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Positive case of avian influenza confirmed »


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 »


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 »


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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Indictment: 3 Defendants Kidnapped, Killed Kansas Woman »

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TOPEKA, KAN. – Three people were indicted Wednesday on federal charges of kidnapping and killing a Junction City woman, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. Grissom said his office is prosecuting the case jointly with the Geary County Attorney in federal court. The body of Amanda Clemons, 24, of Junction City, was found in February 2014 […]

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Pittsburg gets EPA grant for new downtown area »

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LENEXA–Pittsburg has been chosen to receive funding from EPA’s Brownfields Grant Program to conduct area-wide planning in support of community redevelopment efforts aimed at the revitalization of properties that may be contaminated by hazardous substances or pollutants, EPA officials announced today. The two grants in EPA Region 7 – $200,000 to Dubuque, Iowa, and $196,400 […]

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Republican River Compact adjustments benefit water users »

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Kansas Department of Agriculture TOPEKA–Today, reflecting the continued spirit of cooperation, Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska, along with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, have reached an agreement that will ensure more certainty to the basin’s water users in both Nebraska and Kansas. The agreement, signed through the Republican River Compact Administration (RRCA), was achieved through collaborative […]

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Ag opportunities to kick off round table talks about use of drones »

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TOPEKA–Agriculture is the topic of the first in a series of discussions about the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) by public and private interest groups in Kansas. The working sessions will culminate at the Kansas UAS Summit in Wichita this fall. The agriculture discussion is scheduled for 2 p.m. March 11 at the Kansas […]

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Beavers and otters may be trapped through March 31 »


KS Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism PRATT–The 2014 trapping season is coming to a close, and just as one season closes, another season will open. Beavers and otters may still be trapped through March 31, but the trapping season for other furbearers ended Feb. 15. On March 1, the running season, an eight-month period […]

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March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month »

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TOPEKA – Governor Sam Brownback signed a proclamation on February 25th to designate March as National Problem Gambling Awareness Month in Kansas. Stakeholders who promote awareness of the services and programs available to problem gamblers Kansas participated in the ceremony. Stakeholder groups involved in statewide problem gambling services include the Kansas Coalition on Problem Gambling, […]

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Kansas offers trout fishing at more than 30 public fishing lakes »


KS Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism PRATT–Winter weather may not be synonymous with fishing for most people, but the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism offers anglers winter trout fishing opportunities that make putting up with the cold worth it. Trout are stocked in select waters during the trout season, which is open […]

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