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Unmanned drones could affect the American food supply »


MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal’s temperature. Applying pesticides. The president of the National Farmers Union says that when it comes to drones, “your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible.” This month, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the first permit […]

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New Kansas Insurance Commissioner Strives For A ‘Robust’ Market »


By ASHLEY BOOKER, KHI News After taking his new role as Kansas insurance commissioner, Ken Selzer stressed that he will work toward providing Kansas consumers with a more robust insurance market. Selzer said recruiting insurance companies to move to the state will give consumers more options. “We are always going to find other ways to help […]

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Hit and run kills 19-year old on Kan. highway »


LENEXA – A teenager was hit and killed in an accident just after 5 p.m. on Saturday in Johnson County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a Toyota pickup was southbound on Interstate 35 at milepost 226. The truck swerved and attempted to take the exit at the U.S. 69 ramp and struck Steven Henderson Schuster, […]

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GOP presses state bills limiting gay rights before ruling »


RAY HENRY, Associated Press KATHLEEN FOODY, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Republican lawmakers are pushing legislation restricting gay rights even as the U.S. Supreme Court gets ready to decide whether same-sex couples can marry. The roughly half-dozen bills are viewed as political longshots unlikely to become law. Still, they create a political problem for Republicans […]

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Moran introduces bill directing VA to help Veterans receive community care »


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, has introduced legislation, the Veterans Access to Community Care Act of 2015 (S. 207), requiring 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 […]

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Kansas to appeal ruling that found education is underfunded »


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ top prosecutor has announced plans to appeal a district court panel ruling that found the state isn’t spending enough money on its public schools to provide a suitable education. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced the appeal plans Friday morning. Later, his office announced it had […]

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Increased fees worth the cost for Kansas, Missouri »


By Alyssa Scott, KU Statehouse Wire Service TOPEKA – A regional educational organization will increase its costs by more than 17 percent next year but state officials say the savings for Kansas is well worth the cost. The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), an organization that provides higher education services to states in the Midwest, plans […]

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Kansas teen sentenced to 9 years for abuse of baby »


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka teen has been sentenced to nine years in prison for child abuse that left a baby with serious brain damage. Koylen Corbin McKinney was sentenced Friday for abusing a 7-month-old boy in Holton. McKinney was two months shy of his 18th birthday when the abuse happened in April. He […]

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ACA Enrollment Up In Kansas And Missouri, Though Pace Slow »


By ALEX SMITH Thousands of Kansans and Missourians signed up for insurance on the federal exchange last week, though the pace has slowed since the first several robust weeks of the second Affordable Care Act open enrollment period. New figures released Wednesday by the Department of Health and Human Services show that during the week […]

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Kansas man killed in Missouri double shooting »


St. Joseph Post FAUCETT -Law enforcement officials in Northwest Missouri are investigating a double shooting at a home in Faucett. Authorities say Andrew Clary, 36, was shot and killed at a home located in the 12000 block of Timothy Drive. Clary has family in Doniphan County Kansas. Clary’s girlfriend 33-year-old Amanda Simpson, St. Joseph, Mo., […]

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Brownback shifts blame for state budget woes on Legislature »


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says state lawmakers are responsible for the tax cuts that have put his state in a financial hole. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the governor on Thursday told the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce at its annual luncheon that he initially had proposed a flat tax, with reductions […]

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Kansas man hospitalized after semi rolls »


SATANTA – A Kansas man was injured in an accident just before 10:30 a.m. on Saturday in Seward County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2009 Mack semi driven by David R. Jordan, 56, Fowler, was northbound on Kansas18 five miles south of Satanta. The truck was traveling too fast to negotiate a curve and […]

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Fueled by oil, agriculture sector welcomes low diesel prices »


ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The plunge in fuel prices has been a relief across the agricultural sector, easing the pain of low grain prices for growers and boosting profits for cattle ranchers. Livestock producers in the Midwest and vegetable growers in the Sun Belt alike are already reaping benefits. Average diesel […]

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