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The corn harvest in Kansas is ahead of schedule, according to the latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Across Kansas, 42 percent of corn has already been harvested—way ahead of the 34 percent posted this time last year. The corn is currently rated at 3 percent very poor, 9 poor, 31 fair, 47 good, and 10 excellent.

But estimates released this month say total yields will about two percent less than last year.

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A quarterly report spanning April to June of this year shows that Intrust Bank Arena earned $297,794 less than what it spent on operations.

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This piece originally aired Aug. 12, 2015, during All Things Considered.

A new convenience store and Valero gas station is set to open soon near the canal route in northeast Wichita.

The economically challenged neighborhood has been without these services for over a decade. The owner plans to create about 20 new jobs.


Kansas officials are reviewing foster care policies, sparking concerns among some advocates that the state will stop placing abused and neglected children with gay couples, even after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage.

But spokeswoman Theresa Freed said Tuesday that the state Department for Children and Families' review will be broad and cover more than who should serve as foster parents. She said the agency isn't presuming policies need to be changed.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo.--Mars Inc. announced plans Wednesday for a $100 million expansion of its candy-making plant in Kansas, a facility that was the company's first new plant in 35 years.

The deal, which the company disclosed in advance of a Topeka economic development meeting, comes a little more than a year after the New Jersey-based company opened its $270 million plant south of the city.

The State of Kansas has reached a settlement with Chase Bank and its credit card processing centers to return money to card holders.

Millions of dollars are on their way back into the pockets of people in the most of the country.

Attorney General Derrick Schmidt joined with other state attorneys general on the settlement.

Chase is accused of unfair and deceptive bushiness practices when suing consumers for debt and when selling debts.

Westar Energy has agreed to refund $10 million to its customers and decrease its rates slightly to settle a complaint filed by state regulators with the federal government.

Westar and the Kansas Corporation Commission announced the settlement today. It would a resolve a complaint filed by the KCC last year with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The KCC had alleged that Westar was charging unjustly high transmission rates.

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A Kansas board has picked a group with ties to two other casinos in the state to develop a new one in the state's southeast corner.

On Tuesday the casino review board selected a $70 million proposal from Kansas Crossing that was less expensive than two rival plans. The others included the $145 million Castle Rock casino that would have been within 2 miles of a Quapaw tribal casino in northeast Oklahoma.

The board split 5-2 between Kansas Crossing and Castle Rock.

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Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George says his state is close to reaching an agreement with Missouri that could end poaching of businesses between the two states.

Missouri and Kansas have competed for several years by offering incentives to persuade businesses to move across the border. The moves often did not result in many new jobs or investments for either state.

George says local and state officials from both states have been meeting to discuss the issue.

Kansas and Maryland led an investigation into FTD, the floral delivery company, and Classmates Inc, a social networking company. The two will pay a combined 11 million dollars to consumers who lost money due to their business practices. KMUW'a Aileen LeBlanc reports...

Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today that Classmates, Inc., along with Florists’ Transworld Delivery, Inc. and Inc. (collectively “FTD”) have agreed to pay refunds to consumers who lost money because of the companies' misleading advertising and billing practices.