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New Kansas Ethanol Plant Turning Crop Residue Into Fuel »

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By BRYAN THOMPSON Five months after its grand opening, a massive new-generation ethanol plant in the southwest corner of Kansas is undergoing final adjustments as it prepares to begin full-scale production. The plant, built by a Spanish company with financing from the U.S. Department of Energy, is designed to produce clean-burning fuel — not from […]

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States say Obama administration misled judge on immigration »

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JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — A coalition of states suing to stop President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration alleges the government misled a judge about not implementing part of the plan before the judge temporarily halted it. The allegation was made in court documents filed Thursday in response to a Justice […]

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Supreme Court upholds Barton Co. man’s conviction in cheerleader’s murder »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld the convictions of a Great Bend man who killed a 14-year-old cheerleader and burned her body at the asphalt plant where he worked. The court in a 61-page ruling handed down Friday affirmed his conviction for the capital murder of Alicia DeBolt. It rejected defense […]

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Group Vows To Improve Conditions At State Mental Hospital »

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By DAVE RANNEY Kansas Sen. Molly Baumgardner thought it’d be great if a dozen — maybe two dozen — people showed up for a town hall meeting she’d convened in Osawatomie to talk about conditions at the state mental health hospital. “There’s a lot of fear and anxiety, I know,” she said. “People are afraid […]

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Kan. Bill Would Give Parents More Leeway To Refuse Medication For Kids »

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By ANDY MARSO A 14-year-old Washington boy died of leukemia in 2007 after a judge ruled the state could not compel him or his legal guardian to accept blood transfusions that ran counter to their faith as Jehovah’s Witnesses . Two years later, when the parents of a 13-year-old Minnesota boy with cancer did not […]

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Hearings scheduled on controversial changes in state welfare policies »

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By Jim McLean Bills that would further tighten eligibility for public assistance programs will be among the first that lawmakers consider this week when they return to the Capitol from a short mid-session break. The bills — House Bill 2381 and Senate Bill 256 ­— would write into state law several controversial administrative changes made […]

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Kansas Legislature kicking off second half of annual session »

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JOHN HANNA, AP Political Writer TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are returning to the Statehouse for the second part of their annual session. Lawmakers reconvened Wednesday, the 47th day of their 90-day session, after a five-day weekend tied to their “turnaround” deadline. That’s when many bills must clear their chamber of origin to be […]

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Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions »

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ERICA WERNER, Associated Press DAVID ESPO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the budget year, without overturning the president’s immigration policies. The House on Tuesday voted 257-167 for the measure that Obama is expected to sign. Without […]

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Kan. law may hamper teen drug and alcohol prevention efforts »

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By ASHLEY BOOKER For more than 20 years, Kansas secondary students have taken a survey to track alcohol and drug abuse. But a new law requiring parents to give written permission to allow their children to take the survey is affecting the survey data, and those who use it say it could be more challenging […]

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Kansas man arrested after Sunday morning chase »

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HUTCHINSON— A Reno County man is free on bond after he led law enforcement on a high-speed chase early Sunday morning. Law enforcement authorities reported deputies attempted to stop a Chevy Blazer allegedly driven by Donald Mayer, 46, for failing to signal a turn and also for an obstructed license plate. Mayer refused to stop […]

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National organization awarded grant to fight poverty in Kansas »

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By DAVE RANNEY Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration has awarded a one-year, $314,000 grant to a Washington, D.C.-based organization, the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, to help low-income communities find ways to combat poverty, violence, substance abuse and absent fathers. “I’m excited to see this nationally recognized, successful initiative come to Kansas,” Brownback said in a recent […]

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Kansas earthquakes worsen damage to century-old courthouse »

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ANTHONY, Kan. (AP) — Harper County officials say frequent earthquakes are adding to the cost of repairing the century-old county courthouse, which was already deteriorating because of age. The Hutchinson News reports the county was considering spending $400,000 to fix cracks in the courthouse’s staircases. Then a sharp increase in earthquakes began hitting south-central Kansas, […]

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‘Devil’ Brigade Soldiers Return to Kansas »

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FORT RILEY – Soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, are returning to Fort Riley following a successful nine-month deployment to Kuwait according to a media release from the Division. The first group of Soldiers arrived on post earlier this month, with the remaining set to redeploy in large groups in the […]

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