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Railcar refurbishing company going to Hutchinson »


HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A railcar refurbishing company plans to establish a plant in Hutchison, creating about 150 jobs in the next three years. Mervis Railcar, a division of Mervis Industries, announced Thursday that it will invest about $35 million in Hutchinson. Company CEO Adam Mervis says Hutchinson was chosen for the plant because of […]

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Kansas governor uses EPA rule to tie foe to Obama »


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A protest by Kansas regulators against federal efforts to limit carbon emissions is giving Republican Gov. Sam Brownback an opportunity in his close re-election race to tie his Democratic rival to President Barack Obama. The utility-regulating Kansas Corporation Commission said Wednesday that it is asking the federal Environmental Protection Agency to […]

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Good dog or bad dog? Pooch helps police collar his owner »


PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Police in central Alabama say a man’s own dog helped officers bust him on a drug charge. Prattville Police spokeswoman Paula Barlow says the pooch named Bo followed his fleeing master, who was being pursued by officers. When the dog stopped and wagged his tail in tall grass, she says, officers […]

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Halloween canceled as police continue manhunt »

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CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — There won’t be any trick-or-treating in the northeastern Pennsylvania area where authorities continue searching for a suspect accused of killing a state trooper. Officials in rural Barrett Township canceled the beloved Halloween ritual and the annual parade because of the police manhunt for Eric Frein. But kids did get to “trunk […]

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Police seek suspect in former KSU star’s death »


CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police are searching for a man accused of killing a former Kansas State University football player outside a nightclub on Oct. 11. A Cleveland police spokeswoman could not say Thursday whether 26-year-old David Garrett was a bystander or was targeted when he was shot. An aggravated murder warrant was issued earlier […]

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Kansas man indicted for distributing child porn »


United States Attorney KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Lawrence, Kan., man was indicted Wednesday on a federal charge of distributing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. Tyler B. Padden, 33, Lawrence, Kan., was charged with one count of distributing child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. The crimes are alleged to […]

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Kansas State football coach endorses Sen. Roberts »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Beloved Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder has endorsed Sen. Pat Roberts for re-election and is appearing in a new television ad for the three-term Republican incumbent. Roberts’ campaign launched the statewide spot Thursday, just five days before the election and with Roberts locked in a tight race with independent […]

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KU professor solving puzzling mental health issues »


By Alex Smith, KCUR KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Making the rounds at a public housing complex in Kansas City, Kan., community health worker Rinzin Wangmo is greeted by cheery voices and faces. As she enters a home, the heavy aroma of chopped onions stings her nose, and she hurries up a short flight of stairs […]

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Washburn pledges to stop sexual violence on campus »


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Washburn University faculty, staff and students are pledging to help stop sexual violence on campus. The university in Topeka is one of several across the nation under federal investigation for the handling of sexual violence complaints. On Wednesday, Washburn president Jerry Farley signed a pledge to help stop sexual crimes on […]

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Second developer interested in casino in SE Kansas »


PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Odds are better for a casino in southeast Kansas after a second developer expressed interest in the project. The Joplin Globe report Southeast Kansas Casino Group said this week it was interested in developing a casino, hotel and restaurant on 200 acres of privately owned land southeast of Pittsburg. On Tuesday […]

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For-profit colleges face ‘gainful employment’ rule »


KIMBERLY HEFLING, AP Education Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — For-profit colleges that don’t produce graduates capable of paying off their student loans could soon face the wrath of the federal government. Schools with career-oriented programs that fail to comply with the new rule being announced Thursday by the Obama administration stand to lose access to federal […]

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Police: 2 men arrested after Kansas bank robbery »


OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Authorities in Overland Park have arrested two men who they say robbed a Bank of America. Overland Park police say a pair of gunman demanded cash and other valuables at the bank on Wednesday before escaping. Both fled on foot and were arrested near the bank. Their identities haven’t been […]

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4 Kansas education commissioner candidates named »


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas State Board of Education has identified four candidates for state education commissioner. The Kansas State Department of Education announced Wednesday that the candidates include Georgia Schools Superintendent John Barge, who unsuccessfully challenged Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal in the spring primary. Also on the list is associate Shawnee Mission school […]

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