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Linda Beech: Keep barbecue safe for all to enjoy »

Linda Beech is Ellis County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences with Kansas State Research and Extension.

For many people, summer holidays such as the Fourth of July mean firing up the grill to enjoy outdoor meals with family and friends. Here are four barbecue food safety reminders from Liz Boyle, K-State Research and Extension meat specialist, to ensure everyone enjoys the food and the holiday. 1. Avoid cross-contamination. Frequently washing hands […]

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The First Amendment and the power of ‘fear’ »

Gene Policinski is senior vice president of the First Amendment Center

President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” In a world wracked by terrorism, that carries even more meaning today. When FDR spoke those words in 1933, the threat was the economic and social impact of the Great Depression. Today, it’s the always-present threat of terrorist […]

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Selzer: National Insurance Awareness Day »

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Ken Selzer, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance TOPEKA–National Insurance Awareness Day—this year on Sunday, June 28—is a time for insurance policyholders to reflect on insurance coverages they have. The Kansas Insurance Department (KID) encourages Kansas consumers to take stock of their policies, making sure that they are financially protected in case of loss, damage, illness or […]

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Waymaster: From the Dome to Home »

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June 15, 2015 Troy L. Waymaster, State Representative, Kansas House District, 109 Tax Policy for the State of Kansas: Senate Substitute for House Bill 2109 Friday, June 12, marked the 113th day of the 2015 Legislative Session, the longest session in history for the state of Kansas. Early on Friday morning, the House passed Senate […]

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Q&A: Why is Hays painting bike symbols all over the city streets? »

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The city of Hays is getting a lot of questions and comments about the new Bike Hays system. Here are some of the most frequent asked questions, and the answers, from Paul Briseno, Assistant Hays City Manager. Why is the City of Hays painting all of these bike symbols all over the city streets? The on-street […]

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Insurance scams can be plentiful after Kansas storms »

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During the past two months tornadoes, hail, high winds, driving rains and flooding have provided feelings of anxiety and frustration for Kansans whose property has been damaged. “Unfortunately, those are the emotions that insurance con artists feed on,” said Ken Selzer, CPA, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance. “Unscrupulous individuals who prey on the misfortunes of others […]

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Are you insured for summer fun? »

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Ken Selzer, CPA, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance Are you insured for summer fun? Your summer plans are likely to include more entertaining, travel and outdoor excursions. But before engaging in some recreational activities, you should reevaluate your insurance risks and needs. The following tips from the Kansas Insurance Department and the National Association of Insurance […]

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Waymaster: From the Dome to Home »

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May 30, 2015 Troy L. Waymaster, State Representative, Kansas House District 109 TOPEKA Tax Policy for the State of Kansas: House Substitute for Senate Bill 29  Tax policy has been the leading agenda for both chambers of the Kansas Legislature this week. On Wednesday, May 27, the Senate debated and amended their tax policy legislation, […]

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Waymaster: From the Dome to Home »

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May 22, 2015 Troy L. Waymaster, State Representative, Kansas House District, 109 Election Changes Election law changes have dominated this legislative session, although not nearly as much as the state budget and taxes. There were numerous election law changes that were introduced at the beginning of session, and now we have all of the bills […]

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Waymaster: From the Dome to Home »

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May 15, 2015 Troy L. Waymaster, State Representative, Kansas House District 109 Tax Plans Emerge With the ninetieth day of the Legislative Session looming, which was Saturday,May 16, we did see the emergence of two vastly different tax solution plans voted out of the House Taxation Committee. The first tax plan, House Bill 2430, is […]

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Waymaster: From the Dome to Home »

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Rep. Troy Waymaster, R-Bunker Hill, serves the 109th District Veto Session On Thursday, April 23, the House Appropriations Committee met to discuss the latest consensus revenue estimates that were released on Monday, April 21. The release of the modified consensus revenue estimates for fiscal years 2015, 2016, and 2017, greatly impact the budget and tax […]

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Teen summer driving means increased insurance concerns »

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TOPEKA–Kansas teenagers will soon be out of school for the summer, and with that will come increased opportunities for them to drive their own vehicles to work or ballgames or to hang out with their friends. While the freedom and independence teenagers feel behind the wheel is an important rite of passage in their lives, […]

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Linda Beech: Living Well–The Caregiving Journey »

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As America ages, more of us will find ourselves caring for a spouse, parent, other family member or close friend. In fact, family members and friends provide about eighty percent of long-term care in our country today. The high cost and shortage of trained caregivers, the desire to provide personalized care within the family, and […]

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