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Kansas man hospitalized after wind blows semi off highway »

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GREENSBURG- A Kansas man was injured in an accident just before 1 p.m. on Sunday in Kiowa County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2015 Freightliner semi driven by William Staud, 49, Haysville, was westbound on U.S. 400 just west of U.S. 54. The wind blew the truck and trailer from the westbound lanes to […]

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Kansas prisons face staffing shortages »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The interim director of the Kansas Association of State Employees says state correctional officers are being put at risk because of critical staffing shortages in state prisons. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Rebecca Proctor testified last week before the Joint Committee on Pensions, Investments and Benefits. The legislative committee may consider […]

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Hutchinson vandalism is about Marilyn Monroe »

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A vandal with an apparent love of Marilyn Monroe has targeted a Hutchinson neighborhood. The Hutchinson News reports that the sultry star’s likeness appears spray-painted on a column portion of a roundabout. The image of Monroe appears in a stencil on all four sides with her last name written above the […]

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Lawmakers study moving municipal elections »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A legislative committee is looking into changing the way municipal elections are conducted in Kansas to boost turnout. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that in Kansas, city and school board races are held on a completely different cycle from federal and state races. Over the last five years, no fewer than 10 […]

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School funding suit complicates Kansas budget fix »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Even before state courts decide whether Kansas spends enough money on public schools, an education funding lawsuit is complicating efforts by legislators and Gov. Sam Brownback to close budget shortfalls. A three-judge panel in Shawnee County District Court expects to rule by the end of December in a lawsuit filed in […]

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Health exchanges’ finances face test in 2nd year »

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ERIKA NIEDOWSKI, Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The federal government shelled out billions of dollars to get health insurance marketplaces going in the 14 states that opted to run their own. Now they must act like true marketplaces and start paying for themselves. Under President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, state-run health insurance exchanges […]

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Depletion of Ogallala aquifer empties streams »

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer is causing western Kansas to lose many of its perennial streams. A water expert said at a workshop in Lawrence this week that many streams in western Kansas used to be fed by the aquifer because its water table was higher than the streams. But […]

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Two hospitalized after Mercedes hits a semi south of Oakley »

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OAKLEY  -Two people were injured in an accident just before 9 p.m. on Saturday in Logan County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 1998 Mercedes E Class driven by Timothy P. Johnson, 52, Garden City, was southbound on U. S. 83 fifteen miles south of Oakley. The vehicle struck a deer, which caused the driver […]

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Locavore movement takes to deer hunting across US »

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LISA RATHKE, Associated Press MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A decades-long national decline in the number of hunters has prompted states to tap into a new group of hunters — people who demand locally produced food, but don’t know the first thing about getting a deer. Numerous books and blogs on the topic have surfaced, and […]

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Kan. teen dead, 6 hospitalized after 2-vehicle crash »

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OSKALOOSA – A Kansas teenager died in an accident just before 5 p.m. on Saturday in Jefferson County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2007 Honda Civic driven by  Hunter Levi Terrell, 17, McLouth, was westbound on Kansas 16 one mile east of Oskaloosa. The Honda passed a pickup and as it reentered the lane […]

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Opposition to Obamacare led Dems to shy away from Medicaid expansion issue »

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By Andy Marso KHI News Service TOPEKA — Post-election soul-searching by Kansas Democrats includes disagreement over whether Medicaid expansion should have been a larger part of the party’s strategy. The Democrats lost all statewide races for the second straight time and lost another five House seats to drop their number in that chamber to 27. […]

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Feds vows to publicize vaccine injury help program »

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JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press MITCH WEISS, Associated Press Leaders of the nation’s system for helping people injured by vaccinations are vowing to better publicize the little-known program. Meanwhile, the judge who oversees a special vaccine court worries that if more claims are filed, they will take even longer to handle than they already do. The […]

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Experts: Home, baby cameras not secure worldwide »

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LONDON (AP) — Experts have a message for anyone with webcams, baby monitors and home security cameras: change your password now. Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office said Thursday that footage being collected from security cameras — such as closed circuit television networks or built-in cameras like baby monitors — is being posted to the Internet. A […]

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