5:00 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Kansas Senate Panel To Consider Expanding Liquor Licenses

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Kansas counties would be allowed to expand liquor licenses under a bill being discussed by a state Senate panel.

The Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee is holding a hearing today to discuss the issue.

The bill would allow supermarkets and other retailers to sell liquor, wine and full-strength beer in counties that approve the measure through a local election.

Supporters say it would be more convenient for consumers, but opponents say it would hurt the state's roughly 750 individually owned liquor stores.

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11:50 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Garden City's Palmer Manufacturing And Tank Laying Off 80 Workers Due To Low Oil Prices

A pressurized tank manufacturing company in Garden City is laying off 80 workers because of lower oil prices.

The layoffs at Palmer Manufacturing and Tank are part of 245 jobs the company is eliminating in three states.

Spokeswoman Cathy Lyttle says customer orders have dropped because of low oil prices and fewer new wells starting in the country.

1:50 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Utility Customer Disconnect Protection Ends Tuesday

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A state agency is reminding utility customers who are behind on paying their electric and natural gas bills that the Kansas Cold Weather Rule ends Tuesday.

The Kansas Corporation Commission says the rule aims to protect residential customers who cannot fully pay winter utility bills. It is in effect from Nov. 1 through March 31 of each year for customers of companies under the KCC's jurisdiction.

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4:07 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Airbus To Relocate Old Town Operations To Wichita State's Innovation Campus

Governor Sam Brownback meeting with Airbus Americas President Barry Eccleston. Brownback expressed his support of public and private collaborations.
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Wichita State University announced on Tuesday that Airbus will be moving its Old Town operations to the university’s Innovation Campus. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

The announcement marks the first major company to have a dedicated building on Wichita State's proposed Innovation Campus. Airbus will move about 400 employees from its Old Town offices to a brand new facility built on what is now the school’s golf course. The move would provide internships to students and collaboration with faculty.

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11:45 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Salina Company Acquires 13 Vintage Record Presses


A Salina company that already presses about a million vinyl records a year has acquired 13 vintage presses that the owner says will double production.

The Salina Journal reports Chad Kassem, owner of Quality Record Pressings, says he found the presses in Chicago and persuaded the long-time owner to sell them.

"People all over the world are freaking out, trying to locate presses anywhere," Kassem said.

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5:01 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Rubbermaid To Expand Winfield Plant

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Newell Rubbermaid is planning a $27 million expansion of the company's plant in Winfield. In an announcement on Monday, officials explained the expansion will add 320 jobs at the plant. KMUW's Abigail Wilson reports...

Newell Rubbermaid is the largest employer in Winfield and currently manufactures outdoor storage and outdoor living products as well as coolers and ice chests at the facility.

Officials say the expansion will increase manufacturing space.

A 500,000-square foot distribution center will also be built adjacently to the existing facilities.

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1:38 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Westar Energy Ends Fees For The Use Of Credit/Debit Cards

Westar Energy says it's no longer charging a $2.95 fee to customers who use credit or debit cards to pay their monthly bills.

Westar Vice President Jeff Beasley said the utility has a team focusing on finding ways to make it easier for consumers to do business with the company.

The Topeka-based company says earlier this year, it made its website friendly to mobile devices and introduced text and email updates to customers who wanted to know about power outages.

Westar supplies electricity to nearly 700,000 customers.

5:41 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Union Machinists Approve Contract With Textron Aviation

A sign is taped to a back entrance of Hartman Arena in Wichita, identifying where "ballot counters" are to go. Large bins filled with orange pieces of paper were dumped onto a table on Friday afternoon and the counting began.
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Union machinists who had previously worked for Beechcraft and Cessna have ratified a contract with their new employer, Textron Aviation.

The contract was approved through a "yay" or "nay" vote held at Hartman Arena on Friday afternoon. The final results were 73 percent to 27 percent.

Frank Molina of Union District Lodge 70 says he’s happy with the contract.

“We’re really anticipating to see growth and looking forward to our future, we think that it’s going to be bright," he said. "This is the first step of that.”

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11:12 am
Tue July 8, 2014

UPDATE: Dillons To Close Two Under-Performing Grocery Stores Later This Month


Updated on 07/08/2014 

Two Dillons grocery stores in Wichita that have been open since the 1960's will close this month. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports....

A Dillons store near 13th and Woodlawn and another at Harry and Broadway will shut their doors July 19.

Spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie says the location of the two stores makes it impossible to increase their size. She says this limits what the stores can offer customers when compared to other sites-- such as the Dillons at 37th and Woodlawn.

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12:43 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Supporters Seek To Turn Defunct Greyhound Park Into Casino

Supporters of a bid to bring a casino to southeast Kansas say the long-closed Camptown Greyhound Park could be converted quickly into a gambling facility if state regulators approve.

The park has applied to the Kansas Lottery Commission for the lone remaining casino slot. That slot has gone unfilled since the state legalized casino gambling in 2007.