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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fight the Bite: Tips to prevent tick bites, disease

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Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism TOPEKA– Spring and summer are hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking seasons. It is also the time of year when ticks are out. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) remind those spending time outdoors to take precautions […]

KDA Secretary says USDA dietary guidelines ‘misrepresent’ lean red meat

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Kansas Department of Agriculture MANHATTAN–The Kansas Department of Agriculture recently provided comments on the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (Report) to United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and Human and Health Services Secretary Burwell. Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey recognized the Report’s proper role of vegetables, fruits, whole grains […]

Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors to pilot-test Talent Pipeline Management practices

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KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE TOPEKA–The Kansas Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors was selected today as one of seven regional partners to participate in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Talent Pipeline Management initiative to close the skills gap in America. Launched in November 2014, the initiative seeks to transform the relationship between America’s businesses, educators […]

New KDADS loan program for behavioral health recovery resources

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Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services TOPEKA–Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) Secretary Kari Bruffett announced this week the launch of the agency’s Behavioral Health Recovery Resources Loan Program (BHRRLP) to provide additional community resources for those with behavioral health challenges. “We all know how important it is to have a home […]

Flags at half-staff honoring fallen Kan. law enforcement officers

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TOPEKA-In accordance with Executive Order 10-12, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff from sun-up to sun-down on Friday, May 8 in honor of the Kansas Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Day. The 33rd Annual Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony will be held at noon Friday in the second floor rotunda […]

Gov. announces Administration Secretary Jim Clark to retire

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TOPEKA–Governor Sam Brownback today announced that Jim Clark will step down as Secretary of Administration effective the end of June 2015. “I am grateful for the strong leadership Jim has provided since becoming part of this team,” said Governor Brownback. “He brought about many improvements that have allowed us to operate in a more efficient […]

KDWPT: Wishing you a ‘crappie day’

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Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism PRATT–If someone wishes you a “crappie day” this time of year and you’re an angler, you accept that wish with a smile. It’s a good thing. Crappie anglers wait all year for late April and early May when water temperatures in Kansas lakes warm to the high 50s […]

New state ABLE savings program for disabled Kansans

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TOPEKA–State Treasurer Ron Estes thanked Governor Sam Brownback Thursday for signing HB 2216 for the Kansas Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Savings Program. The program, introduced by Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes and Representative Erin Davis (R-Olathe) in January, is an initiative that will provide individuals living with disabilities a new way to save […]

KHP looking for those who tampered with Patrol vehicles

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SALINA – The Kansas Highway Patrol is asking to public for help identifying individuals who may have tampered with patrol vehicles. The KHP reported in a media release that over the weekend, troopers discovered missing or loose lug nuts on several vehicles. On two particular vehicles, all lug nuts were loose or missing on all […]