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REPORT: Federal government failing to protect children »


HOLBROOK MOHR, Associated Press GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press The federal government’s failure to enforce the nation’s child protection laws is a “national disgrace” that leaves abused children vulnerable to future harm, according to a three-year study by two child advocacy groups. The 110-page report released Tuesday identified some of the same failures reported in December […]

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Candidate charged with striking 4 high school students UPDATE »


KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A woman running for the board that governs the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, has been charged with hitting four high school students with her car. The Wyandotte County prosecutor’s office says 38-year-old Tamika Pledger, of Kansas City, Kansas, was charged Sunday with four counts of […]

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2 hospitalized after truck collision »


ARMA- Two people were injured in an accident just after 11:30 a.m. on Sunday in Crawford County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 1999 Ford Ranger driven by Colby Lee Bishop,14, Arma, was westbound on west South Street at U.S. 69. The vehicle failed to yield at the stop sign and pulled into the path […]

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Slow-moving winter storm hits parts of Kansas, Missouri »


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Parts of northern Missouri and northeast Kansas are digging out from a winter storm. National Weather Service meteorologist Jenni Laflin says accumulations of up to 6 to 10 inches were reported Sunday near the Missouri-Iowa border. The Kansas City area got up to 2 inches, but the snow melted quickly […]

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Kansas man hospitalized after rear-end collision »


BASEHOR – A Kansas man was injured in an accident just after 11:30 a.m. on Sunday in Leavenworth County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2007 Infinity G driven by Jason V. Gasky, 37, Tongnoxie, was westbound on U.S. 24 at 158th Street in Basehor. The vehicle rear-ended a 2002 Ford Escort driven by Coleman, […]

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Governor’s plan leaves end of Kansas income taxes uncertain »


JOHN HANNA, AP Political Writer TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback and his top aides can’t predict when Kansas will meet his stated goal of eliminating income taxes under his plan to slow down future, promised reductions to head off predicted budget deficits. The Republican governor promised in his annual State of the State […]

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Kansas City opens center for science, engineering students »


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new center that hopes to eventually provide resources for science and engineering students throughout the Kansas City region is now open. The KC Engineering Zone workspace for students was dedicated this week. It’s a 4,200-square-foot room on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus. The Kansas City Star reports it […]

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Bill would allow chiropractors to clear Kan. athletes with concussions for play »


By Ashley Booker | Testimony in Topeka on a bill that would expand who could clear middle school and high school athletes to return to sports after a head injury revealed a split between medical doctors and chiropractors. Currently, the state’s school sports statutes only allow medical doctors and doctors of osteopathic medicine to sign […]

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Just whose Internet is it? New federal rules may answer that »


ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Whose Internet is it anyway? The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission says he’s keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996. Tom Wheeler hasn’t come out with his plan yet, and might not for a few weeks. […]

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Lawmakers examine tuition for veterans in Kansas »


By Austin Fisher KU Statehouse Wire Service TOPEKA — The Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs asked the House to consider a bill that would give veterans and their families stationed in Kansas in-state tuition to public colleges, even if they’re not originally from Kansas. Testifying before the Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Becky […]

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Gallup migrating away from phones in favor of online polling »


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gallup has long been known for phone polling, but the company is migrating away from that technology and toward online data collection. Spokesman Johnathan Tozer told the Lincoln Journal Star that the change is “part of Gallup’s long-term migration plan toward online data collection, in addition to our sophisticated analytics and […]

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Missouri doctor: Telemedicine could be boon for Kansas »


By ANDY MARSO A doctor from southwest Missouri told legislators this week that the state could see Medicaid savings if it helped rural physicians connect with national experts through online videoconferencing. Roger Cady, who specializes in headache treatment and primary care in Joplin, told the Vision 2020 Committee that by using telemedicine to improve treatment […]

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Brownback proposes linking school funding to performance »


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback has said he wants to tie school funding to student performance. The Wichita Eagle reports that Brownback discussed the concept Friday while speaking to the Agri-Business Council of Wichita. Brownback said earlier this month that he wanted to ditch the current school-finance formula and fund the state’s districts […]

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