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  • WASHINGTON-- Stronger housing markets helped boost economic growth at the end of the summer in nearly every region of the United States, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday. The Fed said growth improved in 10 of its 12 regional banking districts from mid-August through September, while leveling off in one region and slowing in another.

  • Oct 10- Alabama Power agreed to buy wind power from a second TradeWind Energy LLC wind farm to be constructed in the U.S.

  • WICHITA, Kan.-- Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service says growers have seeded 65 percent of the 2013 winter wheat crop in the state. Meanwhile, the fall harvest continues to make progress in Kansas. Most of the corn still left to cut is in western Kansas.

  • TOPEKA, Kan.-- Westar Energy Inc. says new wind farms in central and southwest Kansas are now producing power for its customers. The 201- megawatt Post Rock Wind Farm in Ellsworth and Lincoln counties began production Sept. 28. The Ironwood Wind Power Project farm in Ford and Hodgeman counties can produce up to 168 megawatts of electricity for Westar.

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- Belfonte Ice Cream is recalling two types of ice cream that contain peanut butter because of the potential of salmonella contamination. The ice cream was sold between April 2010 and October 2012 in retail and convenience stores in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

  • --Coffeyville Resources LLC's indirect subsidiary CVR Refining LLC is issuing $500 million of second lien notes initially guaranteed by Coffeyville Resources. We expect that CVR Refining LLC will then become a subsidiary of the MLP, its $500 million notes will become unsecured debt, and the Coffeyville guarantee will fall away.

  • It aims to attract people who want to learn more about how Kansas health, agriculture and food environments intersect. Sessions are planned on healthy eating behaviors, farming in Kansas, the role of food and farm policy and challenges in producing healthy food.

  • ROCKFORD, Mich.-- Wolverine Worldwide Inc. and two private investment firms said Tuesday that they have completed their roughly $2 billion acquisition of the Collective Brands Inc., which owns the Payless ShoeSource retail chain and the Sperry Top-Sider, Saucony, Stride Rite and Keds shoe brands.

  • Oct 8- Members of the machinists union went on strike at the Bombardier Inc Learjet facility in Wichita, Kansas, on Monday after rejecting a contract offer that would raise healthcare costs.

  • TOPEKA, Kan.-- A Kansas school funding task force heard from a policy analyst Monday who said what matters isn't the amount of money spent on K-12 education but how it's spent. Dave Trabert, president of the Kansas Policy Institute, a conservative, free-market research and advocacy group, told members of the task force appointed by Gov.

  • Oct 8- Members of the machinists union went on strike at Bombardier Learjet's facility in Wichita, Kansas, on Monday after rejecting a contract offer that would raise healthcare costs.

  • WICHITA, Kan.-- Machinists at the Bombardier Learjet plant walked the picket line early Monday, while the Wichita, Kan.- based company said it will continue operations during the strike. Traffic at the only gate open for non-striking employees was backed up for more than three miles Monday morning as picketers briefly stopped cars that were attempting to enter.

  • TOPEKA, Kan.-- Kansas regulators are considering whether they need new rules for providers of promotional tours to three state-owned casinos. The state Racing and Gaming Commission has scheduled a hearing Friday on the issue. The commission regulates the companies that operate casinos for the Kansas Lottery in Dodge City, Mulvane and Kansas City, Kan..

  • If you're like many Americans, your friends are texting their congratulations, sending you an e-card or clicking "Like" on your Facebook wall. The 25- year-old nanny from Kansas City, Mo., hears from friends largely through Facebook. " In consolidating its Kansas operations, Kansas City- based Hallmark plans to shed 300 jobs.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Retired social worker Jim Gillis was told his $36,000 Rhode Island state pension would increase by $1,100 next year to keep up with inflation. He and other retirees are challenging the pension changes in a court battle that's likely to have national implications as other states follow Rhode Island's lead.

  • Jerry Brown last month signed legislation expected to save billions of dollars in coming years by increasing the retirement age for new employees, limiting annual pension payouts to $132,120 and requiring workers who are not contributing half of their retirement costs to pay more.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Retired social worker Jim Gillis was told his $36,000 Rhode Island state pension would increase by $1,100 next year to keep up with inflation. He and other retirees are challenging the pension changes in a court battle that's likely to have national implications as other states follow Rhode Island's lead.

  • WICHITA, Kan.-- Bombardier Learjet workers rejected a contract offer and voted to strike Saturday, moves that will have them walking the picket line starting early Monday, a machinists union spokesman said.

  • WICHITA, Kan.-- The machinists union at Bombardier Learjet is recommending workers to reject a contract offer Saturday and vote to strike. Machinists union spokesman Bob Wood told The Wichita Eagle that a main sticking point is health insurance. The machinists union represents 825 hourly workers in Wichita.