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 By CHUCK LINDELL    Regional    August 15, 2018 

Texas man in 3D-printed firearms case welcomes legal battle

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Cody Wilson found his calling when, in 2013, he successfully fired the first gun made on a 3D printer. The Austin American-Statesman reports that very week, he dropped out of his second year at the University of Texas Law...

 

9 injured in apparent natural gas explosion in Denver

DENVER (AP) — Nine people were injured, one critically, by an apparent natural gas explosion in Denver on Tuesday, firefighters said. Capt. Greg Pixley, a spokesman for the Denver Fire Department, said seven bystanders were treated for minor injuri...

 

Missouri judge rules for gas tax hike on Nov. 6 ballot

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a proposed 10-cent gas tax increase can go on Missouri's Nov. 6 ballot. Circuit Judge Robert Schollmeyer ruled Tuesday that lawmakers did not violate the state Constitution in drafting the measure....

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    August 15, 2018 

Governor: Aerospace firm to create 350 jobs in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An aerospace manufacturer that produces unmanned aircraft plans to locate its operations center in Oklahoma City and create more than 350 jobs over the next five years, Gov. Mary Fallin said Tuesday. Nevada-based Valkyrie...

 
 By David Warren    Regional    August 15, 2018 

As drought lingers, Texas ranchers opt to reduce their herds

DALLAS (AP) — A growing number of Texas ranchers and farmers are trimming their livestock, or selling them altogether, as the persistent drought has eliminated water supplies and forage for the animals. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows that 45...

 

Arkansas energy company teams up with Tennessee solar firm

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — After facing LightWave Solar LLC as a competitor, Seal Energy Solutions CEO Josh Davenport knew he wanted the Tennessee solar installation company as an ally. So the North Little Rock energy company teamed up with Lig...

 

Kansas Land Institute continues work on perennial crops

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — The Land Institute continues to grow slowly in Kansas. For more than 40 years, The Land Institute has been working to develop perennial crops that grow together but are harvested at different times, The Salina Journal reported...

 

Turn5 car parts distribution center coming to Lenexa

LENEXA, Kan. (AP) — Turn5, an online car-parts retailer, plans to open a distribution center in Lenexa and hire 100 workers in the next three years. The company announced Monday that its center will officially open Oct. 29. It will distribute...

 

Historic jeans-maker to leave Kansas City headquarters

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Officials with Lee Jeans say the company plans to move its headquarters from Merriam, Kansas, to North Carolina. The company announced Monday that the move to Greensboro, North Carolina, is part of a reorganization and...

 

Oklahoma governor places Vision Fund on election ballot

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has placed on the Nov. 6 general election ballot a proposal to create a new oil and natural gas trust fund to help operate state government. Fallin said Thursday she signed an executive order...

 

Leavenworth woman sentenced, must pay $4.3 in restitution

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — Federal labor officials say a Leavenworth businesswoman has been sentenced to more than four years in prison and ordered to pay $4.3 million in restitution for embezzling from companies she owned. Brenda Wood was sentenced...

 

AAA: Texas retail gasoline prices fall 2 cents this week

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — The average retail gasoline price in Texas fell by rose 2 cents per gallon this week but remain the most expensive August prices since 2014. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide was $2.63 per...

 

Exxon asked to pay $1.8M for Arkansas oil spill damage

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — State and federal officials are asking Exxon Mobil to pay more than $1.8 million in compensation for a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas. The state Game and Fish Commission proposed the settlement Tuesday, The Arkansas...

 

Texas cattle groups dispute over tick treatment ban

WACO, Texas (AP) — A recent decision to ban a tool to treat a deadly tick could put cattle at risk, according to Texas ranchers and several government agencies. Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller last month halted the use of 15 cattle fever tick...

 

National rig count jumps by 13; Louisiana gains 6 rigs

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. has jumped by 13 this week to 1,057. At this time a year ago there were 949 active rigs. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 869 rigs...

 

Report: Kansas forecast to harvest more corn than wheat

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A government report says Kansas farmers are forecast to harvest more than twice as much corn than wheat this year. The National Agricultural Statistics Service forecast on Friday Kansas corn production at 658 million bushels,...

 

Labor: Missouri farmworkers kept in inhumane conditions

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Florida company kept more than 100 temporary farmworkers in "inhumane" and "unsanitary" working conditions while not paying them what they were due as they harvested watermelons in southeast Missouri, according to federal...

 

Arkansas may increase 911 cellphone fees

ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas counties are pushing to increase the fee on cellphones to help fund 911 emergency response services. Counties hope to at least double the fee to 65 cents per month, The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported . Ark...

 

Oklahoma addresses driver's license vendor issues

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma is reevaluating its contract with the state's driver's license system vendor following multiple outages. Department of Public Safety Commissioner Rusty Rhoades tells The Oklahoman that he's speaking with Idemia...

 

Concern in Arkansas town highlights trade fears in US states

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) — A Chinese company's announcement two years ago that it would spend more than $1 billion and hire hundreds of workers for a paper mill on the outskirts of this rural college town was seen as a much-needed shot in the arm...

 

Oklahoma prison chief: criminal justice reform report flawed

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The director of the Oklahoma Corrections Department says a recent report about cost savings from criminal justice reforms was flawed. The Tulsa World reports that department Director Joe M. Allbaugh wrote a letter Friday to...

 

Oklahoma electric association receives $16.3 million loan

MARIETTA, Okla. (AP) — A south Oklahoma electric association will receive a $16.3 million federal loan for infrastructure construction and improvements. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Monday that the Red River Valley Electric...

 

Eisenhower Museum renovation gets $1M in donations

ABILENE, Kan. (AP) — Two organizations have each donated $500,000 to renovation efforts for the Eisenhower Presidential Museum in Kansas. The Salina Journal reports that the DeBruce Foundation along with the Walter S. and Evan C. Jones...

 

Garden City plant plans $16 million expansion, new jobs

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — Officials with a manufacturing plant in Garden City say the business is planning an expansion that could create several new jobs. KSN reports Palmer Manufacturing and Tank plans to invest $16 million in its Garden City...

 

Trump going ahead with taxes on $16B in Chinese imports

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it will go ahead with imposing 25 percent tariffs on an additional $16 billion in Chinese imports. Customs officials will begin collecting the border tax Aug. 23, the Office of the...

 

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