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Wind Energy
5:40 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Plans For NW Kansas Wind Farm Advance

Plans for a 200-megawatt wind farm in northwest Kansas are moving forward with approval of three key agreements by the Ellis County Commission.

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Business
8:17 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Lightning Ignites Oil Tanks In Leavenworth County

Authorities in northeast Kansas are blaming a lightning strike for an explosion and fires at an oil tank farm.

No injuries were reported when three 8,500-gallon crude oil tanks were struck around 4:30 Wednesday morning in northern Leavenworth County.

Emergency management officials say two of the tanks exploded. One went airborne and landed about 200 yards away. The top of a third tank was blown off, and most of the oil inside burned.

Business
6:58 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Overland Park Hesitates, Google Fiber Moves On

Google Fiber is bypassing Overland Park for now after the Kansas City suburb hesitated to sign a deal.

The tech giant negotiated a tentative deal that would open the way for it to sell its 1-gigabit-per-second Internet connections and cable-style TV service there.

It sought no direct subsidies and asked for some access to rights of way in return for free Internet service to public buildings such as schools and libraries. But the city council decided in September to put off a vote for a month.

Business
7:12 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Kansas City's Boulevard Brewing Sold To Belgian Firm

Kansas City-based Boulevard Brewing is being sold to Belgian Brewer Duvel Moortgat.

Boulevard is one of the country's largest craft beer makers.

Company founder John McDonald said in a letter on the company's website that the sale will "take Boulevard to another level."

McDonald says he approached Duvel three months ago. They struck a deal that's expected to close by the end of the year. Financial details were not disclosed.

Boulevard has grown rapidly since its founding in 1989.

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Business
9:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Ghost Hunt In Wellington: Do You Hear The Voices?

A view of the second-floor hallway at the old Wellington High School.
Sheree Smith KMUW

Kansas is home to a surprisingly large number of paranormal investigation groups. Many of them are volunteer-driven; members buy their own ghost-hunting equipment and spend their own time researching locations and recording their own data.

In this sense, Moonlit Ghost Hunts or MGH is unique. It's a business that lets amateur ghost hunters--or people simply curious about the paranormal--research along with the paranormal investigators.

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Business
7:29 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Trade Office In China To Promote Wichita Aviation

Mayor Carl Brewer will be in China this week, for the opening of a trade office that will promote Wichita's aviation industry.

Kansas Global Trade Services in Beijing will identify sales and opportunities for partnerships. It will also will work to connect Wichita and China businesses for parts, maintenance and other products and services.

Kansas Global Trade Services president Karyn Page says the office is a privately-funded pilot project. Its $300,00 to $500,000 budget will be funded by private sponsors in China and Wichita.

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Energy
5:37 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Koch Subsidiary To Buy Texas Electric Facility

A subsidiary of Koch Energy Services has entered into an agreement to buy an electric power generating facility in Texas.

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Business
1:37 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Spirit Aerosystems Lays Off 150 Salaried Workers

Credit Spirit Aerosystems

Spirit Aerosystems continued downsizing Thursday by laying off about 150 salaried and management employees in Wichita.

In addition to the layoffs, the company says a "significant number" of salaried employees have expressed interest in voluntary retirement and voluntary layoff programs.

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Business
7:18 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Brownback's Ex Budget Director To Work For Kansas Policy Institute

Former Kansas Budget Director Steve Anderson is going to work for a think tank that advocates tax cuts and lower school funding.

The certified public accountant will have a part-time consulting role with the Wichita-based Kansas Policy Institute.

KPI President Dave Trabert says Anderson's experience as a CPA and his time in government make him "uniquely qualified to find fiscally responsible solutions in government."

As the state's budget director for the past three years, Anderson pushed for Brownback's fiscal policies.

Business
7:27 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Topeka Pizza Hut Employees Join National Walkout

Employees of a Pizza Hut in Topeka joined the national strike to seek higher wages and union protection for fast-food workers.

Eight workers gathered outside the restaurant before the lunch hour, chanting and holding up handwritten signs.

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