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2:46pm

Fri March 1, 2013
Agriculture

Drought-Stricken Plains Farmers 'Giddy' Over Heavy Snow

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 3:34 pm

Kirk Sours says heavy snow creates extra work on his ranch, but he's thrilled that the pending melt will bring his otherwise dry pastures much-needed moisture.
Frank Morris/KCUR

Two rapid-fire snowstorms belted Kansas with more than 2 feet of snow this week. They caused thousands of accidents and all kinds of hardships — but they also produced very broad smiles from some quarters.

That's because in a place as dry as Kansas has been lately, a blizzard can be a blessing for farmers and ranchers.

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2:32pm

Fri March 1, 2013
Energy

Natural Gas Dethrones King Coal As Power Companies Look To Future

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 6:01 pm

American Electric Power's natural gas-burning plant in Dresden, Ohio, is one of the energy company's new investments in alternatives to coal-burning plants.
Michael Williamson The Washington Post/Getty Images

The way Americans get their electricity is changing. Coal is in decline. Natural gas is bursting out of the ground in record amounts. And the use of wind and solar energy is growing fast. All this is happening as power companies are trying to choose which kind of energy to bet on for the next several decades.

Until recently, half of these plants burned coal to make electricity. Now, that's down to about one-third. Since 2010, about 150 coal plants either have been retired or it's been announced they will be retired soon.

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12:03pm

Fri March 1, 2013
The Two-Way

FCC To Examine Federal Ban On Unlocking Cellphones

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 4:54 pm

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski says his agency will investigate whether a federal ban on unlocking cellphones is "harmful to economic competitiveness."

Genachowski made the comments during a event hosted by the technology site TechCrunch.

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9:39am

Fri March 1, 2013
Business

A 'Thrift Shop' Bump For Greeley Thrift Shops?

The storefront at the Greeley ARC Thrift Shop
Credit Jim Hill / KUNC

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' March 3 University of Northern Colorado concert isn't just creating buzz on campus. It may be boosting sales at some second-hand stores.

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7:25am

Fri March 1, 2013
Business

Colorado Foreclosures Down For First Month of 2013

Colorado’s housing market is off to a strong start this year, with foreclosure filings in the first month down 25 percent from January of 2012. 

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