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  • U.S. drought shrinking, but not fast enough Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 5:05 PM ET

    Nov 1- Snow and rain and cooler temperatures helped ease suffering in drought-stricken areas of the United States over the last week, though some areas saw conditions grow worse, according to a climatology report issued Thursday.

  • HOUSTON, Oct 31- Phillips 66' s increased access to cheaper crude oil from the United States and Canada boosted its quarterly profits above analyst expectations after the U.S. refining company spun off from ConocoPhillips earlier this year, the company reported on Wednesday.

  • UPDATE 3-Phillips 66 quarterly profit up on good margins Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 6:35 PM ET

    HOUSTON, Oct 31- Increased access to cheaper crude oil from the United States and Canada boosted Phillips 66' s quarterly profits above analyst expectations after the U.S. refining company spun off from ConocoPhillips earlier this year, the company reported on Wednesday.

  • PREVIEW-At Chesapeake Energy it's time to show, not tell Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 4:45 PM ET

    *Earnings report due Nov. 1. HOUSTON, Oct 31- Chesapeake Energy Corp is under the gun to show evidence that it is changing its free-spending ways when it reports third-quarter earnings November 1. The company's largest investors, Carl Icahn and Mason Hawkins, were so unhappy with the company's bloated balance sheet that they seized control of the board in June.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 29- The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Monday to consider two appeals in a case weighing the ability of tens of millions of Americans to bring lawsuits over their retirement plans.

  • CHICAGO, Oct 26- U.S. soybeans slipped for a second straight day on Friday on signs of waning U.S. exports and improving crop weather prospects in South America that could lead to bumper output in Brazil and Argentina.

  • Kan. gov unveils 'property tax transparency' plan Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 4:20 PM ET

    Sam Brownback and fellow Republicans in the Legislature on Friday unveiled a proposed "property tax transparency" law designed to keep such taxes from rising automatically when a property values rise.

  • *Improving crop weather in South America weighs. CHICAGO, Oct 26- U.S. soybeans slipped for a second straight day on Friday on signs of waning U.S. exports and improving crop weather prospects in South America that could lead to bumper output in Brazil and Argentina.

  • Oct 25- Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc on Thursday warned of sizeable cost overruns on parts it supplies to major aircraft makers, sending its stock tumbling more than 30 percent.

  • *Expects $1.82 per-share charge in Q3. Oct 25- Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc sounded an alarm Thursday about sizable cost overruns on parts it supplies to major aircraft makers, news that sent its stock tumbling more than 30 percent in active trading.

  • Trustee: Hawker Beechcraft attorney fees excessive Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 4:54 PM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.-- The Justice Department's watchdog agency is objecting to more than $12 million in fees racked up during the first three months of Hawker Beechcraft's bankruptcy proceedings. Trustee Tracy Hope Davis particularly chided the company for fees lawyers billed for the company's failed attempt to pay its eight senior executives millions in bonuses.

  • *Nebraska, High Plains still suffering, wheat crop threatened. The portion of the United States under ``exceptional'' drought- the most dire classification- held steady at 5.84 percent and was mostly in western Kansas and Nebraska.

  • Spirit AeroSystems to take $590M in 3Q charges Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 11:45 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.-- Spirit AeroSystems will book $590 million in charges during the third quarter because of setbacks in several aircraft contracts, sending shares of the aviation supplier tumbling 24 percent.

  • Kansas case puts face on 'total identity theft' Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:10 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.-- When Candida L. Gutierrez's identity was stolen, the thief didn't limit herself to opening fraudulent credit and bank accounts. The scheme has been linked to illegal immigrants who use stolen Social Security numbers to get paid at their jobs, and authorities fear the problem could soon grow to ensnare more unsuspecting Americans.

  • NYC putting foot down after $442 pedicab fare Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:06 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Even in an era of $500 hotel rooms and $18 cocktails, the $442 that a Texas family paid for a ride in a New York City pedicab has become notorious. "It was not good for us," Souleymane Toure said as he hawked riders for his pedicab in Central Park. "

  • Unemployment rates in US states, at a glance Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 3:38 PM ET
  • Economic index jumps for Midwest, Western states Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 11:29 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.-- An index of economic conditions in 10 Midwest and Western states jumped this month after three months of drought-induced doldrums. "Our survey indicates that the negative impacts of the drought are being more than offset by the positives of very strong incomes from high agriculture and energy prices," said Creighton University economist Ernie Goss.

  • Kan. unemployment drops to 5.9 percent in Sept. Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:32 AM ET

    TOPEKA, Kan.-- A new report says the Kansas jobless rate dropped below 6 percent in September for the first time in almost four years. Kansas last had a jobless rate below 6 percent in December 2008. The department also said Kansas continues to see modest growth in private, non-farm employment.

  • Report: Nebraska wind power would boost economy Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:23 AM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.-- Nebraska is trailing its neighbors in wind-energy development and missing an opportunity to add jobs to the state economy while producing a cleaner form of energy, according to a report released Thursday.

  • Dust storm shuts down interstate in northern Okla. Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 8:50 AM ET

    In a scene reminiscent of the Dust Bowl days, choking dust suspended on strong wind gusts shrouded Interstate 35, which links Dallas and Oklahoma City to Kansas City, Mo. Video from television station helicopters showed the four-lane highway virtually disappearing into billowing dust on the harsh landscape near Blackwell, plus dozens of vehicles scattered in the median and on the shoulders.