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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]