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  • Missouri 1st to see average gas price below $2 Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 3:14 PM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Missouri became the first state Friday to have an average statewide gas price fall below $2 per gallon since 2009, while Oklahoma's average was expected to drop below that threshold sometime over the weekend, according to AAA. Missouri's average on Friday morning was $1.98, according to AAA. Oklahoma had the second-lowest average at $2.01 and "is...

  • Firm recalls caramel apples amid listeria fears Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 10:51 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Missouri firm is recalling its Happy Apple brand caramel apples because of the potential that they could be contaminated with listeria. Happy Apple Co. of Washington, Missouri, said in a statement Wednesday that one of the apple suppliers to its California facility reported that there may be a connection between the listeria outbreak and the...

  • Travel headaches for some into Christmas Day Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 12:36 AM ET

    CHICAGO— A mix of Gulf Coast thunderstorms expected to travel north, predicted snowfall in the Great Lakes and blustery conditions in the nation's midsection threatened Tuesday to tangle holiday travel plans nationwide. While snow fell in some Midwestern states— nearly 2 feet in South Dakota's Black Hills— a strong storm system expected to drop rain along the...

  • Lincoln power utility adds wind, solar farms Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 5:55 PM ET

    The solar farm's footprint— equivalent to about 25 football fields— will be one of the largest in the Midwest and will be visible to passing motorists, Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler said. The projects are expected to save Lincoln power customers more than $420 million over the next 25 years, said Kevin Wailes, administrator and CEO of the city-owned utility.

  • WICHITA, Kan.— President Barack Obama's announcement this week to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba and ease some economic restrictions has been closely followed in Kansas, as the move could open up a major market for winter wheat producers. The Republican senator urged the Treasury Department to immediately rewrite cumbersome regulations that...

  • Study of privatizing Kansas public pensions sought Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:10 PM ET

    Sam Brownback proposed Friday that Kansas study privatizing the pension system for teachers and government workers. Budget Director Shawn Sullivan and Secretary of Administration Jim Clark told a joint legislative committee on pensions that "reform options" for bolstering the public pension system's long-term health should be examined.

  • Unemployment rates fell in 41 US states last month Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

    The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates rose in only three states: Connecticut, Louisiana, and Washington state. North Dakota's 2.7 percent unemployment rate was lowest in the nation, while Mississippi's 7.3 percent rate was the highest. The biggest job gains occurred in California, which added 90,100 jobs in November, followed by Florida,...

  • Q&A: Drones might help show how tornados form Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 12:26 AM ET

    DENVER— Researchers say they've collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. The University of Colorado and University of Nebraska announced this week they have formed the Unmanned Aircraft System and Severe Storms Research Group to develop the program. Drones can take measurements at any...

  • Sprint accused of billing for unwanted services Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Federal regulators are accusing Sprint Corp. of illegally billing its wireless customers hundreds of millions of dollars in charges for text message alerts and other services that they didn't order. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Wednesday that it has sued the third-largest U.S. cellphone carrier over billing for...

  • Kansas firm moves ahead on wind as rule is debated Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:58 PM ET

    TOPEKA, Kan.— Kansas' largest electric company announced plans Tuesday to buy power from a wind farm under development to meet a state renewable-energy mandate, as legislators prepared for another debate over repealing the requirement. Westar Energy Inc. said it expects Cedar Bluffs in Ness and Trego counties in western Kansas to start generating power by the...

  • TOKYO, Dec 12- Japan's SoftBank Corp will soon downsize its Silicon Valley offices, people with knowledge of the matter said, signalling the company won't revive efforts to buy T-Mobile U.S. Inc.. The Japanese telecommunications company is now transferring "the bulk" of manpower out of its West Coast operations, including dispersing development engineers to...

  • Texas, North Dakota, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado together account for almost 98 percent of the total rise in U.S. oil output since the beginning of 2008.. But Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado have collectively contributed almost an extra half million barrels per day compared with January 2008, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

  • Dec 9- Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc, an aircraft parts maker, said it will pay rival supplier Triumph Group Inc $160 million to take over its wings contract for two Gulfstream business jets. Triumph, based in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, said the deal would immediately add to its earnings and boost annual revenue by $250 million. Gulfstream, a unit of General Dynamics...

  • Dec 8- Oil and gas producer ConocoPhillips said its capital budget for 2015 would drop 20 percent to $13.5 billion, amid a steep decline in global crude prices. ConocoPhillips said it would "defer significant investment" in the Montney and Duvernay fields in Canada, the Permian Basin in Texas and the Niobrara shale field, which extends over Colorado, Wyoming,...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 4- Thousands of U.S. fast-food workers and supporters marched in nearly 200 cities around the United States on Thursday including Chicago and Boston to advocate for a $15 minimum wage and other labor rights. About 200 demonstrators marched in downtown Chicago starting near the Rock' N' Roll McDonald's, the largest in the city, chanting "We can't...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 4- U.S. fast-food workers and supporters marched for higher pay in Chicago, Milwaukee and Boston on Thursday as demonstrations advocating for a $15 minimum wage and other labor rights in about 190 cities began around the United States. About 200 demonstrators marched in downtown Chicago starting near the Rock' N' Roll McDonald's, the largest in the...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 4- U.S. fast-food workers and supporters marched for higher pay in Chicago, Milwaukee and Boston on Thursday as demonstrations advocating for a $15 minimum wage and other labor rights planned in at least 160 cities began around the United States. About 200 demonstrators marched in downtown Chicago starting near the Rock' N' Roll McDonald's, the...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner urged fellow Republicans on Tuesday to pass a long-term government spending bill next week, avoiding a government shutdown and pushing any budget fight over President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration into 2015.. At a closed meeting of House Republicans to plot strategy on how...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner urged fellow Republicans on Tuesday to pass a spending bill that funds most of the federal government through Sept. 30, 2015, avoiding a shutdown fight over President Barack Obama's immigration action. Congress must pass a federal government spending bill by Dec. 11 to avoid a shutdown.

  • *Soybeans turn lower as soymeal drops below $400 a ton. CHICAGO, Nov 28- U.S. wheat futures climbed to their highest in nearly five months on Friday, supported by news that Russia, a major global wheat supplier, was tightening its grain export rules, traders said. Wheat opened lower but quickly rallied on concerns about supplies from Russia, which the U.S. Department of...