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Colorado mill looks for assurances on $500 million expansion

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — A Chicago-based steel company is seeking assurances of low electricity prices before it commits to a $500 million upgrade at a Colorado mill that would add 200 jobs. The Pueblo Chieftain reports that state and utility...

 

Tyson Foods increases investment in meatless meat company

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — One of the world's largest meat producers has increased its investment in a company that makes meatless meat. Tyson Foods had previously had a 5 percent stake in the protein producer Beyond Meat, and said in a statement...

 
 By JOHN KLEIN    Regional    December 10, 2017 

Oklahoma manufacturer leads food processing innovation

BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) — One could easily drive past Unitherm Food Systems and have no idea that inside the nondescript buildings on the south side of Bristow is a high-tech, international corporation. More than 60 percent of the processing units...

 

SW Idaho couple wants Texas oil company to reveal records

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A southwestern Idaho couple concerned they aren't being paid their fair share of oil and natural gas royalties is requesting state officials force a Texas-based oil company to reveal production and other records. Randy and...

 

Texas, nationwide retail gasoline prices decline this week

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Texas and nationwide retail gasoline prices have declined this week. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide was down 3 cents to average $2.24 per gallon. Gasoline prices across the country...

 

Kansas county pulls bid for Tyson plant amid opposition

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas county that's home to Wichita has withdrawn its bid for a Tyson Foods chicken processing plant after weeks of public opposition. The Greater Wichita Partnership confirmed on Thursday that Sedgwick County has taken...

 

Treasurer: November revenue rises 12.4 percent in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma State Treasurer Ken Miller says revenue collections for November were up 12.4 percent over November last year. Gross receipts to the treasury were $893.4 million, up by $98.6 million from November 2016, making it the...

 

Economist: Harvey's impact will guide development in Houston

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston business group said Friday that Hurricane Harvey's biggest long-term impact on the nation's fourth-largest city likely will be on where and how new homes and structures are built. The results of Harvey's flooding will...

 

Worker dies from injuries suffered at Wichita Spirit plant

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Spirit AeroSystems says an employee who was injured in an accident Nov. 3 at its Wichita plant has died. Spirit officials confirmed the death of Sammy Barnett in a statement Friday. A spokesman for a federal agency...

 

City, county officials oppose Kansas property tax lid

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Local officials say new limits on the ability to raise property tax revenues from one year to the next are hamstringing Kansas cities and counties as they attempt to cover rising health insurance costs for their employees....

 

Kansas on track to launch delayed driver's license system

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Officials with the Kansas Department of Revenue say a long-delayed driver's license computer program is on track to launch next month. The second phase of the department's computer system replacement is expected to go live Jan....

 

The Latest: Company: Cause of pipeline rupture unknown

LOVING, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a pipeline explosion and fire (all times local): 12:05 p.m. A Houston-based energy company says it's investigating what caused one of its natural gas pipelines to rupture, explode and catch fire in southeastern...

 

$73K gun locker in Kansas sees little use

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A county commissioner is questioning the light usage of a $73,000 gun locker at a courthouse in south-central Kansas. The gun locker's usage was reported at a Sedgwick County staff meeting this week under questioning from Count...

 

Oklahoma turnpike tolls to increase

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has approved a 2.5 percent increase for tolls to fund a turnpike improvement and expansion project. Authority Executive Director Tim Gatz tells the Tulsa World that the increase will take effect...

 

Monsanto moves to stop Arkansas from banning weed killer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Monsanto asked a judge Tuesday to prevent Arkansas from enforcing a proposal going before lawmakers next week that would ban the use of a weed killer that farmers in several states have said drifts onto their crops and...

 

Payless trying to sell its Topeka, Kansas, headquarters

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Payless ShoeSource is putting its corporate headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, up for sale. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the company is seeking $8.5 million for the headquarters, amid rumors that Payless might leave Topeka....

 

Drilling-gear company will pay $238 million in bribery case

HOUSTON (AP) — Federal officials say a Netherlands-based maker of equipment for offshore oil drilling will pay $238 million to settle charges of paying bribes to officials in five oil-producing countries. Justice Department officials said Thursday...

 

Some Texas Christmas tree farms devastated by Harvey floods

ORANGE, Texas (AP) — For more than two decades, Deidra Marler and her family piled into pickup trucks after Thanksgiving lunch and headed over to the K&K Evergreen Farm to pick out their annual Christmas tree. The Beaumont Enterprise reports Marler...

 

County to auction racetrack property near Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — County officials are auctioning off the property of a former racetrack near Wichita that's been closed for about 10 years. The Wichita Eagle reports that Sedgwick County commissioners agreed Wednesday to auction the Wichita...

 

Kansas wind industry fights against tax-credit reversal

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Wind industry executives are pressing Gov. Sam Brownback to lobby Kansas' congressional delegation in opposition to a cut to a federal tax credit that could threaten $1.5 billion in planned projects across the state. A...

 

Report: US agency holding nuke bombs grapples with oversight

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has its share of challenges as it conducts some of the world's most high-tech research, maintains a stockpile of nuclear weapons and cleans up after decades of bomb-making. A report released...

 

US rig count rises by 6 this week to 929, Texas up 4

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. went up by six this week to 929. That's a significant rise from 597 rigs that were active this time a year ago. According to Houston oilfield services company Baker...

 

Judge mulls blocking Kansas law against boycotting Israel

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge is considering whether to block Kansas from enforcing a new law barring state contractors from participating in boycotts against Israel. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree had a hearing Friday in a free-speech...

 

Kansas tax collections $8.5M more than expected in November

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is reporting that it collected $8.5 million more in taxes than anticipated in November. It was the sixth consecutive month with higher-than-expected revenues. The Department of Revenue reported Friday that the state...

 

2 papers sue over rejected requests for body-camera footage

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Wichita Eagle and The Kansas City Star allege in a lawsuit that Wichita officials didn't follow the state's open records law in denying access to police body-camera footage in two cases. The suit filed Friday in Sedgwick...

 

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