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Kansas lawmakers already know they’ll have some big issues on their plate during the next legislative session, which kicks off in January. There’s also uncertainty clouding the issues. As Stephen Koranda reports, the Kansas Supreme Court heard arguments in a school funding lawsuit this fall, but justices haven’t yet handed down a decision. Kansas lawmakers will need to fill a $350 million hole in the current year’s budget, another hole for the coming year, and they’re supposed to write a new...

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Despite some recent good news about childhood obesity in Kansas, the state still has problems with obesity overall. Two- to four-year-olds who are enrolled in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program are eating healthier and losing some fat, according to a study by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Those toddlers showed a decrease in obesity from 13.7 percent in 2010 to 12.8 percent in 2014. That places Kansas at 40th , with the most obese children in the...

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Unused gift cards from RadioShack can still be redeemed, but the deadline is close. When RadioShack went into bankruptcy last year, attorneys general, including from RadioShack's home state of Texas, worked on the terms of a U.S. Bankruptcy Court order to allow the refunds. If you purchased a gift card at RadioShack, or on its website, you have until the Dec. 2 deadline to ask for a full refund. The Kansas AG office offers help at InYourCornerKansas.org . RadioShack began in 1921 as a radio...

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A Sedgwick County organization that helps law enforcement agencies solve crimes is in need of a helping hand. Donations to Crime Stoppers have hit an all-time low. It’s been a tough few years for the Wichita-Sedgwick County Crime Stoppers organization when it comes to financial support. The nonprofit is funded solely by donations from individuals and corporations, and there’s not a lot of money coming in these days. Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $2,500 for information that leads to...

EPA Ups Corn Ethanol Targets

Nov 27, 2016
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The Environmental Protection Agency has increased the amount of renewable fuels that must be blended into the nation’s fuel supply next year, by nearly six percent. For Harvest Public Media, Sarah Boden reports on what this means for corn and soybean producers. Every year, the EPA adjusts the amount renewable fuel it requires oil refiners to pump into our gas. After initially signaling lower renewable fuel goals, the agency reversed course. Economist Scott Irwin at the University of Illinois...

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A new ranking shows Kansas is in the top 10 states when it comes to volunteering. Kansas is 7th out of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, having more than 688,000 residents who volunteered last year. According to the annual Volunteering and Civic Life in America ranking from the Corporation for National and Community Service, 31 percent of Kansans say they did some volunteer work in 2015. Nola Brown, executive director of Volunteer Kansas, says volunteering comes naturally to the...

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Kansas privatized its Medicaid program in 2013, and there have been questions ever since--questions about how well KanCare is working. As Heartland Health Monitor’s Jim McLean reports, a new study may provide some answers.

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There have been plenty of rumors about Kansas elected officials joining the administration of President-elect Donald Trump. Most of that has focused on people like Gov. Sam Brownback or Secretary of State Kris Kobach taking a cabinet job. But Trump will get to appoint much more than just the cabinet positions that run federal agencies. Washburn University political science professor Bob Beatty says these lower positions in the agencies are still important federal jobs and could be attractive...

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What it means to grow organic produce may be re-defined. Kristofor Husted reports on infighting in the organic world. Some farmers grow produce, not in soil, but in water: A system called hydroponics, and they want to be able to label their fruits and vegetables as organic. But many growers say the very point of organic produce is to nurture soil. The National Organic Standards Board makes recommendations to the Agriculture Department. Board member Emily Oakley says it plans to send a strong...

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The Kansas Big Brothers-Big Sisters organization is hoping a new social media campaign will bring in more mentors and money. In Sedgwick County, there are more than 600 kids waiting to be matched up with an adult mentor. The problem is there are not enough volunteers coming into the program. To help raise awareness and extra funding at year’s end, Big Brothers Big Sisters launched an online campaign through a giving website. "We always, always, always have a need for one-to-one mentors, and...

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