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  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 21- Agriculture technology startup Indigo has raised $100 million in a new round of funding, bringing its total financing to more than $150 million, a sign of growing investor interest in new ways to ease food scarcity. The $100 million investment led by the Alaska Permanent Fund, a $54.3 billion fund owned and managed by the state of Alaska, is...

  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 371 rigs sought oil and 88 explored for natural gas this week. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained 15, California was up by two and New Mexico gained one. Arkansas, Colorado, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • WICHITA, Kan. _ Equity Bancshares Inc. on Thursday reported net income of $2.8 million in its second quarter. Equity Bancshares shares have dropped nearly 3 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Equity Bancshares, Earnings Report.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 21- Agriculture technology startup Indigo has raised $100 million in a new round of funding, bringing its total financing to more than $150 million, a sign of growing investor interest in new ways to ease food scarcity. The $100 million investment led by the Alaska Permanent Fund, a $54.3 billion fund owned and managed by the state of Alaska, is...

  • July 19- Investors who sold oil and natural gas land leases to Chesapeake Energy Corp and now-bankrupt SandRidge Energy Corp sued Chesapeake and Tom Ward, SandRidge's former CEO, alleging that they conspired to depress the market for those leases. Chisholm Partners LLC, an investment firm that owned leases in Kansas, and other leaseholders said the alleged...

  • July 19- Investors who sold oil and natural gas land leases to Chesapeake Energy Corp and now-bankrupt SandRidge Energy Corp sued Chesapeake and Tom Ward, SandRidge's former CEO, alleging that they conspired to depress the market for those leases. Chisholm Partners LLC, an investment firm that owned leases in Kansas, and other leaseholders said the alleged...

  • July 19- Investors who sold oil and natural gas land leases to Chesapeake Energy Corp and now-bankrupt SandRidge Energy Corp sued Chesapeake and Tom Ward, SandRidge's former CEO, alleging that they conspired to depress the market for those leases. Chisholm Partners LLC, an investment firm that owned leases in Kansas, and other leaseholders said the alleged...

  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the move follows recent court rulings in Texas that stripped the lesser prairie chicken of federal protection. The Permian Basin Petroleum Association said it would impede operations and cost companies hundreds of millions of dollars in oil and gas development in one of the country's most prolific basins, the Permian...

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Missouri regulators have again rejected the state's portion of a power line that would carry wind energy from Kansas to Indiana, citing the company's failure to provide the required 60- day notice before submitting its latest application. Immediately after the Missouri Public Service Commission announced its decision Tuesday, Houston-...

  • WICHITA, Kan.— Growers are harvesting a bountiful winter wheat crop across the nation and in Kansas— added bushels that will help farms' bottom line but dampen hopes for a quick turnaround in the dismal crop prices. Cash prices on Tuesday were hovering around $3 a bushel in Kansas, marking a steep plunge from their peak of $7.77 during the 2012 drought.

  • LOS ANGELES— The owner of the AMC Theatre chain is buying European movie theater operator Odeon& UCI Cinemas Group from private equity firm Terra Firma in a deal that would make it the largest movie theater operator in the world. AMC CEO Adam Aron said in a call with investors on Tuesday that the deal was spurred on by a British pound at a three-decade low versus the...

  • ALBANY, N.Y., July 8- Dozens of large U.S. companies on Friday backed the Obama administration's bid to strike down a North Carolina law restricting the use of public bathrooms by transgender people, saying the law hurts their recruitment efforts and could discourage investment in the state. In a friend-of-the-court brief filed in federal court in...

  • July 7- The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would for the first time require food to carry labels listing genetically-modified ingredients, which labeling supporters say could create loopholes for some U.S. crops. The Senate voted 63-30 for the bill that would display GMO contents with words, pictures or a bar code that can be scanned with...

  • Drawing praise from farmers, Republican Pat Roberts from Kansas and Democrat Debbie Stabenow of Michigan have sponsored a bill that is the latest attempt to introduce a national standard that would override state laws, including Vermont's that some say is more stringent, and comes amid growing calls from consumers for greater transparency.

  • Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 254,000 for the week ended July 2, the Labor Department said on Thursday. A Labor Department analyst said there were no special factors influencing last week's claims data. However, claims for Hawaii, Kansas, Nebraska, Puerto Rico, Virginia and Wyoming were estimated...

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  • June 28- The battle over abortion was expected to shift to measures focusing on the fetus in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision striking down a Texas law enacted in the name of maternal health. The 5-3 ruling held that Texas clinic regulations put an undue burden on women seeking abortion, a right established in the court's landmark 1973 Roe v.

  • June 27- The battle over abortion was expected to shift to measures focusing on the fetus in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision striking down a Texas law enacted in the name of maternal health. The 5-3 ruling held that Texas clinic regulations put an undue burden on women seeking abortion, a right established in the court's landmark 1973 Roe v.