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  • Kansas unemployment unchanged in March Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:27 PM ET

    TOPEKA, Kan.— Unemployment held steady in Kansas during March, staying at a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.9 percent in March, the same as in February. The Kansas Department of Labor says Thursday that the rate compares with 5.5 percent from March 2013. Labor officials say that Kansas added 2,200 private-sector jobs in March and more than 17,000 in the past 12 months.

  • Overall index up in rural Midwest banker survey Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— The overall index for an economic survey of bankers in 10 Midwestern and Plains states has risen for a second consecutive month, suggesting more growth in the months ahead.

  • Kansas officials boost revenue estimates by $178M Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    TOPEKA, Kan.— Kansas officials projected Thursday that the state will collect nearly $178 million more in revenues than previously thought through June 2015, brightening its short-term budget picture. Sam Brownback's urging to boost the economy.

  • Between March 2013 and March 2014, more than 50 complaints about e-cigarettes were filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to data obtained through a public records request.

  • Kansas to mandate some health coverage on autism Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan.— Kansas will require health insurance companies to cover services for hundreds of children with autism starting next year under a bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Brownback signed the bill in an auditorium on the satellite University of Kansas campus in Overland Park, the home of a center for autism research.

  • A year after background check defeat, modest goals Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 1:20 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama's effort to pass new curbs on firearms.

  • Attorney General Eric Holder urged Congress on Tuesday to approve a $15 million funding request to better equip law enforcement and first responders to handle active shooters.

  • *Corn follows wheat; strong export data lends support. Corn and soybeans followed wheat higher, with corn buoyed by strong weekly export inspections data. At the Chicago Board of Trade, May wheat settled up 18-1/ 2 cents at $6.78-3/ 4 per bushel, while the KC May hard red winter wheat contract ended up 22-1/ 2 cents at $7.42.

  • Cold weather, Ukraine tensions push wheat higher Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 4:03 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Cold weather in U.S. growing areas and more worries about disruptions to exports from Ukraine sent the price of wheat sharply higher Monday. May corn rose 5 cents to $5.03 a bushel and May soybeans rose 13 cents to $14.76 a bushel.

  • *Corn follows wheat; strong export data lends support. Corn and soybeans followed wheat higher, with corn buoyed by strong weekly export inspections data. At the Chicago Board of Trade as of 12:08 p.m. CDT, May wheat was up 22 cents at $6.82-1/ 4 per bushel, while the KC May hard red winter wheat contract was up 26-1/ 4 cents at $7.45-3/ 4.

  • OVERLAND PARK, Kan.— US Attorney: Evidence in Kansas shooting enough to warrant hate-crime case before grand jury.

  • Opponents carve anti-pipeline message into field Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | 3:30 PM ET

    NELIGH, Neb.— Opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast have stamped a massive message of resistance into a Nebraska field that is in the project's path. It is the latest protest environmentalists and landowners have employed against TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

  • US rig count up 13 to 1,831 Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 1:46 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 13 this week to 1,831.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana gained nine rigs, Texas increased by seven, California gained three and New Mexico increased by one.

  • Sebelius: Work at HHS is the 'cause of my life' Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 11:27 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the government is making "tremendous progress" toward fixing what she called a broken health system. Sebelius commented Friday after President Barack Obama announced her resignation after five years in his Cabinet.

  • Report: Sales of combines down in March Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 11:05 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— An industry report shows U.S. sales of combines were down in March compared to the same month a year ago, even as farmers purchased more tractors during the same period. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers reported Thursday a more than 21 percent drop last month in sales of combines nationwide.

  • WASHINGTON, April 10- Kathleen Sebelius, the U.S. health secretary who oversaw the botched rollout of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reforms, has resigned, a senior administration official said on Thursday. Obama was due to announce the change with Sebelius and Burwell at his side at a White House event at 10:45 ET/ 1445 GMT on Friday.

  • *Corn back above $5 on slow start to U.S. planting. Corn fell on technical selling but pared losses amid concerns about potential U.S. planting delays. At the Chicago Board of Trade by 12:34 p.m. CDT, May wheat was down 7 cents at $6.62 a bushel, while KC May hard red winter wheat, the type grown in the Plains, dipped to a one-month low of $7.19-3/ 4.

  • Judge sets hearing in lawsuit over Boeing sale Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— A federal judge in Kansas has set a hearing in the lawsuit against Boeing brought by two unions over pensions and retiree medical benefits. The litigation stems from the 2005 sale of Boeing's commercial aircraft operations in Wichita to Spirit Aerosystems.

  • April 9- A Republican congressman from Kansas introduced legislation on Wednesday that would nullify efforts in multiple states to require labeling of genetically modified foods. The bill, dubbed the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act," was drafted by U.S.

  • GOP lawmakers balk when spending cuts turn real Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 4:01 PM ET

    Paul Ryan's budget for a fourth year in a row this week, they'll go on record again in favor of big spending cuts across a wide swath of programs, including Medicaid, food and farm aid and eliminating subsidies for Amtrak and airline flights to small cities. Easy in theory, hard in practice, "Ryan, the GOP's vice presidential nominee in 2012, says of some recent votes.

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