Category: Business

KC woman sues after drink laced with laxative

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — A Kansas City woman who says she drank a soft drink laced with laxative is suing over what was supposed to be a prank. Barbara J. Nelson says she bought the altered Coca-Cola at a Family Dollar Store on Sept. 10. Police say one of the store’s employees put laxative… Read more »

Care Connection receives tax counseling grant for elderly

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – The IRS recently awarded the Tax Counseling for the Elderly grant to Care Connection for Aging Services to provide tax counseling and preparation. People 65 and over will have the opportunity for free federal and state tax preparation from many of the local senior centers throughout the 13 counties. The senior centers… Read more »

Texas landowners take a rare stand against Big Oil

By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI SUMNER, Texas (AP) — Oil has long lived in harmony with farmland and cattle across the Texas landscape, a symbiosis nurtured by generations and built on an unspoken honor code that allowed agriculture to thrive while oil was extracted. Proud Texans have long welcomed the industry because of the cash it brings… Read more »

US housing construction up 15 percent in September

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders started construction on single-family homes and apartments in September at the fastest pace since July 2008, a further indication that the housing recovery is strengthening. The Commerce Department says builders broke ground at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 872,000 in September. That’s an increase of 15… Read more »

Nebraska’s Pinnacle Bank buying Hastings bank

(LINCOLN, Neb., AP) — Pinnacle Bank has announced a deal to buy Hastings State Bank. Terms of the deal announced Wednesday were not disclosed. The deal is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Hastings State Bank is based in Hastings and has $139 million in assets and seven branches. The Hastings… Read more »

Drought holds steady, clouding winter crop outlook

By JIM SUHR (ST. LOUIS, AP) — The nation’s worst drought in decades showed no signs of improvement last week in parts of the Midwest and Plains where the corn harvest is about two-thirds complete, clouding the prospects for the winter wheat crop, according to a drought report released Thursday. The U.S. Drought Monitor’s weekly… Read more »

EPA fines Bayer CropScience for pesticide labeling

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Bayer CropScience has been fined nearly $14,000 to settle violations for distributing misbranded pesticides and insecticides. The Environmental Protection Agency says the Kansas City-based company has agreed to pay the civil penalty for shipping a pesticide and an insecticide without the required labeling and paperwork last November and December. The… Read more »

WMMC donates mammograms in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

(Warrensburg, Mo.) – Five mammograms were recently donated to benefit clients at the Survival Adult Abuse Center in honor of October’s observance as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Western Missouri Medical Center and Professional Diagnostic Solutions donated the mammograms to the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber will distribute the certificates to the Survival Adult Abuse… Read more »

Chamber hosts Plum Eclectic ribbon-cutting

The Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday to celebrate the new location for Plum Eclectic at 219 N. Holden St. in Warrensburg. An open house with refreshments will follow the ribbon-cutting. Plum Eclectic offers wedding and event coordinating, printing services and… Read more »

Humane Society president seeks seat on Tyson board

By JEANNIE NUSS (LITTLE ROCK, Ark., AP) — The president of the Humane Society of the United States said Tuesday that he’s seeking a spot on Tyson Foods Inc.’s board of directors in an attempt to convince one of the world’s largest meat companies to move away from cramped cages for pregnant pigs. President Wayne… Read more »