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Kan. high school may put valuable painting on display soon »


OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City school district says it is negotiating to bring a Thomas Hart Benton painting out of hiding and display it for the public. The painting, called “Utah Highlands,” has not been seen for several years. It was purchased for the Shawnee Mission High School by the class […]

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House health committee chairman prefers private charity over government aid »


By Andy Marso As a 25-year member of a Wichita Shriners Club, Rep. Dan Hawkins has seen what private charity can do for those who can’t afford medical care. In addition to their social activities, the Shriners are well-known for the national network of 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children — facilities that use private donations […]

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Mo. Gov. calls Kan. aqueduct proposal a “hair-brained idea.” »


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Water Authority accepted a report on proposal to build an aqueduct to take water from the Missouri River to southwestern Kansas. The authority will circulate the report to appropriate legislative committees. But board members said Thursday they aren’t enthusiastic about the idea of building a 360-mile aqueduct that would […]

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Wichita officials expect fight if marijuana proposal approved »


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita officials say they are expecting a fight with the state if Wichita residents approve an ordinance that would lower penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. The Wichita City Council voted Tuesday to put the measure on the April 7 ballot. It would make first-offense marijuana possession a criminal […]

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Kan. woman accused of killing 10-year old son will undergo evaluation »


WELLINGTON, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas woman accused of stabbing her 10-year-old son to death will undergo a mental competency evaluation at Larned State Hospital. A Sumner County judge on Thursday ordered that 33-year-old Lindsey Nicole Blansett of Wellington be evaluated at Larned after a Sumner County mental health group recommended that the evaluation be […]

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County jailer sentenced to probation for sex with inmates »


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former Sedgwick County jailer will serve three years’ probation for sex crimes involving inmates at the county jail. Fifty-year-old Kenneth Reese was sentenced Thursday for crimes he committed at the jail while working as a detention deputy in 2012 and 2013. He pleaded guilty last month. The Wichita Eagle reports […]

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Police seek man in Kan. child’s hair being set on fire »


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Topeka police are searching for a man suspected of lighting a 6-year-old girl’s hair on fire while she was outside in her backyard. The child’s uncle, George Hearne, tells WIBW-TV  that she suffered third-degree burns to her head and first- and second-degree burns to her hands in the Wednesday incident. Hearne […]

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1 hospitalized after car collides with semi »


JOHNSON CITY – One man was injured in an accident just before 10 p.m. on Thursday in Stanton County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2007 Chevy Sonic driven by Ernest Wayne Newton, 26, Vega, TX., was northbound on Kansas 27 eight miles north of Johnson City. The vehicle went left of center and struck […]

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Kansas Republicans set to hold Kansas Days convention »


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Republicans are gathering for their biggest convention of the year. The GOP leadership will kick off the two-day event Friday with speeches by Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas Congressman Kevin Yoder. Kansas officials will be joined in their receptions by speeches from visiting Republicans legislators. Congressman Trey Gowdy of South […]

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Kansas officials await word on January tax collections »


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials are awaiting word on whether state tax collections this month met expectations. The state Department of Revenue’s report Friday afternoon was coming as lawmakers worked on proposals to eliminate a projected $279 million shortfall in the state’s current budget. The state also faces an additional, projected $436 million gap […]

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Cosmosphere’s planetarium to undergo complete renovation »


HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The Cosmosphere’s is planning a complete renovation for its Justice Planetarium. The Hutchinson-based facility announced Thursday in a news release that the planetarium will close its doors Feb. 2 for the planned upgrades. It is expected to reopen April 12. Upgrades include the installation of a new digital projection system that […]

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Kansas woman hospitalized after crash with semi »


ABILENE- A Kansas woman was injured in an accident just after 3 p.m. on Thursday in Dickinson County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2014 Ford Taurus driven by Jeanette M. Raab, 45, Abilene, was northbound at the stop sign on Kansas 15 at Kansas 18. The vehicle failed to yield, pulled out in front […]

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1 hospitalized after crash during Ellis Co. high speed chase »


HAYS – A Kansas man was injured in an accident during a chase by law enforcement just before 2 p.m. on Thursday in Ellis County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a trooper was in pursuit of a 2002 Alero Oldsmobile driven  by Jacob Riley Craft, 21, Lawrence, was westbound on Interstate 70 eight miles east […]

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