Senate gets Kansas ‘Hard 50′ legislation


(AP) — Legislation revamping a Kansas law imposing an automatic 50-year sentence on some convicted murderers is now in the state Senate. The House passed the measure 122-0 Tuesday on the first day of a special session prompted by a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down a similar law in Virginia. The Senate Judiciary […]

NW Kansas man injured in truck accident


A Northwest Kansas man was injured in a truck accident on Tuesday.   According to the Kansas Highway Patrol Forty-four year old Marlin Anthony Hackney of Oberlin was driving a 1993 Ford truck eastbound on U36 4.5 miles east of Oberlin when the passenger side front tire blew out. The truck traveled off the roadway […]

State Rep. Boldra on the Special Legislative session

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Tuesday, Sept. 3, we returned to the state house to clean up the “Hard 50” murder-sentencing bill that had been scrutinized by the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Alleyne v. U.S. (June, 2013). I arrived at my office in the capitol around 6:30, as I had done all last session, set up my computer, checked […]

Free Ice Cream for FHSU Students

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The Fort Hays State University Activities Board is hosting a free ice cream social on Wednesday, September 4th from 6:00pm-7:30pm on the Union Patio!  All FHSU students are invited to come. The UAB meets every Monday at 5:30pm in the Lower Level of the Memorial Union, room 010.  For information on upcoming events, visit

Ohio man who held women captive is dead

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Ohio corrections officials say Ariel Castro, who held three women captive in his home for nearly a decade, has committed suicide at a state prison facility. Spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says 53-year-old Castro was found hanging in his cell around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient. Prison medical staff performed CPR before […]

Fort Hood shooter forcibly shaved at Kansas prison

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(AP) — The Army psychiatrist sentenced to death for the Fort Hood shooting rampage has been forcibly shaved, an Army spokesman said Tuesday. Maj. Nidal Hasan began growing a beard in the years after the November 2009 shooting that left 13 dead and 30 wounded. The beard prompted delays to his court-martial because it violated […]

Report: Some Kansas crops maturing slowly

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(AP) — A new report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service shows the Kansas corn crop maturing far more slowly than normal. The agency said in its weekly update Tuesday that just 4 percent of the crop has matured, well behind last year’s figure of 60 percent and an early-September average of 33 percent. Corn […]