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The return of mostly dry, hot weather this weekend has jump started the stalled winter wheat harvest.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 8 percent had been harvested as of Sunday. Normally by this late in the season, about 33 percent of the wheat is in the bin. Last year at this time 21 percent had already been cut.

About 51 percent of the wheat in Kansas is now mature.

Wheat harvest is now in full swing across most of Kansas, with the possible exception of northwest Kansas and the northern tier counties.

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Milk production in Kansas has more than doubled in the past 20 years, and experts say several factors like the expansion of in-state dairies are behind the increase.

Kansas cows produced 3.1 billion pounds of milk in 2014, a 181 percent increase compared to 1994, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. It's also an increase of 6.1 percent compared to the year before.

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The Kansas Highway Patrol is struggling to fill open positions for state troopers.

There are approximately 21 counties in Kansas that have no dedicated state trooper, and 34 that have only one. According to Kansas Highway Patrol Lieutenant Adam Winters, they currently have the fewest number of officers in about a decade.

Winters said a number of officers have retired in recent years and that applications to fill those positions aren’t coming in.

But they’re working to fix that.

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A special Kansas legislative committee will consider a complaint from legislators who say a Democrat used "inflammatory" language when she referred to supporters of an education bill as "racist bigots."

The measure would have repealed a law allowing some immigrants who are in the country illegally to pay in-state tuition at Kansas colleges and universities if they meet other requirements.

Nine Republican members of the House Education Committee signed a formal complaint against Kansas City Democratic Rep. Valdenia Winn.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo.--A Kansas capital murder case involving a white supremacist who is dying of emphysema poses some unusual challenges for a district attorney pursuing the death penalty for the first time.

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Although mainstream country music bears little resemblance today to its simple roots, there are still some recording artists whose brand of music recalls the bygone era of AM country radio, delivering songs that are focused on common human emotions.

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has been elected by his colleagues in other states and U.S. territories as vice president of their national association.

Schmidt's office says the two-term Republican received the honor during the recent summer meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General in San Diego.

Schmidt previously has served as the group's Midwestern regional chairman, the co-chairman of its consumer protection committee and the vice chairman of its committee on combatting human trafficking.

The City of Wichita begins its eighth year in the Big Read program with the selection of a quest novel. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has more.

The Wichita Big Read program is an annual event that encourages people to read the same book, and then take it a step further by participating in related literary and art events throughout the fall.

Wichita Public Library Director Cynthia Berner says this year’s novel is “Into the Beautiful North” by Mexican-American writer Luis Alberto Urrea.

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Kansas legislators aren't quite done with their work for the year because they inadvertently enacted two conflicting versions of a new law aimed at holding down local property taxes.

House Speaker Ray Merrick's office said Friday that legislators will reconvene June 26 to pass a bill addressing the problem. Spokeswoman Rachel Whitten described it as a technical fix.

Legislators already were scheduled to have a brief adjournment ceremony that day.

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A Garden City medical marijuana activist is making national news. Shona Banda's home was raided and her son was placed in protective custody—at least in part due to something the boy said during an anti-drug presentation at school. Heartland Health Monitor’s Bryan Thompson has more.

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