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Deer seasons to be set at March 26 KWPT Commission meeting »

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PRATT– Deer, antelope, and elk hunting seasons for 2015-2016 will be determined when the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission meets on March 26. The meeting will be held at the Kansas Museum of History, 6425 SW 6th Ave., Topeka. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. with time for public comments on non-agenda items, […]

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Statewide food drive campaign aims to raise 85,000 meals for Kansas families »

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KS Department of Agriculture TOPEKA–The Neighbor to Neighbor statewide food drive launched this month to support our neighbors in need and reduce hunger in Kansas communities. Harvesters-The Community Food Bank in Topeka hosted state leaders, including Governor Sam Brownback and Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey, representatives of the food banks of Kansas, Dillon’s Food Stores […]

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Vote for Tana, KFM Arson Dog, as Hero Dog of the Year »

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Office of the State Fire Marshal TOPEKA–Tana, one of OSFM’s two arson dogs, has once again been nominated for the Hero Dog Awards by the American Humane Association. Tana’s sharp senses and tedious training have contributed to putting several arsonists behind bars. This is the second year in a row Tana has been nominat­ed. Voting […]

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Smithsonian exhibit celebrates ‘Invention of the American Backyard’ »

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ABILENE–Americans love their backyards. Retreats for recreation, entertainment, dining, and relaxation, they combine the comfort and convenience of living rooms with the freedom of the open air. A new Smithsonian traveling exhibition, “Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the Backyard,” explores the transition from the front porch to the backyard patio, the rise of the […]

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Backyard flock with avian flu is depopulated »

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MANHATTAN–The Kansas Department of Agriculture was notified late Friday afternoon that samples collected from a backyard poultry flock containing both chickens and ducks in Leavenworth County was positive for HPAI H5N2. The flock was depopulated on Saturday morning by USDA officials. KDA is establishing an incident command post in Leavenworth County, and as a part […]

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State fire marshal: ‘Be careful with prescribed burns’ »

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TOPEKA–With the nice weather Kansas has experienced over the past few days, fire departments across the state are already experiencing an increase in grass burning incidents – some of which have already gotten out of control. Many of these fires are threatening property and structures and have resulted in injury to the firefighters responding to […]

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No firearms fatalities in Kansas during 2014 hunting seasons »

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PRATT–Each year, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) compiles a summary of all reported hunting incidents as a way to assess safety issues afield and address any potential areas for improvement in Hunter Education programs. The 2014 Kansas Hunter Education Hunting Incident Report is now available and although the total number of […]

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Positive case of avian influenza confirmed »

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MANHATTAN–The Kansas Department of Agriculture was notified late Friday afternoon that samples collected from a backyard poultry flock containing both chickens and ducks in Leavenworth County returned a presumptive positive result for highly pathogenic avian influenza at the National Veterinary Services Lab. KDA will be establishing a control zone around the premise. This case is […]

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TED-talk style videos wanted for Financial Scholars Contest »

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TOPEKA–Kansas Securities Commissioner Josh Ney announced the opening of the 2015 Financial Scholars Video Contest, which will run through April 21. He said his office is looking for original persuasive, TED-talk style video essays conveying the value of financial literacy. Students participating in the winning entry will each receive an iPad mini. The teacher of […]

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Business Appreciation Month Awards nomination deadline is March 20 »

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TOPEKA–The Kansas Department of Commerce will continue to accept nominations for the 2015 Business Appreciation Month awards until March 20. The awards recognize successful Kansas companies that create jobs, support their local communities and enhance the quality of life in Kansas. Regional finalists are recognized in June during the Team Kansas awards banquet, with the […]

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State plans behavioral health prevention efforts »

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TOPEKA–Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Kari Bruffett on Thursday outlined the agency’s plans to revamp its behavioral health prevention efforts in order to provide more integrated care while strengthening behavioral health education and outreach. ”We know that behavioral health difficulties do not occur in a vacuum. They interact,” Secretary Bruffett said at a […]

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State monitoring for Avian Influenza »

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MANHATTAN–The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) is currently monitoring a control zone in Southeast Kansas, including areas of Cherokee and Crawford counties, after a confirmed case of the H5N2 strain of Avian Influenza was found in Jasper County, Missouri near Asbury. Avian Influenza is a contagious, rapidly spreading viral disease affecting birds. Outbreaks of a […]

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Kan. man pleads guilty to theft of government funds »

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KANSAS CITY–A Leavenworth man pleaded guilty Wednesday to fraudulently collecting more than $46,000 in government benefits, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a news release. Michael James Munsterman, 42, Leavenworth, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government funds. In his plea, he admitted he received Supplemental Security Income, food stamps and Medicaid even […]

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