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Politics
10:28 am
Tue September 2, 2014

League Of Women Voters Help Reach Stalled Voters

League of Women Voters chapters are trying to contact about 20,000 Kansans whose voter registrations are stalled because of problems in proving their U.S. citizenship.

League of Women Voters of Kansas President Dolores Furtado says the chapters are using various methods to help local election commissioners reach people whose registrations are not complete.

The president of the Lawrence-Douglas County chapter says the work is slow because many of the potential voters do not answer telephone messages or emails from the organization.

Government
10:22 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Chanay Named Deputy Chief Attorney General

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has named Jeff Chanay as his deputy chief attorney general.

Chanay previously led the office's civil litigation division. He joined the attorney general's staff when Schmidt took office in January 2011. He'd previously had a private law practice in Topeka for 24 years.

As chief deputy, Chanay will replace John Campbell, who'd been with Schmidt from the beginning of his tenure but who stepped down for health reasons recently.

Health
10:20 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Great Bend Medical Facility Will Reduce Size And Cut Staff

Officials have announced an $11 million plan to demolish a mostly unused Great Bend hospital building and remodel nearby buildings.

The changes are coming more than three years after the Central Kansas Medical Center converted into an outpatient care center, called the St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center. The project will reduce the campus from 240,000 square feet to a little more than 30,000 square feet.

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Government
3:19 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Gov Picks Former Chief Counsel for KS High Court

A vacancy on the Kansas Supreme Court was filled on Friday by Governor Brownback.  He appointed Court of Appeals Judge, Caleb Stegall to the position. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports . . . 

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Crime and Courts
12:11 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Sedgwick County DA: Reports Of Mail Theft On The Rise

The Sedgwick County district attorney says reports of mail theft are increasing in Wichita.

Marc Bennett said Thursday that thieves are targeting government checks and credit card applications. He says they typically steal during the day.

Wichita police recorded 134 cases of mail theft since January. Sixty of those happened in the past three months.

Bennett says thieves use personal information from stolen mail for identity theft. He suggests residents collect their mail when it's delivered, buy a mailbox lock or rent a post office box.

Crime and Courts
12:07 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

64-Year-Old Salina Man Found Guilty Of Misdemeanor Vehicular Homicide

A jury in Saline County has found a 64-year-old Salina man guilty of misdemeanor vehicular homicide in the death of bicyclist Gail Kline.

Lewis Grider also was found guilty yesterday of felony leaving the scene of the accident last May.

Before the verdict, Grider testified that he felt something hit his delivery van and stopped to survey the damage. Believing he had hit a deer, he continued on his trip.

49-year-old Kline was hit as she was riding alone west of Salina as part of the Kandango Bicycle Tour. A trucker found her in a ditch and called emergency officials.

Politics
12:08 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Only 20 Percent Of Registered Voters Took Part In Kansas' Primary Elections

Only about 20 percent of the state's 1.74 million registered voters took part in this month's primary elections.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach chairs the three-member State Board of Canvassers, which certified the results of the August 5th primaries yesterday. Nearly 351,000 ballots were cast.

The 20 percent participation was the lowest for a Kansas primary election since 2006, when it was 18 percent.

Logan County in western Kansas had the highest turnout, at 40 percent.

Labette County in southeast Kansas had the lowest, at 12 percent.

Military
11:59 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Fort Leavenworth Breaks Ground On New Battleground Simulation Training Center

Fort Leavenworth will have a groundbreaking ceremony next week for a new $15.6 million-dollar battleground simulation training center.

Fort officials say next Wednesday's ceremony will begin construction of the Regional Simulation Center, which will house the hardware, software and technology that simulate battlefield activity.

The fort says that the center will train the staff and commanders of large units, a CORE or division to help improve communication, coordination and planning skills.

Education
11:46 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Report: Universities Aren't Doing Enough To Explain The Financial Burdens Of Student Loans

Two Kansas State University professors have authored a report that finds most universities are not offering students enough help in understanding the financial burdens that student loans pose.

Sonya Britt and Dottie Durband's report, released this week, outlines different ways to educate students, ranging from classroom-based programs to individual counseling.

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Politics
12:01 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

'Taking Back Kansas' Rallies Women To Unseat Brownback And Kobach

A grassroots group called Women for Kansas is planning a public rally to open its "Taking Back Kansas" convention on Friday.

The group aims to unite women to defeat Governor Sam Brownback and Secretary of State Kris Kobach in the November elections.

Speakers during the weekend conference include: a first-time voter, a representative from Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis, and independent U.S. Senate candidate and Greg Orman.

The rally takes place at 5:30 p.m. Friday near Century II in Wichita.

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