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Kingman voters extend city sales tax »

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KINGMAN, Kan. (AP) — Kingman residents easily approved the extension of a 1 percent city sales tax. The Hutchinson News reports results showed the proposal passed Tuesday by a vote of 213-95. It extends a 10-year city sales tax, which was scheduled to expire at the end of the year. The sales tax is expected […]

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McConnell base gets final OK for refueling tankers »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita has received final approval to become the main operating site for the Air Force’s new KC-46A air refueling tanker. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, along with U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, announced Tuesday that the base in Wichita passed an environmental study, the final requirement […]

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Report: Medicaid expansion would boost Kansas economy »

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By KHI NEWS SERVICE TOPEKA — A new report from the Kansas Center for Economic Growth concludes that Medicaid expansion would be a boon to the state’s economy and be particularly helpful in rural areas where higher percentages of workers lack good health coverage. The center is a nonprofit group that promotes “balanced policies that […]

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Online portal for Kansas driver’s permits delayed »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is starting later than initially planned with a new online portal for taking applications for driver’s education permits from young residents. The Department of Revenue expects the portal to be available May 5. The department previously planned to have it available April 1. Department spokeswoman Jeanine Koranda said Tuesday the […]

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KC police seek ATM thieves »

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police on both sides of the state line in the Kansas City metropolitan area believe they’re getting close to shutting down a group behind more than a dozen thefts from automatic teller machines since November. KMBC-TV reports that some arrests have been made. But officers in a Missouri-Kansas task force […]

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Kansas man sentenced for car-horse crash »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for fleeing a hit-and-run accident that killed a man on horseback. The rider, 51-year-old Lloyd Ferguson, died after his horse was hit by a car the night of July 5, 2013. A 6-year-old boy riding with Ferguson was […]

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Senators seek support for Southwest Chief route »

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three U.S. senators are seeking support for capital improvements to Amtrak’s long-distance routes, including one that passes through New Mexico and Colorado. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico and Mark Udall of Colorado have sent a letter to the chairman of an appropriations subcommittee that’s considering funding for […]

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Man seeks to hide ‘murder’ tattoo before trial »

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GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man charged with first-degree murder is afraid the tattooed mirror-image letters spelling out the word “murder” across his neck might prejudice a jury, so he is asking for a professional tattoo artist to remove or cover it up. Prosecutors say they aren’t opposed to Jeffrey Chapman covering his […]

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Minneapolis schools, hospital temporarily on lockdown UPDATE »

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UPDATE 4 p.m.  Ottawa County authorities say Tuesday’s lockdown was prompted by a the search for a suicidal suspect.  He is now in custody. No additional details have been released. MINNEAPOLIS, Kan. — The schools in Minneapolis and the hospital were on lockdown Tuesday afternoon at the request of law enforcement officials. An individual at […]

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State workers’ pay an issue for Kansas lawmakers »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are considering proposals to give state workers a modest pay increase but end their guaranteed longevity bonuses. The Senate Ways and Means Committee touched on pay issues Tuesday as it reviewed budget issues facing lawmakers when they return to the Statehouse next week to wrap up their work for […]

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Topeka councilman charged with 2 felonies »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Shawnee County district attorney is seeking the ouster of a Topeka city councilman who faces two felony charges. Court records indicate John Campos II was charged Monday with one count of false writing and one count of Interference with law enforcement. Campos is accused of presenting a fake insurance card […]

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Prosecutor seeks death penalty in Kansas killings »

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OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) — An eastern Kansas prosecutor has filed a motion seeking the death penalty against a 28-year-old man accused of fatally shooting four people at a rural Ottawa farm. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Franklin County prosecutor Stephen Hunting gave copies of the motion Tuesday to District Judge Eric Godderz and two defense attorneys […]

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