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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KSNW) – More than a dozen of the nations’s most famous space history pieces are now at the Cosmosphere, awaiting restoration.
“As a national historic landmark, it’s incredibly important that we preserve this,” said Cosmosphere President and CEO Jim Remar.
On Monday morning, crews worked to unload about 15 original Apollo 11 control room consoles. The consoles are the same ones used during the first moon landings.
“It’s as if you are working with something form Abraham Lincoln or from George Washington. These are incredibly important to American history and American ingenuity,” Remar said.
The SpaceWorks team, a division of the Cosmosphere, was selected by NASA to lead the restoration project.
“SpaceWorks is known internationally for its restoration. We have done numerous projects, historic projects, such as Liberty Bell 7, the Apollo 13,” said Remar. “NASA contacted us to inquire if we would be interested in being a part of this project and we jumped at the chance.”
The Kansas team is in charge of restoring the Johnson Center’s Mission Control consoles to what they looked like in 1969.
“Our SpaceWorks team will essentially disassemble the consoles and the hardware, they will go in and clean the consoles, remove any corrosion, stabilize the consoles and then put a wax over it to protect the consoles from oxidation,” Remar said.
The team will also reanimate the consoles.
“We will take the old CRT console out, the monitors out, put new technology in, but that technology, that new monitor will show exactly what the mission controllers would have been looking at and then we will reanimate, light up the switches, so it will look like the console is active and functioning,” Remar explained.
The restoration of the about 30 consoles will take between 12 and 14 months to complete. SpaceWorks will also restore the flooring, the walls, the wallpaper and the ceiling from the mission control room in preparation for Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Kansas State hasn’t beaten Kansas in the Sunflower Showdown since 2015. But the Wildcats are confident that tonight, that might change.
With a shot at a share of first place in the Big 12 on the line, Kansas State is playing some great basketball. But Kansas has won six of seven, and definitely has history on their side in this rivalry matchup. Tune into KSN News at 10 for highlights from this huge Big 12 game!
GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KSNW) — Trade talks ended in Montreal today to renegotiate the NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. Meanwhile, President Trump has suggested exiting the agreement all together.
“If the US would pull out of NAFTA, that would be very bad for the Kansas farmer and the Kansas economy,” said Kearny County farmer Kyler Millershaski.
Huge grain excesses remain in the US, more grain than what can fit into elevators.
“We have so much crop in this country now, so much surplus, that the export is key,” said Finney County farmer Boyd Funk. “If we lose any export, the price will plummet.”
Kansas easily exports a lot of its grain to Mexico. Farmers say that if tariffs were added on to those exports, shipping grain elsewhere would cost more.
“The rail transportation from here to Mexico is so good for us,” said Funk. “If we take it to anywhere else in the world, it has to go on rail and then a ship, so Mexico is the easiest to get to for us.”
“Mexico is our number one customer for wheat for corn for beef for pork for poultry,” said Lane County farmer Vance Ehmke. “Why do we want to get out of NAFTA?”
Congressman Roger Marshall agrees that NAFTA is key to the Kansas economy.
“When I sat down with Vice President Pence about a month ago,” he said, “I said if we lose NAFTA, not only are we going to lose farmers, you might as well roll up rural, downtown western Kansas.”
Some say that would weaken President Trump’s support within his base.
“I think that would not be a good thing for his support,” said Millershaski. “I agree with him, we do need to re-negotiate it. I’m hoping that his threats to pull out is just a negotiating tactic.”
Millershaski remains cautiously optimistic.
“They say you can’t rush a good thing but also I don’t like dragging our feet like this.”
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department is investigating after a body was found in a ditch.
The body was discovered Monday afternoon near 81st Street South and Hydraulic.
KSN News has a crew on the scene. Look for the latest updates online.
We are working an active crime scene at 81st Street South and Hydraulic in Sedgwick County. Please avoid the area!
— SG County Sheriff (@SGCountySheriff) January 29, 2018
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (NBC News) – Over half the country is gearing up to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday, either at home or on the road. Either way, a lot of money is about to be spent and made.
The National Retail Federation expects consumers to spend over $15 billion this weekend.
And of the 188 million people expected to be watching, millions will do so on a brand new TV.
Best Buy’s Shane Kitzman says what is also driving traditional Super Bowl TV sales this year are the winter Olympic Games from South Korea.
“The beauty is you can just keep it and continue to make it part of your living room, and when the Olympics come on, you can enjoy that too,” said Kitzman.
