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K.C. officials pledge to help keep ‘border war’ truce

KANSAS CITY, Kan. | Local officials are helping Kansas and Missouri preserve a truce in an economic “border war” that had seen the states use incentives to lure jobs across their border in the Kansas City area.

The cooperation came ahead of a summit Tuesday in Kansas City, Kansas, between Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly and Missouri Gov. Mike Parson.

The Kansas City Star reported that the Port Authority of Kansas City’s board agreed Monday to limit incentives to companies relocating to Missouri to 10 years, the existing limit in Kansas. Mayor Quinton Lucas has promised to push for a similar limit in Kansas City, Missouri.

Parson signed a law in June and Kelly issued an executive order earlier this month declaring that their states won’t use their incentives to lure existing jobs across the border.

Nearly 200 will lose jobs with closure of Nebraska plant

DAVID CITY, Neb. | An eastern Nebraska company that manufactures electrical wiring assembles will close, putting nearly 200 people out of work.

The Lincoln Journal Star reported Monday that Fargo Assembly said in a letter to the Nebraska Department of Labor that it will close its plant in David City. The letter sent last month means 186 full-time workers and three part-time workers will lose their jobs on or before Nov. 29.

The company, based in Fargo, North Dakota, didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Fargo Assembly, which has had a plant in David City since 1981, was bought in 2017 by Electrical Components International, based in the St. Louis area. Since that purchase, ECI has closed other Fargo Assembly plants.

22 states sue government over coal rules

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | A coalition of 22 Democratic-led states has sued the federal government over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants.

In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency eliminated the Obama-era Clean Power Plan and replaced it with a new rule that gives states more leeway in deciding required upgrades for coal-fired power plants.

The lawsuit was filed by attorneys general in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

— From AP reports