Business

Kansas revenues take major hit from plummeting oil prices
January 14, 2015
Kansas lawmakers looking for a bright spot in the state’s financial picture were told on Tuesday that even though falling gas prices are greatly reducing the amount of oil severance taxes the state is collecting, more money is going into the pockets of residents that can be spent on other things.
U.S. farmers bought more tractors, fewer combines in 2014
January 13, 2015
A new report shows U.S. farmers bought more tractors and fewer combines in 2014.
Grocery store industry begins new push to allow strong beer, wine, liquor sales
January 11, 2015
Native Kansan David Dillon, the retired CEO and chairman of grocery giant The Kroger Co., has become the leader of the Uncork Kansas coalition, which is seeking legislation to end the longtime Kansas law that limits liquor sales only to licensed liquor stores. By Chad Lawhorn
Bill would raise Kansas’ minimum wage $3 by 2017
January 8, 2015
A Wichita Democrat is sponsoring a bill that would raise Kansas’ minimum wage by $3 over the next three years, and although it’s unlikely to pass in the Republican-dominated Legislature, it could help focus attention on the issue.
Kansas court orders more state spending on schools
December 30, 2014
A state district court panel has ruled that Kansas isn’t spending enough money on its public schools to provide a suitable education for every child.
2 companies announced expansion at Kansas center
December 8, 2014
Two companies plan to bring a total of more than 200 new jobs to a distribution and warehouse park in southern Johnson County.
Report: Midwest economic index dips again
December 1, 2014
A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains states has dipped again.
Overland Park took brunt of Sprint’s fall layoffs
November 26, 2014
More than half of the fall layoffs at Sprint Corp. occurred at the Overland Park headquarters.
Kansas has lower private-sector job growth than U.S.
November 24, 2014
Federal statistics show Kansas is seeing slower private-sector job growth than the U.S. as a whole, while unemployment in the state declined in October to 4.4 percent.
Kansas has high rate of vacant foreclosed homes
November 6, 2014
A company says a report that Kansas has one of the highest rates of vacant foreclosures in the country reflects the small number of foreclosures in the state, not problems in the housing market.
Winter wheat planting nearly finished in Kansas
November 4, 2014
Winter wheat planting in Kansas is almost finished. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 93 percent of the wheat has been planted in the state. About 82 percent has now emerged.
Report: Midwest economic index drops again
November 3, 2014
A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains has dropped again. A survey report issued early Monday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index fell in October to 51.8 from 54.3 in September. The figure was from 57.2 in August.
Second developer interested in casino in SE Kansas
October 30, 2014
Odds are better for a casino in southeast Kansas after a second developer expressed interest in the project.
Meetings aimed at boosting exports start this week
October 29, 2014
A Wichita-based trade advisory firm is working with Kansas communities to identify companies that seem ready to export but haven’t yet.
Body pulled from Hillsdale Lake identified
May 27, 2014
Friends of a man who apparently drowned at Hillsdale Lake while boating with his children say he was a devoted family man and respected kickboxer.

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