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Tyson Foods settlement prevents hog monopoly

by JRBJ Staff A settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division over Tyson Foods Inc.’s acquisition of Hillshire Brands Co. will prevent a future monopoly on hog prices, according to an Arkansas Business story. The settlement requires Tyson (NYSE:TSN) to divest its Heinhold Hog Markets subsidiary, which

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No new trial for SEK town in pollution case

by JRBJ Staff There will be no new lawsuit for a Southeast Kansas town looking for help cleaning up after industrial pollution caused in the mid-20th century. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Kansas Court of Appeals has rejected a request by residents and officials of Neodesha, Kansas to retry

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AT&T announces plan to hire 29 in Joplin

by JRBJ Staff AT&T announced today plans to hire as many as 24 employees at its call center in Joplin and 5 employees at area stores, according to a press release from the company. The hiring is part of a move by the company to grow its local markets, according

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KDOT announces $43M project in Columbus, KS

by JRBJ Staff The Kansas Department of Transportation announced more than $1 billion in road and bridge projects in the coming year, including a $43.6 million project in Southeast Kansas. The project in question would modernize an 11-mile stretch of the K-7 Highway north of Columbus, Kansas, according to a

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DOD report: Jasper County received $1M in military equipment

by David Mink, JRBJ Reporter Law enforcement agencies in Jasper County have received nearly $1 million in military equipment from the Department of Defense through programs intended to strengthen police agencies, according to a report obtained from the DOD. The report was obtained by the New York Times, which

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Pittsburg-based Watco to open passenger rail venture in Tulsa

by JRBJ Staff A Pittsburg, Kansas-based rail company is contemplating opening a passenger rail service venture between Tulsa and Oklahoma City after a new purchase. According to a story by the Associated Press, Stillwater Central Railroad – a subsidiary of Pittsburg’s Watco Companies – purchased nearly 100 miles of railroad

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John Deere layoffs to affect Coffeyville plant

by JRBJ Staff Global giant Deere & Co. – makers of John Deere tractors and farm equipment – pointed to sluggish sales in its announcement to lay off 600 employees in four of its Midwest facilities, including one in Coffeyville, Kansas. The company announced the layoffs in an Aug. 15

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