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Get engaged? Get insurance. »

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger

Commissioner’s Corner-February 2014 By Sandy Praeger We are in the peak time for couples to get engaged to be married. Trend watchers say that 39 percent of engagements happen between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. Planning a wedding is exciting and time consuming. One not-so-exciting but just as important factor to discuss is what to do […]

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Hays Beautification Committee’s mission continues »

Janis Lee, Hays Beautification Committee

With the new year the Hays Beautification Committee is enthusiastically moving forward on a series of projects designed to enhance the beautification of our city with an emphasis on drought tolerant plants and practices. The programs which HBC continues to work on include Adopt a Spot, Arbor Day, Project Redbud and Tree Rebates. Two new […]

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Bring a shovel and trash bag next time »

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To the person or persons who felt the need to take a horse ride through residential areas in Hays on Sunday, Jan. 26, please bring your shovel and trash bag to the sidewalk on 17th Street where your horse felt the need to relieve himself and you didn’t bother to clean up. Next time you’re […]

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Rules on inoperable vehicles, storage units are linked »

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As you know, we are currently dealing with the city of Hays “inoperable vehicle” ordinance, Sec. 26-40, which affects us all. In addition to this, the ordinance forbidding the use of storage containers, Sec.11-134, has been brought up as well, and I consider them linked and equally important.  ‘ Whether you own or rent one […]

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Abatements a cause of concern for business owner »

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On Thursday night at a city commission meeting in Hays, it will be decided whether or not the commissioners are going to OK the removal of personal property from Auto Tech owner Chris Miller against his will. The property consists of a customer vehicle for which services have not been paid for yet and a […]

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Business owners: City is handicapping us »

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I recently received two letters from the city of Hays with photos of my storage container and some of the vehicles on my lot. It was pointed out to me by a city of Hays Planning, Inspection and Enforcement Division officer that my business was in violation of some particular codes involving “inoperable vehicles,” as […]

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Attorneys to debate America’s future »

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It’s almost here! The momentum is building as it is not “if’ but when” an Article V Constitutional Convention will take place. Several national groups are pushing hard and they claim they have the money and people to CHANGE our constitution within the next year or two at the outset. ‘We the People” need to […]

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Resolve to get insurance coverage in order for new year »

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Commissioner’s Corner Jan. 2014 By Sandy Praeger, Kansas Insurance Commissioner There is not a lot of time to think about insurance during the hectic rush of the holidays, but as you begin the New Year, it is a good idea to evaluate your insurance coverage. We at the Kansas Insurance Department (KID) and The National […]

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Difficult Decisions Ahead »

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Kansas lawmakers will face difficult budget decisions when they return to the Statehouse for the 2014 legislative session. The Kansas Health Institute has produced an issue brief that details this situation and projects the combined impact on revenue that the 2012 and 2013 tax bills will have over the next few years. A preliminary budget […]

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The 50-year vision for Kansas water »

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The following is an editorial written by the team appointed by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback to draft a 50-year water visioning plan for Kansas. Looking back through history, specific generations have become known for key achievements, traits and ideals. Stereotypes are broadly applied across the United States but what about us? What will this generation […]

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Morningstar 529 Ratings Misguide Investing Public »

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By Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes Morningstar Inc., a firm known for its ratings of mutual funds, began trying to evaluate 529 college-savings plans 10 years ago. Since then, the company has attempted to revise their approach for rating higher education savings plans, but blatant inconsistencies continue to remain in its methodology. State Treasurers built […]

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National Family Caregivers Month »

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TOPEKA – The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services joins the Caregiver Action Network in Washington, DC, and other states across the country to say thank you to the more than 90 million Americans caring for a loved one with a chronic medical condition, disability, special need or the everyday trials of aging. November […]

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Drive defensively during deer season »

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Consumer alert:  Drive defensively during deer season TOPEKA, Kan. — Although deer population numbers might be down nationwide, there’s still a need to be vigilant while driving this fall, according to Sandy Praeger, Commissioner of Insurance. A report from State Farm Insurance, using Federal Highway Administration data, said that deer numbers are down 3.5 percent […]

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