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The number of wineries in Kansas is increasing. Experts say there were 12 companies with licenses in 2008, compared to 40 today.

Scott Kohl leads the study of grapes and wines as the director of the Viticulture and Enology program at Highland Community College in northeast Kansas. The school helps to educate wine makers across the state.

Kohl says the "grow local" movement and increased awareness that grapes can grow in Kansas has helped build the industry.


Cargill released more details at the weekly mayor's briefing Thursday about its new downtown building, which will serve as the company's North American protein headquarters. They're currently located at 151 N. Main in downtown Wichita.

The $60 million facility will be located at the site of the current Wichita Eagle building at Douglas and Rock Island in Old Town. The Eagle has not announced where it will relocate. Cargill's new four-story, roughly 180,000-square-foot building will accommodate more than 800 employees and include an on-site parking garage.


Unused gift cards from RadioShack can still be redeemed, but the deadline is close.

When RadioShack went into bankruptcy last year, attorneys general, including from RadioShack's home state of Texas, worked on the terms of a U.S. Bankruptcy Court order to allow the refunds.

If you purchased a gift card at RadioShack, or on its website, you have until the Dec. 2 deadline to ask for a full refund.

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Visit Wichita is encouraging holiday shoppers to remember the value of local stores during this weekend's Small Business Saturday event.

Small Business Saturday is an annual event created by the credit card company American Express in 2010. Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the day has steadily become its own annual holiday shopping tradition. According to Jessica Sawatski with Visit Wichita, a lot of small local businesses will offer treats, discounts and special merchandise.

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A new report says the number of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in Kansas fell in 2015.

Data from the state Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows there were approximately 28 thousand injuries and illnesses on the job in Kansas last year. That number fell from more than 32 thousand the year before.

The industries with the highest number of occupational injuries and illnesses were nursing and residential care facilities, crop production, and animal production.

A Wichita-based lubrication business is partnering with a Japanese counterpart to create a new company that’ll be based in the city.

The joint venture is between Lubrication Engineers and Kyodo Yushi USA.

The new company will be called Kyodo Yushi Manufacturing Americas, and it will produce lubricants for the automotive industry.

Company headquarters and an advanced manufacturing facility will be located at 29th Street and Mead in downtown Wichita.

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A new survey by AAA ranks Kansas in the top five states with the cheapest gas prices.

If you’ve been past a gas station lately, you’ve probably have seen it: prices for regular unleaded gasoline going down a few cents during the past week.

AAA says Kansas now has the fifth-lowest gas prices in the nation, with a statewide average of $2.02 per gallon. That’s 19 cents less than the average price drivers are paying for gas across the country.

The prices are even better in the Wichita area, where a gallon of gas is under $2.

The Kansas Insurance Department is collaborating with state universities and colleges to develop the next generation of insurance industry workers.

The Insurance Department wants to get more people certified and ready to work in the industry, so it created a certificate program for business and finance majors.

Students need to complete 12-credit hours of insurance-related coursework to earn the certificate.

Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer says they launched the education initiative because Kansas faces a shortage of insurance industry employees.

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Cargill announced today that it has selected the building currently housing the Wichita Eagle as its new headquarters.

The Wichita Eagle moved its printing operations to Kansas City earlier this year, and as a result the newspaper announced plans to downsize to a smaller building. In a news release, Cargill said that the property would be redeveloped into a newly constructed office complex accommodating about 800 people. Cargill says it has signed a letter of intent with a local investment group to acquire and develop the site, without disclosing the terms.

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The City of Wichita is considering adding an ordinance that would allow food trucks to park and serve food downtown and on city streets.

The proposed change also would establish a single permit for food truck operators giving them permission to set up shop anywhere the trucks are allowed. Right now they have to get an individual permit for each location they visit.

City planner Scott Knebel says current ordinances are outdated.