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  • 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.

  • Orman business tie part of Kansas Senate race Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 5:59 PM ET

    TOPEKA, Kan.— Independent candidate Greg Orman's business dealings faced new scrutiny Wednesday in Kansas' unexpectedly competitive U.S. Senate race, as he acknowledged his friendship with a former Goldman Sachs board member sentenced to federal prison for insider trading.

  • 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.

  • Kansas farmers planting wheat, harvesting corn Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    Corn harvest has progressed to the 18 percent mark but remains behind the average of 23 percent. Corn condition is rated as 16 percent poor to very poor, 29 percent fair, 42 percent good and 13 percent excellent. About 2 percent of the Kansas sorghum crop has now been cut, about average for this time of year.

  • 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.

  • Kansas utility rulings might save customers money Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 8:15 AM ET

    TOPEKA, Kan.— Recent Kansas Corporation Commission decisions on investment returns could save customers of two utilities millions of dollars but that does not mean the commission has changed its policies, according to a KCC spokesman.

  • In Vermont, a milestone in green-energy efforts Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    With little fanfare, the Burlington Electric Department crossed the threshold this month with the purchase of the 7.4- megawatt Winooski 1 hydroelectric project on the Winooski River at the city's edge.

  • US rig count up 6 to 1,931 Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 1:36 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by six this week to 1,931.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska gained three rigs; Kansas, New Mexico and North Dakota each increased by two; and Colorado, Ohio and Pennsylvania were up one apiece.

  • Kansas corn crop forecast larger than anticipated Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 9:32 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— The latest government forecast on Kansas crop production is painting a far rosier picture than had been anticipated for most fall crops just a month ago. The National Agricultural Statistics Service predicted Thursday that Kansas growers would bring in 578 million bushels of corn this season.

  • Missouri enacts 72-hour abortion waiting period Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 4:35 AM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Missouri women seeking abortions will face one of the nation's most stringent waiting periods, after state lawmakers overrode the governor's veto to enact a 72- hour delay that includes no exception for cases of rape or incest.

  • Report: Kansas wheat quality down Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 9:34 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— A government report shows the quality of this year's Kansas wheat crop down from 2013, with just 73 percent of samples graded by grain inspectors getting the top No. 1 grading. The National Agricultural Statistics Service said Tuesday that 85 percent of last year's Kansas crop was graded as No. 1 wheat.

  • "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.

  • "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.

  • HOUSTON, Sept 8- In June 2013, activist investors got the board of SandRidge Energy Inc to fire its CEO Tom Ward, arguing that he had mismanaged the Oklahoma City company and destroyed billions in shareholder value.

  • Investors actively bought live cattle futures after packers hiked cash bids from $158 to $163 per hundredweight, sparking $163 sales in Kansas, up $8 from last week. Texas followed by trading $163 per cwt, $7 to $8 higher than last week. This week, cash cattle in Nebraska fetched $158 to $163 per cwt, $1 to $6 more than a week ago.

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, Aug 25- As President Barack Obama prepares to announce major immigration policy changes, conservative attorney Kris Kobach is fighting a case in federal court he says has the potential to "torpedo" the president's plans.