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Cutoff date for lesser prairie chicken program extended »

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SALINA — State Conservationist Eric B. Banks announced the extended deadline for enrollments in the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative for fiscal year 2014. Producers interested in participating in the program can submit applications to the Natural Resources Conservation Service through April 18. Kansas NRCS will fund the initiative through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program and provide […]

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Great Bend Republican files for re-election »

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Great Bend Post State Rep. John Edmonds, R-Great Bend, filed Monday to run for another two-year term in the Kansas House. Great Bend Democrat Steve Muehleisen also has indicated he will run for the 112th House District seat. The filing deadline is noon June 2. The primary election is Aug. 5, and the general election […]

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Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure scheduled for May 10 in Hays »

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Mark your calendars for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, scheduled for May 10 at Hays Municipal Park. The series of 5K run/fitness walks help raise funds and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. The Hays race will begin at 7:15 a.m. with registration, with a survivor breakfast set to begin at […]

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FHSU Astronomy Club to celebrate first human in space »

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FHSU University Relations Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, on board the Vostok-1 53 years ago on April 12, became the first human to go out into outer space. The Fort Hays State University Astronomy Club will celebrate this milestone with “Yuri’s Night.” According to student organizer Megan Adams, the celebration of Gagarin’s momentous flight “aims to […]

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Three arrested on allegations of kidnapping in Junction »

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JUNCTION CITY — Three men have been arrested on allegations of kidnapping, Junction City Police Chief Tim Brown said Tuesday. Brown said police received a report Monday morning of a possible kidnapping at 30 Riley Manor. “We’d received a tip from a citizen that lives in the area that they’d seen three men force an […]

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Smith County natives give $1.5M to K-State engineering addition »

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K-State News and Editorial Services MANHATTAN — Alan and Jan Levin, Tucson, Ariz., have made a commitment of $1.5 million to the College of Engineering at Kansas State University to support the phase IV building addition currently underway. When the $45 million phase IV expansion opens in fall 2015, it will be a first-class facility […]

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Salina voters approve $110.7M bond for school improvements »

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Salina Post SALINA — Although the final tally is unofficial, a $110.7 million bond proposal for school improvements in Salina USD 305 will pass easily. During the Saline County Commission meeting Tuesday morning, Saline County Clerk and Elections Officer Don Merriman said with approximately 500 votes left to be counted, the yea votes were 8,352, […]

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Great Bend superintendent: Bill ‘short-sighted’ and ‘bad policy’ »

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By STAN UNRUH Post News Network GREAT BEND — USD 428 Superintendent Dr. Tom Vernon has spent a lifetime working in education — and is disappointed with what the Kansas Legislature did this weekend. Lawmakers approved adding approximately $129 million into state funding for poorer school districts — but also contained policy changes that have […]

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HRC calls off Monday practices »

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Due to weather conditions, all Hays Recreation Commission soccer and flag football practices scheduled for Monday have been canceled. For more information, visit Hays Rec’s website HERE.

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NCK Tech will use foundation grant to help fund Hays health fair »

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North Central Kansas Technical College recently was awarded a $600 grant from the Hays area Heartland Community Foundation’s Healthy Living Fund. The grant funds will provide support for the annual Hays Community Health Fair, which is organized and staffed by the Hays campus NCK Tech nursing students and faculty. Sandra Gottschalk, NCK Tech Hays campus […]

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Kansas school funding measure: How area legislators voted »

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Here’s how northwest Kansas lawmakers voted on the compromise school funding proposal, which was approved and sent to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. The Kansas House passed the measure 63-57. Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady, R-Palco; Rep. Troy Waymaster, R-Luray; and Rep. Ward Cassidy, R-St. Francis, voted in favor, while Rep. Sue Boldra, R-Hays; Rep. John Ewy, R-Jetmore; […]

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Brownback issues statement on school funding proposal »

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TOPEKA – Gov. Sam Brownback today issued the following statement on the school finance bill passed by the Kansas House of Representatives: “The school finance bill that passed the Kansas House today with bipartisan support increases funding to Kansas schools by $83 million and includes $74 million of property tax relief.  I am pleased with […]

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