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Bryan Thompson

The federal government is providing more than $4 million this year to open six new health centers in Kansas. These clinics offer comprehensive primary care to everyone, whether the patient has insurance, or not. As Heartland Health Monitor’s Bryan Thompson reports, they can be a lifeline for people who struggle to pay for health care.

Bryan Thompson

Nearly 40 Kansas school districts will be asking a panel of lawmakers today for additional state funding.

The requests are from districts that have seen falling property values because of reduced oil prices or have seen increases in their student populations. Those are variables not taken into account in the state’s new block grant system for school funding.

Sean Sandefur

Energy experts say that alongside wheat, cattle and basketball, one of Kansas’ top commodities is a strong breeze.

To date, billions of dollars have been spent on wind turbines throughout the state, and there are more are coming online each year. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, the turbines could help with compliance of strict new carbon regulations announced earlier this month.

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A new report finds farms are getting better internet access. But as Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon reports, a large percentage of farms still can’t connect to the web.

One big impediment is infrastructure. In rural areas of the Midwest there are huge swathes without any internet connectivity. Federal communications officials say more than half of all rural Americans lack fast, reliable broadband internet connections.

Lu Nelsen at the Center for Rural Affairs says the lack of access just deepens the urban-rural divide.

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An amnesty program for Kansans behind on their taxes will start next month. The goal is to bring in tax dollars that otherwise the state may not easily collect.

The revenue department has now posted details online and will begin accepting applications Sept. 1.

Kansas Department of Revenue spokeswoman Jeannine Koranda says only tax debt accrued before the end of 2013 is eligible for amnesty.

Johnson County, Kansas, Sheriff's Office

Jury selection continues in the trial of a man accused of killing three people in Overland Park, Kansas. The man, an avowed white supremacist, has admitted to trying to kill the people because he thought they were Jewish.

In April of last year, Frazier Glenn Miller allegedly killed three people at a Jewish center in the suburban Kansas City area.

The chairman of the state Democratic Party has resigned after efforts to revamp the party’s message for Kansas, where Republicans hold big majorities.

Recently, Kansas Democratic Party Chairman Larry Meeker had been using the phrase “red state Democrats,” arguing that Kansas Democrats are different from Democrats in traditionally blue states.

He said there was room in the party for people with different views about abortion and same-sex marriage. But Democratic activists pushed back, saying Meeker was abandoning some of the party’s core principals.

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Johnson County health officials are trying to stop the spread of a water-borne disease caused by a microscopic germ.

At least three cases of Cryptosporidiosis have been confirmed in Johnson County.

The disease causes diarrhea and other intestinal symptoms. It can be spread through pool water, because it's resistant to chlorine.

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The Kansas Geological Survey has determined there is a connection between oil and gas production and earthquakes.

A new survey suggests that the economic outlook for 10 Midwest and Plains states is weaker than in previous months.

The Rural Mainstreet Index sank to growth neutral 50.0 in August from 53.4 in July. The survey indexes range from 0 to 100. Any score below 50 suggests decline in that factor in the months ahead. Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.

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