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


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


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 […]

Kickapoo in Kansas expands legal complaint

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kickapoo Tribe has expanded a legal complaint against its former chairman to include a former treasurer. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports  the northeast Kansas tribe announced last week that Bobbi Darnell was added to the lawsuit in tribal court. Darnell was the tribal treasurer from October 2011 through October 2014. The […]

Study: Pot more a habit for college students than cigarettes

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The Associated Press University of Michigan researchers say more U.S. college students are making a habit of using marijuana. A study released Tuesday found that pot supplanted cigarettes last year as the smoke-able substance of choice among full-time undergraduates who light up regularly. Just under 6 percent of full-time students surveyed for the annual “Monitoring […]

Young at heart? Not most Americans, government report says

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MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A new government report suggests that for most Americans, your heart is older than the rest of you. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report takes a new approach to try to spur more Americans to take steps to prevent cardiovascular disease. CDC scientists estimated […]

August survey: Economic doldrums ahead for Midwest

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An August survey suggests there will be little or no economic growth over the next three months in a nine-state region of the Midwest and Plains. A report issued Tuesday says the overall Mid-American Business Conditions Index dropped to 49.6, compared with 50.6 in July. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees […]

Feds charge Kan. priest with bank fraud to fund gambling

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas priest has been charged with alleging stealing nearly $151,000 from his two parishes and the Catholic Diocese to fund his extensive gambling. A criminal information filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas charges Father Thomas H. Leland with bank fraud. The court issued a summons for a Sept. […]