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Cosmosphere hosting astronauts this weekend »

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Several astronauts will touch down this weekend in Hutchinson, as part of a fundraiser for the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. Apollo 16 moonwalker Charlie Duke and Apollo 13 astronauts Fred Haise and Jim Lovell will be among those attending the annual Fly Around, Dine Around event at the center. The […]

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Peanut, almond butter recalled for salmonella risk »

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NEW YORK (AP) — Peanut and almond butters sold at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and other grocers are being recalled because of possible salmonella contamination. A unit of Hain Celestial Group Inc. says there have been reports of four illnesses that may be related to the nut butters. They were sold under the brand names […]

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Police: 6 injured in Kansas head-on collision »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police say six people have been hospitalized after a head-on collision in southwest Wichita. Sgt. Jesse Boomer says the accident happened Tuesday night. He says a southbound SUV struck a northbound car that attempted to make a left-hand turn at an intersection. KWCH-TV reports one person was hospitalized with critical injuries. […]

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Kan. man guilty of spying on family from under a bed »

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LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas man who was discovered by a child to be hiding under a bed will be sentenced next month for criminal trespass and other charges. The Leavenworth Times reports a jury took about an hour this week to convict 35-year-old Earl Brockington Jr. Authorities said Brockington entered the Leavenworth home […]

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$250,000 grant aims to promote Kansas exports »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Commerce is joining forces with Kansas Global Trade Services to increase awareness of the importance of exports to the state’s economy. Gov. Sam Brownback said Tuesday that a $250,000 grant from the Legislature will allow the nonprofit trade advisory firm to work with communities. The aim is […]

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City adds personal vaporizers to smoking ban »

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — The second-largest city in Kansas is adding electronic cigarettes to its ban on smoking in public places. The expanded ordinance in Overland Park will take effect later this month. City Council members in the Johnson County community approved it Monday night. Overland Park has prohibited smoking in hotel rooms, restaurants, […]

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Kansas man sentenced for beer bottle death »

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas man who hit an Iraq war veteran on the head with a beer bottle will go to prison for the man’s death. The Lawrence Journal-World reports 23-year-old Justin Gonzalez, of Mission, was sentenced Tuesday to two years and eight months behind bars. A Douglas County jury convicted Gonzalez […]

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Kan. man hospitalized after I-70 accident »

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KANSAS CITY-  A Kansas man was injured in an accident just after 4 p.m. on Tuesday in Wyandotte County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2009 Toyota Camry driven by James M. Barnett, 80, Overland Park, was westbound on Interstate 70 in lane 4 of 5. Another vehicle attempted to change lanes from 3 to 4. […]

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Kansas mental health system under increasing stress »

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OSAWATOMIE — One day last month, Osawatomie State Hospital had 254 patients in its care — almost 50 more than its optimal capacity. The overcrowded conditions forced a few dozen patients, all of them coping with a serious mental illness and likely a danger to themselves or others, to be triple-bunked in rooms meant for […]

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Groundbreaking for KHP Troop F headquarters »

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KECHI, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Highway Patrol has broken ground for its new headquarters in the south-central part of the state. Gov. Sam Brownback joined other dignitaries at the groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday in Kechi, located outside Wichita. The 22,000-square-foot building will house the patrol’s Troop F, which has outgrown its current quarters in Wichita. […]

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Man killed by police in Wichita suburb »

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HAYSVILLE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas police chief says an officer responding to a domestic disturbance shot and killed a man in suburban Wichita. The Wichita Eagle reports Haysville police were called to an apartment around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday and found a woman injured amid an ongoing disturbance. Haysville Police Chief Jeff Whitfield says an […]

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GOP intensifies efforts in Kan. governor’s race »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Republican Governor’s Association is intensifying its efforts to help Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s re-election campaign. The group’s chairman, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, will be in Kansas Wednesday to attend events with Brownback in Kansas City and Mission Hills. That announcement Tuesday came on the same day the group released […]

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KDHE announces state’s first report of West Nile »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State health officials say a man from Republic County has the first reported case of West Nile virus in Kansas this year. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment did not release any more information about the man in a news release Tuesday. West Nile virus can be spread to people […]

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