However, some fans will be watching the game in person, after a pretty expensive trip to Minneapolis.
Flights out of Philadelphia are over $900 and out of Boston, they are over $700. A hotel room in Minneapolis is over $700 and tickets are currently selling for $5,900 according to Vivid Seats.
Virginia has not been ranked No. 1 since Ralph Sampson patrolled the lane in Charlottesville.
The Cavaliers took a step toward their first top ranking in 35 years on Monday, earning 17 of 65 first-place votes from a media panel following wins over No. 18 Clemson and No. 4 Duke.
Villanova remained at No. 1 for the fourth straight week, receiving 47 first-place votes after a pair of victories last week.
Purdue had one first-place vote and remained at No. 3, Duke did not fall back despite its loss to Virginia and Michigan State moved up a spot to round out the top 5.
The Cavaliers (20-1, 9-0) annually have one of the nation’s top defenses under coach Tony Bennett and this season has been no different.
Virginia is first nationally in scoring defense at 52.1 points allowed per game and is third in field goal percentage against, holding opponents to 37 percent.
The Cavaliers held No. 18 Clemson to 36 points — 13 in the second half — in a 25-point victory and shut down one of the nation’s top offenses in a 65-63 win over Duke, their 12th straight victory.
The Cavaliers lead the ACC by 2 1/2 games and are off to their best conference start since the Sampson-led 1980-81 team won its first 12 games. Virginia has not been ranked No. 1 since 1981-82, a team also centered by Sampson.
“There’s talent and I don’t think our players sometimes get enough credit for their talent,” Bennett said. “But there is a synergy or a chemistry that when they’re right, it’s even better.”
Virginia hosts Louisville on Wednesday and plays at Syracuse on Saturday.
Purdue (21-2, 10-0 Big Ten) held onto its highest ranking since 2009-10 by extending the nation’s longest winning streak.
The Boilermakers held off No. 25 Michigan 92-88, then knocked off rival Indiana 74-67 in games last week.
Purdue has won a school-record 17 straight games since suffering its lone loss, to Tennessee in the Bahamas on Nov. 22. The Boilermakers have set another school mark with 12 straight Big Ten victories and joins Virginia as the only power-five schools still unbeaten in league play.
TAR HEELS FALLING
North Carolina’s national title defense has hit some bumps in the road.
The Tar Heels went 11-2 in nonconference, but are middle of the pack in the ACC at 5-4. North Carolina (16-6) lost both of its games after moving into the top 10 last week, 80-69 to Virginia Tech and 95-91 to North Carolina State.
The rough week cost the Tar Heels in this week’s poll. They had the week’s biggest drop, falling nine spots to No. 19.
Kentucky fell out of the poll for the first time in nearly four years last week after losses to South Carolina and Florida.
Look who’s bask.
The Wildcats (16-5, 5-3 SEC) moved back into the poll at No. 21 this week following victories over Mississippi State and No. 7 West Virginia in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Kentucky faces Vanderbilt and Missouri this week.
West Virginia’s loss to Kentucky wasn’t its only setback last week and it cost the Mountaineers.
West Virginia (16-5, 5-3 Big 12) fell eight spots in this week’s poll to No. 15 after dropping games to the Wildcats and TCU. The Mountaineers are in a four-way tie for second in the Big 12 with No. 10 Texas Tech, No. 12 Oklahoma and Kansas State, a game behind Kansas.
Nevada was the only team to drop out this week, falling from No. 23 after losing to Wyoming in double overtime.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Harlem Globetrotters will be at Wichita Intrust Bank Arena this weekend, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m.
During Monday’s noon broadcast, Hannah Mortimer, Globetrotter, stopped by to give us a sneak peek. Mortimer graduated from Wichita State and joined the Globetrotters.
The Globetrotters will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction.
Tickets can be purchased online at selectaseat.com, by phone at (855) 755-SEAT or in person at the Select-A-Seat Box Office at INTRUST Bank Arena.
TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback on Friday issued a proclamation declaring Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 a “Day of Prayer and Fasting” in Kansas, and issued the following statement:
“President George Washington, in his 1795 Proclamation for a Day of Public Thanksgiving called on Americans “to acknowledge our many and great obligations to Almighty God and to implore Him to continue and confirm the blessings we experience.””
