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  • 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.

  • US rig count up 3 to 1,928 Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 3:58 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 three this week to 1,928.. Alaska, California, Louisiana, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming each gained one. Texas declined by four, Pennsylvania was down three and Kansas and Oklahoma dropped one apiece.

  • Cold snap helps wake up wheat and corn prices Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 5:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Wheat prices are surging this week as temperatures plunge in the U.S. The price of wheat for December delivery climbed 11 cents, or 2 percent, to $5.54 on Thursday, taking its gains for the week to 7.6 percent. The week's cold snap in wheat-growing states, such as North Dakota, Kansas and Nebraska, also pushed prices higher, as traders speculated that the...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 13- Farmland values in the central U.S. Plains held mostly steady in the July-September quarter compared to a year ago, with land prices and loan demand generally tracking commodity price trends, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said on Thursday. The bank's district includes Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, western Missouri, eastern Colorado and...

  • Immigration, Keystone top first day of lame duck Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 3:18 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Republicans controlling the House are divided over whether to fund the government for a couple of months past a December deadline to maintain leverage over President Barack Obama on immigration or to pass a full-year spending bill to clear the decks for a fresh start when the GOP gets full control of Congress in January. But many conservatives do...

  • Farm tractor sales steady, combine sales plummet Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— Sales of combines plummeted in October in the United States, but sales of farm tractors remained steady. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers reported Tuesday in its monthly snapshot that the number of tractor sales for the month remained unchanged at 19,528 when compared with the same month a year ago. Overall total sales of farm tractors...

  • Nov 11- Google Inc said it is offering early access to its super-fast fiber-optic network for small businesses in certain areas in Kansas City, Kansas. The search giant currently provides its Fiber service at a rate of up to $120 a month in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Google, which has a fiber network in Provo, Utah and is currently building one in Austin, Texas,...