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Facebook adds new gender option for users: fill in the blank »

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MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer Facebook users who don’t fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big 59th option: fill in the blank. A Facebook announcement published online Thursday morning and shared in advance with The Associated Press tells users that if […]

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Kansas senators question governor’s rural opportunity plan »

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Kansas senators have expressed skepticism over the usefulness of Gov. Sam Brownback’s Rural Opportunity Zones program. The Hutchinson News reports that the Republican and Democratic lawmakers are questioning whether the program, which is designed to pull people into the state’s rural areas, will actually bolster rural economies. The program, which covers 77 […]

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Sheriff: Man, 25, found dead in Kansas county jail cell UPDATE »

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WESTMORELAND, Kan. (AP) — A sheriff in northeastern Kansas’ Pottawatomie County says foul play isn’t suspected in the death of a 25-year-old jail inmate. Sheriff Greg Riat says 25-year-old Andrew J. Brown of Wamego was pronounced dead at a hospital early Wednesday shortly after being found unresponsive in his cell by a jailer. The Kansas […]

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Kansas Senate advances plan to issue $1B in pension bonds »


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to a proposal described by supporters as refinancing part of the long-term debt facing the pension system for teachers and government workers. The bill advanced Thursday would authorize $1 billion in bonds to shore up the financial health of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement […]

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Bill would help prospective students compare schools in Kansas »

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By Amelia Arvesen KU Statehouse Wire Service TOPEKA — A Johnson County senator backed legislation in a hearing Tuesday that would require postsecondary schools to produce a financial analysis of degree programs offered, costing institutions $6.6 million for the first year. Senate Bill 193 would require 32 Kansas Board of Regents universities, community colleges and […]

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National organization awarded grant to fight poverty in Kansas »

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By DAVE RANNEY Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration has awarded a one-year, $314,000 grant to a Washington, D.C.-based organization, the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, to help low-income communities find ways to combat poverty, violence, substance abuse and absent fathers. “I’m excited to see this nationally recognized, successful initiative come to Kansas,” Brownback said in a recent […]

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Kansas Senate votes to allow concealed guns without permit »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has approved a bill to allow people to carry concealed guns without requiring them to get a state permit or take training classes. The vote Thursday was 31-7 and sends the measure to the House. The bill is sponsored by 26 of the chamber’s 40 members, led by […]

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Kansas House to vote on bill reducing marijuana sentences »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas House is considering reducing sentences for the first two marijuana possession offenses. The full chamber will consider the bill Thursday. It would make it unlikely that an offender would face prison time until their third marijuana conviction. Supporters have said that the bill would divert more marijuana offenders to […]

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Police: Criminal Threat Reported at Elementary School »

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Little Apple Post MANHATTAN- Police in Manhattan are investigating a report of possible criminal threat at Marlatt Elementary School. The Riley County Police Department reported they received a call of a ‘Criminal Threat’ just after 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the school. Officer Matthew Droge of the Riley County Police Department said, “Vaguely worded comments […]

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Salina man arrested for sexual assault »

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Salina Post SALINA – Police in Salina have arrested a man for an alleged sexual assault on another man. Scott D. Widler, 47, Abilene, was arrested Wednesday on requested charges of sexual battery and aggravated criminal sodomy. Police began their investigation on February 13th when the victim, in his 30s, was being treated at the […]

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Chrysler recalls midsize sedans for transmission glitch »

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DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 26,000 midsize cars in North America to fix automatic transmissions that might not shift into park. The recall covers the Chrysler 200 with V-6 engines from the 2015 model year. The company says manufacturing problems at a parts supplier’s factory can cause the nine-speed transmissions to malfunction. […]

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Jenkins on House vote to improve tax-free college savings plans »

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WASHINGTON, D.C.– Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Congressman Ron Kind’s (D-WI) legislation, H.R. 529 with a veto-proof majority of 401-20. This legislation would expand, modernize, and strengthen tax-free 529 college savings plans to help more Americans save for their children’s education. “This is a good, sensible bill to improve […]

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Eagle Web Services offers businesses the power of Google, YouTube »

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Eagle Web Services, a division of Hays-based Eagle Communications, has become a Google Partner, teaming with the most powerful name on the Internet to offer a wide array of marketing and business solutions. “It’s an exciting time to be in the digital world,” said Matt Moody of Eagle Web Services. “With this designation, we are […]

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