“I personally feel blessed by the time I have spent serving our great state and would like to observe a time of prayer and fasting before God takes me on to the next part of my journey. I invite all Kansans to join me as we pray for our state and our nation.”
This is Governor Brownback’s final proclamation signed as governor of Kansas.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The moon is providing a rare triple treat this week.
On Wednesday, much of the world will get to see not only a blue moon and a super moon, but also a total lunar eclipse, all rolled into one. There hasn’t been a triple lineup like this since 1982, and the next won’t occur until 2037. The eclipse will be visible best in the western half of the U.S. and Canada before the moon sets early Wednesday, and across the Pacific into Asia as the moon rises Wednesday night.
A blue moon is the second full moon in a month. A super moon is a particularly close full or new moon. A full lunar eclipse — or blood moon — has the moon completely bathed in Earth’s shadow.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police are investigating a robbery at a dollar store. It happened Sunday evening in the 900 block of South Woodlawn.
According to police, four suspects entered the store around 9:45 p.m. An employee at the store gave the men money. During the robbery, a customer was battered and her purse was taken.
Police said the four men left the store on foot.
Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call police detectives at 268-4407 and Crime Stoppers at 267-2111.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas Legislature requires interns to sign agreements to keep anything that takes place or is said in a lawmaker’s office confidential, or the interns could be fired.
Employment law experts who reviewed the agreement for The Kansas Star say it is written so broadly it could deter interns from reporting harassment or illegal activity, and might violate the First Amendment.
Legislative leaders say the agreement is intended to remind interns that private political discussions should stay private, although they acknowledge the intention is not clear.
The Star uncovered the agreement as part of an open records request.
It comes as the Legislature is discussing ways to improve transparency in the Statehouse, enhance treatment of interns and respond to sexual harassment at the Capitol.
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) – Authorities say a Kansas police officer who fatally shot a man has been fired.
Leavenworth Police Chief Patrick Kitchens said in an email Monday that Officer Matthew Harrington was terminated Friday for violating the department’s use of deadly force policy. The release says Harrington was responding in July to a domestic argument over who owned a sport utility vehicle when he shot and killed 47-year-old Antonio Garcia Jr. while Garcia was in the SUV.
Harrington doesn’t have a listed phone number and it wasn’t immediately known if he had an attorney.
Kitchens says police aren’t releasing body camera footage because the investigation is ongoing and it’s classified as evidence.
Leavenworth County prosecutor Todd Thompson said in a news release that it’s reviewing the shooting and awaiting requested information.
TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – A fight at a Denny’s restaurant in Topeka resulted in an officer being hit by a car.
Police said several people were involved in the fight around 2:30 Saturday morning.
After the fight, one of the women involved, Chase Holford, was trying to leave the scene when she allegedly hit a Topeka police officer with her car.
The officer wasn’t hurt, but Holford is now facing charges for aggravated battery to a law enforcement officer.
Police said if you witness something like this you can legally leave the restaurant without paying.
“Leaving that building and then making yourself known to the police or back to the management after things have calmed down is a viable option as opposed to trying to stay there because you feel that you owe the business,” said Lt. Aaron Jones, Topeka Police Department.
If you do leave, Lt. Jones said you do need to make sure to come back and pay your bill.
NEW YORK (AP) — After a year of political and cultural upheaval, Super Bowl advertisers appear to be pulling back from themes of unity in favor of in-game stunts and ads that aim for the heart — and in some cases even lower.
The stakes are high since a 30-second spot costs more than $5 million for airtime alone. The goal is to capture the attention of the more than 110 million viewers expected to tune in to the big game on Feb. 4 — ideally by striking an emotional chord with the game audience that will rub off on brands.
Next best: Simply drawing attention, even if an ad offends some people. Worst of all? Being forgotten immediately.
“More people will see me in this than they have in the last three movies I’ve made,” actor and comedian Bill Hader (“Trainwreck”) muses in a teaser for Pringles’ first Super Bowl spot.
MEASURING THE MOOD
Each year Super Bowl ads offer a snapshot of the national psyche. Last year, just after President Donald Trump took office, ads offered themes of inclusion. Airbnb showed faces of different ethnicities with the copy “We all belong,” and Coke re-ran an ad featuring “America the Beautiful” sung in different languages.
This year, following a year of heated debate over immigration, NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem and the #MeToo movement highlighting sexual misconduct, many Super Bowl advertisers are playing it safer by showcasing famous faces, focusing on inoffensive causes and trying to stand out with silly humor and stunts. Of course, a few are going straight for whatever will grab attention.
