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KU students react to Obama’s Lawrence address »

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By AMELIA ARVESEN KU Statehouse Wire Service LAWRENCE — President Obama’s visit to Lawrence was a rarity. Thursday he became the first sitting president in more than 100 years to speak at the University of Kansas. Although a presidential visit is uncommon in Kansas, the President’s message addressed the common concerns of those in attendance. […]

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Kansas worker honored with ESGR Patriot Award »

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Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve MCPHERSON — Kansas Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, announced that Jess Parks with Jomax was honored with a Patriot Award December 23 in recognition of extraordinary support of Spc. Ryan Dryer, his employee and a member of 1438th Multi-Role Bridge […]

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Kansas court orders more state spending on schools »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A state district court panel has ruled that Kansas isn’t spending enough money on its public schools to provide a suitable education for every child. The three judges on Tuesday did not set a specific figure but said evidence indicates the state needs to spend at least $548 million more a […]

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Unfilled deer tags may be used to take antlerless whitetails »


Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism PRATT–The New Year may be ringing in, but there’s still time for hunters to use any unfilled permits from the 2014 deer season. Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, hunters make take antlerless white-tailed deer using any legal equipment. Deer Management Unit (DMU) restrictions listed on the permits are still […]

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Environmental education local grants available from EPA »

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of $2,730,000 of funding for Environmental Education Local Grants. The maximum allowed grant under the program is $91,000. The purpose of the Environmental Education Local Grants Program is to support locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues. The grants […]

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Moran supports modifying U.S.-Cuba trade policy »

Sen. Jerry Moran, R.-Kan.

MANHATTAN–Today, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) released the following statement regarding his support for modifying U.S.-Cuba trade policy: “I have long fought to change the unilateral U.S. sanctions and regulations that restrict the ability of our farmers and ranchers to sell their products to Cuba. “Cuba is only 90 miles from our border, making it […]

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KHI participates in Rockefeller Institute of Government’s ACA examination »


Kansas Health Institute TOPEKA–With the 2014 elections behind us and newly elected officials about to be sworn in, the Kansas Health Institute (KHI) is releasing a report chronicling the early days of health reform implementation in Kansas, and how the decisions of the state’s key players at the time shaped the response to the Affordable […]

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Kansas ABC launches online portal for liquor licenses »


TOPEKA–The state division of Alcoholic Beverage Control launched a new online portal for liquor licensees Tuesday. The website portal–https://www.ksabconline.org–will be accessible to anyone with internet access. Licensees will be able to monitor their license accounts and the status of their applications, said ABC Licensing Manager Debbie Beavers in a news release. “The user-friendly system will […]

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Think warm: Kansas state parks urge residents to plan for summer »

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PRATT — With winter weather here, it’s hard to picture planning spring and summer fun, but the secret about Kansas state parks is out and reservations are a must for busy holiday weekends. Consider making your 2015 camping and cabin reservations in advance and ensure your family and friends ample space at the lake for […]

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County estimates available for 2014 small grains »

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TOPEKA–County-level estimates for 2014 small grains are now available, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The estimates,based primarily on surveys conducted with farmers and ranchers last fall, can be accessed using the QuickStats online database, found here: http://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/ The commodity estimates released Thursday include winter wheat and oats. County-level estimates for late season […]

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Kansas African American Affairs Commission to gather oral histories »

Dr. Mildred Edwards, KAAAC Executive Director

TOPEKA — The Kansas African American Affairs commission is promoting “A New Black Friday,” a project first launched last year to encourage African-American families to share their family histories the day or weekend after Thanksgiving. “African-Americans have made important contributions to Kansas history,” said Dr. Mildred Edwards. “Gathering these family histories will help us appreciate […]

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Statewide initiative encouraging early childhood literacy »

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TOPEKA — Roughly 5,000 copies of the children’s book, “Is Everyone Ready for Fun?” have been distributed throughout Kansas and are waiting to be read to Kansas preschoolers during this year’s Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week. The State Library’s 10th annual one-book/one-state reading initiative, Kansas Reads to Preschoolers, highlights the importance of reading to children […]

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Ellsworth Marine graduates boot camp »

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Private T.J. Roediger, Ellsworth, returned home recently after successfully completing 13 weeks of recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California. Roediger will be on 10 days of leave before reporting for additional training at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Afterward, he will receive additional training for his Military Occupation Specialty, Military Police and Corrections, […]

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