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  • Although there is little movement on Capitol Hill to make Trump's infrastructure vow a reality, governors have sent the White House a list of 428 projects they say are ready to go with some extra federal spending. Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown has asked for $120 billion, saying that since the state made up 12 percent of the U.S. economy it deserves 12...

  • TOPEKA, Kan.— Kansas legislators advanced Gov. The Republican-led House and Senate tax committees forwarded separate bills containing the GOP governor's proposals to their chambers for debate, without formally endorsing them. "We need to talk about his plan and let everybody share their concerns publicly about his proposals," said Senate President Susan...

  • TOPEKA, Kan. _ Westar Energy Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $53.9 million. The Topeka, Kansas- based company said it had net income of 38 cents per share. Keywords: Westar Energy, Earnings Report.

  • But the Senate's vote Wednesday afternoon was 24-16, leaving supporters of the bill three votes shy of the necessary two-thirds majority to overturn the veto. A majority of Republicans in both GOP- controlled chambers voted to override the veto, reflecting a view that tax cuts Brownback championed in 2012 and 2013 went too far and are a key factor in Kansas'...

  • SHAWNEE MISSION, Kan. _ Seaboard Corp. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $103 million. On a per-share basis, the Shawnee Mission, Kansas- based company said it had net income of $87.83. For the year, the company reported profit of $312 million, or $266.50 per share.

  • OVERLAND PARK, Kan. _ QTS Realty Trust Inc. on Tuesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The Overland Park, Kansas- based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $35.4 million, or 64 cents per share, in the period. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from...

  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 597 rigs sought oil and 153 explored for natural gas this week. Louisiana lost three rigs, New Mexico declined by two and Alaska, North Dakota and Oklahoma each lost one. Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wyoming were all unchanged.

  • The state Senate voted 22-18 for it Friday, a day after the state House approved it on a 76-48 vote. Republican leaders were split on the measure, and neither the House speaker nor the Senate president voted on it. John Doll, of Garden City, who backed the tax plan.

  • Feb 16- A federal jury on Thursday convicted a Chinese scientist in Kansas of conspiring to steal samples of a variety of genetically engineered rice seeds from a U.S. research facility, the U.S. Justice Department said, the latest attempt at agricultural theft linked to China. Zhang, who has a doctorate from Louisiana State University, worked as a rice breeder for...

  • KANSAS CITY, Kan.— A Chinese national living in Manhattan, Kansas, is guilty of conspiring to steal proprietary rice seeds developed in the U.S. and giving them to visitors from China. In 2013, officials with a crop research institute in China toured facilities in the Midwest with Zhang. Federal officials found Ventria seeds in the visitors' luggage as they...

  • TOPEKA, Kan.— Some top Republicans pushed Thursday to get a big increase in personal income taxes quickly through the Kansas Legislature to help balance the budget, though the bipartisan proposal doesn't appear to have enough support to overcome a possible veto from GOP Gov. The House approved the tax bill Thursday on a 76-48 vote, sending it to the Senate.

  • LEAWOOD, Kan. _ Tallgrass Energy GP LP on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $8.7 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 14 cents per share. Tallgrass Energy GP shares have dropped slightly since the beginning of the year.

  • In Massachusetts, a group that lobbies on behalf of dentists has for the first time signaled a willingness to embrace the concept, though its proposal is viewed as unnecessarily restrictive by sponsors of a competing bill in the Legislature. "We are not a silver bullet for helping access to dental care, but we are a great tool," said Christy Jo Fogarty, a dental...

  • MEXICO CITY, Feb 14- Mexican conglomerate Alfa said on Tuesday it will sell its energy projects in the Eagle Ford shale in Texas, as well as its energy assets in Peru, while also stalling all energy investments due to lingering low oil prices. Alfa's Chief Financial Officer Ramon Leal said at a press conference the company was also looking at selling certain oil...

  • NESS- ZIONA, Israel _ Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $8.4 million. For the current quarter ending in April, Nova Measuring Instruments expects its per-share earnings to range from 37 cents to 45 cents. Nova Measuring Instruments shares have risen 21 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Feb 8- S&P Global Ratings revised the outlook on Kansas' AA-minus credit rating to negative from stable on Wednesday, citing weak economic trends and structural budget pressures. "We believe the next two years will remain pressured and the proposed budget does not adequately provide solutions to Kansas' ongoing structural deficits," said S&P analyst Oladunni...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 3- Surveys regularly find that Americans have no idea what a 529 college savings plan is, so a little tinkering under the hood is definitely needed. "There aren't enough hours in the day," said Republican Representative Lynn Jenkins of Kansas, who just co-sponsored a bill with Democrat Ron Kind of Wisconsin to improve 529 and ABLE accounts, which are...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 3- Surveys regularly find that Americans have no idea what a 529 college savings plan is, so a little tinkering under the hood is definitely needed. "There aren't enough hours in the day," said Republican Representative Lynn Jenkins of Kansas, who just co-sponsored a bill with Democrat Ron Kind of Wisconsin to improve 529 and ABLE accounts, which are...

  • The Wichita, Kansas- based company said it expects full-year earnings of $4.60- $4.85 per share and revenue of $6.8 billion- $6.9 billion. Spirit Aero's net income fell to $108.2 million, or 89 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from $138.3 million, or $1.01 per share, a year earlier. Operations in Kinston, North Carolina were impacted by Hurricane...

  • Pai, a former Justice Department, FCC and Capitol Hill staffer, in December predicted landmark "net neutrality" rules adopted in 2015 would not last. The son of Indian immigrants who grew up in Kansas, Pai said the commission should take a "weed whacker" to unneeded rules and was harshly critical of many FCC regulations imposed during the Obama administration.