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KHI participates in Rockefeller Institute of Government’s ACA examination »


Kansas Health Institute TOPEKA–With the 2014 elections behind us and newly elected officials about to be sworn in, the Kansas Health Institute (KHI) is releasing a report chronicling the early days of health reform implementation in Kansas, and how the decisions of the state’s key players at the time shaped the response to the Affordable […]

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Kansas ABC launches online portal for liquor licenses »


TOPEKA–The state division of Alcoholic Beverage Control launched a new online portal for liquor licensees Tuesday. The website portal–https://www.ksabconline.org–will be accessible to anyone with internet access. Licensees will be able to monitor their license accounts and the status of their applications, said ABC Licensing Manager Debbie Beavers in a news release. “The user-friendly system will […]

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Think warm: Kansas state parks urge residents to plan for summer »

camping trailer by lake

PRATT — With winter weather here, it’s hard to picture planning spring and summer fun, but the secret about Kansas state parks is out and reservations are a must for busy holiday weekends. Consider making your 2015 camping and cabin reservations in advance and ensure your family and friends ample space at the lake for […]

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County estimates available for 2014 small grains »

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TOPEKA–County-level estimates for 2014 small grains are now available, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The estimates,based primarily on surveys conducted with farmers and ranchers last fall, can be accessed using the QuickStats online database, found here: http://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/ The commodity estimates released Thursday include winter wheat and oats. County-level estimates for late season […]

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Kansas African American Affairs Commission to gather oral histories »

Dr. Mildred Edwards, KAAAC Executive Director

TOPEKA — The Kansas African American Affairs commission is promoting “A New Black Friday,” a project first launched last year to encourage African-American families to share their family histories the day or weekend after Thanksgiving. “African-Americans have made important contributions to Kansas history,” said Dr. Mildred Edwards. “Gathering these family histories will help us appreciate […]

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Statewide initiative encouraging early childhood literacy »

is everyone ready for fun

TOPEKA — Roughly 5,000 copies of the children’s book, “Is Everyone Ready for Fun?” have been distributed throughout Kansas and are waiting to be read to Kansas preschoolers during this year’s Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week. The State Library’s 10th annual one-book/one-state reading initiative, Kansas Reads to Preschoolers, highlights the importance of reading to children […]

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Ellsworth Marine graduates boot camp »

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Private T.J. Roediger, Ellsworth, returned home recently after successfully completing 13 weeks of recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California. Roediger will be on 10 days of leave before reporting for additional training at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Afterward, he will receive additional training for his Military Occupation Specialty, Military Police and Corrections, […]

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KANSAS! magazine named Magazine of the Year »

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Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has received two awards for KANSAS! magazine, adding to the popular magazine’s collection of industry honors. The International Regional Magazine Association, Inc. (IRMA) bestowed Magazine of the Year honors on the publication, as well as the Gold […]

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US Attorney General to Watch Over Kansas Elections »


KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A federal prosecutor will be on duty during election day to respond promptly to complaints of possible election fraud and voting rights violations in Kansas, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Leon Patton will be available to the public at 913-551-6730 while the polls are open on Nov. […]

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Kan. working to reduce 34.8% prisoner recidivism rate »

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TOPEKA — An in-depth look at current trends and changes within the Kansas Department of Corrections has been published and is available to the public. The KDOC Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014 gives historical data and projections for the future in the areas of population, costs and services. While summarizing key data on growth, […]

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POLL: Should Senate candidate be allowed to withdraw? »


The Kansas Supreme Court is considering whether to allow Democratic challenger Chad Taylor to have his name taken off the ballot for the Nov. 4 general election. The move, being contested by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, would leave incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts facing Independent challenger Greg Orman and Libertarian Randall Batson. Let […]

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Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Great Bend »

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Great Bend Post GREAT BEND — At approximately 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Great Bend Police Officers were dispatched to the area of the 1300 block of MacArthur Road in Great Bend in reference to shots fired. Upon arrival, police said it was discovered Dennis Morrison had discharged a firearm at a 2002 Ford Taurus driven by […]

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Motorcyclist injured after hitting deer on Cheyenne Bottoms road »

Emergency police accident

HOISINGTON — A 63-year-old Hoisington man was injured this weekend after colliding with a deer while driving his motorcycle. According to the Barton County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 7:40 p.m. Friday, George M. Goddard was riding a 1998 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on the Cheyenne Bottoms blacktop when he struck a deer that had run […]

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