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Congress’ dysfunction not limited to Homeland Security fight »

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ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress’ dysfunction isn’t limited to the struggle to keep a Cabinet department running without interruption. Lawmakers couldn’t finish their work last year and it’s showing now. The leftover business could prove even more divisive than the dispute over rolling back President Barack Obama’s immigration policies on a bill […]

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Beavers and otters may be trapped through March 31 »


KS Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism PRATT–The 2014 trapping season is coming to a close, and just as one season closes, another season will open. Beavers and otters may still be trapped through March 31, but the trapping season for other furbearers ended Feb. 15. On March 1, the running season, an eight-month period […]

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March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month »

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TOPEKA – Governor Sam Brownback signed a proclamation on February 25th to designate March as National Problem Gambling Awareness Month in Kansas. Stakeholders who promote awareness of the services and programs available to problem gamblers Kansas participated in the ceremony. Stakeholder groups involved in statewide problem gambling services include the Kansas Coalition on Problem Gambling, […]

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Kansas Parents As Teachers Program Still Alive, For Now »

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By DAVE RANNEY The House Social Services Budget Committee changed its mind Wednesday, voting to shelve an earlier recommendation that could have led to the Parents as Teachers program being cut from the state budget. “We’re going to have another hearing,” said Rep. Will Carpenter, a Republican from El Dorado and chairman of the committee. […]

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Pew study: Americans still stressed despite improved economy »

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PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly six years after the Great Recession, a clear majority of American families say they feel unprepared for a financial emergency. The Pew Charitable Trusts’ poll of 7,000 U.S. households finds that 57 percent don’t consider themselves ready for a sudden financial setback, 55 percent say they […]

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Child dies, 2 adults hospitalized after Kansas semi crash »

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WELDA- A child died and two adults were injured in an accident just before 2 p.m. on Saturday in Anderson County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2006 Nissan Murano driven by Judith Wright, 52, Chanute, was northbound on U.S. 169 just north of Welda. The driver lost control in the snow. The vehicle entered […]

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Kansas man pleads no contest to capital murder »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man whose capital murder conviction was overturned has pleaded no contest to killing two women in Topeka in 2003. King Phillip Amman Reu-El, who was known as Phillip Cheatham Jr., avoided the death penalty by pleading no contest Friday to capital murder and attempted first-degree murder in the shooting […]

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2 hospitalized after head-on crash in the snow »


ALTAMONT- Two people were injured in an accident just before 10 a.m. on Saturday in Labette County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2004 Ford Mustang driven by Kaylie R. Hawkins, 14, Liberty, was westbound on U.S. 160 twelve miles west of Altamont. The driver lost control on the snow-covered road. The vehicle crossed the […]

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Kansas lawmakers pass raft of bills before deadline »


NICHOLAS CLAYTON, Associated Press TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators have reached the midpoint of their annual session having advanced gun-rights and teacher collective bargaining proposals but having left measures to legalize medical marijuana, expand the Medicaid program and restrict fracking to languish. Most bills had to be passed out of their chamber of origin […]

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2 hospitalized after vehicle misses stop sign »


CONCORDIA- Two people were injured in an accident just after 10 a.m. on Saturday in Cloud County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 1995 Ford passenger vehicle driven by Robin Ann Davern, 50, Clyde, was westbound on Union Road at U.S. 81. The driver failed to stop at a stop sign and a 2003 Chevy […]

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Hyundai recalls cars due to power-steering problem »

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NEW YORK (AP) — Hyundai is recalling about 263,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada because a sensor problem could cause drivers to lose power-assisted steering. The company has not reported any injuries or accidents. A representative for Hyundai Motor America wasn’t immediately available for comment. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says a sensor […]

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Suspect in Kansas man’s death rejects plea agreement »

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A woman charged with killing her housemate in Lawrence last year says rejected two plea agreements and will go to trial in March. Attorney Carl Cornwell said during a hearing Friday that 20-year-old Sarah Gonzalez McLinn was offered plea deals on Wednesday and Friday but rejected them both. She is charged […]

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Former Kansas superintendent and 2 others sue over firings »


GARDNER, Kan. (AP) — A superintendent and two of his top administrators who were fired last year are suing the Gardner-Edgerton School district in northeast Kansas. The Kansas City Star reports that former superintendent Bill Gilhaus and subordinates Christy Ziegler and Lana Gerber allege in federal court that they were wrongfully discharged. The two women […]

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