Learning Quest contest to award $10,000 in prizes

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Kansas State Treasurer TOPEKA–Seventh and eighth grade students across Kansas can showcase their creativity and win an education savings account in the 14th annual Learning Quest Make Your Mark Contest. The Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Program is Kansas’ state-sponsored 529 plan, designed to help families invest for their child’s continued education after high school. […]

Kansas, Colorado & Nebraska water agreement reached

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Kansas Department of Agriculture LINCOLN, NEB.–The states of Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska reached an agreement today, Aug. 27, that will ensure more certainty to the basin’s water users in both Nebraska and Kansas. The agreement, in the form of a Resolution approved by the Republican River Compact Administration (RRCA), was achieved through collaborative negotiations that […]

Federal health insurance rate hikes for some Kansans from 9.4 to 25.4 %

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TOPEKA–After three months of review and discussions with Kansas health insurance companies, the Kansas Insurance Department announced Tuesday the completion of the rate review process for companies planning to sell individual health plans on the 2016 federal marketplace in Kansas. The range of average rate revisions by insurance companies for individual plans is from 9.4 […]

Sen. Moran named chairman of new Congressional Down Syndrome Task Force

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  MANHATTAN–U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) has been named U.S. Senate co-chairman of the new Congressional Down Syndrome Task Force – a bipartisan, bicameral group dedicated to making certain the needs of the Down syndrome community are a priority on Capitol Hill. Sen. Moran will work with co-chair Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) and his counterparts […]

Online driver’s license status tracks correspondence

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Kansas Department of Revenue TOPEKA–Drivers with suspended licenses can now keep track of correspondence with the Kansas Division of Vehicles online for free through the enhanced driver’s license status check. The status check feature is available on the department’s website, www.ksrevenue.org/DLStatusCheck, and is updated nightly Monday through Friday. It shows if a driver’s license is […]

Application for Kansas Tax Amnesty Program available online


Kansas Department of Revenue TOPEKA–Application forms for the 2015 Tax Amnesty Program are now available online at http://www.ksrevenue.org/taxamnesty.html. The web page also includes eligibility information and a list of frequently asked questions. The state is offering a tax amnesty program where the state will waive penalties and interest assessed by the state for unpaid taxes […]

Kansas farmers encouraged to be proactive in wheat disease control

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Kansas Department of Agriculture MANHATTAN–Kansas farmers are encouraged to be especially cognizant during wheat planting season to select wheat varieties with high resistance to fungal diseases as well as to apply fungicides to seed before drilling wheat this season. Wheat flag smut was detected in Kansas earlier this summer and with potential yield and trade […]

EPA proposal cuts methane emissions from city solid waste landfills

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Environmental Protection Agency As part of the President’s Climate Action Plan – Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued two proposals to further reduce emissions of methane-rich gas from municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. Under this week’s proposals, new, modified and existing landfills would begin collecting and controlling landfill gas […]

KDWPT receives $2.7 million grant for public access on private lands

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Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism PRATT– On August 17, 2015, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded $20 million in grants to 15 states to improve and increase wildlife habitat and public access for recreational opportunities on privately-owned and operated farm, ranch and forest lands. The Kansas […]

Promising season outlook for duck hunters

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Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism PRATT–According the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) 2015 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations survey, overall duck numbers remain strong as we enter the 2015-2016 hunting seasons. The USFWS stated that total populations were estimated at 49.5 million breeding ducks in the traditional survey area, which is 43 […]

Enter your photos in Wild About Kansas contest

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Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism PRATT–The peak of summer and start of fall can provide stunning lighting and subject matter for outdoor photographers. Whether it’s a catfish fresh out of the water, a crimson sunset over a pasture, or a whitetail peeking through a tree line, Kansas Wildlife & Parks magazine staff want […]

KDA photo contest: Looking at agriculture in Kansas


Kansas Department of Agriculture TOPEKA–As the summer season comes to an end, so does the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s photo contest. There is still time to get your entries submitted in one of four categories. Gift card prizes will be awarded to the top entries. Final deadline for submitting entries is 5 p.m. August 1, […]