHINGTON— For roughly 500,000 Wal-Mart workers set to receive pay raises, something is better than nothing. Both fall below the $15 an hour "living wage" many union-backed Wal-Mart employees have been pushing for. "I will return to Wal-Mart when I know that they pay well enough that none of their employees are on government assistance and are all fully employed...