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Congress passes Moran-Jenkins rural health legislation »

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate has passed H.R. 4067 to delay Medicare’s enforcement of unreasonable and inflexible direct supervision rules for outpatient therapy services at all hospitals including Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) introduced the original version of this bill, S. 1954, and it passed the Senate on Feb. 10, […]

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Space station rarity: 2 women on long-term crew »

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MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For only the second time in the history of the International Space Station, the long-term crew will include two women. But after years of training, the last thing they want to dwell on is the fact they are women. The station’s female population will double […]

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ACLU to amend gay-marriage lawsuit against Kansas »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The lawyer who sued to overturn Kansas’ ban on same-sex marriages says he will amend the lawsuit to try and force state agencies to provide benefits to married same-sex couples. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that the state can’t enforce its ban on same-sex marriages. But Gov. Sam Brownback’s […]

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Kozy Shack recalls some puddings in Kansas over labeling »

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ARDEN HILLS, Minn. (AP) — Pudding maker Kozy Shack Enterprises is recalling some of its puddings because they are not labeled as containing milk. The voluntary recall involves 4-ounce cups of Foodservice Kozy Shack Simply Well Chocolate Pudding. The recalled pudding was distributed through foodservice distribution channels and not sold in retail stores. The product […]

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Good 2014 State Fair attendance, fewer in the grandstand »

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — While more people attended the 2014 Kansas State Fair than in previous years, officials say fewer people are buying tickets to watch events in the 90-year-old grandstand. According to numbers released at the fair’s board meeting Thursday, The Hutchinson News  reports grandstand attendance reached a low of about 23,200. Fewer people […]

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Man pleads not guilty in Kan. girl’s death during chase »

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LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas man has pleaded not guilty to six charges, including felony murder, in the death of a 5-year-old girl during a police chase. Thirty-year-old Marcas McGowan of Atchison entered the plea Thursday after waiving his preliminary hearing in Leavenworth County District Court. However, County Attorney Todd Thompson said the […]

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Michael Brown’s dad urges peace prior to grand jury decision (VIDEO) »

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The father of Michael Brown is making a plea for peace, regardless of whether the grand jury decides to charge the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot his unarmed son. Michael Brown Sr. has posted a video online saying that he, his family and the St. Louis region are still hurting. […]

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Son of sheriff guilty in central Kansas shooting death »

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LINCOLN, Kan. (AP) — The son of a Kansas sheriff was convicted of unintentional second-degree murder in the death of a man he considered his best friend. A Lincoln County jury convicted 34-year-old Scott Weigel Thursday in the September 2013 shooting death of 21-year-old Keith Ancell. The Salina Journal reports  the shooting occurred in downtown […]

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Ex- Kan. bank employee sentenced in $2.5 million theft »

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GIRARD, Kan. (AP) — A former employee of a southeast Kansas bank was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for stealing more than $2.5 million from her employer. The U.S. Attorney announced 54-year-old Cynthia Bright, of Girard, was sentenced Thursday to five years and 10 months in prison. She pleaded guilty in June to […]

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Rising KanCare costs adding to state’s budget problems »

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By Jim McLean KHI News Service TOPEKA — State officials will need to find an additional $40 million to meet rising KanCare costs in the current budget year, according to caseload estimates compiled by the nonpartisan Kansas Legislative Research Department. KanCare is the name of the state’s privatized Medicaid program. Also, an anticipated increase in […]

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Kansas metal finishing business, owner to change pleas »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas metal finishing business and its owner are planning to change their pleas to charges accusing them of dumping untreated wastewater into a city sewer system. A notation filed Thursday shows C & R Plating and its owner, Kevin L. Cline, both of Minneapolis, Kan., have a change-of-plea hearing on Dec. […]

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Huelskamp: The American People Are Not Stupid »

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Washington – Thursday, following President Obama’s lawless action attempting to grant amnesty to millions illegal immigrants, Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) issued the following statement: “On March 28, 2011 and more than 20 other times, President Obama has rightly said that he cannot suspend deportations of illegal immigrants via executive order. Doing so, President Obama said, […]

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KU to offer military mental health training »

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas is offering a military mental health first aid course. The course is designed to help active military members, veterans, their families and people who work with them recognize and respond to signs of mental illness. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the free class is planned for Saturday […]

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