Gov. makes judicial appointment to 18th District Court


OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR TOPEKA–Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today announced the appointment of Deborah Hernandez Mitchell of Wichita as a District Judge for the Kansas 18th District Court. Mitchell fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Joseph Bribiesca. “I am pleased to appoint Deborah Hernandez Mitchell to the 18th District,” said Governor Brownback. […]

Be a vital voice for Kansas water resources

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Kansas Water Office TOPEKA–The Kansas Water Office is accepting applications from those who would like to participate as a member of one of the 14 Regional Advisory Committees (RAC) which will be established by the Kansas Water Authority. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply soon as the deadline for the Regional Advisory Committees (RAC) is […]

Fishing’s Future announces catch-release photo contest for kids

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Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TEXAS–Fishing’s Future, a national organization aimed at getting more families outdoors, is proud to announce the national launch of the 2015 Catch-Photo-Release contest for youth anglers. Contest requirements are simple. All a young angler has to do is catch a fish, photograph it, release it, […]

Reduce summertime trips to the emergency room

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Kansas State Fire Marshal Summertime means spending more time outdoors for many Kansas families. Summer is also when there is an increase in visits to the emergency room due to fire and burn injury. Barbecue grills, campfires and fireworks can cause serious injuries to children. Safe Kids Kansas, the Office of the State Fire Marshal […]

KDWPT: Use common sense to prevent drowning tragedy

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Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism PRATT–The Fourth of July Holiday is popular with Kansas state park patrons. It’s hot, and being outdoors close to the water draws thousands. Most parks have designated swimming beaches, buoyed for safety, but there are no lifeguards. Swimmers must obey safety rules and use common sense to prevent […]

Kansas ranks top 5 in nation for family placements


Kansas Department for Children and Families TOPEKA–In a recent report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Kansas ranks fifth in the nation for ensuring that children who come into foster care are placed with a family instead of in a group home setting. “While there are certainly times when it is appropriate for a […]

Gov. Brownback signs one bill into law


Office of the Governor TOPEKA–Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed the following bill into law on June 30, 2015. House Bill 2142 – clarifies the effective date of the recently passed legislation related to requirements for a vote for any property tax increase above the rate of inflation. During the 2015 legislative session, the Governor signed […]

State improves SNAP error rate, earns bonus

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Kansas Department for Children and Families TOPEKA–Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Phyllis Gilmore is pleased to announce that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded the State of Kansas $621,501 in bonus funds for substantially improving its payment error rate in the food assistance program known as the Supplemental Nutrition […]

Top GOP officials in Kansas condemn ruling on school funding UPDATE


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and GOP legislative leaders are condemning a court ruling that declares key parts of the state’s new school funding law unconstitutional. Brownback said Friday that the state would appeal the decision from a three-judge panel in Shawnee County District Court. He said the panel overstepped its authority. […]

Increased patrol of boaters under the influence this weekend

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Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism PRATT–The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) will be participating in the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators “Operation Dry Water” (ODW) event, June 26-28. ODW is a nationally-coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence (BUI). […]

Welfare reform measures to encourage employment begin July 1

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Kansas Department for Children and Families TOPEKA–This week, Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) clients will begin receiving notice of upcoming changes to their benefits. These notices are being sent to advise clients of changes that will take effect on July 1, as part of the Kansas Hope, Opportunity and Prosperity for Everyone (HOPE) […]

Agencies encourage Kansans to help prevent elder abuse in their communities

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TOPEKA–The Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner (KSC) joined with the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) this week to recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). First launched in 2006, WEAAD is the product of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder […]

It’s ‘American Eagle Day’

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KS Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism PRATT–June 20, 2015, has been proclaimed “American Eagle Day” as a way to celebrate America’s living symbol of freedom, the bald eagle, and to bring attention to this magnificent species’ dramatic recovery. For over 230 years, the bald eagle has served as the living symbol of all that […]