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Kansas lightning strike was close »

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JC Post JUNCTION CITY- The lightning and thunder that rumbled through northeast Kansas early Sunday left one calling card in Junction City. Lightning slammed into the driveway of Traci Scott’s residence at  131 West Pine Street. There were no injuries, and no damage to the house itself, but the driveway, a nearby patio, and her […]

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Man sentenced to life in prison in Great Bend homicide »

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GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A central Kansas man will serve at least 25 years in prison for the shooting death of a Great Bend man. A Barton County judge on Thursday sentenced 33-year-old Jeffrey Wade Chapman of Pawnee Rock to life in prison with no parole for 25 years in the November 2011 death […]

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Head of Eisenhower Memorial Commission to step down »

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BRETT ZONGKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the commission working to build a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower plans to resign and says a Kansas senator should lead the effort. In a letter Tuesday to the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, 93-year-old Rocco Siciliano of Los Angeles said he plans to step down […]

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2 dead in Kansas small plane crash »

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PLEASANTON- Two people died in a small plane crash just before 6 p.m. on Tuesday in Linn County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2006-fixed wing single engine Light Sport Zodiac piloted by Herbert Lewis Siegel, 67, Stillwell, took off northbound from a private grass airstrip two miles northwest of Pleasanton and became airborne for […]

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Brownback signs state education block grant bill »

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Topeka — Governor Sam Brownback today issued the following statement after signing Senate Bill 7, the education block grant bill. “For the first time ever, we will spend more than $4 billion to support K12 education in Kansas. At the same time we are providing those closest to the classroom – teachers and parents – […]

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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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