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Former DCF employee files ‘whistleblower’ lawsuit »

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By Dave Ranney A former child protection supervisor with the Kansas Department for Children and Families office in Winfield has filed a “whistleblower” lawsuit, accusing the agency of firing her for calling her supervisor’s attention to false reports filed by a social worker. In the lawsuit, filed in early December in Cowley County District Court, […]

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Moran Pushes for Permanent SGR Doc Fix to preserve medical care for Kansans »

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), member of the Senate Appropriations Health Subcommittee, spoke on the U.S. Senate Floor this week about the importance of permanently replacing the broken Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. Views Senator Moran’s comments here “For more than a decade, the broken SGR formula has frustrated health care providers, […]

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2 Kansas teens involved in a rollover accident »

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CONCORDIA- A Kansas teen was injured in an accident just before 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in Cloud County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Marcus Alexander Dice,18, Onaga, was southbound on 130th Road five miles south and west of Concordia. The driver lost control of the vehicle and it […]

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Kansas mother pleads guilty in jail death threat »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka mother has pleaded guilty to threatening staff at the Kansas jail where her son killed himself more than a decade ago. The Topeka Capital-Journal  reports that 58-year-old Cathy Lynn Thomas admitted Friday to a reduced charge of making a threat to commit violence. The prosecution and defense agreed to […]

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Topeka councilman accepts diversion agreement »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka city councilman has reached a diversion agreement that resolves a misdemeanor charge that stemmed from campaign paperwork. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Chad Manspeaker signed the deal Friday. Assistant District Attorney J. Todd Hiatt said the agreement calls for the charge to be dismissed if Manspeaker successfully completes the […]

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Man arrested in death of 31-year-old Liberal woman »

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LIBERAL, Kan. (AP) — Police have arrested a man in the killing of a Liberal woman whose death initially appeared to be a suicide. The High Plains Daily Leader reports that no charges have been filed against the suspect. He was arrested Friday in the death of 31-year-old Andrea Garrison. Liberal Police Capt. Pat McClurg […]

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Kansas man hospitalized after truck rolls »

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MOUND CITY – A Kansas man was injured in an accident just before 11 a.m. on Saturday in Linn County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 1995 Freightliner straight truck driven by Adam Ray Culbertson, 31, Mound City, was eastbound on Kansas 31 five miles west of Mound City. The truck went off the roadway […]

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$1.5M lawsuit filed over Kansas beer bottle death »

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The father of an Iraq war veteran who died after he was struck over the head with a beer bottle is seeking $1.5 million in a wrongful death lawsuit. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that a jury trial is scheduled for Oct. 13 in the case filed by Joseph Sardina. He blames […]

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Kansas teen hospitalized after truck crashes into dry creek »

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ATTICA – A Kansas teen was injured in an accident just before 9 a.m. on Saturday in Harper County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 1991 Ford F 150 driven by Courtney K. Campbell, 17, Anthony, was eastbound on U.S 160 two miles east of Attica. The truck left the road and entered the south […]

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Kansas Senate panel to consider expanding liquor licenses »

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NICHOLAS CLAYTON, Associated Press TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — GOP legislators are weighing the political risks of voting on legislation allowing supermarkets to sell stronger alcohol. Republican Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce said in a Wednesday meeting of the GOP Senate caucus that the chamber needs to debate the issue as it looks ahead to the […]

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School asks special needs student to remove letter jacket »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita woman says she was shocked when her special needs son was asked to remove his letter jacket at school. Michael Kelley has Down syndrome and autism and participates in extracurricular special needs basketball. Wichita station KSN-TV reports that his family bought him a varsity letter like the other kids […]

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Colorado defends pot law, says Kan., other states free to legalize weed »

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KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Legal weed in Colorado isn’t hurting its neighboring states. That’s according to a Supreme Court filing Friday that marks the first time Colorado has defended legal marijuana in writing. Colorado sent the argument to the nation’s highest court as a defense against a lawsuit from Oklahoma and Nebraska, […]

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Juvenile suspect arrested in connection with arson fires »

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Hutch Post HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Law enforcement officials in Reno County are investigating a number of suspicions fires. Hutchinson Deputy Fire Chief Doug Hanen said two additional fires on Friday morning led to the arrest of a 16-year old. Officials said just before 11:30 a.m. firefighters responded to 11th and Wilson for a hay bale […]

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