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Kansas seeks court order to block Quapaw Tribe casino »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has asked a federal court to temporarily block the Quapaw Tribe from expanding its Downstream Casino in Oklahoma into southeast Kansas. The request for a preliminary injunction filed Thursday contends the state will suffer irreparable harm if the tribe’s casino goes forward. It notes the tribe has already moved in […]

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Alleged Ft. Riley Bomb Accomplice to be Released to His Parents »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A Topeka man charged as an accomplice in an alleged Fort Riley suicide bombing plot will be released to his parents’ custody. A judge decided Thursday to release Alexander Blair. That is expected to happen by Monday. Blair’s attorney Christopher Joseph had argued that his client was not a flight risk […]

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US Sen. Roberts’ ‘Frozen’ ringtone creates hearing hysterics »

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Pat Roberts is urging people to “let it go” after his cellphone filled a somber committee hearing room with the first few bars of a song from Disney’s “Frozen.” Watch the video here The Kansas City Star reports that the 78-year-old Kansas lawmaker was questioning Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Thursday […]

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Kansas man charged with attacking Walmart greeter »

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SALINA -An employee of the Salina Wal-Mart was taken to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after he was punched several times in the head by a man he found on the ground in the area where shopping carts are stored. Police Captain Chris Trocheck said 36-year-old Elijah Gragg, whose last known address was McPherson, is alleged […]

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Survey suggests economy slowing in rural areas of 10 states »

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economic outlook for rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West remained negative in April even though it improved slightly from the previous month. Creighton University’s Rural Mainstreet index grew to 46 in April from March’s 43.6, but any score below 50 suggests a decline. The indexes […]

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Kansas Supreme Court to consider marijuana ballot dispute »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The state’s highest court has taken up the dispute over the legality of a new voter-approved ordinance in the state’s largest city that lessens criminal penalties for marijuana possession. The Kansas Supreme Court on Thursday ordered Wichita to respond by May 6 to arguments made by the Kansas attorney general seeking […]

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Washburn professor named Kansas Poet Laureate »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An associate English professor at Washburn University has been named the Poet Laureate for Kansas. The nonprofit Kansas Humanities Council announced the appointment of Eric McHenry in a news release Thursday. McHenry’s work has been featured in national publications such as Poetry International, Yale Review and Slate. His poetry reviews have […]

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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Kan. Man in Ft. Riley Bomb Case »

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KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A federal grand jury today returned an indictment against a Topeka man who was charged in a criminal complaint last week with plotting to explode a bomb at the Fort Riley military base near Manhattan, Kan., according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.   John T. Booker, Jr., 20, Topeka, Kan., was […]

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3 schools under lockout after report of suspicious vehicle »

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Little Apple Post MANHATTAN –Three schools in USD 383- Manhattan-Ogden district were temporarily on lockout Thursday. Police were investigating a report of three men in an SUV brandishing a weapon near Osage Street and Juliette Avenue. Michele Jones, USD-383 Communications and Safety Director, said three elementary schools were in lockout for about an hour because of […]

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Wichita university, technical college launch partnership »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State University is joining forces with Wichita Area Technical College to launch an innovative approach to degree completion. The university said Thursday in a news release that its Shocker Pathway partnership is the first of its kind in Kansas between a two-year technical college and a four-year university. It creates […]

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Commission questions numbers in Kansas casino proposal »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Lottery Commission is giving Las Vegas billionaire Phil Ruffin more time to provide information about a proposed southeast Kansas casino. The Joplin Globe reports that the commission raised questions Wednesday about whether Ruffin is making the minimum investment required for a state-owned casino. The commission has put off making […]

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Teen to be tried as adult in killings of Kansas couple »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A teenager will be tried as an adult in the fatal shootings of a Wichita couple during a robbery. The Wichita Eagle reports that Sedgwick County juvenile court Judge Robb Rumsey granted a motion Wednesday for adult prosecution for Carlos Delacadena-Edwards. He is jailed in Sedgwick County on two counts of […]

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4 more at Kansas high school test positive for tuberculosis »

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By Dan Margolies Kansas health authorities say four additional people have tested positive for tuberculosis out of 70 tested last week at Olathe Northwest High School. The tests were conducted after a student came down with the infection last month. More than 300 people were tested shortly afterward and 27 tested positive for the disease. […]

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