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Lack of Skilled Workers a Challenge for Kansas City Area Manufacturers

Manufacturing companies in Kansas and Missouri say there are plenty of high-paying jobs available for people qualified to run sophisticated factory equipment, but there doesn’t seem to be enough local talent to fill them. Industry leaders in both states say …

Report: Midwest Economy Still Strong, Growth to Continue

The economy remained strong in nine Midwest and Plains states in August, and a monthly survey of business leaders released Sept. 2 suggests growth will continue in the months ahead. The region’s overall economic index inched up to 57.2 last …

California-Based Palomar Specialty Insurance Expands Into More States

La Jolla, Calif.-based Palomar Specialty Insurance Co., established in February 2014 as a specialty catastrophe insurer, announced it is now licensed to write residential and commercial insurance in 14 states. Palomar Specialty initially focused on writing residential earthquake insurance, commercial …

Wheat Harvest Down, Kansas Farmers See Income Decline in 2014

One of the worst wheat harvests in decades followed by an abundant corn and soybean crop that’s driving down prices have Kansas farmers preparing for a sharp income decline after several good years. The agricultural sector contributed nearly one-third of …

Poll: Only Kansas Sees Big Jump in Those Without Health Insurance

A new Gallup poll shows Kansas is the only state in the nation to see a significant increase in its uninsured rate for health coverage this year, while states that adopted parts of the Affordable Care Act have seen the …

Police: Thieves Steal $100K Worth of Copper in Wichita, Kansas

Wichita, Kan., police say thieves have stripped $100,000 worth of copper wire and piping from a former grocery store. Police said the theft was discovered Aug. 5 at a now-closed Dillons store in the southern part of the city. Capt. …

Ex-Insurance Agent Strikes Plea Deal in Kansas Fraud Case

A former Wichita insurance agent accused of defrauding policyholders has struck a deal with prosecutors for a 42-month prison sentence. Jason Matthew Pennington pleaded guilty on Aug. 5 to two counts of wire fraud and one count of bank fraud. …

Columbia Insurance Group Hires Klug as New CFO

Missouri-based Columbia Insurance Group (CIG) welcomed Kansas native Kelly Klug, as its new chief financial officer, senior vice president and treasurer. Klug is a trusted insurance and financial professional with over 30 years of proven success. Throughout his career, he …

Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Lightning Rod Insurance Scam

A 52-year-old Missouri man has been sentenced to probation in a lightning rod insurance scam that targeted elderly residents. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a release that Donald Anthony Moses of Neosho, Mo., was sentenced to two years …

Trucking Company Owner Pleads Guilty in Missouri to Cargo Theft Scheme

A Memphis, Tenn., business owner pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a cargo theft scheme that included a theft in West Plains, Mo. Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that Earl …