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September 7, 1999

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Company rolls out

computerless e-mail

Who needs a computer?

When it comes to e-mail, not customers of SBC Communications Inc. The San Antonio-based company announced plans for a computerless system for sending and receiving e-mail through the Internet.

The system, called eMessage, will feature a 2-pound keyboard device equipped with a flip-up display screen. Attached to a standard phone, it would connect to SBC's Internet companies to provide e-mail service without a computer.

Half of U.S. households do not have home computers, opening up a wide market for potential customers, said Steve Dimmitt, SBC marketing vice president. Others could save time by not having to turn on a computer or log onto the Internet.

The system, manufactured by CIDCO Inc., will be available in Kansas to customers of Southwestern Bell, an SBC company that provides local phone service.

Tobacco company

finances KARL

Philip Morris Cos. Inc. has contributed $5,000 to a program designed to train and support aspiring leaders in Kansas agriculture.

"The gift couldn't come at a better time given the current financial situation facing the agricultural industry and many rural communities in Kansas," said Jack Lindquist, president of the Manhattan-based Kansas Agriculture Rural Leadership (KARL).

Lindquist said such Philip Morris subsidiaries as Kraft Foods Inc. purchase Kansas cheese for dairy products; another of its companies, Post Cereals, uses Kansas wheat in its cereals. The donation, he added, is one way the company "puts an investment back into the Kansas producer."

KARL is a non-profit organization dedicated to identifying and developing leadership qualities for Kansans in order to enhance the quality of life for all state residents.

Thirty Kansans are selected to participate in each two-year session. Participants pay $2,000 tuition and donors contribute $9,000 per class member. Funding comes entirely from private sources including individuals, businesses, organizations, foundations, and corporations.

Steris to acquire

FoodLabs Inc.

Manhattan-based FoodLabs Inc. is being acquired by Steris Corp. of Ohio.

FoodLabs is a provider of analytical, product development, and consulting services to the food and agricultural industries. It has a cooperative relationship with Kansas State University and holds options for licenses to enable evaluation and development of several technologies arising from K-State research.

Steris is a leading provider of infection prevention, contamination prevention, microbial reduction, and technologies to customers around the world.

Payless Cashways

names vice president

Payless Cashways Inc. has promoted David J. Krumbholz to vice president of store operations, replacing Stanley K. Boyd, who has left the company to pursue other interests.

Krumbholz, who has been with Payless since 1976, had been vice president of professional business development.

With the departure of Boyd, the senior vice presidents from the company's pre-bankruptcy days have all left. Also gone from the company is the former chief executive officer, David Stanley, and former president, Susan Stanton.

Payless filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in July 1997 and emerged from it five months later.

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