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Politics
11:43 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Is A State Lawmaker Being Punished Politically For Questioning Koch Lobbyists?

A conservative Kansas House member is accusing Koch Industries of trying to punish him politically for questioning the company’s lobbying against the state’s renewable energy standards for utilities.

Olathe Republican Scott Schwab says the Kansas Chamber of Commerce is not endorsing him in the August 5th Republican primary because of a confrontation he had with Koch lobbyists last year.

The chamber and Koch Industries oppose a law requiring utilities to have renewable resources account for 20 percent of their total capacity for generating electricity by 2020.

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Crime and Courts
8:19 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Wisconsin Man Receives $183,000 Fine For Taking Koch Website Down For 15 Min.

A Wisconsin truck driver who joined a cyberattack on Koch Industries was sentenced Monday to two years' probation... and ordered to pay $183,000 in restitution.

Eric Rosol of Black Creek, Wis., was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court for taking part in the cyber-attack on Koch Industries.

He pleaded guilty earlier to a misdemeanor count of accessing a protected computer.

The parties agreed that the direct loss from the attack was less than $5,000.

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Crime and Courts
8:31 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Wisconsin Truck Driver Sentenced For Attack On Koch Website

The Wisconsin truck driver who joined a cyberattack on Wichita's Koch Industries will be sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Wichita.

Eric Rosol is charged with misdemeanor count of accessing a protected computer.

Prosecutors agreed in Rosol's plea deal to recommend a sentence at the low end of federal guidelines.

Koch's website was offline for about 15 minutes on the day of the attack in 2011.

The attack was organized by the hacking group Anonymous.

The parties agreed the direct loss to Koch was less than $5,000.

Crime and Courts
7:15 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Accused Koch Cyberattacker Back In Court

Thirty-seven-year-old Eric J. Rosol of Wisconsin is due back in federal court Wednesday.

Rosol is accused of joining a cyberattack on Koch Industries in Wichita.

Prosecutors allege that, back in February of 2011, the hacking group Anonymous asked conspirators to use a tool that could send a high volume of repeated requests to several Koch Industries websites.

Many people complied, and the company's main website crashed.

Rosol was indicted in March on one count each of damaging a computer and conspiracy to damage a computer.

Business
6:18 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Koch Proposing New Oil Pipeline To Connect N. Dakota To Illinois

Wichita-based Koch Pipeline Company is looking for shipping commitments from oil producers to use a proposed pipeline that would carry hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude oil.

Koch says oil shippers have until August 14 to solicit interest in the Dakota Express Pipeline.

The company believes the pipeline could be up and running by 2016 and would have the capacity to move 250 thousand barrels of crude daily. The line would move the crude oil from western North Dakota to Illinois.

Koch did not disclose the cost of the pipeline.

News
5:08 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Top Morning News 3.27.13

A first round approval was given to a bill that would help support the state pension system; Kansas Senate to vote on gun-rights bill; Man charged in Koch cyber attack.

State Pension Plan Advances In House

Kansas House members have given first-round approval to a bill authorizing $1.5 billion in bonds.

The money will boost the financial state of the state pension system for teachers and government workers.

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News
5:30 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Top Morning News 12.14.12

 Date for the governor's State of the State address is set; Koch Industries announces large expansion; Fire safety reminders during the holiday season.

Brownback To Deliver State Of The State Jan. 15

Governor Sam Brownback has chosen January 15 as the date to deliver his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature. Brownback will outline his legislative agenda for 2013 one day after lawmakers begin the annual session.

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Business
2:28 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Koch Industries To Expand Wichita Campus, Create More Jobs

A rendering of the planned expansion at Koch Industries.
Howard and Helmer Architecture Koch Industries

Wichita based Koch industries Thursday announced plans to expand its northeast campus on 37th Street between Hillside and Oliver.

The new 210,000-square-foot building will be three stories, include a large cafe and have space for 745 employees. Koch spokesperson Melissa Cohlmia says currently Koch Industries in Wichita employs 2,800 people.

"That number, we know, will be significantly increasing," says Cohlmia.

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