Gold Banc Corp. of Leawood, Kan., and Union Bankshares of Denver have terminated their merger deal, because Gold's stock price has plunged.Union shareholders were to have gotten Union stock that was worth about $65 million last August, when the deal was announced. But Gold's stock has fallen by about half since then.

"The transaction no longer provides the intended value to our stockholders," said Charles R. Harrison, Union's chief executive officer, in announcing the decision late Friday.

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