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  • AP sources: EPA to propose stricter smog standard Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 8:38 PM ET

    The stricter standard makes good on a pledge President Barack Obama made during his first campaign for the White House and one of his first environmental actions as president: reversing a decision by President George W. Bush to set a limit weaker than scientists advised. The initial range of 60 to 70 parts per billion proposed by the EPA in January 2010 would make...

  • High court to review EPA mercury limits Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 1:53 PM ET

    One judge on the appeals court complained then that the EPA didn't consider costs in deciding whether regulation of hazardous air pollutants from power plants is appropriate. "The problem here is that EPA did not even consider the costs," wrote Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. EPA determined that when the...

  • ENDERLIN, N.D., Nov 25- After her shift at the TraXside Cafe in the southeast North Dakota hamlet of Enderlin, all Karla Souer wants to do is go home. That's because, chances are, there's a Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd train blocking the tracks somewhere on her route. Desperate for a solution, Enderlin's city councilors last month banned train breaks longer than 10...

  • Investors seek to develop Kansas casino Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 9:44 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— A collection of Kansas investors proposed on Monday building a $130 million casino in southeast Kansas' Cherokee County, becoming the third such group to express an interest in vying for the state's last remaining casino license. Casinos were built in three zones: the Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City; Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane; and Hollywood Casino...

  • Harvest of sorghum, soybeans wraps up in Kansas Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 5:02 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— The latest government farm snapshot shows the fall harvest is wrapping up in Kansas. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 90 percent of the sorghum and 96 percent of the soybeans have now been cut in the state. The sunflower harvest is 86 percent finished.

  • Koch starts tender offer for Oplink transaction Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 8:49 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— A subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc. has started its tender offer tied to its approximately $445 million acquisition of optical network device company Oplink Communications Inc.. The deal between Koch Optics Inc. and Oplink was announced last week. Oplink will be managed by electronic components company Molex, which is a Koch Industries...

  • Report: Wind power saves $1.2 billion each year Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 1:29 PM ET

    The American Wind Energy Association analyzed hourly data from the Southwest Power Pool in 2013 and calculated when wind turbines were used to generate electricity, The Oklahoman reported. "It's very clear that new wind energy being added to the Southwest Power Pool is providing very large net benefits for consumers," said Michael Goggin, the wind...

  • Alco Stores to close following bankruptcy order Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 5:10 PM ET

    DALLAS— Small-town discount retailer Alco Stores will close after a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas approved an order by the company's creditors to shutter its stores. Alco, based in the Dallas suburb of Coppell, said at the time that it intended to stay in business while reorganizing. The company last year moved its headquarters to Texas from Abilene, Kansas.

  • Apparent settlement reached in National Beef case Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 1:21 PM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— An apparent settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuit against National Beef brought by workers at its Liberal, Kansas, meatpacking plant, according to a court filing Friday. The practice is "fairly common in the meat processing industry," said Mark Kistler, the Overland Park attorney representing workers. The two named plaintiffs,...

  • Survey suggests economy still slow in rural areas Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:33 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— The economic outlook for rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West improved in November, but the monthly survey of bankers doesn't suggest much growth. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says low grain and energy prices continue to limit the economy in rural areas. Bankers from rural areas of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota,...

  • Kozy Shack recalls some puddings over labeling Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 9:02 PM ET

    ARDEN HILLS, Minn.— Pudding maker Kozy Shack Enterprises is recalling some of its puddings because they are not labeled as containing milk. The product was distributed to 20 states— Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 20- The top federal prosecutor in Manhattan said on Thursday his office was taking a close look at payday lending as part of a broad crackdown on wrongdoing involving the handling of consumer debts. On Wednesday, a Manhattan federal judge sentenced the owner of New York debt settlement company Mission Settlement Agency, Michael Levitis, to nine...

  • Republican River states pledge to cooperate more Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 10:38 AM ET

    Officials in Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas say the agreements on how the river's water will be managed this year and next year show they are taking a more cooperative approach. In October, Nebraska and Kansas were arguing before the Supreme Court about how much Nebraska should pay Kansas for using more than its legal share of the river's water in 2005 and 2006..

  • Country of origin label for meat cuts endangered Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 3:11 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Package labels on fresh cuts of meat that identify where animals were born, raised and slaughtered face an uncertain future after successful trade challenges from Canada and Mexico. A label might say, for example, that the animal was "born in Canada, raised and slaughtered in the United States" or "born, raised and slaughtered in the United States."

  • New Nebraska tax law likely to slow revenue growth Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 4:16 PM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.— Nebraska's state tax revenue likely won't grow as fast in the future because of a law passed earlier this year, a budget official told lawmakers Wednesday. Michael Calvert, director of the Legislature's Fiscal Office, told a committee that the new tax bracket-indexing law will reduce that rate over time. Nebraska lawmakers will face a relatively...

  • Nebraska landowners hope for pipeline decision Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 4:10 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— While a proposed oil pipeline linking Canadian producers to the U.S. Gulf Coast is still in limbo, Nebraska landowners who signed deals with the company that would build it are free to spend what they received— no matter what happens. Roughly 400 of the 515 Nebraska landowners along the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have signed easement...

  • Combine sharing program aims to boost farm income Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 4:05 PM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— A combine-sharing program touted Wednesday as the first of its kind aims to give farmers a chance to make some money off expensive equipment that sits idle once harvest is finished, and could provide competition next season for custom cutters. The "Farmer to Farmer" program from FarmLink, a Kansas City, Missouri- based agribusiness, will let farmers in...

  • LONDON, Nov 18- The biggest product of the U.S. petroleum industry is not oil, gas or condensate but water-- billions and billions of gallons containing dissolved salts, grease and even naturally occurring radioactive materials. The five old oil- and gas-producing states of Texas, California, Oklahoma, Kansas and Louisiana accounted for almost three quarters of...

  • Chinese company, Dairy Farmers plan Kansas plant Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.— A Chinese company and the Dairy Farmers of America say they are planning a $100 million plant in Kansas but the location and other details are not being publicly released. The Dairy Farmers of America, a cooperative owned by 13,000 dairy farmers based in Kansas City, is working with the Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group on the project, The Kansas...

  • Report: Kansas winter wheat faring well so far Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— The latest government report shows most of the newly planted Kansas winter wheat crop is faring well so far. The National Agricultural Statistics Service rates 6 percent of the wheat crop in excellent condition and 56 percent as good. About 35 percent is in fair condition and just 3 percent is rated as poor.