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Wichita rejects driver’s permits for people in US illegally »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Wichita city council has withdrawn its support for a proposal to grant driver’s permits for people in the U.S. illegally. The council voted Tuesday to remove the proposal from its 2015 legislative agenda. It had voted 4-3 in December to support the idea. The Wichita Eagle reports councilman Jeff Blubaugh […]

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SE Kan. commission supports casino proposal »

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PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — The Pittsburg City Commission is willing to gamble on a proposal for a $62 million casino complex that could bring 300 jobs to the southeast Kansas city. The commission on Tuesday unanimously supported a proposal from JNB Gaming to build a casino, hotel and restaurant complex on land recently annexed by […]

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Buhler voters approve $10 million bond issue »

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BUHLER, Kan. (AP) — A $10 million bond issue for improved sports venues in Buhler has passed. Unofficial results from Tuesday’s election show the issue passed with 58 percent of the vote, 1,476 in favor and 1,049 opposed. Superintendent Mike Berblinger said the issue likely received support because it won’t require an increase in property […]

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Kan. juvenile arrested after school bomb threat causes evacuations »

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ONAGA, Kan. (AP) — Pottawatomie County authorities say a juvenile was arrested after a bomb threat caused the evacuation of a school and hospital in Onaga. Sheriff Greg Riat says a boy under the age of 14 was arrested then released to his parents after being booked. Riat says someone called the sheriff’s office Tuesday […]

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KHP: Driver was texting, hospitalized after crash »

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GARDEN CITY – A Kansas man was injured in an accident just before 9 p.m. on Tuesday in Finney County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2013 Chrysler 200 driven by Jeffrey Humiston, 39, Offerle, was northbound on U.S. 50 just south of Mary Street. The driver was texting and went off the right side […]

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Fort Riley to hold public forum on possible personnel cuts »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Fort Riley is holding a meeting to hear from the community about how possible personnel reductions on the base could affect them. Fort Riley employs more than 25,000 people in the Junction City area. In a news release, Fort Riley said as many as 16,000 could be dismissed or redeployed. The […]

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KanCare MCOs gain access to state’s drug monitoring system »

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By ANDY MARSO The three insurance companies administering Kansas Medicaid now have direct access to the state’s prescription drug tracking system. Officials from the companies told legislators Monday that the move will enhance patient care by allowing them to more quickly identify prescription drug abuse. “We take this very, very, very seriously,” said Michael McKinney, […]

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Groups holding workshops on restoring Kansas prairies »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two groups are sponsoring workshops in Lawrence designed to teach rural landowners how to restore native prairie habitats. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the workshops are Feb. 26, March 12 and April 9 at the Lawrence Public Library. They’re sponsored by the Douglas County Conservation District and the Grassland Heritage Foundation. […]

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Man accused of changing ID theft victim’s name seeks delay »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Mexican man accused of an identity theft scheme in which he changed a U.S. citizen’s legal name to his own wants court proceedings delayed. Attorneys for Ramon Perez-Rivera and his wife, Antonia Vargas-Ortega, filed an unopposed motion Tuesday seeking to stall their Feb. 17 trial for 60 days. Their lawyers […]

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Lobbyists had email look at Kan. governor’s budget plans »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A newspaper is reporting that a top aide to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback used a private email account to give two lobbyists a preview of budget proposals weeks before they were outlined for legislators. The Wichita Eagle reported Tuesday that it obtained a copy of an email sent by Budget Director […]

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Surgeon general: ‘Desperate need of clarity’ on e-cigarettes »

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MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Tobacco Writer RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The U.S. surgeon general says officials are “in desperate need of clarity” on electronic cigarettes to help guide public health policies. Dr. Vivek Murthy, the country’s senior public health official, addressed the battery-powered devices that heat liquid nicotine during a stop Tuesday in Richmond. The newly-appointed […]

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Sen. Roberts Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Protect Rural Hospitals »

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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) today introduced bipartisan legislation to protect rural Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) and their patients by eliminating a new “condition of payment” rule from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This overly burdensome rule requires physicians in rural CAHs to predict and limit a patients’ stay […]

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Woman accused of drowning puppy so she could board plane »

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A Florida woman is suspected of drowning a 2-week-old puppy in a Nebraska airport bathroom so she could board a plane. Grand Island Police Sgt. Stan Steele says 56-year-old Cynthia V. Anderson of Edgewater, Florida, was denied access to a flight Friday at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport because the […]

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