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Demonstrators held a protest in Wichita on Saturday against a proposal to bring a Tyson poultry complex to Sedgwick County.

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Sedgwick County has set up an email account to accept community input on a potential Tyson Foods project in the area.

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A “No Tyson Sedgwick County” group is holding its first meeting this weekend to discuss opposition to a $320 million Tyson Foods poultry complex.

Organizer Lori Lawrence says she has concerns over the company's environmental and employment violations.

Lawrence says Saturday’s meeting will be a chance for residents to hear about the impacts the new facility could have in the area.

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A Wichita economic development organization is working on the next steps to land a new Tyson Foods poultry complex in Sedgwick County.

The Greater Wichita Partnership is completing studies on the labor market, the agricultural grower network and environmental requirements.

Jaimie Garnett, executive vice president of strategic communications at Greater Wichita Partnership, says this is part of the initial planning phase.

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Updated Wednesday at 10:34 p.m.

Tyson Foods is considering Sedgwick County and two other locations in Kansas as possible sites for a new $320 million poultry processing complex.

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Gov. Sam Brownback says Kansas officials are still trying to attract a Tyson chicken processing plant to the state, after plans stalled to build one in Leavenworth County. Brownback says things will be handled differently this time around.

When Tyson announced plans for the $300 million facility outside Tonganoxie, there was a sizable public outcry and the proposal was put on hold. One reason for the opposition was that the plans were developed in secret and only made public after local officials had already promised economic incentives.

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A Tyson chicken processing plant in southwest Missouri was fined $2.5 million on Wednesday in a pollution case.

Dating back to 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency has found violations at Tyson’s Monett plant and deemed it a “significant non-complier” in cleaning up the problems.

In the latest case, the company pleaded guilty in federal court to discharging an animal feed ingredient that killed more than 100,000 fish in a nearby stream.

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Saline County commissioners are supporting an effort to bring a Tyson chicken plant to Cloud County and Concordia.

The commission on Tuesday signed a letter in support of the $300 million project. The Salina Journal reports the letter says the plant would benefit the entire region because Tyson will invest $100 million to help farmers and ranchers raise poultry.

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State officials are hoping to keep a new Tyson chicken plant in Kansas after the company put on hold plans to build the $300 million facility in Leavenworth County.

Tyson is looking at other locations in Kansas and other states after public outcry and a local decision to back away from promised incentives.

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Editor’s note: This story was updated at 2:25 p.m. Sept. 18.

The Leavenworth County Commission on Monday morning backed off its support for a controversial chicken processing plant, throwing the future of the massive project into doubt.

The commission voted 2-1 to formally rescind a resolution that would have paved the way for $500 million in bonds to be issued for construction of the Tyson Foods plant near the Leavenworth County town of more than 5,000.

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