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Kansas legislators have given final approval to a bill aimed at attracting large chicken-processing plants to the state.

The House's vote Monday was 84-37 and sent the bill to Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer. The Senate approved it last month.

The House's vote came six months after Arkansas-based Tyson Foods put plans on hold for a $320 million chicken-processing plant outside Tonganoxie amid opposition from many local residents.

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Brad Meltzer's new thriller, The Escape Artist, hit shelves last week. KMUW's Beth Golay recently spoke with Meltzer about the new book and his fascinating 20-year career.

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As the NCAA men's basketball tournament prepares to open in Wichita this week, tickets for all three sessions at Intrust Bank Arena are long gone.

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A Kansas bill that would make it a crime for people recently convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense to have a firearm has stalled in the state Senate.

The bill unanimously passed the House last month but has stalled after the Senate's Federal and State Affairs Committee amended language regarding silencers and throwing stars, The Kansas City Star reported.

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With the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in town this week, a lot of street improvements have been underway ahead of Wichita’s time in the national spotlight.


The University of Kansas will open NCAA Tournament play in Wichita on Thursday while Wichita State University and Kansas State University will hit the road for tournament openers on Friday.

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It’s likely to get easier to set up large chicken barns in Kansas.

The House is one step away from sending the governor a bill that would allow farms to pack in more birds closer to homes. That comes after public outcry last year stopped a proposed Tyson plant in Tonganoxie.

Republican Rep. Jim Kelly of Independence is hoping the new rules will attract major poultry processing operations to the state.

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The once-crowded field of Republican candidates for Kansas governor is quickly narrowing.

Mark Hutton is the latest to end his campaign for the GOP nomination.

In a brief statement, he gave no specific reason for his exit but said he hoped to serve Kansas in some “small way” in the future.

A former legislator, Hutton was among the first conservative Republicans to question the wisdom of former Gov. Sam Brownback’s income tax cuts.

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Spirit AeroSystems celebrated a milestone on Friday: 10,000 deliveries in the Boeing 737 program, which the company says is a production first for a commercial airline.

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When President Donald Trump follows through on his plan to tax imported steel and aluminum, American farmers will get less money for some crops and pay more for machinery.