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Health
3:06 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Report: Those With Mental Illness Twice As Likely To Smoke

Jeff Willett with the Kansas Health Foundation says Kansans with mental illness are twice as likely to smoke as the general population.

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Commentary
8:14 am
Mon November 11, 2013

At Play: Of Politics And Fairy Tales

Southwestern College in Winfield, presents The Lion In Winter November 14-17. The 1966 play by James Goldman examines the personal and political conflicts of Henry II of England and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, during Christmas 1183. The play was adapted for screen in 1968 with a cast that included Peter O' Toole, Katharine Hepburn, and Anthony Hopkins in his film debut.

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Community
7:32 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Delware Tribe Seeks To Build Casino In North Lawrence

The leader of the Oklahoma-based Delaware Tribe says the tribe could pursue a casino in Kansas, but it also has a broader vision of providing services to Native Americans.

In an "open letter to the people of Kansas," Chief Paula Pechonick addressed speculation about the tribe's plans for 90 acres it just purchased in North Lawrence.

The Delaware's efforts have drawn opposition from the federally recognized tribes of Kansas, which all have casinos.

Those tribes say it will cause them economic hardship if the Delaware open a casino in Kansas.

Energy
7:21 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Program Offers $394,000 In Grants For Renewable Energy In Kansas

The USDA's Rural Energy for America Program is giving about $394,000 in grants for 38 renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects within the state.

Eight grants went to businesses, and the rest were awarded to agricultural operations.

Most involved replacing equipment or inefficient systems--like switching from diesel to electricity or natural gas...or replacing doors, windows and heating systems.

The largest grant for $33,000 went to the Historic Breckenridge Hotel in Emporia.

Flu Season
5:42 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Kansas Flu Season Begins

A state health official says flu season has started in Kansas but there isn't any indication that this year's outbreak will be any worse than previous years.

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Energy
7:34 am
Fri November 8, 2013

KCC Approves Route For High-Voltage Line

The Kansas Corporation Commission has approved a route for a Texas company's proposed $7 billion high-voltage line that would funnel power from wind farms in southwest Kansas to out-of-state sites.

The KCC has approved Clean Line Energy's route for the line. In Kansas, the transmission line would run 370 miles from wind farms in Ford County to Missouri, across Illinois and into Indiana. Clean Line still needs approval in Missouri and Illinois.

Education
7:29 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Proposals Seek Room, Board Rate Hikes In Kansas

Room and board costs at Kansas' six public universities would increase next year under a proposal before the state's Board of Regents.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that under the proposal, the traditional arrangement of two residents per room and a typical meal plan would increase 2.5 percent next year at the University of Kansas.

Education
7:25 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Funding For School Safety In Kansas Uncertain

A state official says Kansas schools are becoming better prepared to respond to natural and man-made disasters but will need more resources to keep improving.

Bob Hull, director of the Kansas Center for Safe and Prepared Schools, told lawmakers Thursday that shrinking federal grants have limited the state's ability to help schools prepare for tornadoes or violent intruders.

Hull says that schools are conducting more drills and risk assessments. But he adds that more money is needed to build safe rooms and provide crisis training.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Richard Crowson: Comets! Or Asteroids! Whatever, Just Blame Someone!

An asteroid, probably
Credit NASA APPEL / Flickr / Creative Commons

There have been an awful lot of unpredicted rogue comets entering Earth’s atmosphere lately, first in Russia and then this week in California. Shouldn’t we be taking action? And by “action” I mean placing  blame.

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Pheasant Hunting
5:41 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Pheasant Season Looks 'Pretty Bleak'

Kansas pheasant hunters aren't likely to see many of the birds when the season begins this weekend.

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