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  • US rig count up 9 to 1,927 Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 3:18 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by nine this week to 1,927.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained eight rigs, New Mexico increased five, West Virginia was up three, while Arkansas, California and Ohio gained two apiece. Kansas declined by four,...

  • US Chamber on sidelines in close Georgia race Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 1:11 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The most powerful business group in the country is spending tens of millions of dollars to help Republicans win control of the Senate with one glaring omission— the tight Georgia Senate race. Rob Engstrom, political director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said Friday that the organization will stay on the sidelines in the contest between...

  • A Republican Senate means changing the chairmen Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 1:58 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— If Republicans win the Senate, the Pentagon should brace for constant grilling from Sen. The size of a Republican majority would determine committee ratios and budgets; more seats in the Senate translate into a greater advantage on the panels. "If we lose the Senate, for one thing, the way this Senate's been operating, they could end up blocking all my...

  • Sprint cuts 452 jobs at its Kansas headquarters Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | 3:36 PM ET

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan.— Sprint Corp. has cut 452 jobs from its Overland Park headquarters as part of a previously announced cost-cutting effort, the nation's third-biggest cellphone carrier disclosed in a filing with the Kansas Department of Commerce. It doesn't cover any job losses outside the headquarters campus, although they are believed to be happening too,...

  • Do cases FBI cites support encryption worries? Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 6:40 PM ET

    FBI Director James Comey says encrypting data stored on smartphones and computers could hurt criminal investigations, and evidence reviewed by The Associated Press shows that the child abuse case in Los Angeles from summer 2011 is a powerful, compelling argument. But at least three other examples the FBI director has cited are not so cut and dry.

  • US rig count down 12 to 1,918 Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 2:27 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 12 this week to 1,918.. Oklahoma decreased by seven rigs, New Mexico was down four, Alaska was off two and Arkansas, California and North Dakota each dropped one. Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Utah were unchanged.

  • Biofuels plant harbinger of renewable fuel future Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 4:39 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— A new biofuels plant in southwest Kansas represents the future of ethanol production in the United States, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said. The $500 million biorefinery in Hugoton is one of only three commercially sized plants in the country that use only plant waste, such as stalks and leaves, for production and thus do not compete for food crops.

  • Snow, ice and maybe profit for small businesses Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 2:08 PM ET

    NEW YORK— What do you do in the midst of mountains of snow? Jeff Oddo isn't waiting for a forecast of snow to order salt. "We ended up losing a ton of money last year," says Oddo, whose company is based in Lenexa, Kansas.

  • EPA said it was applying "first-time-ever restrictions" on its approval of the herbicide, called Enlist Duo, which is designed to be used with new genetically modified crops developed by Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical. EPA said the approval lays out a template of new requirements for future approvals of herbicides designed for use with genetically...

  • EPA approves new weed killer for engineered crops Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    The EPA said Wednesday that it will allow the use of a 2,4- D weed killer called Enlist Duo, a new version of the popular herbicide used since the 1940 s. The EPA said in a release that the agency's decision reflects a large body of science and that officials used "highly conservative and protective assumptions to evaluate human health and ecological risks."

  • Immigration-control group starts ads in 10 states Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 11:08 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— An immigration-control group on Wednesday began running more than $1 million in ads that criticize lawmakers for not doing more to stop the flow of new workers into the United States. NumbersUSA will run the 30- second ad in 10 states where there are competitive Senate races. The group claims it has 2 million activists who want to reduce the numbers...

  • Winter wheat planting, fall harvest makes progress Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— Rain across most of Kansas in the past week slowed the harvest of fall crops, but farmers still made progress. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Tuesday that Kansas farmers were still busy harvesting row crops, seeding wheat and marketing livestock. Corn harvest in the state is 56 percent finished.

  • Liberia fights Ebola with soldiers, not doctors Sunday, 12 Oct 2014 | 5:15 PM ET
    Liberian soldiers patrol in Monrovia's West Point slum on September 6, 2014.

    Liberia's army has suddenly become a linchpin in the fight against the Ebola virus rampaging through their country, The New York Times reports.

  • WASHINGTON/ TOPEKA, Oct 8- The Republican Party is making an 11th- hour push to hold a historically conservative U.S. Senate seat in Kansas, where some polls show independent Greg Orman pulling ahead of incumbent Pat Roberts just weeks before the Nov. 4 election. Republicans, who hope to wrest Senate control from Democrats, have raised money and sent top strategists...

  • CHICAGO, Oct 6- Farmers from the biggest U.S. corn-growing states have sued Syngenta AG over sales of genetically modified corn seed not approved by China, joining global exporters in pursuing damages from the Swiss-based company. In coordinated lawsuits filed on Friday in federal courts in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri, farmers accused...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Farmers and analysts say the elimination of government incentives to buy new equipment, a related overhang of used tractors, and a reduced commitment to biofuels, all darken the outlook for the sector beyond 2019- the year the U.S. Department of Agriculture says farm incomes will begin to rise again.

  • "We still see tremendous demand across the board, way beyond 47 a month," Conner said, referring to Boeing's target to produce 47 737 s a month, starting in 2017.. Boeing currently produces 42 737 s a month at its factory in Renton, Washington, using fuselage sections produced by Spirit Aerosystems Holdings Inc in Wichita, Kansas.