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  • 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.

  • Winter wheat planting underway in Kansas Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 5:02 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— Kansas growers have begun seeding their fields for next year's winter wheat crop. Kansas farmers also continued harvesting corn between thunderstorms that brought rain to much of the state last week. The agency reports 12 percent of the Kansas crop has been cut, about 3 points ahead of last year's pace.

  • Boxing firm sued Kansas Senate hopeful Orman Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 5:32 PM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Kan.— Independent U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman is embroiled in a federal lawsuit in Kansas with an international boxing equipment manufacturer in a dispute over $30 million worth of payments for royalties and merchandise sales the firm claims it will be owed through 2018..

  • "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.

  • US rig count up 11 to 1,925 Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 1:29 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 11 this week to 1,925.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained seven rigs, New Mexico and Pennsylvania each gained two and Arkansas, Oklahoma and Wyoming each gained one.

  • Sedgwick County approves money for WSU project Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 8:39 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— The Sedgwick County Commission has approved a funding mechanism to allow Wichita State University to start construction on a $43 million Experiential Building, the first building in a proposed multi-million dollar, 20- year plan that would transform the university's campus.

  • Good crops, low prices mark start of corn harvest Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 12:23 PM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— The five round steel grain bins at Randy Small's farm in southeast Kansas are nearly full, and farmers have dumped about a half-million bushels of corn on the ground at the local grain elevator because it, too, lacks enough storage room to hold it all.

  • US investigating Kansas chemical company Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 5:32 PM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— U.S. environmental regulators are investigating a Kansas chemical manufacturing company over allegations it unlawfully disposed of fluids down a well in violation of federal safe drinking water laws, search warrants unsealed Wednesday show.

  • Largest corn waste-to-ethanol facility launches Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 5:02 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— The world's largest refinery that turns corn plant waste into ethanol began production Wednesday in Iowa, and many national and international dignitaries in attendance touted the technology as a major step in the shift from the fossil fuel age to a biofuels revolution.

  • Report: 7 percent of corn harvested in Kansas Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 5:02 AM ET

    The latest report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service on Tuesday says about 7 percent of the corn crops in Kansas have been cut. About 5 percent of the sorghum crop in Kansas has now matured, and 6 percent of the soybeans have begun dropping leaves. The weekly report also said about 86 percent of the sunflower crop is blooming across Kansas.

  • 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.

  • Sprint cuts rates, CEO says more new plans to come Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 7:12 PM ET

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan./ WASHINGTON, Aug 18- Sprint Corp on Monday unveiled a new pricing plan that offers customers 20 gigabytes of data and up to 10 lines for $100, doubling its data offerings, the latest in a string of price cuts and promotions sweeping the wireless industry.