Rest Area Reopens

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The I-70 westbound rest area facilities located east of Russell are now open to the traveling public. The facilities were closed Sunday, September 8, in order to make repairs to a broken water line, according to KDOT Area Three Engineer Kevin Zimmer. Although the restroom facilities were closed, the parking lot, dump station, and picnic […]

Commerce Department Violates State Law

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The Kansas Department of Commerce violated state law by extending about $1.5 million more in incentives through an economic development program than is allowed, according to a state audit released Wednesday. Auditors told a House-Senate Committee that the commerce department authorized $7.5 million in incentives through the Promoting Employment Across Kansas, or PEAK, program in […]

Recent Kansas law eyed to help prison population

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(AP) — Kansas Corrections Secretary Ray Roberts says recent changes in post-release supervision of convicted offenders should help control growth in the state’s prison population before more beds are needed. Roberts said Wednesday the changes could result in 100 fewer people being returned to prison in each of the next two years for technical violations. […]

Moran Responds to President Obama’s Remarks on Syria

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U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) released the following statement today following President Obama’s speech from the White House on military action against Syria: “After meeting with President Obama yesterday, and reviewing his speech to Americans last night, I remain strongly opposed to the use of military force in Syria.  It is becoming increasingly clear that […]

Final Gateway Marker in Place (VIDEO)

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It wasn’t the traditional ribbon cutting.  Instead, three cheers went up for the third and final Chestnut Street District Gateway Marker. Members of the Downtown Hays Development Corporation Board of Directors gathered  around the limestone marker at 17th and Main Streets. Along with the other two, it’s designed and constructed by local artist Pete Felten.   […]

Inmate charged with starting fire in the Jail

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An inmate of the Saline County Jail since late August has been charged with aggravated arson and felony trafficking of contraband in a correctional facility, after he started a small fire Monday afternoon in his cell. Sheriff Glen Kochanowski said 23-year-old Zachary Ruehlen of Clay Center was booked into jail on August 26th on a […]

I-70 Work in Sherman County Nearing Completion

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In a press release from the Kansas Department of Transportation: “A project that began in June of 2011 to rebuild the I-70 lanes in Sherman County is nearing completion. “Travelers may now utilize one lane of travel in the newly constructed eastbound lanes.  Yesterday, construction crews permitted one lane of travel in both the east […]

International Performer Coming to Hays (VIDEO)

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The Hays Public Library will be hosting an international performer.  Australian Blues guitarist Nick Charles will be playing Saturday, September 14 at 3:00 p.m. in the Schmidt Gallery. Adult Librarian Marleah Augustine told Hays Post that Charles travels internationally, touring in Italy, Germany, and the UK among other places, but recently he began adding Hays […]

New Roof for PDC

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Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas has received an $80,000 grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation. DSNWK president Jerry Michaud says the award will be used to replace the roof at Pioneer Developmental Center in Russell. “We are forever grateful to the Hansen Foundation for their tremendous support of DSNWK and other organizations throughout northwest […]

Kansas massage parlor employee back in court

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(AP) — A Wichita massage parlor employee accused in a sex trafficking scheme is scheduled to return to federal court for a detention hearing. U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Humphreys will also arraign 42-year-old Xiuqing Tian, of Framingham, Mass., at Wednesday’s hearing. At this early stage of the federal proceedings the only plea the magistrate judge […]

Update: Trego County Escapee Captured

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10:55 a.m. – According to the Trego County Sheriff, Richard Hanks, law enforcement officials have captured Ashley Cooper. Hanks said that Cooper was captured on Interstate 70 west of WaKeeney between milemarkers 126 and 127. The Trego County Sheriff was assisted by the WaKeeney Police Department and the Kansas Highway Patrol.   8:30 a.m. – […]