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Barton Co. man indicted by the feds on gun, drug charges »

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WICHITA — a Federal Grand Jury in Wichita has indicted a 28-year-old Claflin man on gun and drug charges. Shawn D. McCollum, Jr., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crimes are alleged to have […]

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Kansas Senate rejects changes in how state taxes vehicles »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has rejected a proposal that would overhaul how the state taxes cars, pickups and SUVs. Senators voted 27-5 on Wednesday to strip the proposal from a plan for raising taxes to close a projected $406 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The proposal was […]

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Kan. soldiers Join Cabela’s NTC Anglers at Milford Lake »

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JUNCTION CITY -Sixty Fort Riley Soldiers spent time Wednesday morning fishing at Milford Lake with participants in the upcoming Cabela’s National Team Walleye Championships at the reservoir. They departed the Milford Marina at 7 a.m., returning about 11 a.m. The tournament featuring 185 2-person teams, runs Thursday through Saturday. They will be competing for more […]

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Brownback looks at possible worker furloughs amid budget row »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s office is looking at perhaps furloughing state workers if the Legislature does not pass a balanced budget in the coming weeks. Brownback’s spokeswoman, Sara Belfry, said Wednesday his office is working to determine when it would have to inform state workers they would be furloughed if a […]

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Kansas Senate approves proposal to lower sales tax on food »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has approved a proposal from its top Democrat to decrease the state’s sales tax on food to 5.7 percent from 6.15 percent. Senate Minority Leader and Topeka Democrat Anthony Hensley offered the proposal Wednesday during a debate on a plan for raising taxes to close a projected $406 […]

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Pentagon: Military mistakenly shipped live anthrax samples »

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ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it inadvertently shipped live anthrax spores to as many as nine laboratories and is investigating how that happened. The labs were supposed to receive dead — or inactivated — anthrax samples for research use. Spokesman Col. Steve Warren says the Pentagon is working […]

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Ground broken for National Bio and Agro Defense Facility »

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) – Nearly seven years after Manhattan, Kansas, was chosen as the site for a national research center focusing on deadly animal diseases, federal and state officials were helping break ground Wednesday on the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. The price tag for the plant on the Kansas State University campus initially was […]

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Police investigating attempted kidnapping in SW Kansas »

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GARDEN CITY – Law enforcement authorities in Finney County are investigating report of an attempted kidnapping. In a media release Wednesday, officials say that just after 12:30 p.m. on Friday, officers were dispatched to a call of suspicious activity at the Goodwill store, 2005 E Schulman Avenue. The investigation revealed an unknown Hispanic male wearing […]

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Kansas Senate rejects GOP member’s attempt to kill tax plan »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has started a debate over a bill raising taxes to close a projected budget shortfall by rejecting a conservative Republican member’s attempt to kill the measure. Senators on Wednesday voted 25-13 against a move by GOP Sen. Dennis Pyle of Hiawatha to kill a measure to raise $496 […]

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Kansas pet store owners vow to rebuild after fire »

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The owners of a Lawrence pet store are vowing to rebuild it following a fire that killed an undisclosed number of animals and injured dozens more. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that fire department officials say they have yet to determine a cause in the Monday fire, which remains under investigation. Co-owner […]

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Great Bend physician officially in the race for Congress »

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Great Bend Post GREAT BEND – Roger Marshall made it official on Tuesday. He is running for congress. In front of the Barton County Courthouse, Marshall announced that he would challenge incumbent Republican Congressman Tim Huelskamp to represent the “Big First District.” Marshall said he has issues with Huelskamp’s style in representing the district. RELATED: […]

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2 Kan. teens dead, 1 hospitalized after rollover crash UPDATE »

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HOWARD- The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a second teenager in Tuesday’s Elk County accident died. Cameron R. Russell, 17, Howard, died Wednesday morning at Wesley Medical Center. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 1997 Ford passenger vehicle driven by Damon L. Wilson, 16, Howard, was southbound on U.S. 99 three miles north of Howard just […]

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No new permit requirements in finalized Clean Water Rule »

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency WASHINGTON–In an historic step for the protection of clean water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule today to clearly protect from pollution and degradation the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources. The rule ensures that waters protected […]

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