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KPI response: Emporia State prof tells ‘fairy tale’ in budget critique »

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By DAVE TRABERT Kansas Policy Institute It’s bad enough when politicians fabricate stories for political gain, but it’s especially appalling coming from a university professor. A recent column by Emporia State professor Michael Smith claimed that the Kansas Policy Institute budget plan for the state of Kansas used dynamic scoring to “…forecast revenues nearly $400 […]

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‘Protecting public drinking waters’ for 40 years »

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Across the country and throughout the Heartland, most people take it for granted: Turn the tap to quench your thirst, and you can be reasonably assured that your water is clean and safe to drink. It’s an assurance greatly bolstered by the Safe Drinking Water Act, a landmark environmental protection law passed by Congress 40 […]

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‘Giving Back to Ellis': Remember the Foundation »


Community Foundation of Ellis As we approach the end of the year, many individuals are continuing their efforts of gifting local charities or organizations that are dear to their hearts. The Community Foundation of Ellis would like to encourage individuals to invest in their community also. During the month of November, the foundation started their […]

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American farmers adapting to change »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

Without question, agricultural research is one of the most vital investments we can make to feed our increasing population and protect our planet. Agricultural research has been helping people by fighting hunger and lowering food costs for years. It also aids rural America which has a higher wage structure than some of developing countries and […]

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Miracle on College Street »


The plot was simple. A store Santa named Kris Kringle was hired at Macy’s. But he steered some customers to a rival store: Gimbels. On the verge of being fired, Kris is kept and rewarded when his action generates good publicity. The Gimbels store even institutes the same referral policy and the race to generate […]

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Newman president: Four-year degrees are offered in Dodge »

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Last month, Patrick Lowry, Hays Daily News editor and publisher, penned an editorial critical of Dodge City Community College President Don Woodburn. As Mr. Lowry speculated about a potential DCCC and Fort Hays State merger in his article, he mistakenly stated it would give “Dodge City a four-year institution for the first time since 1992 […]

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Moran: Securing the future of aerospace in Kansas »


By U.S. Sen. JERRY MORAN Safeguarding our nation means both a strong national defense and a strong economy. The aerospace industry is where these two priorities combine. In today’s global economy, aerospace provides vital opportunities for America at home and abroad, and Kansas is fortunate to be at the crossroads of the aerospace industry. In […]

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HAWVER: Brownback plan in full effect — for good or ill »


Gov. Sam Brownback: Fiendishly clever…or not. Boy, how often do you get to write that about a governor? Here’s how this shakes out. Brownback, of course, signed into law massive income tax cuts two years ago, and while the cuts were bigger than he wanted, he’s got them. And, for a very conservative governor, he […]

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DAVE SAYS: An unlikely thief »

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Dear Dave, I gave my wife $350 for Christmas shopping at Wal-Mart. While she was there with our 6-year-old daughter, she cashed her bonus check to put with the Christmas money. When she tried to check out, the money was gone. My wife even asked our daughter if she took the money out of mommy’s […]

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About this time each year we begin to hear and read stories that all center on the illegal taking of Kansas wildlife. Whether it’s bald eagles being shot, outfitters being investigated for assisting their clients in illegally taking and transporting game, or numerous game law violations intentionally and knowingly committed by people mistakenly calling themselves […]

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Early Review: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ »

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Thanks to my wife’s good luck in a radio contest, I was able to see “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” about a week early, and, to be honest, I’m glad that I didn’t have to pay for it. This film has been marketed over and over again as “The defining chapter of […]

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Genetically Modified Organism (GMO): Fact or fiction? »

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You don’t have to live in a cave to know that there is plenty of negative press on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s). For some time now I have been telling my co-workers that I am going to write something in my weekly column about GMO’s. For starters what is a GMO? By definition a GMO […]

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Bake ahead and freeze for the holidays »

Linda Beech

The holidays may mean lots of extra baking for gifts or serving to guests. But rather than staying up until dawn to finish the last batch of cookies before your party, do some of your baking now and freeze for the festivities later. Freezing baked goods is a great way to spread out the cooking […]

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