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 […]

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 […]

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 – […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Judge Throws Out Extortion Claim In Lawsuit Over KanCare Practices

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]