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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A newly released report says a funding gap exists between the transportation system that Missourians demand and the one the state can provide with current funds.

Missouri Department of Transportation officials outlined more than $70 billion of wants, needs and projects Thursday in unveiling a draft of the agency's latest 20-year plan.

But MoDot said that the amount is significantly greater than the estimated $17.3 billion of funding available over the next 20 years. One of the most expensive proposed projects - improving Interstate 70 between Kansas City and St. Louis - would cost from $2 billion to $4 billion.

MoDot talked to Missourians statewide about what they wanted in developing the draft.

 

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ESCALON, Calif. (AP) - Authorities in California are trying to crack the case of a nut thief who made off with 140,000 pounds of walnuts.

 

   The theft, estimated at nearly $400,000, occurred Sunday in the small Central Valley town of Escalon. Investigators say it was one of the biggest to hit the booming industry. Last month, about 12,000 pounds of walnuts worth $50,000 were stolen from a trailer parked on Highway 99 north of Sacramento.

 

   This time several truckloads of walnuts were taken from the facility. Authorities say rising prices - about $2 per pound - is what appears to be driving the recent walnut thefts.

   No arrests have yet been made.

 

   Walnuts are California's fourth-leading agricultural export. China remains the world's leading producer of walnuts.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Senate adjourned its fall session today without voting on tax breaks for Archer Daniels Midland Company or the newly merged OfficeMax and Office Depot.

Sen. Tom Cullerton is sponsor of the bill to give up to $53 million in tax breaks to Office Depot Inc., which emerged from the merger of Naperville-based OfficeMax and Florida-based Office Depot.

He expects lawmakers will return to Springfield in December to deal with the state pension crisis. Cullerton says some legislators wanted to wait to give out tax breaks until after they'd passed pension reform.

Sen. Andy Manar is sponsor of the ADM bill. He says he feels progress has been made on the $30 million ADM bill.

The incentives are aimed at getting the companies to keep their headquarters in Illinois.

 

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) - A St. Louis-based coffee company has announced it is acquiring Henderson Coffee Corp. in Muskogee.

Ronnoco Coffee is purchasing the Oklahoma company. Terms of the sale were not released.

Ronnoco CEO Scott Meader said in a statement to the Tulsa Word that the purchase is part of his company's plans to expand through the region.

Henderson Coffee Corp. provides coffee, tea and related products and equipment to restaurants, casinos and convenience stores in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas. Ronnoco roasts, blends, grinds, packages and distributes coffee, tea and other beverages in 16 states in the Midwestern U.S.

St. Louis-based Ronnoco Coffee has acquired Henderson Coffee Corp. in Muskogee.

 

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