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 […]

KDA photo contest now open


KS Department of Agriculture Manhattan–As agriculture in Kansas flourishes this summer, pull out a camera, capture the moment, and submit your photos to 2015 Kansas Department of Agriculture’s photo contest, beginning June 15, 2015. Nearly every aspect of daily life can be tied to agriculture. Be creative with entries; agriculture can be more than the […]

Savor the Season highlights local growing season in Kansas

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KS Department of Agriculture MANHATTAN–Does the bounty of Kansas-grown produce at the local farmers’ market seem overwhelming with its vast array of colors, unusual vegetables and wide assortment of varieties? The fresh asparagus and colorful peppers might be enticing, but how should they be prepared? Without knowledge of selection, storage, and preparation tips, purchasing fresh […]

Moran amendment to block funds for LPC listing passes committee


Washington–Today, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, introduced an amendment to the fiscal year 2016 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill to restrict the use of funds for enforcement of the decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife to list the lesser prairie chicken (LPC) as a threatened species […]