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Postal Service and postal union open talks on new contract »

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TOM RAUM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiators for the U.S. Postal Service and a major postal union are opening talks on a new contract. The Postal Service’s current contract with the American Postal Workers Union expires on May 20. Among the issues on the table is whether Saturday deliveries should be pared down in […]

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Kan. child kidnap, murder suspect faces federal charges »

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KANSAS CITY – An Atchison man has been indicted on federal charges of kidnapping a child according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom. Marcas McGowan, 30, Atchison, Kan., was charged Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., with one count of kidnapping a child, one count of discharging a firearm during the kidnapping, one […]

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Report: Number of Kansas farms declined in 2014 »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new government report shows Kansas had 800 fewer farms last year compared to 2013. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Thursday that the state had 61,000 farms and ranches in 2014. A breakdown by size shows small operations with less than $100,000 in agricultural sales decreased […]

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House committee tables massage therapist license bill »

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By Ashley Booker The House Health and Human Services Committee tabled a bill that would require massage therapists to be licensed by the state. The bill’s main proponent, Stuart Little, a lobbyist for the Kansas chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association, said the group is disappointed that House Bill 2123 likely is done for […]

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Kan. Senate advances ban on specific abortion procedure UPDATE »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to a bill to ban a procedure used in 8 percent of the abortion in the state. The measure that advanced on a voice vote Thursday after a bitter and personal debate would outlaw the dilation and evacuation procedure and redefine it in state […]

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Kansas Senate passes bill stiffening scrap theft penalties »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Penalties for Kansas scrap theft would rise significantly under a bill passed unanimously by the state Senate. Thursday’s move sends the measure to the state House for consideration. Senators from both major parties spoke supportively of the measure Wednesday, arguing that scrap thieves often do thousands of dollars in damage by […]

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5 hospitalized after Barton Co. head-on crash »

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Great Bend Post GREAT BEND- Five people were injured in an accident just after 10 a.m. on Thursday in Barton County. The Barton County Sheriff’s office reported a 2005 Ford Explorer driven by Lafe Kern, 26, St. John, was southbound on U.S. 281 just south of 20 Road. The driver crossed left of center and […]

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Hearing on protection order sought against Randle postponed »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A hearing on whether to approve a domestic protection from abuse order against Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has been postponed. The attorney representing Randle’s ex-girlfriend told The Wichita Eagle Thursday’s scheduled hearing was delayed for three weeks. The delay comes as the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office considers whether […]

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Kansas not renewing grants to five mental health advocacy groups »

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By DAVE RANNEY The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services recently announced that it will not renew its grants with five in-state organizations that advocate for emotionally disturbed children and people with mental illness, developmental disabilities or addiction issues. The grants, totaling $518,000, end June 30. Appearing last week before the House Social Services […]

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Wal-Mart’s US workers to get pay raises »

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Wal-Mart is spending $1 billion to make changes to how it pays and trains U.S. hourly workers. As part of its biggest investment in worker training and pay ever, Wal-Mart tells The Associated Press that within the next six months it will give raises to about 500,000 workers. That’s nearly 40 […]

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Long-lost clown from Wichita amusement park found »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Louie the Clown, who went missing from a closed Wichita amusement park more than a decade ago, has been found at the home of a sex offender who used to work at the park. The return of the mascot of the Joyland amusement park was such big news that it was […]

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Kansas House Bill Would Change the State Energy Plan »

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By Alyssa Scott KU Statehouse Wire Service TOPEKA – The process Kansas uses to form its state energy plan could change with the implementation of House Bill 2233. In the House Energy and Environment Committee hearing Wednesday, the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) testified in favor of the bill while the Kansas Department of Health and […]

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Kansas woman hospitalized after I-70 accident »

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TOPEKA – A Kansas woman was injured in an accident just before 8 a.m. on Thursday in Shawnee County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Isis Elizabeth Gary, 22, Topeka, was westbound on Interstate 70 just west of MacVicar in the right lane. The vehicle made a lane change […]

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