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  • Kansas home sales, values forecast higher in 2013 Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:37 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.-- Kansas home sales rebounded this year and are forecast to rise another 6.3 percent in 2013 as the economy improves and pent-up demand brings buyers back into the housing market, economic researchers at Wichita State University said Thursday.

  • Highlights from the Fed's US economic survey Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:56 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the economy grew modestly in the late summer, bolstered by solid gains in housing. The report is based on anecdotal information from the regional districts and covers the period from mid-August to Sept. 28. The region's economy expanded modestly.

  • Down economy exacerbating US town dissolutions Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:50 PM ET

    Carmen Wilkerson ran for mayor of St. George with one clear goal in mind for the tiny Missouri town: Get rid of it. In 2008, St. George _ known as a local speed trap _ had spent $200,000 more than it took into its coffers, according to county records. In its budget woes, St. George is far from alone.

  • Fed: Housing lifts growth in most US regions Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:22 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Stronger housing markets helped boost economic growth at the end of the summer in nearly every region of the United States, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday. The Fed said growth improved in 10 of its 12 regional banking districts from mid-August through September, while leveling off in one region and slowing in another.

  • Alabama Power buys wind power from U.S. Midwest wind farms Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:26 AM ET

    Oct 10- Alabama Power agreed to buy wind power from a second TradeWind Energy LLC wind farm to be constructed in the U.S.

  • Report: Kan. winter wheat planting 65 percent done Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:17 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.-- Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service says growers have seeded 65 percent of the 2013 winter wheat crop in the state. Meanwhile, the fall harvest continues to make progress in Kansas. Most of the corn still left to cut is in western Kansas.

  • Westar Energy says 2 new wind farms now operating Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:16 AM ET

    TOPEKA, Kan.-- Westar Energy Inc. says new wind farms in central and southwest Kansas are now producing power for its customers. The 201- megawatt Post Rock Wind Farm in Ellsworth and Lincoln counties began production Sept. 28. The Ironwood Wind Power Project farm in Ford and Hodgeman counties can produce up to 168 megawatts of electricity for Westar.

  • Belfonte recalls some ice cream with peanut butter Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:33 AM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- Belfonte Ice Cream is recalling two types of ice cream that contain peanut butter because of the potential of salmonella contamination. The ice cream was sold between April 2010 and October 2012 in retail and convenience stores in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

  • --Coffeyville Resources LLC's indirect subsidiary CVR Refining LLC is issuing $500 million of second lien notes initially guaranteed by Coffeyville Resources. We expect that CVR Refining LLC will then become a subsidiary of the MLP, its $500 million notes will become unsecured debt, and the Coffeyville guarantee will fall away.

  • Summit focuses on agriculture's impact on health Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:59 AM ET

    It aims to attract people who want to learn more about how Kansas health, agriculture and food environments intersect. Sessions are planned on healthy eating behaviors, farming in Kansas, the role of food and farm policy and challenges in producing healthy food.

  • Wolverine completes Collective Brands deal Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 12:29 AM ET

    ROCKFORD, Mich.-- Wolverine Worldwide Inc. and two private investment firms said Tuesday that they have completed their roughly $2 billion acquisition of the Collective Brands Inc., which owns the Payless ShoeSource retail chain and the Sperry Top-Sider, Saucony, Stride Rite and Keds shoe brands.

  • Oct 8- Members of the machinists union went on strike at the Bombardier Inc Learjet facility in Wichita, Kansas, on Monday after rejecting a contract offer that would raise healthcare costs.

  • Kan. school efficiencies task force begins work Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 4:23 PM ET

    TOPEKA, Kan.-- A Kansas school funding task force heard from a policy analyst Monday who said what matters isn't the amount of money spent on K-12 education but how it's spent. Dave Trabert, president of the Kansas Policy Institute, a conservative, free-market research and advocacy group, told members of the task force appointed by Gov.

  • Oct 8- Members of the machinists union went on strike at Bombardier Learjet's facility in Wichita, Kansas, on Monday after rejecting a contract offer that would raise healthcare costs.

  • Bombardier Learjet machinists strike Kansas plant Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:31 PM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.-- Machinists at the Bombardier Learjet plant walked the picket line early Monday, while the Wichita, Kan.- based company said it will continue operations during the strike. Traffic at the only gate open for non-striking employees was backed up for more than three miles Monday morning as picketers briefly stopped cars that were attempting to enter.

  • At a Glance: Weekly change in state gas prices Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:14 PM ET
  • Kan. agency considering rules for casino 'junkets' Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 10:46 AM ET

    TOPEKA, Kan.-- Kansas regulators are considering whether they need new rules for providers of promotional tours to three state-owned casinos. The state Racing and Gaming Commission has scheduled a hearing Friday on the issue. The commission regulates the companies that operate casinos for the Kansas Lottery in Dodge City, Mulvane and Kansas City, Kan..

  • Social media among threats to greeting card makers Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 10:04 AM ET

    If you're like many Americans, your friends are texting their congratulations, sending you an e-card or clicking "Like" on your Facebook wall. The 25- year-old nanny from Kansas City, Mo., hears from friends largely through Facebook. " In consolidating its Kansas operations, Kansas City- based Hallmark plans to shed 300 jobs.

  • $1.4T in states' pension fights foreshadowed in RI Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 8:45 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Retired social worker Jim Gillis was told his $36,000 Rhode Island state pension would increase by $1,100 next year to keep up with inflation. He and other retirees are challenging the pension changes in a court battle that's likely to have national implications as other states follow Rhode Island's lead.

  • 10 states where the public pension fight is fierce Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 5:01 AM ET

    Jerry Brown last month signed legislation expected to save billions of dollars in coming years by increasing the retirement age for new employees, limiting annual pension payouts to $132,120 and requiring workers who are not contributing half of their retirement costs to pay more.