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  • Sam Brownback's nominee for Kansas commerce secretary withdrew from consideration Tuesday over what the governor's office described as potential conflicts of interest involving a family member. Brownback's office said George Hansen, a Leawood businessman, asked the Republican governor not to submit his appointment to the state Senate for...

  • Blue Bell Creameries resumed selling its products at some locations Monday, four months after the Texas- based retailer halted sales due to listeria contamination at some plants prompted health concerns that drew the regulatory scrutiny of federal and state officials. Blue Bell ice cream is available again at stores in the Houston and Austin areas,...

  • In reversal, abundant grain trains available for harvest Saturday, 29 Aug 2015 | 10:33 AM ET

    The reversal is attributed to unprecedented spending on track upgrades, political pressure from politicians in agriculture-rich states and a drastic decrease in trains hauling crude and freight to and from western North Dakota's oil-producing region. "There had been some uncertainties but it has gradually gotten better," said Josh Mardikian, grain...

  • DENVER— A man convicted of stabbing five people to death at a Denver bar and setting the business on fire will not be executed and instead will serve a lifelong prison sentence, a jury decided Thursday. It was the second time in a month that a Colorado jury has decided against execution for a mass killer. Earlier this month, jurors choose not to give the death penalty...

  • Jury: Cable company largely responsible in fatal blast Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 3:13 PM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Time Warner Cable must pay nearly $6 million as part of a lawsuit alleging it was largely responsible for a fatal natural gas explosion that leveled an upscale Kansas City restaurant, jurors ruled Thursday. Brothers David and Jimmy Frantze, who operated the popular JJ's restaurant, were seeking more than $9 million in damages from Time Warner...

  • NEW YORK— Sprint is offering DirecTV customers one free year of cellphone service in a bold move aimed at the satellite TV company's new owner, AT&T. AT&T, which bought DirecTV for $48.5 billion in July, has been promoting a bundle that knocks $10 a month off a combined bill for video and wireless phone service. For a single line, the value of Sprint's promotion is...

  • NEW YORK— General Mills is recalling about 60,000 packages of its Cascadian Farm frozen green beans after one package tested positive for listeria. The Cascadian Farm recall is for 10- ounce bags of the green beans with "Better If Used By" dates between April 10, 2016 and April 11, 2016. General Mills Inc. says customers should throw out the recalled product and...

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Tens of thousands of low-income New Mexicans will have more time to meet work and job-training requirements if they want to remain eligible for food stamps, state officials announced Tuesday. New Mexico Human Services Secretary Brent Earnest told The Associated Press that his department decided to delay implementation of the...

  • President Barack Obama signed a federal declaration of emergency for Washington state on Friday, authorizing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate relief efforts in 11 counties and several Indian reservations hard hit by wildfires. The Okanogan Complex includes the so-called Twisp River fire,...

  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. this week increased by one to 885.. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, North Dakota and Oklahoma each gained three rigs and Alaska, California, Kansas and Wyoming each gained one. Texas lost six rigs, Pennsylvania declined by two and...

  • It also was a win for the White House, which proposed the rules four years ago as part of an effort to go around an unwilling Congress in a bid to help low-wage workers through executive action. A federal judge had scrapped the Labor Department rules earlier this year after finding that the agency had overstepped its authority. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...

  • States from Alabama to West Virginia that oppose the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan filed for the stay in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and asked for a ruling by Sept. 8, one year before states need to submit compliance plans to the EPA. "This rule is the most far-reaching energy regulation in the nation's history, and the EPA simply does not...

  • Aug 11- Kansas' planned sale of $1 billion in pension obligation bonds will not do much to help the state solve problems in its poorly funded pension plans, according to a report released by Moody's Investors Service Tuesday. Debt service on the bonds is subject to annual appropriation, meaning that Kansas' legislature must decide each year whether to allot money...

  • Aug 7- Kansas will offer $1 billion of taxable pension bonds in the U.S. municipal market next week in a move that could make investors skittish given a recent default on some bonds in Puerto Rico and credit ratings downgrades in Chicago. Just this week, there was a default on Puerto Rico appropriation-backed bonds, while credit ratings on more than $3 billion of...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 4- Oklahoma regulators are imposing new restrictions on energy companies injecting wastewater underground as they produce oil and natural gas, in the latest effort to stem a sharp increase in earthquakes. The new rules, announced by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Monday evening, require operators in parts of two Oklahoma counties to...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 4- Oklahoma regulators are imposing new restrictions on energy companies injecting wastewater underground, in the latest effort to stem a sharp increase in earthquakes. The new rules, announced by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Monday evening, require operators in parts of two Oklahoma counties to reduce the amount of saltwater they...

  • HOLLYFRONTIER TO RESUME NORMAL OPERATIONS AFTER KANSAS. Aug 3- HollyFrontier Corp said its 138,000- barrel-per-day refinery in El Dorado, Kansas, is working to return the plant to normal operations after a partial power loss on Monday afternoon. "Power has been fully restored to the plant," the company said in an email.

  • NEW YORK, July 27- A professional racecar driver is in talks to settle a U.S. regulator's lawsuit accusing him of participating in a deceptive payday lending scheme, as federal prosecutors decide whether to bring criminal charges, according to court filings. Lawyers for Scott Tucker, who competes on U.S. and European circuits, said in a filing on Friday in Las Vegas...

  • WASHINGTON, July 17- Oklahoma is expanding restrictions on drilling activities to stem a sharp increase in earthquakes that has damaged homes and raised concerns about the future of the energy industry in the state. Oklahoma and several other states in the central United States have experienced a sharp increase in earthquakes since 2009, which scientists...

  • "Reports continued to reflect decreases in oil and natural gas drilling activity in Cleveland, Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Dallas," the Fed said. "Reports of capital spending declines continued in Cleveland, Atlanta, and Dallas, resulting in some labor cutbacks in Atlanta and Dallas." It said heavy machinery manufacturers in Chicago noted weak demand from the oil...