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Kansas farmers make progress planting next year’s wheat crop

WICHITA, Kan. | A government snapshot shows Kansas growers making progress planting next year’s winter wheat and harvesting fall crops.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that winter wheat planting was 77% complete, near the five-year average for this time of year in Kansas. Nearly half had already emerged.

Kansas farmers had also cut about 62% of their corn, along with 32% of the soybeans and 27% of their sorghum crops.

Computer programmer admits role in cyberattack threat

WICHITA, Kan. | Prosecutors said a computer software engineer has admitted threatening cyberattacks against websites that criticized a Wichita attorney’s work.

VIRAL Artificial Intelligence co-founder David Dorsett pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of making extortionate threats via the internet. The 37-year-old Wichita man admitted in his plea he contacted lawyer Brad Pistotnik in 2014 offering “reputation management services.”

The U.S. attorney’s office said in a news release that Pistotnik wanted negative postings removed, including a Kansas Supreme Court disciplinary opinion.

Dorsett sent an email barrage to Leagle.com and Ripoffreport.com demanding they remove the information and threatening to target advertisers.

Prosecutors said Dorsett billed Pistotnik for sending the threats and Pistotnik paid him the same day.

Pistotnik was sentenced to pay a $375,000 fine and $55,200 in restitution. Dorsett’s sentencing is Jan. 6.

Companies propose building 3 solar farms in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio | Two companies have proposed solar farm projects in Ohio.

The Columbus Dispatch reported the three projects proposed for central Ohio west of Columbus would all be about 180 to 200 megawatts, with each taking up more than 1,000 acres of farmland.

Savion, based in Lenexa, Kansas, has proposed a project near Irwin in Madison County called Madison Field Solar Project and another called Atlanta Farms Solar Project near Atlanta in Ohio’s Pickaway County.

First Solar, based in Arizona, is proposing Big Plain Solar, in Fairfield and Oak Run townships in Madison County. First Solar said its proposed project could power 35,000 homes a year.

The newspaper reported that all the projects are in the early stages of development and would take several years to complete, if they’re approved.

— From AP reports