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KSU Finds Upside To Elevated Carbon Dioxide Levels »

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(AP) – A Kansas State University researcher has found an agricultural upside to elevated carbon dioxide levels in the earth’s atmosphere. Agronomy professor Mary Beth Kirkham says experiments have shown that the elevated levels allow winter wheat and sorghum to use water more efficiently, which mitigates the effect drought has on those crops. She’s written […]

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Opinion: Huelskamp Speaks at Hutchinson »

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Submitted by R.D. Fry Tim Huelskamp was the guest speaker at the Patriots Freedom Alliance monthly meeting on Tuesday April 2, 2013 in Hutchinson KS. His speaking was more of a pretext for the good members of the PFA to present him with an award for and to express their sincere appreciation of the Congressman’s […]

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Mother Of Slain Kansas Teen Advocates for Cellphone Search Law »

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AP – The mother of an 18-year-old woman murdered in Kansas is traveling to Rhode Island to urge lawmakers to pass a law requiring cellphone providers to provide data about the location of a missing person’s phone. Missy Smith is scheduled to address lawmakers Thursday on why she believes the proposal would help police find […]

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Senate Passes Bill Legalizing Switchblades »

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(AP) – The Kansas Senate has passed a bill making it legal to own switchblade knives and stilettos. The bill is expected to go to the House for a vote Thursday, where it might face some opposition. Rep. Jim Ward, a Democrat from Wichita and a former city prosecutor, said switchblade knives were banned decades […]

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Backers Of Kansas Gun Bills Expect Legislative Votes »

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(AP) – Supporters of two gun measures expect the Kansas Legislature to approve them because both chambers have solid gun-rights majorities. One bill up facing votes Thursday in the House and Senate declares that the federal government has no power to regulate guns, ammunition and accessories that are made, sold and kept exclusively in Kansas. […]

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Indictment: Sales of Marijuana Substitute K2 Made Kansas Men More Than $3 Million »

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TOPEKA, KAN. – Three Kansas men who launched a global sales and supply network for a synthetic version of marijuana have been charged with violating the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today. A 64-page federal indictment alleges the men began selling K2 – named after the second-highest mountain in […]

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Man Pleads To Reduced Charge In Football Player’s Death »

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(AP) – A former central Kansas football player has pleaded to a reduced charge in the beating death of a player from a rival college and has agreed to testify against his co-defendant. 20-year-old DeQuinte Flournoy pleaded no contest Tuesday to felony aggravated battery in the Sept. 22 death of 26-year-old Brandon Brown, a defensive […]

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Gun-rights Bills Nearing Final Passage In Kansas »

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(AP) – Kansas lawmakers are close to finishing work on gun-rights measures representing the Republican-dominated Legislature’s response to the fatal school shooting in December in Newtown, Conn. House and Senate negotiators agreed Wednesday on the final version of a bill declaring that the federal government can’t regulate guns, ammunition and accessories manufactured, sold and kept […]

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Kansas Senate Votes To Expand Rural Growth Program »

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    (AP) – Kansas senators have voted to expand a rural growth program aimed at helping counties with declining populations attract new residents. The 28-12 vote Wednesday would expand the Rural Opportunity Zone program from its current 50 counties to 73 counties. The measure now goes to the House for consideration. Republican Gov. Sam […]

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Kansas Inmate Art Show Coming To Capital »

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(AP) – More than 50 artworks by Kansas prison inmates are going on display in the Statehouse. The works will be exhibited for a week beginning Friday on the second floor of the Capitol in Topeka. It’s the second show of inmate art at the Statehouse in 18 months. A spokesman for the state Corrections […]

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OPINION: Unfit, Unfair »

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Submitted By David Norlin Last week’s online Kansas City Star led with this headline:  Unfit by any standards, legislators run amok.” The story began, “The Kansas Legislature has made many jaw-dropping moves these last few months, but a Senate vote this week leaves us especially agog.  By a 25-14 vote, senators agreed to eliminate property taxes for many of the state’s private gyms and […]

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OPINION: Unfit, Unfair »

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Submitted By David Norlin Last week’s online Kansas City Star led with this headline:  Unfit by any standards, legislators run amok.” The story began, “The Kansas Legislature has made many jaw-dropping moves these last few months, but a Senate vote this week leaves us especially agog.  By a 25-14 vote, senators agreed to eliminate property taxes for many of the state’s private gyms and […]

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More Rain Needed To Replenish Soil, Ponds »

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(AP) – Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service says more precipitation is still needed across the state to replenish soil moisture and stock ponds. The agency reported Monday that topsoil moisture was short to very short in 46 percent of the state. Subsoil moisture levels were short to very short across 81 percent of Kansas. The agency’s […]

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