Most people remember the 2004 Super Bowl for the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” when Justin Timberlake ripped off part of Janet Jackson’s shirt during the halftime performance. But it also featured an unusually large number of tasteless ads, including crotch and fart jokes by Sierra Mist, Budweiser and Bud Light and the now-famous Cialis ad that warned about erections lasting longer than 4 hours.
Advertisers largely dialed it back afterward, excepting a 2009 Doritos ad that included a snowglobe-in-the-crotch joke. But this year, Justin Timberlake returns to the Super Bowl … and so does sock-it-to-the-lower-body humor.
Groupon’s ad, for instance, stars Tiffany Haddish asking people to support local businesses — then cuts to a wealthy man who plots to crush small businesses, only to double over after players nail him with a kicked football.
Groupon insists the man isn’t hit in the groin, although the ad video is ambiguous. “The crotch hit is the lowest thing in the book,” Advertising Age columnist Barbara Lippert said in a phone interview. “I was hoping it was retired forever.”
The Groupon ad is also notable for its distinctly anti-1 percenter tone. “We think the vast majority of consumers will appreciate the over-the-top comeuppance our ‘villain’ receives,” said Jon Wild, Groupon’s head of marketing for North America.
An ad for Febreze air freshener goes all in for toilet humor. It presents a pseudo-documentary about a boy whose “bleep doesn’t stink,” alluding to a profane phrase that commonly refers to people who are full of … themselves.
THE RICH AND FAMOUS
It wouldn’t be a Super Bowl without celebrities chugging sugary drinks and hawking junk food. Cindy Crawford will reprise an iconic 1992 Super Bowl spot for Pepsi. The beverage maker will also feature Peter Dinklage and Morgan Freeman in linked ads for new versions of Doritos and Mountain Dew.
In a Pringles ad , Bill Hader has a snack on set and introduces a made-up practice dubbed “flavor stacking,” in which the actor stacks together different Pringles varieties. M&Ms has released a teaser showing Danny DeVito dressed as an M&M being dunked in chocolate.
For a non-snacking celebrity appearance, Squarespace hired a bearded Keanu Reeves and sat him by a campfire to tout its web hosting services.
AIMING FOR THE HEART
Other advertisers are aiming straight for warm and fuzzy, figuring it’s best to bet on “things that are universally liked,” said Kelly O’Keefe, managing director of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Brandcenter.
NBC created five cinematic 60-second ads showcasing Olympic athletes to drum up excitement for the Winter Olympics, which start airing starting four days after the Super Bowl. The ads showcase Americans athletes such as skier Lindsey Vonn and figure skater Nathan Chen.
An Anheuser-Busch ad shows a factory producing cans of water instead of beer, highlighting the brewer’s donation of drinking water to places in need. Its Stella Artois brand also teamed with Matt Damon to sell a limited edition beer glass, with proceeds also targeted at providing access to water.
Lexus is promoting its new LS 500 luxury sedan, which it is aiming at a 45-to-55-year-old demographic, with an action spot starring the Black Panther, a Marvel superhero.
Recent Super Bowl ad stunts have yielded mixed results. Snickers isn’t returning to the game this year after a live spot last year fell flat. But marketers aren’t giving up.
Tide, which last year did a fake-out ad with Terry Bradshaw that appeared to be commentary during the game, will be back with Bradshaw this year.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – Authorities say three Kansas City, Kansas, firefighters were injured after the second floor of a burning building collapsed.
WDAF-TV reports that the early Sunday collapse caused four firefighters to fall to the first floor of the vacant building. Two firefighters were taken to the hospital immediately while a third was taken later.
Battalion Chief Morris Letcher described the injuries as minor. Fire officials estimate there’s about $35,000 worth of damage at the home. They’re working to determine an official cause.
ATCHISON, Kan. (AP) – Authorities say a driver has been killed while fleeing from law enforcement in northeast Kansas.
The Kansas Highway Patrol says 45-year-old Raymond Bosch Jr., of Effingham, failed to maneuver a curve early Sunday in Atchison. The patrol says his pickup truck then drove onto a private law, struck a brick retaining wall and rolled. The patrol says he wasn’t wearing a seat belt and died.
No details were provided about what prompted the pursuit.
NEW YORK (AP) — One-time Grammy winner Hillary Clinton made it back to the awards show Sunday night in a role she no doubt relished.
