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NEW YORK— It happens a few times a year: A customer refuses to work with Dave Greenbaum because he's gay. Greenbaum, who owns a computer repair business in Lawrence, Kan., often needs to go into customers' homes. Some people realized he is gay after he was quoted in a newspaper story about gay rights.
NEW YORK— Just over a month after buying Beechcraft for $1.4 billion, Textron announced 750 job cuts at that company and at its Cessna division. Both aircraft makers are based in Wichita, Kan., and Textron says about 575 of the affected jobs are based in Kansas.
ST. LOUIS— At a time most years when farmers would be in full swing of planting corn, Stanley Blunier and most other growers near his central Illinois farm still hadn't begun the annual ritual on Tuesday because fields simply are too wet or too cold to be receptive to fragile seeds.
*Wheat suffers biggest one-day drop in more than a year. "Wheat is the star of the show," said Sterling Smith, futures specialist for Citi. Chicago Board of Trade wheat for May delivery closed down 23 cents, or 3.3 percent, at $6.68-1/ 4 after touching a one-week low of $6.62-3/ 4 earlier in the session.
*Wheat drops 3.6 percent to one-week low. Wheat futures dropped 3.6 percent to a one-week low on expectations for more rainfall in the drought-stricken Plains. Chicago Board of Trade wheat for May delivery was down 25-1/ 2 cents, or 3.7 percent, at $6.65-3/ 4 a bushel at 10:15 a.m CDT.
LONDON, April 21- Chicago wheat fell around 2 percent on Monday to its lowest in almost a week after much needed rains fell in the parched U.S. Corn and soybean prices were also lower. Chicago Board of Trade wheat for May delivery was off 2.0 percent at $6.77-1/ 4 a bushel at 1119 GMT after earlier dipping to $6.76-1/ 4 a bushel, its lowest since April 15.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.