ST. LOUIS -- From his base here, Andrew Craig 3d is aggressively buying up turf in the Midwest and Southwest.

In the past 18 months, his Boatmen's Bancshares Inc. has struck deals for $9 billion of assets in five states: Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Now, sources say, he's on the prowl in Kansas, which recently opened its borders to out-of-state acquirers.

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