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Kansas court: Remove Democrat from Senate ballot »


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court has ordered the state to remove U.S. Senate Democratic nominee Chad Taylor’s name from the ballot, in a ruling that could influence the national fight for control of the Senate. The court’s decision Thursday leaves Democrats without a nominee, potentially making it easier for independent candidate Greg […]

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Apple locks itself out of devices with passwords »


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has tightened its technological security so not even the company can pry into a password-protected iPhone or iPad in a move meant to reassure the millions of people who are increasingly storing vital pieces of their lives on the devices. The additional safeguard is part of Apple’s latest mobile software, […]

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Economy remains slow in rural parts of 10 states »


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new survey suggests economic growth is rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West will continue slowing down in the next few months. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said Thursday that crop prices are significantly lower than last year, and that’s a drag on the economy in […]

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Parsons to check students for alcohol at school dances »


PARSONS, Kan. (AP) — Students in a southeast Kansas district will soon be required to undergo alcohol breath tests before they’re allowed into school dances. The Parsons Sun reports the tests will be administered to all students and their guests, even if they’re not suspected of drinking. Anyone refusing the test will be barred from […]

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State receives $3.9M to expand employment support for mentally ill »


KHI News Service TOPEKA — The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services has been awarded a five-year, $3.9 million federal grant to expand employment services for Kansans with severe mental illness, including those with a mental illness and co-occurring substance disorder. KDADS received the grant to expand individual placement and support services from the […]

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Grissom named to Holder’s advisory panel »


KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — U.S. Attorney for Kansas Barry Grissom has been appointed to a national committee that advises the U.S. attorney general on policy and management issues. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Grissom’s appointment to a two-year term on Thursday. The Attorney General’s Advisory Committee is made up of 20 federal prosecutors from […]

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Kan. school efficiency task force studies ‘at-risk’ funding »


TOPEKA (AP) — A new commission looking for efficiencies within Kansas’ public school system is raising questions about how the state provides extra money to help districts educate their poorest students. The K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission began a two-day meeting Thursday with a discussion of so-called “at-risk funding.” Legislative post auditor Scott Frank […]

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Orman launches new ad in US Senate race »


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Independent candidate Greg Orman is launching a new statewide television ad in the U.S. Senate race in Kansas to counter criticism from Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. The ad began Thursday in the Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita markets. In it, Orman says Washington politicians would rather attack opponents than solve problems. […]

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Two hospitalized after semi overturns »


CENTERVILLE- Two people were injured in an accident just before 6 a.m. on Thursday in Linn County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2009 Kenworth semi driven by Marvin D Ward, 40, Fairfield, VA., was northbound on road 1077 just south of Centerville. The driver lost control at a curve and the truck overturned. Ward […]

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Donor to match pledges to Wesleyan sports complex »


SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Wesleyan University says an anonymous donor has agreed to match any commitments made the rest of this month toward the school’s $7.5 million sports complex, up to $400,000. President and CEO Matt Thompson says the donation means the university needs less than $600,000 to reach its goal for the project. […]

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Minneapolis community cleans up after baseball-sized hail »


MINNEAPOLIS, Kan. — It is a day of clean up and contacting insurance agents and adjusters in Minneapolis. Between 1 and 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning, a severe thunderstorm brought large hail to the Ottawa County community for several minutes. Marie Ballou the Ottawa County Emergency Management Coordinator, said the hail ranged in size from quarter […]

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Study: Artificial sweeteners may promote diabetes »


MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A preliminary study done mostly in mice suggests that artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people. The study authors said they can’t make dietary recommendations but that their results should inspire more research into the topic. Basically, the study suggests that artificial […]

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Wal-Mart to increase holiday hiring by 10 pct »


ANNE D’INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season, an increase of 10 percent from last year. The world’s largest retailer also says current workers who want more hours during the holidays will get priority for them. The […]

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