Midday Business Newsletter
April 18, 2014

USDA orders farms to report pig virus infections

By M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press

Farms stricken with a deadly pig virus must report outbreaks as part of a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of the disease, the federal government announced Friday.

Wichita area unemployment rate falls to 5.9 percent in March

By Dan Voorhis, The Wichita Eagle

The Wichita area unemployment rate for March fell to 5.9 percent from 6.3 percent in February, according to the Kansas Department of Labor.

SCKEDD, a regional economic development agency, sets annual meeting

The South Central Kansas Economic Development District will hold its annual meeting Thursday afternoon at 250 W. Douglas.

Cattle Baron’s Ball planned for Kansas Star Arena

By Kelsey Ryan, The Wichita Eagle

A Cattle Baron’s Ball to support the American Cancer Society will be held at 6 p.m. May 3 at Kansas Star Arena, 777 Kansas Star Drive in Mulvane.

Unemployment rates fall in 21 US states last month

By JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer

More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring has improved for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/2-year recovery.

Annual tree giveaway set for April 25

By Jerry Siebenmark, The Wichita Eagle

An annual tree giveaway by 13 area companies has been set for April 25.

Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law


A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.

Michaels confirms breach of as many as 2.6M cards


Michaels Stores Inc. said Thursday that about 2.6 million cards, or about 7 percent of all debit and credit cards used at its namesake stores, may have been affected in a security breach.

BP manager allegedly learned scale of spill, dumped stock

By Greg Gordon, McClatchy Washington Bureau

Federal securities investigators say that the man that BP initially put in charge of cleaning up the oil from its massive 2010 Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico used nonpublic information to safely dump $1 million of his family’s company stock before the share price nosedived.

Venture investments highest since 2001

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer

Funding for U.S. startup companies soared 57 percent in the first quarter to a level not seen since 2001, as venture capitalists piled more money into a growing number of deals, according to a report due out Friday.

Scorpion military jet completes 50 hours of flight time

By Molly McMillin, The Wichita Eagle

Textron AirLand’s new small military jet, the Scorpion, has completed more than 50 hours of flight time since flight testing began in December, the company said.

CIBOR center at Wichita State seeks partners to make its composite medical devices

By Kelsey Ryan, The Wichita Eagle

After years of research and development, the Center of Innovation for Biomaterials in Orthopaedic Research at Wichita State University is seeking manufacturers to produce the composite material medical devices it has developed.
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