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  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 30 this week to 541.. Colorado, Pennsylvania and Wyoming lost two apiece and Kansas was off by one. Alaska, Arkansas, Ohio, Utah and West Virginia were all unchanged.

  • There have been no other reports of illness related to the Buffalo Wild Wings' restaurant in Overland Park in suburban Kansas City, Johnson County spokeswoman Barbara Mitchell told Reuters in an email. "We have taken additional steps to conduct deep cleaning for norovirus at all Kansas City area restaurants," Buffalo Wild Wings, known for its chicken wings, said...

  • Feb 12- Two more cases of norovirus have been confirmed in Kansas in a probe involving a Buffalo Wild Wings Inc restaurant, but the source could not be identified, a spokeswoman for the state health department's Johnson County office said. The probe is related to a Buffalo Wild Wings' restaurant in Overland Park in suburban Kansas City. "We have taken additional...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 11- Demand for bank loans, loan extensions and renewals is surging among U.S. farmers, and farm incomes are forecast to fall for a third year as grain and livestock prices remain stubbornly low, according to a quarterly farm economy report from the Federal Reserve Banks of St. Louis and Kansas City. The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis's region covers...

  • The same conservatives who forced John Boehner out as speaker are making life difficult for Ryan, signaling they'll refuse to vote for an upcoming GOP budget plan that endorses the higher spending numbers from last year. The Wisconsin Republican has built a congressional career as the Republican Party's budget savant, but Ryan is perhaps in his career's most...

  • NEW YORK— Professional racecar driver Scott Tucker was arrested Wednesday on criminal charges accusing him of living the high life on the backs of millions of desperate people who used his payday lending operation to get quick cash over the Internet. Authorities said Tucker was arrested Wednesday in Kansas City, Kansas, and would initially appear in court in...

  • SoftBank Group Corp. reported Wednesday a 2.3 billion yen October-December profit, down from 18.7 billion yen the same period a year earlier. As the first to offer the iPhone in Japan, SoftBank's business in Japan is going strong, but it has faced a challenge with money-losing Sprint. The company based in Overland Park, Kansas, says it's on track to cut $800 million...

  • WICHITA, Kan.— A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of a Kansas obesity specialist who co-authored the "Atkins Diabetes Revolution." The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday affirmed all five counts of attempted tax evasion against Dr. The Lawrence woman was sentenced in 2014 to three years and five months and ordered to pay more than $311,000 in...

  • NEW YORK— Canadian utility Fortis is buying electric transmission company ITC Holdings in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $6.9 billion as it looks to further diversify its business. ITC stockholders will own about 27 percent of Fortis' common stock. Fortis said that it will apply for a listing on the New York Stock Exchange and will continue to list on the...

  • Falling electricity demand due to increased energy efficiency has spurred a spate of mergers in the United States, with utilities looking to cut their exposure to volatile power prices in unregulated markets. ITC shareholders will get $45 per share- $22.57 in cash and 0.7520 Fortis shares for each share they hold- a 14 percent premium to the stock's closing...

  • TOPEKA, Kan.— The University of Kansas turned to a Wisconsin agency to secure financing for new student housing and new science labs because it needed to move quickly, university officials said Tuesday, as the school sought to answer Republican lawmakers' allegations that it went rogue. "This is a crucially important and exciting project for the university and...

  • Compass beats 4Q profit forecasts Monday, 8 Feb 2016 | 4:35 PM ET

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. _ Compass Minerals International Inc. on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $58.4 million. On a per-share basis, the Overland Park, Kansas- based company said it had profit of $1.72. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.38 per share.

  • Feb 5- The Kansas health department has confirmed one positive case of norovirus related to Buffalo Wild Wings Inc, the department's Johnson County office said. "These types of illness are common this time of year," Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Lougene Marsh said in a statement. Norovirus is the most common cause of food-borne...

  • Feb 5- The Kansas health department has confirmed one positive case of norovirus related to Buffalo Wild Wings Inc, the department's Johnson County office said. "These types of illness are common this time of year," Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Lougene Marsh said on Friday. Norovirus is the most common cause of food-borne disease...

  • BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.— A Beverly Hills- based beauty school says it's closing all 56 of its campuses in five states after losing federal funding over allegations of misconduct. It shut facilities this week in California, Nevada, Utah, Kansas and Connecticut. School officials told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that about 5,000 students and employees will receive...

  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 48 this week to 571.. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas declined by 19 rigs, Oklahoma dropped eight, Louisiana dropped five, Pennsylvania lost three, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming each declined by two and Ohio dropped...

  • YRC reports 4Q loss Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 5:29 PM ET

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. _ YRC Worldwide Inc. on Thursday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $23.5 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The Overland Park, Kansas- based company said it had a loss of 73 cents per share. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 20 cents per share.

  • NIC misses Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 4:15 PM ET

    OLATHE, Kan. _ NIC Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $9 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 14 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $71.3 million.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 4- Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts is turning up the heat on the U.S. derivatives and commodities regulator over an accounting error that could mean it has deficient funds. Roberts, a Kansas Republican, sent a letter dated Feb. 3 to Timothy Massad, head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, calling for answers on the error,...

  • WASHINGTON— The food industry is pressuring Congress to act before the state of Vermont requires food labels for genetically modified ingredients. At issue is how food companies will deal with Vermont's law. The food industry wants Congress to pre-empt Vermont's law and bar mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods before it goes into effect.