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Kansas Senate passes Brownback’s school funding overhaul »

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NICHOLAS CLAYTON, Associated Press TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s $4.1 billion plan to overhaul public school funding has passed through the Senate. The Senate voted 25-14 to approve the measure Monday, but a district court order issued on Friday signaled that the plan may be blocked before it gets off the ground. […]

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FDA Warns Kansas Pharmacy Over Lactation Drug »

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By DAN MARGOLIES An Overland Park business has been ensnared in a crackdown on compounding pharmacies that make products containing a drug used to boost lactation in breastfeeding women. The Food and Drug Administration last month issued a warning letter to Perry Drug Inc. citing it for compounding drug products containing domperidone, a drug not […]

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Wichita marijuana reform question still on track for ballot »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The ballot question on the marijuana reform initiative in Wichita appears still on track for a vote on the April 7th ballot KAKE-TV  reports that the ballots are headed to the printer Friday afternoon. Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says it’s on the ballot unless her office gets direction from […]

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Judge Throws Out Extortion Claim In Lawsuit Over KanCare Practices »


By DAN MARGOLIES A federal judge has thrown out Centene Corp.’s abuse-of-process claim against a former employee who alleged she was fired after complaining about the managed care company’s business practices. Centene is the parent company of Sunflower State Health Plan Inc., one of three for-profit companies managing KanCare, Kansas’ privatized version of Medicaid. The […]

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Wednesday’s rural grass fires cause no injuries, prompt burn bans »

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SALINA -Fire crews from across central Kansas were busy fighting a number of large and small rural grass fires on Wednesday. This prompted Saline and other central Kansas counties to suspended controlled burning. The largest fire on Wednesday was at Sioux Road and 2nd Avenue in McPherson County. Estimates suggest that fire burned from 200 […]

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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 »


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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