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Kansas urges judge not to rule on gay marriage »


KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas attorney general’s office has argued that a federal court should not weigh in on the state’s gay marriage ban until the Kansas Supreme Court has reviewed it. Assistant Attorney General Steve Fabert on Friday urged U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree not to issue a preliminary injunction preventing Kansas […]

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Kansas tax collections fall $23M short in October »


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas says its tax collections in October fell $23 million short of expectations. The state Department of Revenue reported Friday that the state had collected $417 million in taxes, or 5.2 percent less than the $440 million anticipated. Since the start of the current fiscal year in July, tax collections have […]

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Branson on his way to scene of rocket crash scene »


MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — British billionaire Richard Branson is headed to California’s Mojave Desert after a Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded and crashed, killing one person and seriously injuring another. A tweet from Branson’s Twitter account thanked people for their messages of support and said he was “flying to Mojave immediately to be with […]

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Airline adding Great Bend-Kansas City flights »


GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A regional airline that serves Great Bend Municipal Airport is scrapping its daily service to Wichita but adding flights to Kansas City, Missouri. SeaPort Airlines announced Friday that the U.S. Department of Transportation has approved the revised schedule. SeaPort was awarded a two-year Essential Air Service contract at Great Bend […]

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2 charged in holdup at Kansas bank »


OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Two Missouri men with long criminal histories are charged with robbing a northeast Kansas bank where authorities say one employee was dragged by the hair and others suffered minor head injuries. A federal criminal complaint filed Friday charges 53-year-old Clifton Cloyd and 54-year-old Steven A. Watts, both of Kansas City, […]

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Lawsuit against KanCare company puts program in spotlight again »


By Dan Margolies, KUCR KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A lawsuit alleging that one of the for-profit companies running KanCare ordered employees to shift KanCare members away from high-cost providers has put a renewed spotlight on the program, one of the Brownback administration’s signature achievements. In the lawsuit filed this week in federal court in Kansas […]

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Squirrel blamed for knocking out power in Emporia »


EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — A squirrel is being blamed for an hour-long power outage in Emporia that left Emporia State University and thousands of customers temporarily in the dark. The Emporia Gazette  reports a little more than 3,000 customers of Westar Energy and Lyon-Coffey Electric lost power when a squirrel came in contact with electrical […]

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Kansas Democratic Party contributes $90K to Davis »


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A finance report shows that the Kansas Democratic Party contributed $90,000 in the past week to gubernatorial nominee Paul Davis’ campaign against Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. The report filed Thursday also showed that Davis raised an additional $85,400 in contributions from individuals, businesses and political action committees after Oct. 23. His […]

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Crews work to recover victims from Thurs. plane crash UPDATE »


ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The bodies of four people who died when a small plane crashed into a flight training facility at a Kansas airport remain at the site as authorities assess what needs to be done to make the building safe to enter. Police on Friday confirmed the identity of […]

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Health care compact gains attention as campaign issue »


By Jim McLean KHI News Service TOPEKA — A once-obscure effort by a group of states to get out from under federal health care regulations has become an issue in the final days of the Kansas governor’s race. On Wednesday, Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Jill Docking teamed with Republican Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger at a […]

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John Denver bust missing after heavy-metal ball »

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DENVER (AP) — A Denver radio station that sponsored a heavy-metal Halloween ball is pleading for the return of a bust of John Denver that went missing during the party. Someone at KBPI-FM’s Saints and Sinners ball Tuesday night pried the bronze bust off its base at the 1st Bank Center in the Denver suburb […]

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Eagle Radio’s Trotman named chair-elect of trade association »

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At the Kansas Association of Broadcasters annual meeting earlier this month, five members were elected to serve on the KAB board beginning Jan. 1. Mark Trotman, Eagle Radio of Hutchinson, was named chairman-elect of the organization. Michael Quade of Smoky Hills Public Television in Bunker Hill also was elected to the board.

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Kansas candidate criticized for black fathers post »


  TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas House candidate is facing criticism for a Facebook post that joked about black fathers. Republican Cordell Fischer told The Topeka Capital-Journal  that he removed the post when he became aware of it. He says his wife tagged him in the post and that it wasn’t supposed to be […]

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