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Moran Introduces Bill Directing VA to Help Vets Struggling with Healthcare Access »


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, has introduced legislation (S.3006) directing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to utilize its authority to offer community care to veterans who currently are unable to receive the healthcare services they need from a VA medical facility within 40 miles […]

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2 astronauts will expand envelope with 1-year spaceflight »


MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The two men assigned to a one-year spaceflight say their upcoming mission will allow the world to push deeper into space. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will rocket into orbit from Kazakhstan in March. They will spend a year aboard the […]

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Governor fills new spots on NC Kansas county board »


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has named a banker and small-business owner to two, newly created seats on the Saline County Commission. Brownback on Thursday announced the appointments of Luci Larson and David Smith to the north-central Kansas county’s county board. Both are from Salina and take office Jan. 12. Saline County […]

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IRS head: Budget cuts could limit audits, delay your refund »


BY STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says budget cuts just enacted by Congress could delay tax refunds next year. At a news conference Thursday, Koskinen said taxpayer services will be hurt, and fewer agents will be auditing returns. He said about half the people who call the agency for […]

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Teen driver hospitalized after collision with semi in Thomas Co. »


OAKLEY- A teenage driver was injured in an accident just before 2 p.m. on Thursday in Thomas County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2000 Nissan Sentra driven by Brandon Max Minshall, 19, Centennial, CO., was westbound on Interstate 70 at exit 70 in Oakley. The driver failed to yield at a stop sign at […]

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US announces protections for transgender workers »


WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is now interpreting federal law to explicitly prohibit workplace discrimination against transgender individuals. That means the Justice Department will be able to bring claims on behalf of people who say they’ve been fired by a public employer based on gender identity. In defending lawsuits, the federal government also will no […]

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KU hospital provides update on reorganization »


KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas Hospital is making progress toward streamlining clinical operations. Officials with the medical center and the hospital in Kansas City, Kansas, told the Board of Regents Wednesday the reorganization would make it easier for patients to access care. University of Kansas Hospital spokeswoman Jill Chadwick said Thursday […]

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Nearly 2.5 million consumers have selected health plans on federal marketplace »


By Mary Agnes Carey Kaiser Health News WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 1 million people selected a health plan during the fourth week of the health law’s open enrollment and nearly 2.5 million have done so since it began Nov. 15, federal officials said Tuesday. “And this was before an extremely busy weekend,” said Andy […]

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Kansas House speaker changes leaders of key panels »


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick has replaced the leaders of two key committees and filled vacancies in two other chairmanships. Merrick spokeswoman Rachel Whitten confirmed Thursday that Rep. Ron Ryckman Jr. of Olathe will be chairman of the budget-writing Appropriations Committee. Ryckman replaces Rep. Gene Suellentrop of Wichita. Merrick appointed Rep. […]

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Ice blamed for fatal southwest Kansas accident »


LAKIN – A Kansas woman died in an accident just before 9 a.m. on Thursday in Kearny County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2007 Toyota driven by Carey L. Christian-Noblitt, 41, Holcomb, was southbound on Kansas 25 one mile south of Lakin. The driver lost control of the vehicle in icy conditions. The vehicle […]

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Man arrested in former K-State football player’s death »


CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities say the man suspected of fatally shooting a former Kansas State University football player outside a Cleveland nightclub has been arrested in northeast Ohio. The U.S. Marshals Service says 30-year-old Barry Blevins of East Cleveland was arrested early Wednesday in Cleveland. Blevins was sought on an aggravated murder warrant after the […]

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Teen driver hospitalized after jeep hits a tree »


ELLSWORTH- A teen driver was injured in an accident just before 10:30 a.m. on Thursday in Ellsworth County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2003 Jeep Liberty driven by Tessa Eve Zee, 18, Erie, CO., was westbound on Interstate 70 ten miles north of Ellsworth. The driver lost control, entered north ditch and struck a […]

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Two hospitalized after truck hits swather in the snow »


ELLINWOOD – Two Kansas men were injure in an accident just before 10 a.m. on Thursday in Barton County. The Kansas  Highway Patrol reported a 1998 Ford truck driven by was Kevin Lynn Beagley, 45, Lyons, was westbound on U.S. 56 one mile east of Ellinwood. The driver lost control in the snow. The truck […]

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