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Free fishing this weekend in Kansas »

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Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism PRATT–Free Fishing Weekend, hosted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, is the perfect opportunity to introduce someone to the joys of angling. Typically held the first full weekend in June each year, free fishing weekends are two-day periods when fishing licenses are not required to […]

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EPA releases draft assessment on potential impacts to drinking water resources from fracking »

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WASHINGTON–The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing a draft assessment today on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources in the United States. The assessment, done at the request of Congress, shows that while hydraulic fracturing activities in the U.S. are carried out in a way that have not led to […]

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Nominations sought for outstanding minority and women owned businesses »

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Kansas Department of Commerce TOPEKA–The Kansas Department of Commerce Office of Minority and Women Business Development will continue to accept nominations for Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week awards through July 17. The Department is accepting nominations for Kansas minority and/or women owned businesses, advocates, young entrepreneurs and corporations. Nominees will be recognized at the annual […]

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Gov. Brownback signs five bills into law »

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TOPEKA–The following five bills have been signed into law by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback: Signed June 2, 2015 · HB 2364: amends the process for selecting board members for the Peck improvement district in Sedgwick and Sumner counties. · HB 2224: clarifies previous legislation related to the Board of Technical Professionals. · HB 2124: contains […]

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Wichita native joins Eisenhower Memorial Commission Advisory Committee »

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WASHINGTON–The Eisenhower Memorial Commission (EMC) today announced that the Honorable Matthew A. Schlapp has joined the Commission’s Advisory Committee. The committee consists of a number of distinguished Americans, all of whom are dedicated to ensuring that the National Eisenhower Memorial is constructed in Washington, DC. Schlapp has been a prominent advisor in Republican politics, serving […]

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Insurance Department reviews proposed health insurance rate increases for 2016 »

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Kansas Insurance Department TOPEKA–The Kansas Insurance Department announced that proposed premiums for individual and small group health plans in Kansas for 2016 would probably show increases. The range of requested average rate revisions by insurance companies is from -0.40 percent to 37.78 percent. Those proposed changes are for private insurance company health plans sold on […]

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Mobile-friendly features enhance DCF website »

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Kansas Department for Children and Families TOPEKA–Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) announces the launch of a mobile version of its website that will allow the public to more easily access information using phones and other small-screen devices (photo below). The DCF website contains useful information for engaging with the agency, including how to […]

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I LIKE IKE Kansas license plates hit the road »

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I LIKE IKE Kansas license plates are hitting the road, providing an opportunity to honor the 34th President of the United States and Abilene native while supporting the Dwight D. Eisenhower Foundation. The I LIKE IKE distinctive tag is an official license plate generating income for the non-profit Eisenhower Foundation from the license fees collected […]

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Governor Sam Brownback signs seven bills into law »

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Office of the Kansas Governor TOPEKA–Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has signed seven bills into law. Bills signed May 27, 2015: · HB 2106 – amends criminal penalties and procedures under the Kansas Securities Commission Act. · Senate Substitute for HB 2159 – Changes the fees and time limits for requesting expungement of a DUI or […]

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No new permit requirements in finalized Clean Water Rule »

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency WASHINGTON–In an historic step for the protection of clean water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule today to clearly protect from pollution and degradation the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources. The rule ensures that waters protected […]

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Senate passes Sen. Moran bill to fix 40-mile Choice Act eligibility (VIDEO) »

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Office of U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, (R-Kan.) WASHINGTON–Today, the U.S. Senate passed the Access to Community Care for Veterans Act (S.1463), legislation authored by U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee – that amends the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (Choice Act) to give veterans […]

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National Heat Awareness Day focuses on kids in cars »

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Summer hasn’t even arrived and already this year two children have died from heatstroke in vehicles. KidsAndCars.org, American Gaming Association, Congressional Fire Services Institute and other national safety groups are joining forces on Friday, May 22, for a 24-hour social media campaign aimed at raising awareness to prevent child heatstroke deaths in vehicles. “The worst […]

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Gov. Brownback signs 8 bills Tuesday »

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Office of the Kansas Governor TOPEKA– Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today signed the following eight bills into law. · HB 2155 – establishes the Kansas charitable gaming act; creates definitions and restrictions on fantasy sports leagues; and addresses specific aspects of the Kansas Lottery. · Senate Substitute for HB 2149 – addresses the Kansas program […]

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