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Suspect arrested in connection with Salina motel fire UPDATE »

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SALINA- Dustin  James Gordon, 24, was booked into the Saline County Jail Saturday on two counts of arson and one count of aggravated arson. Law enforcement made the arrest in connection with Friday night’s Flamingo motel fire. According to a release by Fire Marshal Roger Williams, investigators from the Salina fire and police departments determined […]

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Kansas faces shortage of math, science teachers »


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The challenge of recruiting math and science teachers is expected to increase in Kansas as more of them approach retirement and demand for the courses they teach rises. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that job growth is strong in the so-called STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. That’s led to […]

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Grassroots plays outsized role in Kansas elections »


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Bipartisan grassroots political organizations have been gaining strength across Kansas in recent months. Political experts say the movement is partly why the races for governor and U.S. Senate that were believed a year ago to be near-walkovers for Republicans are now close. Two groups of current and former moderate Republican officials […]

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Kansas man dies in violent truck accident »


DEERFIELD, Kan.- A Kansas man died in an accident just before 5 a.m. on Saturday in Kearny County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2001 Chevy truck driven by Gerardo Gonzalez-Rivera, 21, Garden City, was traveling eastbound on U.S. 50 one mile west of Deerfield. The truck left the left side of the roadway. The […]

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Royals fans, city have evolved a lot since 1985 »


BILL DRAPER, Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A popular refrain for Kansas City baseball fans as their team blazes through the playoffs is that they’re ready to party like it’s 1985, when the Royals beat St. Louis for their first World Series title. But with a farm crisis raging, interest rates skyrocketing and […]

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Report: Ferguson police officer says he feared for life »


WASHINGTON (AP) — The New York Times is reporting that the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in a St. Louis suburb last summer has told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as they struggled over his gun. The newspaper reports that Ferguson, Missouri, police […]

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FDA gives OK to test drug for Ebola »


WASHINGTON (AP) — A North Carolina drugmaker plans to test its experimental antiviral drug in patients who have Ebola, after getting authorization from regulators at the Food and Drug Administration. Chimerix Inc. said Thursday that it has received FDA clearance to proceed with a trial examining the safety and effectiveness of its brincidofovir tablets in […]

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Sept. 11 compensation fund pays out $551 million »


NEW YORK (AP) — An official at the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund say it has paid out $551 million over the last year. The fund’s special master, Sheila Birnbaum, released a letter Friday saying the fund had made 2,042 compensation decisions over the 12 months that ended Sept. 30. Birnbaum says the fund had […]

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US Rep. Ryan lends support to Kansas Sen. Roberts »


OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan is urging Kansans to back Republican Sen. Pat Roberts in a tight re-election race, saying the three-term incumbent isn’t a “rubber stamp” for President Barack Obama. Appearing Friday at a hotel in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Ryan is the latest in a string […]

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Kansas man hospitalized when motorcycle rear-ends car »


KANSAS CITY- A Kansas man was injured in an accident just before 4 p.m. on Friday in Johnson County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2010 Yamaha driven by Aaron R. Haehn, 45, Olathe, was northbound on Interstate 35 at Quivira. A northbound 2012 Chrysler passenger car driven by Christopher J. Camacho, 45, Kansas City, […]

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Embattled GM legal chief retiring »


DETROIT (AP) — General Motors’ chief lawyer Michael Millikin, who withstood withering criticism from lawmakers for his department’s handling of an ignition switch recall, is retiring early next year. GM says in a statement that the 66-year-old Millikin will stay on until a replacement is on the job. During a July Senate hearing on the […]

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Huelskamp visits Kansas Pharmaceutical Manufacturer »


McPherson, KS –On Thursday, Representative Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) took a tour of Hospira’s manufacturing facility in McPherson. Hospira is the world’s leading provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies and a global leader in biosimilars whose customers include hospitals, nursing homes and home health care providers. “It is tremendous to see first-hand some of the […]

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Kansas Guard member being honored for heroism »


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas National Guard member will be honored next week for helping save a woman from a burning house in Wichita two years ago. Tech. Sgt. Shawn A. Rucker will receive the Airman’s Medal from Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the Kansas adjutant general. The ceremony will take place Monday at McConnell […]

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