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Kansas motor carrier tag renewals due March 1 »

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KS Department of Revenue TOPEKA–Kansas-based motor carriers with an apportioned or intra-state commercial tags have until Sunday, March 1, 2015. Although tags for the vehicles expired Dec. 31, 2014, there is a two-month grace period for the registrations to be renewed. Eight Kansas county treasurers offer renewals for apportioned tags – also called IRP. Those […]

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House bill could change DUI convictions in Kansas »

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By Amelia Arvesen KU Statehouse Wire Service TOPEKA — The Kansas House approved legislation Thursday that would allow people convicted of driving under the influence a chance to clear the DUI from court records five years after completion of a sentence. The bill would allow felony DUI violators and test-refusal violators to petition a judge […]

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Roberts Introduces Bill to End Taxpayer Funding of Abortion »

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss. today introduced key legislation to enact a permanent, government-wide prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion. Currently, similar policies, such as the Hyde Amendment, require annual passage and do not apply to Obamacare. The “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” S. 582, also includes a […]

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Kansas Senate advances bill to change local elections »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to a bill that would move city and local school board elections from the spring to the fall of odd-numbered years. Senators advanced the bill on a voice vote and expected to take final action Thursday night. Supporters of the measure argue that it […]

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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 »

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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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