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Gov. makes judicial appointment to 18th District Court »

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OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR TOPEKA–Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today announced the appointment of Deborah Hernandez Mitchell of Wichita as a District Judge for the Kansas 18th District Court. Mitchell fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Joseph Bribiesca. “I am pleased to appoint Deborah Hernandez Mitchell to the 18th District,” said Governor Brownback. […]

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Co-owner of Kansas recycling company fined $118K »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An owner of an El Dorado, Kansas, plastics recycling company has to pay the federal government $118,000 for storing hazardous air pollutants. Federal prosecutors in Wichita say 39-year-old Sean M. Riley of Andover, co-owner of Integrated Plastic Solutions, pleaded guilty earlier to aiding and abetting negligent exposure to a hazardous air […]

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Police: Stores on alert after $75,000 Wal-Mart theft »

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BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) — Investigators say they have no suspects in the theft of $75,000 from an Oklahoma Wal-Mart by a man disguised as an armored truck driver. Authorities say the suspect entered the Wal-Mart store in Bristow about 10:30 a.m. Saturday dressed similarly to a Loomis armored transport employee. The suspect strolled to the […]

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Wichita State getting $1M federal grant »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State University is getting a $1 million federal grant for its new innovation campus. The Wichita Eagle reports that the grant from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration will go toward roads and water lines to support the Experiential Engineering Building, the first building at the new innovation campus. […]

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New, ‘sophisticated’ Oreo cookie coming to a store near you »

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CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Oreos are getting a skinny new look, and its maker says the new cookie is a “sophisticated” snack for grown-ups that isn’t meant to be twisted or dunked. Mondelez International Inc. says it will add “Oreo Thins” to its permanent lineup in the U.S. starting […]

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Former Ft. Riley Soldier Sentenced for Sexually Assaulting Child »

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TOPEKA, KAN. – A former Ft. Riley soldier was sentenced Monday to 10 years in federal prison for aggravated sexual abuse of a child according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. James Duke, 52, who is in federal custody, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated sexual abuse. In his plea, he admitted he began […]

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Heavy storms hit Kansas City area »

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Heavy storms swept through the Kansas City area, spawning at least one tornado, but there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries. The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings for Clay and Jackson counties in Missouri and Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties in neighboring Kansas. The weather service […]

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McPherson Man Sentenced to Life in Prison For Murder »

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McPHERSON – A McPherson man was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility for parole for at least 25 years for felony murder according to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. Clinton Bascue, 32, was sentenced in McPherson County District Court by Judge Richard B. Walker. Bascue pleaded no contest to first-degree felony murder […]

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Report: Wheat harvest nears completion in parts of Kansas »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The latest government update shows the 2015 winter wheat harvest is nearing completion in some parts of Kansas, and making good progress everywhere else. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that harvest statewide was 79 percent finished. That is ahead of the 66 percent cut at this time last year, […]

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2 injured after car explodes on Kansas expressway UPDATE »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a Kansas father and son were injured when their car exploded. The explosion Sunday near Topeka had such force the roof of the car was peeled back. Authorities say Jacob Schell and his 4-year-old son, Roman, were injured in the explosion. Jacob Schell’s brother, Alex, told The Topeka Capital-Journal […]

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Tentative plan to keep Amtrak running in Kansas UPDATE »

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  KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Amtrak officials say a tentative agreement has been reached that would keep the passenger train running in Kansas and Missouri. Amtrak had threatened to shut down or reroute the Southwest Chief in Kansas and to stop the River Runner service between Kansas City and St. Louis. The dispute involved […]

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Kan. businessman sentenced to prison over pollution, deception »

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TOPEKA – The owner of a metal plating company in Minneapolis, Kansas, was sentenced Monday to four months in federal prison followed by six months home confinement for violating the federal Clean Water Act according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom. His company was fined $10,000. In addition, he and his company were ordered to pay $281,503 […]

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Kan. man arrested after pulling knife on neighbor, police officer »

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SALINA – A Kansas man is in custody after he allegedly pulled a knife on a neighbor and a police officer. Salina Police Captain Chris Trocheck said that Jerry Allen Huff, 51, Salina, allegedly made comments directed toward the girlfriend of a teenager who lived near him in the 200 Block of East Mulberry. The […]

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