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Topeka man charged with conspiracy in Fort Riley bomb plot »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An unsealed document charges a Topeka man with conspiracy in a plot to bomb the Fort Riley military base. The court document unsealed Tuesday charges Alexander Blair with conspiring with John T. Booker, Jr., in the planned attack. Previously Blair had only been charged with failing to tell authorities about the […]

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Gov. announces Administration Secretary Jim Clark to retire »

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TOPEKA–Governor Sam Brownback today announced that Jim Clark will step down as Secretary of Administration effective the end of June 2015. “I am grateful for the strong leadership Jim has provided since becoming part of this team,” said Governor Brownback. “He brought about many improvements that have allowed us to operate in a more efficient […]

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Former Junior High coach enters plea on child sex charges »

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HUTCHINSON — A former junior high basketball coach at Trinity Catholic School in Hutchinson was in Reno County Court on Tuesday to face child sex charges. Patrick Kent Blevins, 21, Hutchinson entered a guilty plea to one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. The prosecution said he fondled as many as six boys. […]

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Kansas lawmakers override veto of rules for firms like Uber »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Ride-hailing company Uber says it is pulling out of Kansas after the state Legislature overrode Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of new regulations. The company said in a statement shortly after Tuesday’s House vote that it was ceasing operations in the state. Both legislative chambers comfortably surpassed the two-thirds majority votes needed […]

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Brownback, legislators give 5 school districts more funding »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback and legislative leaders have agreed to give five school districts roughly half a million dollars in additional funding. The State Finance Council, which is comprised of the Republican governor and leaders from each chamber, voted Monday to give more money to districts hit hard by recent policy changes […]

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Kansas legislators start work on plan for raising taxes »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas homeowners would pay higher property taxes to help close a projected state budget shortfall under a proposal endorsed by a legislative committee. The Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee began work Tuesday on a plan to increase taxes, but members immediately tabled Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to raise alcohol and […]

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KanCare anecdotes abound, but clear data harder to find »

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By Andy Marso Andrea Duarte-Rambo, a short, dark-haired woman from Johnson County, walked to the podium and commanded the attention of a full legislative hearing room as she began talking about her son’s traumatic brain injury. Her son’s brothers hid the injury for fear of getting in trouble, Duarte-Rambo said. His undiagnosed condition led to […]

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American Royal barbecue moving to Truman Sports Complex »

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The American Royal national barbecue competition is moving to the Truman Sports Complex this year. The move was announced Tuesday by the American Royal, which has sponsored the World Series of Barbecue in the West Bottoms of Kansas City near Kemper Arena for more than three decades. Royal officials say […]

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Police investigate Monday night shooting in Salina »

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SALINA – Law enforcement authorities in Salina are investigating a shooting but have few details. Police Captain Mike Sweeney said officers were sent to Salina Regional Health Center just after 10:30 p.m., on Monday. Hospital officials reported a 31-year-old man walked into the emergency room with a gunshot wound to the groin area. The man […]

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Suspect released, charges dropped in death of Kansas man »

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MCPHERSON– The McPherson County Attorneys office has dismissed all charges against a McPherson man in connection with the death of another man last month. Police arrested 23-year-old Loren Klienschmidt in connection with the death of 64-year-old Kinley Cobb. On Sunday evening April 26, officers responded to the 100 block of North Maple in McPherson on […]

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Advocates Make Last Push For Kansas Tobacco Tax »

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By ANDY MARSO Advocates of raising Kansas’ tobacco tax made one last push Monday during a rally at the Statehouse, with a prominent physician saying cancer will overwhelm the state’s health care system if the tax isn’t raised. Legislators will look this week at options for raising $400 million to $500 million to close a […]

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State receives 100,000th application for concealed carry »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Attorney General Derek Schmidt says the state has received 100,000 applications for its concealed carry program. Schmidt says there are currently 89,399 active licenses issued in Kansas. Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill earlier this year eliminating the licensing requirement for citizens who want to carry a concealed firearm. That law […]

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Shooting in Winfield leaves 1 dead, 1 injured »

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WINFIELD, Kan. (AP) — Winfield police say one person is dead and another critically injured after a shooting at a home. KAKE-TV reports that Chief Danny Parker says he does not think the shooting was a domestic incident. He says witnesses told police someone walked into a home, fired shots and left about 9 p.m. […]

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