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  • The EPA approved Enlist Duo on Oct. 15 with a series of restrictions aimed at addressing potential environmental and health hazards. At that time it said the herbicide could be used in six states- Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The regulatory agency added nine more on Wednesday, all key farming states: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota,...

  • A look at top car, truck speed limits across the US Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 10:59 AM ET

    Nearly all truck tires have been built for a maximum sustained speed of 75 mph since the middle of last decade, when drivers across the vast majority of the U.S. were allowed to go no faster than 65 or 70 mph. But 14 states, mainly west of the Mississippi River, now have speed limits of 75, 80, even 85 mph in part of Texas. Here is a look at the top speed limits for cars in...

  • March 31- Sprint Corp has agreed to a $131 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit accusing the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier of defrauding investors about problems dating back to its $36 billion merger with Nextel Communications Inc in 2005.. The all-cash settlement made public on Monday resolves claims that Sprint, former Chief Executive Gary...

  • TOPEKA, Kan.— Big box retailers would be allowed to sell alcohol in some Kansas counties under a bill discussed by a state Senate panel Tuesday. Ralph Ostmeyer from Grinnell, who chairs the Federal and State Affairs Committee considering the bill, said that the idea of expanding liquor licenses has long been discussed, but once national retail chains got behind...

  • TOPEKA, Kan.— Kansas collected $11 million less in taxes than expected this month, and top Republican legislators acknowledged Tuesday that they'll be forced to consider larger tax increases than anticipated to balance the state budget. Sam Brownback and the GOP- controlled Legislature must close a budget shortfall projected at nearly $600 million for the...

  • MINNEAPOLIS— Poultry producers in the nation's top turkey state are taking extra steps to protect their flocks after a devastating strain of bird flu was confirmed at two Minnesota farms in as many days last week, a disease that had already slammed the doors shut on some key export markets. The confirmation Saturday of the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of avian...

  • TOPEKA, Kan.— Kansas is considering $1 billion or more in pension bonds because it has a chance to improve the state retirement system's financial health, not because officials want to back off short-term funding commitments, the Legislature's pension committee chairmen said Monday. Jeff King, of Independence, and GOP Rep. Sam Brownback outlined proposals—...

  • MINNEAPOLIS— An outbreak of a deadly bird flu strain spread to one of the top poultry producing counties of the nation's top turkey producing state of Minnesota, government officials confirmed on Saturday, raising fears that the that the highly contagious disease could seriously damage the industry. The highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of avian influenza has...

  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 21 this week to 1,048 amid falling oil prices. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 813 rigs were seeking oil and 233 exploring for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas each...

  • COLUMN-Yemen fuels short-covering rally in oil: Kemp Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 9:04 AM ET

    LONDON, March 26- Air strikes by Saudi Arabia and its allies in Yemen have sparked a modest rise in oil prices of $3 per barrel, even though Yemen plays a marginal role in the global oil market. Yemen produces just 130,000 barrels per day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, about 0.1 percent of global production and the same as Italy or Kansas.

  • House Roll Call: Republicans approve conservative budget Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:19 PM ET

    The 228-199 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare. Republicans— Aderholt, Y; Brooks, Y; Byrne, Y; Palmer, Y; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y. Republicans— Crawford, N; Hill, Y;...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., March 23- Business and community leaders in North Dakota's western oil patch have launched an aggressive campaign to convince more manufacturers to set up shop locally, part of a push to expand the area's economy beyond crude production and slash costs. The company, located on North Dakota's eastern edge, six hours from Williston, currently does...

  • 32 indicted in in Colorado illegal marijuana operation Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 3:41 PM ET

    DENVER— A Colorado grand jury has indicted 32 people on charges that they illegally grew and shipped thousands of pounds of marijuana to other states, most commonly Minnesota. Authorities believe the group made about $12 million during the four years it operated, The Denver Post reported Wednesday. The indictment came after authorities raided several Denver...

  • HARRISBURG, Pa.— The existence of cameras attached to stun guns was news to a Pennsylvania prosecutor who said Wednesday that a recording made by an officer's own stun gun was the strongest evidence used to charge her this week with homicide for a man's shooting death in February. "I did not know until this case occurred" that some stun guns include cameras, Dauphin...

  • WASHINGTON— Inspired by the popular " USDA organic" label, House Republicans are proposing a new government certification for foods free of genetically modified ingredients. Under the legislation, the Agriculture Department would oversee the certification, as it does with organics. But while organic foods must be USDA- certified to carry any organic label on a...

  • Organic food company Amy's Kitchen has voluntarily recalled about 74,000 cases of frozen and prepackaged products containing spinach. The company reports it has not had any complaints of illnesses from the products being recalled in the United States and Canada. The 12- ounce product was sold in the frozen food department of the company's 85 stores in New...

  • A 3- ounce cup of ice cream contaminated with listeriosis was traced to a plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Blue Bell spokesman Gene Grabowski said. The production line in Broken Arrow that makes the flavors has been stopped, but work continues in other parts of that plant. Francis hospital in Wichita, Kansas, became ill with listeriosis while hospitalized at some...

  • WASHINGTON— Responding to pressure from Congress and veterans groups, the Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday it is relaxing a rule that makes it hard for some veterans in rural areas to prove they live at least 40 miles from a VA health site. "We've determined that changing the distance calculation will help ensure more veterans have access to care when...

  • Farmers fund research to breed gluten-free wheat Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 10:07 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— Kansas farmers are paying for genetic research to figure out exactly why some people struggle to digest wheat. The Kansas Wheat Commission is spending $200,000 for the first two years of the project, which is meant to identify everything in wheat's DNA sequences that can trigger a reaction in people suffering from celiac disease, an autoimmune...

  • About 55 percent of Earned Income Tax Credit recipients reported using a paid tax preparer last year.