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Environment
12:13 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Harper County Hit With Two Minor Earthquakes

The U.S. Geological Survey says two minor earthquakes were recorded over the weekend within 12 hours of each other in Harper County.

No injuries or severe damage were reported after either earthquake.

The first earthquake was recorded about 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

It registered a 3.0 magnitude, with the epicenter about 5 1/2 miles northwest of Harper.

The second, registered a 3.3 magnitude, and was recorded about 6.5 miles southeast of Harper about 7:25 Sunday morning.

Politics
12:01 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Operation Rescue Files Ethics Complaint Against U.S. Congressman Mike Pompeo

A national anti-abortion leader has asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo for alleged ethics violations during his re-election campaign.

Troy Newman is president of Operation Rescue. Last week, he sent public documentation to the agency accusing Pompeo of posting links to campaign material on his House website.

Pompeo’s office says it has found nothing that rises to a “material failure” to comply with all requirements.

Government
11:36 am
Mon July 21, 2014

White House Study: Medicaid Non-Participation Costs KS

A new study by the White House Council of Economic Advisors says the decision not to expand Medicaid is costing Kansas millions of dollars, and thousands of jobs.

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Education
10:53 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Efficiency Group Considering KS School Spending

A commission will be working over the coming months to look for possible ways Kansas schools could more efficiently use tax dollars. The group is made up of former lawmakers, education officials and members of advocacy groups like the Kansas Policy Institute.

Those on the commission don't always see eye-to-eye on education issues.

The group elected former advertising executive and Wichita Chamber of Commerce Chairman Sam Williams to head the commission. He says he'll be working to get everyone on the same page.

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Commentary
5:18 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Sondheim and Summer Nights

If you’re in the mood for A Little Night Music, you can catch it at Guild Hall Theatre, at St. James Episcopal Church.

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Health
11:27 am
Fri July 18, 2014

The Food Deserts Of Wichita

The food deserts of Wichita
Credit Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita

Tomorrow marks the final day of business for two Dillons grocery stores in Wichita. According to the company, the stores have been underperforming for a number of years. Their absence could add to a problem that already exists in the city - an increasing number of what are called “food deserts.” Food deserts are low-income neighborhoods which have little access to fresh, affordable food.

When Grocers Close, Nutrition Goes With Them

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Health
11:23 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Toxic Algae Warnings Issued For Seven Kansas Lakes

Kansas health officials have issued warnings for seven lakes around the state because of toxic algae.

The KDHE said Thursday that high levels of toxic blue-green algae have been found at Chisolm Creek Park Lake in Sedgwick County, Marion Reservoir, Memorial Park Lake in Barton County, Milford Reservoir in Clay, Geary and Dickinson counties, Jewell State Fishing Lake, Lake Warnock in Atchison County and South Park Lake in Johnson County.

Warnings mean water conditions aren't safe for direct contact and that wading, skiing and swimming should be prohibited.

Government
11:17 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Kansas Unemployment Rate Increases Slightly In June

Kansas saw its unemployment rate inch up to 4.9 percent in June, though the state also experienced modest, over-the-year growth in private-sector jobs.

The Kansas Department of Labor reported Thursday that the seasonally adjusted jobless rate rose from 4.8 percent in May. However, June's figure still was significantly better than the 5.6 percent recorded in June of last year.

The department also said the number of nonfarm, private-sector jobs grew by about 1.3 percent in June, compared with June of 2013. Nearly 1.13 million Kansans held such jobs.

Crime and Courts
10:42 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Saline County Puts $46.5M Jail Bond Issue On November Ballot

Saline County officials have approved a plan to let voters decide the fate of a $46.5 million bond issue to improve the county jail.

Saline County commissioners voted 2-1 Wednesday to put the bond issue on the November ballot.

The renovations would also include combining the county jail with court services and the county attorney's office, as well as a $3 million parking garage about a block away.

Health
10:30 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Agriculture Dept. To Allow Emergency Haying And Grazing In 44 Counties

The Agriculture Department is allowing emergency haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program acreage in 44 Kansas counties.

The drought has depleted hay supplies and affected the growth of hay and pasture in parts of Kansas.

An official with the Kansas Farm Service Agency says many producers cannot maintain their current herds without the emergency measure.

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