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Crime and Courts
3:48 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Federal Judge Dismisses Ageism Claims In Long-Running Lawsuit Against Boeing And Spirit

A federal judge has tossed out the remaining age discrimination claims in a long-running lawsuit against the Boeing Company and Spirit AeroSystems.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren said in a ruling on Wednesday that he was dismissing the claims of the remaining 26 plaintiffs as a sanction for their refusal to obey a court order to give their tax returns to the companies.

The ruling deals a major blow to litigation that has already spanned nine years.

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Government
3:15 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Privacy Law Reduces Student Participation In Drug Survey

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New Kansas privacy laws have reduced the number of students participating in an annual survey that measures substance abuse.

Mental health officials say the data from the Kansas Communities That Care survey, which has been conducted for two decades, has been invaluable in forming programs to fight substance abuse.

However, an amendment to a data privacy bill passed last year.

The amendment requires parental permission before students answer any surveys with questions about issues such as sex, religion or family life.

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Education
2:56 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Haskell Indian Nations University To Provide Remedial English Program In The Summer

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Haskell Indian Nations University will use a federal grant to provide a summer literature program for freshmen who need to improve their remedial English.

The university in Lawrence announced this month that the National Endowment for the Humanities had awarded it a $99,800 grant to develop a "Summer Bridge Program in Literature." The university has been studying how to help students who arrive on campus unprepared for regular college work.

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Government
12:35 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

State Panel Authorizes Bonds To Pay For NBAF Construction

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A state panel consisting of Gov. Sam Brownback and legislative leaders have agreed to authorize an additional $231 million dollars in bonds to help pay for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility construction near Manhattan.

The State Finance Council's authorization on Tuesday is contingent on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security agreeing that Kansas won't be asked to pay any more for the facility.

Kansas lawmakers initially authorized $105 million dollars in bonds when the state was awarded the project in 2009.

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Environment
12:31 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

New Seismic Monitoring Station Set Up At WSU's Biological Field Station

The Ninnescah Biological Station Laboratory and Classroom
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One of the four new seismic monitoring stations that have been established in south-central Kansas is at the Wichita State University Biological Field Station. Three more stations will be ready by the end of the month.

Last fall, Governor Sam Brownback appointed a task force to study Kansas' increased earthquake activity.

The U.S. Geological Survey documented 124 earthquakes in Kansas from January 1 to Dec. 24, 2014, mostly in Harper, Sumner and Barber counties. That's up from 32 in 2013 and zero in 2012.

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Agriculture
12:16 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Parties Continue To Seek Settlement In Lawsuit Against Monsanto

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No agreement has been reached yet to settle remaining claims in lawsuits over the discovery of genetically engineered Monsanto wheat in an Oregon field in 2013.

All of the lawsuits from across the country have been consolidated in Kansas.

A joint status report filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Kansas says the parties have been exchanging settlement offers.

The last offer from farmer plaintiffs is under consideration by St. Louis-based Monsanto.

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Economy
12:09 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Kansas Expected To Add More Than 24k Jobs In 2015

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Wichita State University economists expect Kansas to add more than 24,000 jobs in 2015, most of them in service positions.

The university's Center for Economic Development and Business Research predicts slightly more than 1.4 million people will be employed in nonfarm sectors this year.

The expected new jobs represent a 1.8 percent increase over 2014. Employment growth in Kansas is close to the nationwide average.

Last year, employment increased by 1.5 percent across the U.S. and 1 percent in Kansas.

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Environment
11:52 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Insect Ecologist Leery Over Adding Monarchs To Endangered Species List

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A University of Kansas expert on the Monarch butterflies says he is leery of the butterfly being added to the Endangered Species list.

Chip Taylor is an insect ecologist.

He says he's concerned about public reaction if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tells property owners they need to conserve certain vegetation to provide critical butterly habitat.

Taylor is founder of the Monarch Watch, a nonprofit organization that focuses on the monarch, its habitat, and its fall migration to Mexico.

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Economy
11:25 am
Mon January 5, 2015

As Oil and Gas Prices Fall, Kansas Could Face Another Budgetary Challenge

Kansas and other states that receive taxes from the production of oil and natural gas, could face budgetary challenges as prices fall.

Two taxes are tied to oil and gas prices and production: severance and property taxes.

The severance tax is a state levy on minerals extracted from the ground in Kansas, while property taxes are also collected by the state and most local governments on oil and gas wells.

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Health
11:18 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Inspectors Discover Food Safety Violation In State Prison Kitchens

The Kansas Department of Corrections acknowledges that its inspectors consistently found dirty kitchens and other food safety violations at several state prisons.

The department does its own inspections, although it follows Kansas Department of Agriculture food safety guidelines.

The inspections were conducted between January of 2013 and last July at seven of the state's 10 prisons and a total 19 facilities, such as satellite units.

Inspections weren't provided for the Topeka, Lansing and Larned juvenile correctional facilities.

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