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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City planner Scott Knebel says current ordinances are outdated.

The Kansas Corporation Commission will hold a public hearing Monday about a rate hike requested by the Kansas Gas Service.

The KCC is seeking input from the public regarding an application from the Kansas Gas Service to increase it’s utility rates. Linda Berry, KCC Public Affairs Director, says the gas company is requesting a $ 28 million rate increase.

"The average monthly bill for residential customers would increase about $4.34-per-month, and that’s an increase of about 7.4 percent," Berry says.

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Business owners can gain insight from their peers during a free meeting beginning Saturday on the Wichita State campus. The monthly program is offered by the Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship.

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A free startup seminar will be held in Maize on Thursday to help aspiring entrepreneurs learn more about starting a business.

The workshop includes topics such as developing a sound business plan and covering important marketing strategies.

The session is offered by SCORE, a volunteer-run nonprofit that provides free confidential business advice. It's a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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The staff at Tanganyika Wildlife Park has been asking the community to comment on a petition for a proposed rule change to the Animal Welfare Act. KMUW’s Aileen LeBlanc has more on the USDA's proposed changes for the handling of some animals in captivity.

Tanganyika Wildlife Park prides itself on allowing visitors to interact with animals in ways that they can’t at most zoos. That's also how the privately owned zoo brings in a lot of its revenue: by charging extra to get close to their hippos, rhinos and ring-tailed lemurs.

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The hardest part of starting a new food business should be perfecting the secret recipe. For many aspiring cooks though, the tough times come when searching for a space to legally make and sell their food. Commercial kitchen space, with stainless steel counters and industrial appliances, can be hard to come by. But as Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon reports, one tech startup is trying to fix that.

Kathy Lee meticulously pours strawberry rhubarb jam into small Mason jars. The jam is steaming, just off the stove.


Wichita has been ranked as the second-cheapest city to have a startup company in a new study released by the personal finance company SmartAsset.

SmartAsset is a New York City-based company that gives advice to people who are looking into student loans, retirement, credit cards and starting a business.

The company recently released a list that featured the most inexpensive places to start up a business. Wichita came in second behind Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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A settlement has been reached in a claim against e-book publishers and Apple Inc. Kansas consumers will be able to receive refund checks or account credits.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Monday released information about the price-fixing case against Apple. Kansas and 32 other states sued Apple for its participation in a conspiracy with publishers to charge more for electronic books than the market rate.

Apple appealed the case, but when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear it, the settlement became final.