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Kansas majority leader’s wife gets diversion »


HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The wife of Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce was granted diversion and fined for a driving under the influence case. The Hutchinson News reports Sarah Bruce, of Nickerson, will be given at least six months to complete requirements of her diversion. If she does that successfully, the driving under the influence […]

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Fire will close camp Aldrich all summer »


GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A central Kansas camp will remain closed into the fall after a fire heavily damaged the dining hall. The cause of Saturday’s fire at Camp Aldrich in Barton County is still under investigation. Joe Vinduska, spokesman for Barton Community College, which owns the camp, says investigators determined the camp is […]

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Man who shot up Wichita fitness center moved »


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man who was found not guilty by reason of insanity after a shooting at a Wichita fitness center will be moved to a residential care home. A Sedgwick County judge ruled Thursday that 53-year-old Gary Cox is still mentally ill but is stable enough to be moved from a state […]

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NASA’s moon-orbiting robot crashes »


MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s small moon-orbiting spacecraft LADEE is no more. Flight controllers confirmed early Friday that LADEE crashed into the back side of the moon. Researchers believe the robotic explorer vaporized upon contact because of its high orbiting speed of 3,600 mph, possibly smacking into a mountain […]

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Saving the Lesser Prairie Chicken: What landowners should know »

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By KATIE ALLEN K-State Research and Extension MANHATTAN – Cumulative habitat loss, encroachment by invasive woody plants, wind energy development, petroleum production and the ongoing drought are just a handful of reasons why there are fewer lesser prairie chickens in the wild today, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which recently announced the […]

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Wichita State researchers seeking ‘grandfamilies’ »


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two Wichita State University researchers are seeking grandparents and grandchildren of all ages for a study on “grandfamilies.” The Wichita State University assistant professors from the Elliott School of Communications in Wichita want to conduct interviews with families in which grandparents are the primary caregivers of their grandchildren. Assistant professors Jessica […]

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Kansas vet headed to DC on honor flight »


LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — An 83-year-old Lawrence resident is heading to Washington to see national war memorials, thanks to the Honor Flights Network. The Lawrence Journal-World  reports that John McCoin is scheduled to fly to Washington on Friday with a group of other veterans and high school students courtesy of the Honor Flight Network, a […]

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Governor to decide fate of SE Kansas casino bill »


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The fate of a bill that would lower the amount required for investment in a destination casino in southeast Kansas rests with Gov. Sam Brownback. The deadline for signing the bill is Friday. Earlier this month legislators approved the bill, which would lower the investment requirement for construction of a state-owned […]

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Dole planning second round of Kansas visits in May »


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and presidential candidate Bob Dole is planning to return to Kansas for a second tour of his home state in May. The 90-year-old Dole announced Thursday that he will visit 16 communities over four days, starting May 12. The former Kansas senator and 1996 Republican presidential […]

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Police search home of highway shooting suspect UPDATE »


8:45 p.m.  GRANDVIEW, Mo. (AP) — Police have arrested a male suspect in a string of random Kansas City-area highway shootings that have wounded three people. Kansas City, Mo., police Chief Darryl Forte declined to identify the suspect during a Thursday night news conference near the suspect’s home in Grandview. He says he will discuss […]

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Kansas officials boost revenue estimates by $178M »


JOHN HANNA, AP Political Writer TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials are projecting that the state will collect nearly $178 million more in revenues than previously thought through June 2015. The new revenue projections issued Thursday brighten the state’s budget picture and would appear to allow Kansas to avoid a budget shortfall through June 2016. […]

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A century celebrated today at the State Hospital »


By KHI News Service LARNED — State officials today celebrated the 100th anniversary of Larned State Hospital, the state’s largest psychiatric hospital. Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Secretary Shawn Sullivan joined Larned State Hospital Superintendent Dr. Tom Kinlen at a ceremony that included remarks from Sullivan and others and a signed event proclamation from Gov. […]

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Charge dropped in Kansas street painting caper »


TONGANOXIE, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas prankster won’t be facing any penalties for painting a green line down a local street as part of a St. Patrick’s tradition that goes back decades. The Lawrence Journal-World reports a criminal damage charge against Tonganoxie resident Charlie “Tuna” Conrad has been thrown out. Conrad was painting a […]

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