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Dockworkers strike forces furloughs at Kansas plant »

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A strike by dockworkers on the West Coast is having an impact on some workers in Hutchinson. Siemens Wind Energy furloughed 60 employees on Wednesday because parts needed to build wind turbine nacelles at the plant are stuck in ships off the West Coast. A Siemens spokesperson told The Hutchinson News […]

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Kansas plan to change tag notifications postponed »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State officials say they will indefinitely postpone plans to change the way Kansas motorists are notified when vehicle tags need to be renewed. The state had planned to move from the traditional notification letter to a postcard, in an effort to save money. But a Kansas Department of Revenue spokeswoman said […]

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Prosecutors charge Olathe man with trying to kidnap woman »

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MERRIAM, Kan. (AP) — A 24-year-old Olathe man is charged with trying to kidnap a woman from an eastern Kansas business. The Kansas City Star  reports Johnson County prosecutors have charged Brandon Lee McReynolds with a felony count of attempted kidnapping. He appeared in court Thursday and requested a public defender. McReynolds was arrested Tuesday […]

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Public can comment online about Kansas education standards »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas education officials have created an online tool to allow the public to comment about math, reading and writing standards. The tool, called “Join the Conversation!” will be available online until Oct. 30. People will be able to read about the standards and make suggestions on moving a standard to another […]

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Kansas Democrats call Republican immigration bill ‘extreme’ »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Democrats say that an immigration bill before the state legislature is prejudicial and extreme. The lawmakers said in a news conference Thursday that a bill that would deny benefits to people who entered the U.S. illegally amounted to an overreach by Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who sponsored it. […]

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Kansas man hospitalized after vehicle hits trees »

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INMAN – A Kansas man was injured in an accident just before 5 p.m. on Wednesday in McPherson County. The McPherson County Sheriff’s office reported a vehicle driven by Kevin Zahn, 56, Hutchinson was traveling on Plum between Arrowhead and Arapahoe Road. The vehicle went left of center, into the opposite ditch and struck some […]

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KSU study helps explain weed’s resistance to herbicide »

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State University researchers say new research helps explain why an invasive weed is developing resistance to a well-known herbicide. The researchers found that the plant kochia (KOH’-sha) has evolved to have multiple copies of a gene that targets the weed killer glyphosate, allowing it to survive treatment. Monsanto brought glyphosate […]

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Postal Service and postal union open talks on new contract »

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TOM RAUM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiators for the U.S. Postal Service and a major postal union are opening talks on a new contract. The Postal Service’s current contract with the American Postal Workers Union expires on May 20. Among the issues on the table is whether Saturday deliveries should be pared down in […]

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Kan. child kidnap, murder suspect faces federal charges »

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KANSAS CITY – An Atchison man has been indicted on federal charges of kidnapping a child according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom. Marcas McGowan, 30, Atchison, Kan., was charged Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., with one count of kidnapping a child, one count of discharging a firearm during the kidnapping, one […]

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Report: Number of Kansas farms declined in 2014 »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new government report shows Kansas had 800 fewer farms last year compared to 2013. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Thursday that the state had 61,000 farms and ranches in 2014. A breakdown by size shows small operations with less than $100,000 in agricultural sales decreased […]

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House committee tables massage therapist license bill »

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By Ashley Booker The House Health and Human Services Committee tabled a bill that would require massage therapists to be licensed by the state. The bill’s main proponent, Stuart Little, a lobbyist for the Kansas chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association, said the group is disappointed that House Bill 2123 likely is done for […]

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Kan. Senate advances ban on specific abortion procedure UPDATE »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to a bill to ban a procedure used in 8 percent of the abortion in the state. The measure that advanced on a voice vote Thursday after a bitter and personal debate would outlaw the dilation and evacuation procedure and redefine it in state […]

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Kansas Senate passes bill stiffening scrap theft penalties »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Penalties for Kansas scrap theft would rise significantly under a bill passed unanimously by the state Senate. Thursday’s move sends the measure to the state House for consideration. Senators from both major parties spoke supportively of the measure Wednesday, arguing that scrap thieves often do thousands of dollars in damage by […]

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