In a scenario that will be repeated as interstate banking approaches, Fourth Financial Corp. is rumored to be in talks with three potential acquirers that would make the Kansas-based company one of the first to benefit from national interstate banking next year.

The $7.55 billion asset company is said to have drawn interest not only from Boatmen's Bancshares in neighboring Missouri, but also from two Minneapolis-based companies, First Banks System and Norwest Corp., which are prohibited from acquiring a Kansas bank under existing laws.

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