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  • CHICAGO, April 27- Initial tests have found probable avian influenza outbreaks at five new commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting more than 6 million birds, the state's agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. "This is a big deal," Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said during a conference call on Monday.

  • Waddell & Reed misses 1Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 7:27 AM ET

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. _ Waddell& Reed Financial Inc. on Tuesday reported first-quarter earnings of $67.1 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 82 cents per share. Waddell& Reed shares have risen almost 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • QTS Realty reports 1Q results Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 5:42 PM ET

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. _ QTS Realty Trust Inc. on Monday reported a key measure of profitability in its first quarter. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 50 cents per share. QTS Realty expects full-year funds from operations in the range of $2.07 to $2.17 per share.

  • CHICAGO, April 27- Initial tests have found five probable new cases of the rapidly spreading avian influenza on commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting an estimated 6 million birds, the state's agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. If these tests are positive, the state's tally of egg-laying chickens affected by the...

  • Compass misses 1Q profit forecasts Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 4:24 PM ET

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. _ Compass Minerals International Inc. on Monday reported first-quarter profit of $60.6 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.86 per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • TOPEKA, Kan.— All three investor groups interested in developing a southeast Kansas casino have met the minimum financial and management requirements to move on in the selection process. Under a Kansas law adopted in 2007, four gaming zones were created for casinos, with only one casino allowed in each region. The three proposals for a casino in southeast Kansas...

  • WICHITA, Kan.— Kansas smokers are upset about plans to sharply increase the cigarette tax to help fill a budget hole created by Gov. Sam Brownback's income tax cuts and say they will take their business to Missouri or Oklahoma if the tax hike passes. The proposal isn't popular among some lawmakers, especially those who live on the border with Missouri, which has the...

  • Town prays for Texas ice cream maker linked to listeria Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 2:35 PM ET

    BRENHAM, Texas— Alice Stern and Billie Schomburg were among the more than 200 people who gathered at a prayer vigil Saturday to show what they say is their unwavering support for Blue Bell Creameries, which is working to resume operations after a series of listeria illnesses linked to its ice cream prompted the company to recall all of its products.

  • TOPEKA, Kan.— Kansas is expected to increase taxes to close a budget shortfall, but the Republicans who control the Legislature don't agree on the outlines of a plan, yet. At least a few GOP legislators have suggested the state must rethink a personal income tax break for business owners, prompting a group representing small businesses to run a radio ad campaign to...

  • The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there's no reason to think that listeria illnesses and deaths linked to Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries and the discovery of listeria in Ohio- based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams are related. Jeni's ice cream hasn't been linked to any illnesses, but the company recalled its...

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- Aiming to acquire more budget powers and take a swipe at Obamacare, Republicans will likely scrap a proposal that stirred controversy and helped launch Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan on the national stage: privatizing the Medicare health program. Ryan's bold Medicare "premium support" plan would be sacrificed to ensure passage of...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 22 to 932 Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 1:25 PM ET

    Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 703 rigs were seeking oil and 225 explored for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost 19 rigs; North Dakota lost five; Oklahoma was down three; and Alaska, New Mexico and West Virginia each lost one. Louisiana gained two rigs, while Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas and Pennsylvania each gained...

  • *Minnesota is second U.S. state to declare emergency over bird flu. *National Guard will be called up if needed- Minnesota governor. CHICAGO, April 23- Minnesota declared a state of emergency on Thursday over a fast-spreading strain of avian flu that has led to the extermination of more than 7.3 million birds in the country.

  • Ride-hailing firm Uber expands service to 4 Kansas cities Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 10:22 AM ET

    TOPEKA, Kan.— Ride-hailing company Uber expanded service to four new Kansas cities Thursday, three days after Republican Gov. Uber said riders in Lawrence, Leavenworth, Manhattan and Topeka could connect with Uber drivers Wednesday afternoon. "We've got hundreds of drivers ready to rock' n' roll, and we've got hundreds of more applications in the pipeline," said Will...

  • LOS ANGELES— More than a dozen areas in the United States have been shaken in recent years by small earthquakes triggered by oil and gas drilling, a government report released Thursday found. The man-made quakes jolted once stable regions in eight states, including parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas, according to...

  • TOPEKA, Kan.— Hospitals in Kansas would pay higher fees and the state would capture projected savings from three companies managing its Medicaid proposals under new budget-balancing proposals that Republican Gov. About half of the expected budget savings— nearly $33 million— would come from reducing the state's projected spending for Medicaid, which...

  • Q&A: What's listeria and how is it traced to ice cream? Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 3:15 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— New technologies account for one way that the government is tracking a life-threatening outbreak of listeria linked to Blue Bell ice cream products. Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries recalled all its products this week after listeria was found in a variety of the company's frozen treats. The massive recall followed several smaller recalls as...

  • Sam Brownback's plan for balancing Kansas' next budget is in trouble because a major health insurance company opposes it, and a GOP lawmaker said Wednesday the measure probably should be dropped. The state would use the new revenues to capture additional federal funds for its Medicaid program, which provides health coverage to about 368,000 needy and...

  • Two different strains have been discovered in the United States this year. The H5N2 strain is in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. The H5N8 strain has been identified in California and also in Idaho, U.S. Department of Agriculture data shows.

  • LINCOLN, Neb.— An expanded tax credit for wind-energy farms won initial approval from Nebraska lawmakers Wednesday despite arguments that the state shouldn't invest in the industry. Jeremy Nordquist, of Omaha, said his proposal would help Nebraska compete with other Midwestern states that have worked more aggressively to establish renewable energy...