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 By Tim Horan    Regional    June 25, 2017 

Business program in central Kansas boosts startup companies

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Explaining embryo transfer, genetics maximization and how his new company, Embruon, in Salina, can assist cattle producers was a major obstacle for owner Matt Barten. "It's hard to give a two-minute elevator pitch on what I...

 

Kansas Gov. Brownback signs $15.6 billion state budget

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Sunday signed a state budget for the next two years that will use a $1.2 billion income tax increase to fund government and schools, although he says it includes "excessive spending." Brownback...

 

Local laundromat helps small Kansas town survive

COTTONWOOD FALLS, Kan. (AP) — Several small, rural communities in southern Kansas are working together to keep crucial businesses in the area so that towns can continue to survive. The 24-hour Wash-O-Rama laundromat is evolving into a destination...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    June 21, 2017

Oklahoma's 'Pioneer Woman' builds media empire on the Plains

PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) — Growing up in an Oklahoma town she considered too tiny, Ree Drummond sought the bright lights of a city and headed west for Los Angeles. She never dreamed the journey would send her back to the plains of northeast Oklahoma,...

 

Feds say Kansas rule reduces competition, harms homebuyers

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A proposed Kansas rule barring real estate brokers from offering gift cards would reduce competition and cause "significant harm" to homebuyers, the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division told state regulators. The...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    June 18, 2017

Kansas tax hike hailed as fix doesn't quite balance budget

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The big income tax increase Kansas legislators enacted over Gov. Sam Brownback's veto won't balance the budget by itself, despite immediately boosting the state's credit outlook. Even though the reversal of most of Brownback's...

 

Texas-to-Kansas passenger train service eyed by officials

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Amtrak and BNSF Railway officials are gauging interest in passenger train service between Texas and Kansas. Joe McHugh, an Amtrak vice president, tells the Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/2sR0D2p ) that there are many...

 

Feed The Children now suing former CEO Watts over payment

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City-based charity Feed The Children is now countersuing former CEO J.C. Watts for payments it made to settle another lawsuit over a job offer that was rescinded. The Oklahoman reported Sunday (...

 

Texas candy maker adapts to market as sugar wars rage on

LUFKIN, Texas (AP) — On a busy highway heading into this industrial East Texas town, a candy factory stands next to a chicken processing plant that sometimes wafts the smell of bird guts across the parking lot that divides them, mixing with the del...

 

Officials to ride possible route for Wichita Amtrak service

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita officials will ride a proposed route for passenger rail service Friday to determine what is needed to bring the service to the city. The city officials will ride in an observation train from Oklahoma City through...

 

Financial rating agency revises Kansas' outlook to stable

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A major financial rating agency says Kansas' credit outlook is stable after lawmakers overrode Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of a bill that largely rolls back the income tax cuts he championed in recent years. The Kansas...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    June 8, 2017

Some Republicans see lesson in rollback of Kansas tax cuts

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The sudden end of Kansas' aggressive income tax reductions serves as a cautionary tale for other GOP-dominated states about the pitfalls of moving too far too quickly, some Republicans said Wednesday. Legislators on Tuesday nigh...

 

Arkansas federal lawmakers support state's disaster request

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The six members of Arkansas' congressional delegation have written to President Donald Trump in support of a federal disaster declaration for the state as a result of severe storms, flooding and tornadoes that struck the st...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    June 4, 2017

Kansas lawmakers considering new plan to boost income taxes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republican legislators in Kansas cooked up a new plan Sunday for increasing income taxes to fix the state budget and provide money for the cash-strapped state's public schools — and they suggested an unusual move for...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    June 1, 2017

Fallin signs $6.8B spending plan to fund Oklahoma government

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin signed a $6.8 billion spending bill on Wednesday that slashes the budgets of most Oklahoma agencies by about 5 percent over the objection of critics who say the measure may be unconstitutional and is likely to...

 

Texas lawmakers OK budget but 'bathroom bill' still in limbo

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas will keep spending $800 million on border security while putting little new money into public schools, maintaining therapy cuts for disabled children and easing handgun license fees as the Republican-led Legislature...

 

Key revenue bills Oklahoma lawmakers passed for 2018 budget

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Following are some of the key revenue bills that helped lawmakers balance the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 and avoid major cuts to state agency budgets. SB842 — appropriates $60 million from the...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 28, 2017

Republicans deliver tax hikes in Oklahoma budget for 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Within hours of being sworn into office, newly elected Republican state Rep. Zack Taylor faced a tough choice — whether to approve a series of tax hikes that would generate an estimated $500 million to help close a hole in...

 
 By Ed Godfrey    Regional    May 28, 2017

Oklahoma man invents gadget to make fish hook removal safer

PONCA CITY, Okla. (AP) — The light bulb came on for Keith Lawrence several years ago during a fishing trip to Canada with his father for walleye and pike. Lawrence had bought a local coil-spring tool to hold open the mouth of a fish while removing...

 

Construction of Choctaw headquarters on target

DURANT, Okla. (AP) — When Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton was put into office in 2014, his goal was to bring more economic diversity to the Durant-based tribe. He kept the office in the 2015 election. He has overseen the tribe's expansion of its...

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    May 26, 2017

New Mexico lawmakers urge governor to reinstate funding

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers sent a long list of budget-balancing measures including new taxes on internet sales and gasoline to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday, seeking an agreement that would restore vetoed funding to...

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    May 26, 2017

Oklahoma House sends $6.8 billion spending plan to governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House adopted a $6.8 billion spending plan and sent it to Gov. Mary Fallin for her signature Friday in the waning hours of the 2017 legislative session, where lawmakers struggled to close a projected $878 million...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 25, 2017

Critics: $6.8B Oklahoma budget bill may be unconstitutional

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican and Democratic members complained Wednesday that a $6.8 billion spending plan that cuts most state agencies' spending by about 5 percent has not been properly vetted and is likely unconstitutional. Rank-and-file...

 

Kansas lawmakers draft new budget fix with mix of tax hikes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators have drafted a new proposal for fixing the state budget that includes both income tax increases and hikes in other taxes. House and Senate negotiators agreed Tuesday night on details of a plan for raising...

 

Oklahoma tribe's gambling website sees more delays

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A gambling website created by the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma that was originally planned to launch in 2016 is seeing more setbacks because of a federal investigation. The venture is backed by Universal Entertainment Group for $10...

 

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