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Ex-Kansas Sheriff Accused Of Tipping Off Lover »


AP – A former eastern Kansas sheriff is accused in a civil ouster petition of tipping off his alleged lover about a meth investigation. After several media outlets petitioned the court, the petition was unsealed Monday. Several hours later, Jeff Curry’s resignation as Franklin County sheriff took effect. Curry says the allegations are untrue. The […]

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Kansas Senate Rejects Rape Exception On Abortion »


AP — The Kansas Senate has rejected a proposal to add an exception for pregnancies resulting from rape and incest from the state’s restrictions on abortion. The proposal from Democratic Sen. David Haley, of Kansas City, was defeated Monday on a 28-9 vote as the chamber debated an anti-abortion bill. Kansas bans most abortions starting […]

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Kansas Senate Taking Up Sweeping Anti-Abortion Bill »


(AP) – Abortion opponents expect the Kansas Senate to approve a bill this week to block tax breaks for abortion providers and to bar them from participating in public school sex education classes. The bill on the Senate’s agenda Monday already has passed the House. Supporters hope senators won’t make any changes so that a […]

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Kansas Indoor Gardeners Claim Pot Search Illegal »


AP – Two former CIA employees whose suburban Kansas City home was unsuccessfully searched for marijuana claim they were illegally targeted, possibly because they had purchased indoor growing supplies to raise vegetables. Adelyn and Robert Harte sued Thursday to obtain records and are considering a federal civil rights lawsuit. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office searched […]

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Kansas Jobless Rate Steady In February »


AP – New unemployment figures show the Kansas jobless rate held steady last month at 5.5 percent, the same as in January but lower than in February 2012. The Kansas Department of Labor released the new statistics for February late Thursday. The agency says Kansas added 2,000 private sector jobs in February, continuing a string […]

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Brownback Sees Gay Marriage As Settled Issue In Kansas »


AP – Gov. Sam Brownback still supports a federal law against gay marriage that he backed as a member of Congress and says the issue is settled in Kansas because of the state constitution’s ban. Brownback faced questions Thursday from reporters with two cases on gay marriage before the U.S. Supreme Court. Brownback has long […]

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Kansas Governor Says His Sales Tax Plan Fits With Budget »


AP – Gov. Sam Brownback says the reality of funding the state budget will push Kansas lawmakers toward approving his proposal to cancel a scheduled decline in the state sales tax. Brownback said Thursday that legislators have limited options for stabilizing the budget while they seek further cuts in individual income tax rates. Brownback hopes […]

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Eyeballs Found In Trash At Kansas Gas Station »


AP — Police say they are trying to determine how a medical box containing a pair of eyeballs ended up in a trash bin at a gas station in Kansas City. Police spokesman Steve Young says a worker at a Conoco station in the city’s north called police after finding the cardboard box late Wednesday. […]

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Free Pizza Hangs In The Balance For Shockers Fans »


Pizza Hut officials are promising a gift for Wichita State fans if the Shockers win the NCAA basketball tournament. The company says it will reopen its original restaurant on the Wichita State campus the Thursday after the NCAA tournament championship and feed the campus – if the Shockers capture the title. Wichita State plays La […]

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Senate Approves New Caps To Unemployment Benefits »


The Kansas Senate approved a bill that would change the length of time Kansans can receive unemployment compensation. The bill approved Wednesday links the compensation to the state’s jobless rate, and raises the surcharge employers pay into the unemployment trust fund. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the bill would allow Kansans to claim unemployment for the current […]

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Study: Kansas Could See Rise In Health Claims Costs »


AP – A new national study says Kansas could see an increase of nearly 19 percent by 2017 in medical claims costs for individual insurance policies under the federal health care overhaul. That’s better than the nationwide figure of nearly 32 percent forecast by the Society of Actuaries study. Kansas legislators from both parties said […]

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Drug Test for Welfare Check Approved »


(AP) – The Kansas House has approved a bill that would require unemployment and welfare recipients to undergo drug testing. Under a bill passed Tuesday on a 106-16 vote, anyone who fails a drug test would have to get drug treatment and job skills training, paid for by the state and federal government. Those who […]

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House Approves Bill To Require Stem Cell Research »


(AP) – The Kansas House has approved a bill that would require the University of Kansas Medical Center to start a center to promote research and use of adult stem cells, cord blood and related stem cell therapies. The bill would prohibit the center from using embryonic stem cells or cells taken from aborted fetal […]

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