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Boeing Co. is forecasting better-than-expected earnings and revenue in 2018.

Along with rival Airbus, Boeing is benefiting from demand for new airliners that has created huge backlogs lasting several years. Aircraft deliveries are generating immediate cash faster than Wall Street expected.

Spirit AeroSystems, Wichita's largest employer, is a major supplier to Boeing and also does work for Airbus. Spirit will release its fourth-quarter and 2017 financial report on Friday.

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A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Kansas law barring state contractors from participating in boycotts against Israel, saying the law violates their free speech rights.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree wrote in his decision that the U.S. Supreme Court has held that the "First Amendment protects the right to participate in a boycott like the one punished by the Kansas law."

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A proposed bill before the Kansas House would require lawmakers and some state officials to wait a year after leaving office before they could become lobbyists.

The House Elections Committee discussed the bill on Monday but took no action.

Current state law prohibits lawmakers and public officials from being lobbyists only while they are serving in state government.

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The Kansas House approved a bill that would toughen penalties in some drunken driving cases on the same day it approved allowing restaurants to serve alcohol earlier in the morning.

One bill would allow restaurants to begin serving alcohol at 6 a.m., rather than 9 a.m. Restaurants and bars would still stop serving at 2 a.m.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports supporters said the bill would bring the state in line with surrounding states, which attract breakfast and brunch business away from Kansas. The bill faced little opposition.

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The Kansas Legislature requires interns to sign agreements to keep anything that takes place or is said in a lawmaker's office confidential, or the interns could be fired.

Employment law experts who reviewed the agreement for The Kansas Star say it is written so broadly it could deter interns from reporting harassment or illegal activity, and might violate the First Amendment.

The political network backed by Charles and David Koch plans to spend $20 million to promote the tax overhaul recently signed into law by President Donald Trump.

The investment marks an early focus of the Koch brothers' 2018 political strategy. It comes as the  billionaires -- who run Wichita-based Koch Industries -- work to expand their sweeping efforts to promote a "free society" in America.

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Delivering a big defeat to Boeing, a U.S. trade panel ruled Friday that the aircraft giant was not harmed by competition from Canada's Bombardier.

The 4-0 decision by the independent International Trade Commission effectively blocks the Trump administration from slapping a 292 percent tariff on Bombardier products.

The U.S. Commerce Department ruled last year that the Canadian firm had unfairly received government subsidies and sold its C Series planes at artificially low prices in the United States. The trade panel disagreed.

The federal government says it will not cut off funding for Larned State Hospital after a review found the mental hospital is now complying with federal rules and regulations.

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services said Friday federal regulators notified Bill Rein, administrator of the hospital in western Kansas, that the hospital passed a federal inspection conducted in December.

A new U.S. Attorney for Kansas has taken office.

Stephen McAllister was sworn in Thursday in a private ceremony on the University of Kansas campus. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administered the oath.

McAllister clerked for Justice Thomas and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White.

He was nominated by President Donald Trump. He will oversee a staff of more than 100, including 50 attorneys who work in Topeka, Wichita and Kansas City, Kansas.

Gov. Sam Brownback will resign from his office next week.
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Sam Brownback plans to step down as Kansas governor on Wednesday following his confirmation by the U.S. Senate to an ambassador's post.

Brownback sent a letter of resignation Thursday to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, detailing his plan to step down next week at 3 p.m. Fellow Republican Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer will be elevated to governor.

Colyer's office said in a news release later Thursday that he will be sworn in at 3 p.m. in a ceremony in the Capitol rotunda.