She was a surprise guest in a skit by host James Corden, supposedly auditioning for the spoken word recording of Michael Wolff’s best-seller on President Donald Trump’s administration, “Fire and Fury.”
She followed John Legend, Cher, Snoop Dogg, Cardi B and DJ Khaled, all of whom Corden found wanting. The final “auditioner” lowered the book from in front of her face to reveal it was Clinton. Corden said she got the job and was a sure winner.
“You think so?” Trump’s 2016 election opponent said. “The Grammy’s in the bag?”
Clinton is already a Grammy winner from 1997, for reading her book, “It Takes a Village.”
Not everyone was a fan of the moment. United Nations Ambassador Nikki Halley tweeted that the moment ruined the Grammy-watching experience for her.
“I have always loved the Grammys but to have artists read the Fire and Fury book killed it,” she tweeted. “Don’t ruin great music with trash. Some of us love music without the politics thrown in it.”
It wasn’t the only political moment at the awards show. Like the pre-recorded skit with Clinton, all were meticulously planned.
Three country artists who were on the bill at the country music festival that was the site of a mass shooting in Las Vegas in October joined to sing a somber version of Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven.” Eric Church, Maren Morris and the Brothers Osborne performed before a backdrop with the names of shooting victims.
Singer Janelle Monae spoke up for women’s rights in an introduction to Kesha’s performance of her song “Praying,” which is about fighting back against mistreatment. Kesha accused her former producer, Dr. Luke, of sexual assault. The charges were later dropped, but Kesha’s song was an obvious reference to her battle, and she was joined by about a dozen other women singers backing her up.
“To those who would dare try to silence us, we offer these words: ‘time’s up,'” Monae said.
Singer Camila Cabello, a Cuban-Mexican immigrant brought to the United States as a child, spoke in favor of legal protections for so-called “dreamers.”
“This country was built by dreamers for dreamers,” said Cabello, who introduced the rock band U2. In a pre-recorded performance of their song “Get Out of Your Own Way,” U2 was on a barge in the New York harbor with the Statue of Liberty in the background.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammy Awards seemed poised to make this a triumphant year for rap at music’s showcase event — until Bruno Mars crashed the party.
The song-and-dance man from Hawaii won all six awards he was nominated for on Sunday night, including the three most prestigious Grammys for song (“That’s What I Like”), record (“24K Magic”) and album of the year. His music also dominated the rhythm and blues categories.
The Grammys on Sunday also saw Kendrick Lamar win five awards, Jay-Z go home empty-handed, some memorable performances by the likes of Lamar, Kesha, Mars and Logic, an odd oversight of singer Lorde and a surprise cameo from Hillary Clinton.
In accepting a trophy for the album “24K Magic,” Mars recalled when he was 15 years old and singing shows for tourists. He’d perform hits written by Babyface, Teddy Riley and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and loved looking down from the stage to see people from all over the world who had never met dancing together and toasting one another.
“All I ever wanted to do with this album was that,” he said. “These songs were written with nothing but joy.”
Mars has won 11 Grammys in his career.
His success, however, instantly became a target for second-guessers, similar to people befuddled last year when Adele won album of the year over Beyonce. Social media filled with commentary about whether Lamar’s hard-hitting disc “DAMN” was more deserving. One meme that spread on Twitter showed Houston Rocket James Harden rolling his eyes in supposed “reaction” to the news.
Beyond being a critical favorite, Lamar seemed primed to be the evening’s star. He opened the Grammys with a hard-hitting medley that depicted black dancers falling to the floor to symbolize being shot, and won the night’s first televised award. His work swept the rap categories, the prime factor in the night’s most-nominated artist, Jay-Z, winning nothing.
Lamar paid tribute to Jay-Z (“Jay-Z for president,” he said with a smile) and other forebears in accepting a Grammy.
“I thought it was about the accolades and the cars and the clothes,” he said. “But it really is about expressing yourself and putting that paint on the canvas for the world to evolve for the next listener, the next generation after that. Hip-hop has done that for me.”
Clinton’s appearance was the punch line for a skit where host James Corden pretended to cast celebrities for what he thought would be a sure-fire Grammy contender for spoken world performance next year, reading from Michael Wolff’s best-seller about the Trump admininistration, “Fire and Fury.” Cher, John Legend and Snoop Dogg left him frustrated, but then Clinton lowered a copy of the opened book in front of her face to reveal herself.
