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Federal judge blocks Nebraska’s gay marriage ban »

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked Nebraska’s gay marriage ban, but the decision will not take effect until March 9. U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon on Monday ordered the state to not enforce its ban. Seven same-sex couples filed a lawsuit last year challenging the state’s voter-backed ban. Last week, Bataillon heard […]

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Kansas man hospitalized after vehicle overturns due to ice »


LENEXA – A Kansas man was injured in an accident just before 6:30 a.m. on Monday in Johnson County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2008 Mazda passenger vehicle driven by Marcus James Rademacher, 20, Eudora, was westbound on Kansas10 just east of Cedar Creek Parkway. The driver lost control on the ice. The vehicle […]

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Kan. law may hamper teen drug and alcohol prevention efforts »

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By ASHLEY BOOKER For more than 20 years, Kansas secondary students have taken a survey to track alcohol and drug abuse. But a new law requiring parents to give written permission to allow their children to take the survey is affecting the survey data, and those who use it say it could be more challenging […]

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Search continues for 2 people in shooting near Kansas campus »

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lawrence police are looking for a man and woman suspected of being involved in a shooting near the University of Kansas campus that wounded three people. Arrest warrants have been issued for 20-year-old Rachael Ann Hampton and 24-year-old Robert Alan Long for aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary. The charges […]

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Police: Kansas man in critical condition after stabbing »


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police say a Wichita man was taken to a hospital in critical condition after a neighbor stabbed him over the weekend. Authorities say a woman reported her male roommate leaving their apartment to visit a neighbor next door. They say the neighbor then told the woman that he stabbed her roommate. […]

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Spokesman: 1 injured after small plane’s ‘hard landing’ »

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KANSAS CITY (AP) – A spokesman of the Kansas City Aviation Department said one person has minor injuries after a small plane experienced a hard landing at a Kansas City airport. Spokesman Joe McBride said one of the aircraft’s two occupants suffered a broken arm Sunday night. He said the plane, which took off from […]

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February report: Economic growth likely in Midwest, Plains »

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new report suggests economic growth is ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states. The survey report issued Monday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index climbed to 57.0 in February from 54.8 in January. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says the regional growth is likely […]

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Kansas Senate panel to have hearing on appeals court nominee »


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Senate committee is having a hearing this week on Gov. Sam Brownback’s appointment of a new judge to the state Court of Appeals. The Judiciary Committee plans to convene Wednesday for testimony on the nomination of Kathryn Gardner of Topeka to the state’s second-highest court. The committee’s agenda says […]

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Man sustains critical burns in Kansas apartment fire »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man has been taken to a hospital in critical condition after sustaining burns in an apartment fire in the northeast part of the city. The Wichita Eagle reports that firefighters found a 41-year-old man trapped inside a one-story apartment Saturday night. Fire Battalion Chief Ernie Schuler says the man was […]

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Kansas man arrested after Sunday morning chase »

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HUTCHINSON— A Reno County man is free on bond after he led law enforcement on a high-speed chase early Sunday morning. Law enforcement authorities reported deputies attempted to stop a Chevy Blazer allegedly driven by Donald Mayer, 46, for failing to signal a turn and also for an obstructed license plate. Mayer refused to stop […]

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Kansas school funding plan aimed at ending budget surprises »


JOHN HANNA, AP Political Writer TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republican officials in Kansas are working on a plan to overhaul funding for public schools designed to prevent unanticipated demands for new spending. Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is calling on the GOP-dominated Legislature to junk the state’s current formula for distributing $3.6 billion in aid […]

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Wet pavement blamed for Interstate accident »


TOPEKA- One person was injured in an accident just after 11 a.m. on Sunday in Shawnee County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2006 Chevy passenger car driven by Gabriella C. Bradley, 19, Black Creek, NY, was eastbound on Interstate 470 just north of the Kansas Turnpike gate. The driver lost control on a curve […]

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Stolen goods from Joyland park found with Louie the Clown »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police found several items stolen from the closed Joyland amusement park in the same home where they recovered Louie the Clown. Police last week returned to a home where the iconic clown statue was recovered and found items as ghosts and tombstones from Whacky Shack and Porky the Paper Eater. […]

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