Senate approves 3 news members to Kansas Board of Regents

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Topeka- Today the Senate Confirmation Oversight Committee approved Dave Murfin of Wichita, Daniel J. Thomas of Mission Hills, and Dennis A. Mullin of Manhattan to the Kansas Board of Regents, according to a media release. Each will serve a four year term. These individuals fill the positions vacated by Fred Logan of Leawood, Kenny Wilk […]

Kansas Supreme Court won’t take up abortion lawsuit for now

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court is refusing for now to review a district court judge’s order blocking the nation’s first ban on a common second trimester procedure. The high court’s 4-3 decision this week means that the state Court of Appeals first will handle a lawsuit filed by two abortion providers against […]

2 Kansas teens hospitalized after vans collide

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BONNER SPRINGS – Two Kansas teen were injured in an accident just after 7a.m. on Wednesday in Leavenworth County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2005 Dodge Caravan driven by Elizabeth Ruth Stallbaumer, 15, Linwood, was eastbound on Kansas 32 two miles west of Bonner Springs. The vehicle attempted to make a left turn onto […]

Kobach criticized over plan to purge Kansas voter rolls

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An American Civil Liberties Union attorney says Kansas law doesn’t give Secretary of State Kris Kobach the authority to remove thousands of names from the state’s voter registration rolls. And another critic accused the Republican secretary of state Wednesday of trying to keep potential Democratic voters from casting ballots, which Kobach’s […]

Dems get 34th vote, hand Obama victory on Iran nuclear deal

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  ERICA WERNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats have rallied the 34 votes they need to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive in Congress, handing President Barack Obama a major foreign policy victory. Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the crucial 34th vote Wednesday morning, declaring the agreement is the best way to […]

US offers $10 million in grants for railroad crossing fixes

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. transportation officials will offer $10 million in grants for states to upgrade highway-rail crossings and tracks in response to a recent surge in flammable fuel shipments. Wednesday’s planned announcement from the Department of Transportation comes as rail crossing collisions have increased over the past several years, following more than three […]

Now That’s Rural: Loren Kisby, Prohoe

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By RON WILSON Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development Let’s go to California, where firefighters are battling a wildfire with high quality hand tools produced by a company halfway across the nation in rural Kansas. These hand tools are also serving gardeners, growers and others around the nation and beyond. Loren Kisby is owner […]

Garden City zoo’s elephants moving to Colorado

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GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — Two elephants will be moving from the Garden City zoo to Colorado. The Garden City Commission voted Tuesday to move the elephants, Missy and Kimba, to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A zoo committee recommended that the aging elephants be moved so they can have a better […]

Police: 4 Kan. teens arrested after chase in stolen pickup

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police have arrested four teenage boys after a pickup was stolen and authorities were led on a chase. The Wichita Eagle reports a man was told by a family member around 7 a.m. Monday that his pickup and a revolver had been stolen several hours earlier. According to Lt. James Espinoza, […]

Kan. man pleads guilty to sexual battery outside rescue mission

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A 23-year-old Topeka man has pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted aggravated sexual battery and a count of domestic battery. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Ian Jameel Norvell Black pleaded guilty Tuesday as part of a plea agreement. Prosecutors say Black and a woman were arguing at the Topeka Rescue Mission […]

Suspect in Wichita State student death headed to prison

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man suspected in the death of a Wichita State University student is back in prison on a parole violation. Two suspects have been held since Aug. 10 in the fatal shooting of 23-year-old Rayan Ibrahim Baba in Wichita State parking lot. Neither suspect has been formally charged in the homicide. […]

Construction halted on new Kansas casino

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PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Construction has ceased on the state-owned casino project in southeast Kansas. Representatives for Kansas Crossing told The Pittsburg Morning Sun construction on the Kansas Crossing casino outside Pittsburg was stopped after the Kansas Lottery Commission issued the company a 90-day extension of the “commencement date.” Kansas Crossing requested the extension because […]

Family of Kan. man killed by police demand federal probe

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The family of a 23-year-old Wichita man who was fatally shot by police is demanding $10 million in damages. Supporters are also demanding the Justice Department investigate the killing of John Paul Quintero. Sunflower Community Action says in a news release that supporters plan to deliver on Wednesday a petition with […]