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Huelskamp faces aggressive Democratic challenger »

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ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A former Manhattan mayor little known to rural western Kansas voters is giving U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp an aggressive re-election challenge. Democrat Jim Sherow has mounted a hard-fought challenge in the sprawling 1st District of Kansas despite seemingly overwhelming odds in a heavily Republican district against a […]

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Drive underway to oust judge in gay marriage case »

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LOUISBURG, Kan. (AP) — The husband of a state senator is working to oust a northeast Kansas trial judge who ordered the court clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Kansas City Star reports Brian Baumgardner is targeting Johnson County Chief District Judge Kevin Moriarty. Moriarty faces a retention vote Nov. 4 in the […]

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Following verdict, manufacturer halts sales of highway guardrails »

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DALLAS (AP) — A Texas company is stopping shipments of a common highway-guardrail system and conducting more crash tests after it lost a $175 million jury verdict. Trinity Industries Inc. says that it would stop selling the ET-Plus system until testing is complete. Earlier this week, a jury in federal district court in Marshall, Texas, […]

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Roberts scarcely mentions long ag record in Kansas »

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THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press LIBERAL, Kan. (AP) — Republican Sen. Pat Roberts isn’t saying much about his long record of advocating for the farmers that drive Kansas’ economy. That worries some supporters of the three-term senator as he scrambles for re-election against a self-styled independent candidate, businessman Greg Orman, who’s become a real threat. Roberts […]

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Kansas man dies after car hits a tree »

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MOUNT HOPE, Kan –  A Kansas man died in an accident just before 10 p.m. on Friday in Sedgwick County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2002 Lincoln passenger car driven by Tanner Anthony Flores, 24, Hutchinson, was eastbound on Kansas 96 three miles east of Mount Hope. The vehicle veered off right side of […]

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Obama: Science, not fear, key to Ebola response (VIDEO) »

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. must be guided by science — not fear — as it responds to Ebola. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says he was proud to give Texas nurse Nina Pham a hug in the Oval Office after she was cured of Ebola. He says […]

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US official: Auto safety agency under review »

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JOAN LOWY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Obama administration official says the “safety culture” of the federal agency that oversees auto recalls is being reviewed. The agency has been criticized for not acting aggressively enough regarding recalls of millions of vehicles with defective air bags or faulty ignition switches. The official says a […]

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Sidelined player steps up game in concussion awareness effort »

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By Mike Sherry Hale Center for Journalism LAWRENCE — A talented athlete, Kylee Bliss could have been a scholarship basketball player at a small college. As a sophomore point guard at Blue Valley High School in Stilwell, she practiced hard and had a real feel for the game. That changed after she sustained two concussions […]

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Two Kansas teens hospitalized after vehicle overturns »

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GARNETT, Kan – Two Kansas teens were injured in an accident just before 5 p.m. on Friday in Anderson County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2001 Ford Taurus driven by Jessica Pollitt, 18, Olathe, was northbound on U.S. 169 one mile north of the business junction and traveled off the right side of the […]

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ACA gets mixed reviews at Kan. economic conference »

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By Jim McLean KHI News Service LAWRENCE — Which of the following is true: • The Affordable Care Act has provided thousands of low-income Kansas with greater access to affordable health insurance. • A looming ACA mandate has caused some Kansas employers to hire fewer full-time workers and instead fill positions with part-time employees. • […]

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Judge nixes opposite-sex Kan. couple’s bid to join suit »

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has spurned an effort by a heterosexual couple to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the Kansas ban on gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree ruled Friday that Phillip and Sandra Unruh, of Harper, have no legal right to join the lawsuit filed by the American Civil […]

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Kansas semi driver hospitalized after trailer flips »

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KANSAS CITY- A Kansas semi driver was injured in an accident just after 11 a.m. on Friday in Wyandotte County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2002 Peterbilt semi driven by Irving S. Haney, 53, Topeka, was northbound on U. S. 73 at Polfer Road in Kansas City. A 2005 Honda Pilot driven by Susan […]

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Orman proposes veterans aid in Kansas Senate race »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Independent candidate Greg Orman has outlined proposals for helping veterans as he campaigns against Republican Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas. Orman had a Statehouse news conference with several veterans Friday to tout his initiatives. They include a loan program to help tide over veterans who are waiting to receive disability payments. […]

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