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Sexual assault reports double at University of Kansas »

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas received nearly twice as many sexual assault complaints in 2014 than the year before. School officials attribute the increase to improved awareness of the crime. The school’s Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access says it received 169 complaints last year, compared with 85 in 2013. IOA Executive […]

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Whereabouts of Thomas Hart Benton painting at Kan. school concealed »

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Some members of a class that donated a Thomas Hart Benton painting to a Shawnee Mission school in the 1950s are wondering where the gift is being kept. The district says it has the painting, called “Utah Highlands,” but it isn’t saying where. The district’s spokeswoman says the location is […]

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Bypass work on leaking Wichita water pipe nearly completion »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita officials say work to bypass a leak in a major water pipe at the city’s main water treatment plant is nearly complete. Public works employees having been laboring since the leak was discovered last Wednesday to build a bypass around the problem so work can begin to fix the actual […]

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Mosier: KanCare may not need an inspector general »

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By ANDY MARSO The state official who heads KanCare said Friday that the Medicaid program’s long-vacant inspector general position may not need to be filled. The KanCare inspector general would serve as a watchdog over the $3 billion contracts the state awarded to three private insurance companies to administer Medicaid services. Susan Mosier, secretary of […]

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Kansas legislative panels to tackle gap in current budget »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislative committees are preparing to consider proposals for closing a projected $279 million shortfall in the state’s current budget. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Ron Ryckman Jr. says the panel will begin hearings Wednesday on budget-balancing legislation. The Senate Ways and Means Committee has scheduled debates on budget-balancing proposals for Wednesday […]

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2 adults, 5-year old hospitalized after head-on crash »

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WICHITA- Three people were injured in an accident just before 7:30 p.m. on Sunday in Sedgwick County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2010 Honda Accord driven by Shannon A. Rowcliffe-Mahan, 43, Wichita, was westbound in the eastbound lanes of Kansas 254 at Hillside and struck a 2008 Buick Enclave head-on. Rowcliffe-Mahan, the driver of […]

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Sen. Roberts names US Senate Agriculture Committee Staff »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts from Kansas has named senior staff for the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee. Roberts is the committee chairman and named Julian Baer, formerly of OFW Law, as senior policy adviser for nutrition. Janae Brady, a former lobbyist for the soybean industry, will serve as senior professional staff […]

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KU law student files for seat on Lawrence City Commission »

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A University of Kansas law student has filed for a seat on the Lawrence City Commission. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Cori Viola says her time as a clerk for the nonprofit advocacy group Kansas Appleseed helped bring to light some issues she thinks the commission ought to change. At issue […]

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Kansas man hit, killed by semi »

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WINFIELD – A Kansas man died in an accident just before 6 a.m. on Sunday in Cowley County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2011 Freightliner semi driven was eastbound on Kansas 360 at the junction with U.S. 77. A man identified as Vance Lee Oliver, 23, Winfield, stepped in front of the truck. Oliver […]

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Topeka district works with historically black colleges »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Topeka school district is working with several historically black colleges and universities in Texas to make its teaching staff more diverse. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the district hopes to seal formal affiliations with Wiley College, Jarvis Christian College, Texas College, Huston-Tillotson University and Texas Southern University. Marie Carter, of […]

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Kan. man hospitalized after truck collides with bridge »

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SIMPSON – A Kansas man was injured in an accident just after 2:30 a.m. on Sunday in Cloud County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 1996 Chevy truck driven by Adam S. Stortz, 25 Beloit, was east bound on Eagle Road four miles east of Simpson. The truck left the roadway into the north ditch […]

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Kansas governor proposes to backpedal on school funding, too »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is proposing to backpedal on a much-ballyhooed increase in state spending on public schools after seeking to slow down aggressive tax-cutting to close budget shortfalls. Brownback won a name in conservative circles by successfully pushing lawmakers to slash personal income taxes in 2012 and 2013 to boost […]

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Woman dies in Kansas apartment fire »

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a fire at a Kansas City, Kansas, apartment complex has killed a 69-year-old woman. KSHB-TV  reports that the fire happened early Sunday. Investigators said a man and a woman lived inside the fourplex. The woman was removed from an upstairs bedroom but died of her injuries. Her name […]

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