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  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner urged fellow Republicans on Tuesday to pass a spending bill that funds most of the federal government through Sept. 30, 2015, avoiding a shutdown fight over President Barack Obama's immigration action. Congress must pass a federal government spending bill by Dec. 11 to avoid a shutdown.

  • *Soybeans turn lower as soymeal drops below $400 a ton. CHICAGO, Nov 28- U.S. wheat futures climbed to their highest in nearly five months on Friday, supported by news that Russia, a major global wheat supplier, was tightening its grain export rules, traders said. Wheat opened lower but quickly rallied on concerns about supplies from Russia, which the U.S. Department of...

  • ENDERLIN, N.D., Nov 25- After her shift at the TraXside Cafe in the southeast North Dakota hamlet of Enderlin, all Karla Souer wants to do is go home. That's because, chances are, there's a Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd train blocking the tracks somewhere on her route. Desperate for a solution, Enderlin's city councilors last month banned train breaks longer than 10...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 5- Tax-cutting measures in a handful of states looked to gain traction following Tuesday's elections, potentially weakening fiscal positions if revenues fail to keep pace with spending. "As far as states go there was a clear message that people would rather have lower taxes," said Craig Brandon, Co-Director of Municipal Investments at Eaton Vance in...

  • Nov 5- U.S. refiner HollyFrontier Corp reported its first profit miss in four quarters as sales volumes fell and operating expenses rose due to reduced activity at two refineries. HollyFrontier shares fell as much as 5.5 percent, while most other energy stocks rose after Republicans gained control of the U.S. Senate. HollyFrontier's results contrasted those...

  • Nov 5- U.S. refiner HollyFrontier Corp reported a lower-than-expected profit for the first time in four quarters, hurt by higher operating expenses. A revamp of HollyFrontier's El Dorado refinery in Kansas and a temporary shutdown of a pipeline to the Cheyenne refinery in Wyoming weighed on refining operations. HollyFrontier has benefited so far from access...

  • HOUSTON, Nov 4- U.S. tight oil producer SandRidge Energy Inc, already pressured by the loss of its No. 2 executive and doubts about the quality of its acreage, said on Tuesday it would delay filing quarterly results and restate previous ones because of an SEC review. News of the restatement that will go back to late 2012 sent SandRidge shares tumbling 8 percent to...

  • Oct 31- Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc, a supplier to Boeing Co, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by higher margins, and the company raised its full-year profit forecast for the second time as planemakers boost production. Boeing and Airbus, which also sources parts from Spirit, now buy about two-thirds of the planes' content from...

  • A handful of the Nov. 4 races such as the dead heat in Illinois, possibly the most fiscally dysfunctional state, shape up as de facto referendums on reform and their results could make municipal bond investors alter their bets. "People are not so much voting for governor in some of these states but how they want the pensions addressed," said Craig Brandon, Co-Director...

  • And the World Series ticket price winner is... Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 1:20 PM ET
    Lorenzo Cain of the Kansas City Royals and Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants

    The Heartland’s Kansas City Royals are commanding higher ticket prices and greater merchandise sales than their rivals from the Bay.

  • EPA said it was applying "first-time-ever restrictions" on its approval of the herbicide, called Enlist Duo, which is designed to be used with new genetically modified crops developed by Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical. EPA said the approval lays out a template of new requirements for future approvals of herbicides designed for use with genetically...

  • This Kansas independent could tip Senate control Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 10:13 AM ET
    Independent Kansas Senate candidate Greg Orman

    Kansas independent Senate challenger Greg Orman's complaints of inaction by Congress may sway conservatives to send him to Washington.

  • WASHINGTON/ TOPEKA, Oct 8- The Republican Party is making an 11th- hour push to hold a historically conservative U.S. Senate seat in Kansas, where some polls show independent Greg Orman pulling ahead of incumbent Pat Roberts just weeks before the Nov. 4 election. Republicans, who hope to wrest Senate control from Democrats, have raised money and sent top strategists...

  • CHICAGO, Oct 6- Farmers from the biggest U.S. corn-growing states have sued Syngenta AG over sales of genetically modified corn seed not approved by China, joining global exporters in pursuing damages from the Swiss-based company. In coordinated lawsuits filed on Friday in federal courts in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri, farmers accused...

  • Sept 23- Deere& Co, the world's largest farm equipment maker, said it was exploring strategic options for its low-margin crop insurance business and had hired Citigroup as its adviser.

  • Kent Hiteshew, director of the Treasury's newly-formed Office of State and Local Finance, told a meeting of bond attorneys that he was aware of concerns that the elimination of municipal bonds from the definition of banks' high-quality liquid assets could potentially limit bank demand for the debt, pumping up costs of new bond issuance.