The attempt at humor wasn’t a hit with everyone: President Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, tweeted that the skit ruined the show for her.
Most of the show’s political references — to topics like gun violence, immigration reform and women’s rights — were carefully scripted.
Kesha was joined by Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Andra Day and others in a performance of her Grammy-nominated song “Praying,” which is about fighting back from abuse. Singer Janelle Monae introduced Kesha and tied the appearance to the current flood of women speaking up about sexual misconduct. Dozens of artists and music industry players also sported white roses in support of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements against sexual abuse and harassment.
“We come in peace but we mean business. To those who would dare try to silence us, we offer two words: Time’s Up,” Monae said. “It’s not just going on in Hollywood. It’s not just going on in Washington. It’s here in our industry, too.”
The show also featured a somber performance of Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven” by country artists Maren, Eric Church and the Osborne Brothers. All were on the bill for the Las Vegas show in October that was torn apart by a mass shooter.
Social media was curious about the seeming snub of album of the year nominee Lorde. She wasn’t among the night’s performers, even as classic rockers Sting and U2 made multiple appearances.
“It’s hard to have a balanced show and have everybody involved,” producer Ken Ehrlich said backstage. “Every year’s different. We can’t have a performance from every nominee.”
The Grammys were also a clear example of rock ‘n’ roll’s decline as a creative force. No rock awards were given during the televised portion of the Grammys. Sting sang a 30-year-old hit and the majority of rock’s references were about artists who had died like Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Tom Petty.
The Rolling Stones, once judged rock’s kingpins, won the third Grammy of their career — for best traditional blues recording.
Alessia Cara won the Grammy for best new artist, and remembered the time when she would “win” Grammys in her dreams while singing in the shower.
Chris Stapleton won three Grammys in country categories. Other multiple winners included Ed Sheeran, CeCe Winans, Justin Hurwitz and Jason Isbell.
The late Leonard Cohen won a Grammy for his performance of “You Want it Darker.” Actress Carrie Fisher and sound engineer Tom Coyne were other posthumous winners.
As it has in recent years, the Grammys downplayed the awards for performances by the industry’s biggest stars. Highlights included Mars and Cardi B dueting on “Finesse”; Rihanna, DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller on “Wild Thoughts”; and Patti Lupone’s Broadway classic “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.”
Associated Press correspondents Mesfin Fekadu and Jake Coyle contributed to this report.
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PLANO, Texas (AP) — Keurig will buy Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, creating a beverage giant with about $11 billion in annual sales.
The companies, both the result of previous mergers, will bring under one tent global brands like Dr. Pepper, 7UP, Snapple, A&W, Mott’s, Sunkist and Keurig’s single-serve coffee makers.
The company is still vastly outsized by PepsiCo Inc. and Coca-Cola Co., which had sales in 2016 of $63 billion and $41 billion, respectively.
Keurig Green Mountain Inc., which is a privately held company, said Monday that Dr. Pepper Snapple shareholders will receive $103.75 per share in a special cash dividend and keep 13 percent of the combined company.
Shares of Dr. Pepper Snapple soared more than 39 percent before the opening bell.
Keurig CEO Bob Gamgort will lead the new company, called Keurig Dr. Pepper. Larry Young, CEO at Dr. Pepper Snapple will become a director.
Keurig and Dr. Pepper Snapple will continue to run out of their current locations. Keurig is based in Waterbury, Vermont and Dr. Pepper Snapple has headquarters in Plano, Texas.
Keurig was acquired by Europe’s JAB Holding company in 2016 in partnership with the snackmaker, Mondelez International.
JAB will be the controlling shareholder, and Mondelez will hold a stake of about 13 percent to 14 percent.
The deal is expected to close in the second quarter, with the company estimating total debt to be about $16.6 billion at that time.
The acquisition must still be approved by shareholders of Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Panera Bread Co. is voluntarily recalling some cream cheese sold in its U.S. stores because of possible bacterial contamination.
The St. Louis-based company released a statement Sunday saying the recall was initiated after testing from a single production day indicated the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in one variety of its 2 oz. cream cheese.
Tests on cream cheese samples manufactured before and after that production run have all come back negative.
Panera says there have been no reported illnesses. The company says the recall is pre-emptive.
The products included in the recall are all varieties of unexpired 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese products with an expiration date on or before April 2. The recall doesn’t affect Panera Bread Canadian bakery cafes or any other products.