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Are you ready for Kansas Denim Day? »

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KDHE TOPEKA, Kan. – April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month and one way the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is recognizing this month is by participating in Denim Day on April 23. Denim Day is a response to a 1999 Italian Supreme Court ruling that overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore […]

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Teen suspended for asking Miss America to prom »

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YORK, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania high school student is in hot water for asking Miss America to prom during a question and answer session at school. Eighteen-year-old Patrick Farves said he received three days of in-school suspension Thursday because he asked Nina Davuluri to prom. The senior at Central York High School stood up […]

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Kansas extending ban on expansion of Medicaid »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback has indefinitely extended a ban on expanding Medicaid in Kansas under the federal health care overhaul. Brownback on Friday signed a bill approved by the GOP-dominated Legislature to keep the ban in place. The governor and other Republicans have been strong critics of the 2010 federal health care […]

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Wichita man gets 2 life sentences for sex crimes »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 32-year-old Wichita registered sex offender has been given two life sentences for committing sex crimes against a 14-year-old girl. The Wichita Eagle reports Gerrian Green was sentenced Friday for criminal sodomy and sexual exploitation of a child. Sedgwick County District Judge Bruce Brown ordered the sentences to be served consecutively […]

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Man pleads guilty in Salina woman’s death »

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ALINA, Kan. (AP) — A 25-year-old Salina man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in connection with the death of a 27-year-old woman last April. The Salina Journal  reports Joel Heil entered his pleas Friday to the murder charge and attempted robbery for trying to steal purses from two women. Kristin Tyler was killed on […]

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Friday plane crash victim was former Kansas lawmaker (UPDATE) »

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HILLSBORO (AP) — A former six-term Kansas House member who was appointed in December to the state’s Supreme Court Nominating Commission has died in an ultralight plane crash near his hometown. The Kansas Highway Patrol reports 69-year-old Donald Dahl was flying at low altitude at 1:45 p.m. Friday when he ran into a tree branch […]

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News From The Oil Patch »

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Kansas governor signs technical abortion changes »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed abortion legislation addressing legal issues raised in state and federal lawsuits filed by abortion providers. Brownback announced his action Friday. The changes take effect next week. Abortion opponents have said the bill makes minor changes in existing laws without setting new policy. Planned Parenthood remained […]

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2 boys in protective custody after wandering alone »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two young children have been taken into protective custody after they were found wandering around outside a Wichita home. The Wichita Eagle reports a police officer saw the boys, ages 3 and 4, just after 4 p.m. Thursday, with the older boy naked from the waist down. No adults were at […]

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Kansas receives $62.2M for annual tobacco settlement »

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Kansas Attorney General’s Office TOPEKA — Kansas has received its annual tobacco settlement payment totaling $62.2 million, Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today. The final installment of the state’s annual payment was verified today. The $62.2 million total is within the range of payments received by Kansas in recent years. Schmidt said that was the […]

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Hoxie man hurt in Friday morning accident »

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HOXIE — A Hoxie man was hospitalized after an accident early Friday morning in Sheridan County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2001 Dodge pickup driven by Joshua A. Mader, 26, was westbound on U.S. 24 5 miles east of Hoxie when the truck crossed the center line, entered the south ditch, hit a culvert […]

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Dodge NWS: Lack of T-storm warnings is record-setting »

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DODGE CITY — The National Weather Service in Dodge City has not issued a severe thunderstorm warning in 2014. On its Twitter account today, the agency proclaimed it a record for the time period 1994 to 2014.  The second longest into a year without a severe T-storm warning was April 13, 1996. The long-range forecast […]

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Man charged in Kansas City-area highway shootings »

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been charged with 18 felony counts in connection with about a dozen recent random highway shootings that have wounded three people in the Kansas City area. Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said at a news conference Friday that Mohammed Whitaker was charged with two […]

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