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Kansas farm co-ops facing challenges…and other headlines: April 5, 2016

andy lambertApril 5, 2016
Kansas farm co-ops are feeling pressure to merge as shrinking farm incomes have producers looking for ways to cut costs. In about six weeks, Farmers Cooperative Elevator in Garden Plain will vote on whether to merge with co-ops in Anthony and Kiowa. The number of co-ops in Kansas has fallen from about 350 in 1950, to about 80 today.
The Kansas Supreme Court may consider a measure that would reduce law licensing barriers for military spouses who’ve passed the bar in other states. Attorney General Derek Schmidt is urging the Kansas Board of Law Examiners to license military spouses who are eligible to practice in other states. The 10-member panel will make a recommendation to the state’s high court.
A Wichita man has been sentenced to five years of probation in an investment fraud scheme. The Kansas securities commissioner announced Monday that 44-year-old Jeffrey Williams has pleaded guilty in Sedgwick County to charges including felony securities fraud. He’s been ordered to pay about $55,000 in restitution. Williams operated under the name Hybrid Asset Management.
Developers of a southeast Kansas casino say a Shawnee County judge’s ruling clears the way for the construction of the state’s fourth nontribal casino. Judge Larry Hendricks last week rejected arguments in opposition to the Kansas Crossing Casino and Hotel. The Pittsburg Morning Sun says the $70 million proposal was the smallest of three submitted to a state board.
A Kansas state lawmaker is being sued by her ex-husband. Scott Margolius says a family business owned by Rep. Kasha Kelley’s mother withheld wages from him. Kelley is CEO of the company, First Intermark Corporation. Kelley and her mother deny the allegation and say Margolius was using company resources to operate his own business.





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