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An employee at Osawatomie State Hospital is suing the state of Kansas after she allegedly was raped at the institution.

The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges female employees at the hospital were sexually and verbally abused by male patients, creating a "sexually hostile work environment."

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A trial date has been set for the three Kansas men accused of plotting to bomb Muslim immigrants in Garden City.

A jury trial is scheduled for April 25 at the federal courthouse in Wichita. Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen were arrested in October for conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.

The three defendants, none of whom live in Garden City, were allegedly planning to bomb an apartment complex there that’s home to more than 100 Muslim immigrants from Somalia. They have all pleaded not guilty.

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Kansas plans to expand high-speed internet and wireless access to all public schools across the state through a program that could cost up to $100 million.

Kansas has partnered with the California-based nonprofit EducationSuperHighway and will use state and federal funds to help pay for the technology upgrades.

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A woman who gave her ex-boyfriend the guns he used in February's mass shooting at a Kansas lawn equipment factory has been ordered to spend a year on supervised release.

A federal judge in Wichita, Kansas, on Monday also credited Sarah Hopkins for time she's already served in jail. Prosecutors had agreed not to oppose Hopkins' probation request.

Hopkins pleaded guilty to not alerting authorities that a convicted felon unlawfully possessed firearms.

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A 168-foot-tall Kansas waterslide on which a state lawmaker's 10-year-old son was killed last summer will be demolished once the unfolding investigation of the tragedy is finished, the water park's operators said.

Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts and the family that runs it said in a statement Tuesday that the "Verruckt" ride at the Schlitterbahn park in Kansas City, Kansas, will be permanently removed from its tower "once the investigation is concluded and we are given permission by the court."

Federal safety inspectors are investigating an explosion and fire at a southeast Kansas chemical plant that injured one employee.

The explosion occurred about 7 a.m. Tuesday at the Airosol, Inc., plant in Neodesha, a town of about 2,500 residents. It was still not contained early Tuesday afternoon.

A 57-year-old male employee was taken to a hospital with burns. Cassandra Edson, spokeswoman for Wilson County Emergency Management, says his injuries were not considered life-threatening.

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Updated 2:16 p.m.: Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo has accepted President-elect Donald Trump's nomination to serve as director of the CIA.

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Kansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins will be leaving a position on the House Republicans' leadership team when the newly elected Congress convenes in January.

Jenkins said Wednesday that she is stepping down as GOP conference vice chairwoman to focus on health care and tax reform legislation.

She's seen as a potential candidate for governor in 2018 to replace term-limited Republican Sam Brownback. Jenkins said she's always willing to consider opportunities for returning to Kansas.

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Richard Myers, a retired four-star Air Force general and former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, will be Kansas State University's president as it wrestles with budget problems and the possibility that students, staff and visitors will be allowed to carry concealed guns into its buildings next year.

The Kansas Board of Regents on Tuesday voted unanimously to promote Myers from interim president, a job he's held since April at the land-grant university in Manhattan, which has about 24,000 students.

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Westar Energy will be constructing a "community solar installation" in Reno County. The company says it's an opportunity for customers to participate in clean energy without rooftop construction.

Westar says that any customer can sign up for "shares" of the solar power installation through their current account.

Residential customers can sign up for 1 to 4 shares with a 5- to 20-year commitment. A 1 kW share will mean about 150-kilowatt hours, or about one-quarter of an average customer's use per month.

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