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Fort Larned celebrates 50th anniversary as park »


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — It’s going to be a big weekend at the Fort Larned National Historic Site about 130 miles northwest of Wichita. The fort is celebrating the 50th anniversary of becoming the Fort Larned National Historic Site — making it the first national historic site in Kansas. The Wichita Eagle reports President Lyndon B. […]

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Research could make solar energy more attractive »


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — University researchers and utilities are conducting solar panel research that could make the energy source more attractive for Kansas users. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that a lab at the University of Kansas is working on producing flexible panels that will be more cost-effective than current silicon models. The technology they’re using […]

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Democrat taps into doubts about Kansas governor »


LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Democratic legislator still unknown to some Kansas voters is giving Republican Gov. Sam Brownback a tough re-election race. State Rep. Paul Davis is tapping into doubts about tax-cutting that cemented Brownback’s reputation in conservative circles. Davis has lived much of his life within walking distance of the University of Kansas […]

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Obama on Labor Day: Don’t take rights for granted (VIDEO) »


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Americans this Labor Day to think about the rights and benefits that people often take for granted. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says he’s optimistic about the growing economy. He says decisions made now will determine whether the recovery will pick up speed. Obama […]

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Soar over to KWEC’s Butterfly festival »


Kansas Wetlands Education Center All things “butterfly” will be the focus of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center’s Butterfly Festival from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 13. From making milkweed seed bombs to tagging monarch butterflies, kids and adults will find plenty to do during this free event. In addition to butterflies, caterpillars and chrysalises, […]

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New challenge for HealthCare.gov: Tax forms »


RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal agency that brought you the glitchy HealthCare.gov website has a massive new project. If the Health and Human Services department has trouble this time, that could delay tax refunds for many people. Complicated connections between the new health care law and income taxes will start to […]

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Bruffett confirmed as KDADS chief »


By Andy Marso KHI News Service TOPEKA — Kari Bruffett was confirmed this week as secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. She said one of her first goals will be to continue the transition away from institutional care for people with disabilities in favor of home- and community-based services. The Legislature’s […]

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Two from Hays hospitalized after I-70 construction zone accident »


TOPEKA- Two children from Hays were injured in an accident just after 6:45 p.m. on Friday in Shawnee County The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2007 GMC Denali driven by Cecil Hoffman, 68, Abilene, was eastbound on Interstate 70 five miles west of Topeka. The vehicle failed to slow in a construction zone and rear-ended […]

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New plan emerges for state-owned casino in Kansas »


PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Efforts to develop a state-owned casino in southeast Kansas are getting off the ground with a plan that includes a partnership with a nearby casino in Oklahoma. The state owns casinos in Dodge City, Mulvane and Kansas City, Kansas. But developers have lost interest in the southeast region, partly because of […]

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Obama to raise federal, military pay by 1 percent »


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is offering civilian federal workers and members of the military a 1 percent pay increase in 2015, the same raise he offered last year citing efforts to keep government costs down during the economic recovery. The new pay raises reflect what Obama proposed in his 2015 budget earlier this […]

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Kansas taxes $4M less than expected in August »


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A new report says Kansas collected $4 million less in taxes than expected in August. The Department of Revenue said Friday the state took in $421 million in taxes, about 1 percent below the official forecast of $425 million. The department called revenues flat but said there are signs of economic […]

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Senators, candidates dismiss residency questions »


BILL BARROW, Associated Press CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Looking for advantages as they battle for Senate control, Republicans and Democrats alike are raising questions about where various senators and candidates say they live. Democrats question whether congressman and Senate candidate Tom Cotton owns property in Arkansas. Republican Bill Cassidy notes that Louisiana […]

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Kansas woman convicted in death of 4-year-old »


HIAWATHA, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas woman has been convicted in last year’s beating death of her boyfriend’s 4-year-old son. KNZA-FM reports 30-year-old Janice Summerford entered Alford pleas Friday to second-degree murder, child abuse and interfering with law enforcement. An Alford plea does not admit guilt but acknowledges that prosecutors can likely prove the […]

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