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Transportation
1:07 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Turnpike Authority Considers Scenic Flint Hills Outlook

The Kansas Turnpike Authority is considering building a scenic outlook along Interstate 35 to allow travelers to stop and appreciate the Flint Hills.

The turnpike authority is considering improvements to on and off ramps south of Emporia that currently serve cattle owners, who truck in their cattle to graze in the spring and then retrieve them in the fall.

If the project is successful, it would be the first scenic overlook on the turnpike.

Military
2:06 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Budget Cuts Could Leave Many Unemployed At Fort Riley And Fort Leavenworth

The U.S. Army says budget cuts could mean the loss of thousands of soldiers and employees at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth.

However, fort officials say the report released Thursday is a worst-case scenario and the reductions aren’t likely to be as severe as predicted.

The report said Fort Riley could lose 16,000 soldiers and civilian employees, with another 3,600 jobs related to the base also eliminated. The fort currently has about 20,000 soldiers and civilian employees.

The Army says Fort Leavenworth could lose half of its 5,000 employees.

Politics
1:50 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Tea Party Candidate Milton Wolf Criticizes Senators Moran and Roberts

Tea party candidate Milton Wolf is attacking both Republican U.S. senators from Kansas as he tries to unseat three-term incumbent Pat Roberts in the state’s GOP primary.

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran declined Thursday to respond to Wolf’s criticism of him over his chairmanship of the Republican National Senatorial Committee.

Wolf contends the committee betrayed the Republican Party and its conservative base by supporting Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran in his hotly contested primary race against a tea party challenger. Cochran narrowly won a runoff earlier this week.

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Health
1:45 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

FEC Dismisses Operation Rescue's Lawsuit

The Federal Election Commission has dismissed an anti-abortion group’s complaint alleging that an abortion rights political action committee helped finance the operations of a new clinic in Wichita.

The political action committee, Trust Women, announced Thursday it received a notice from the FEC this week dismissing the complaint filed last year by Operation Rescue.

The Trust Women Foundation opened a clinic last year in the late Doctor George Tiller’s former medical building.

Education
12:04 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

DCCC Board Supports Proposed Fort Hays State Merger

The Dodge City Community College Board of Trustees wants to be clear that it supports a proposed merger with Fort Hays State University.

The trustees unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday declaring its support for the plan.

The trustees wanted to end any talk of the Dodge City school operating as a separate institution, with Fort Hays having a presence on campus.

Transportation
12:01 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

State Officials To Enforce Ban On Political Campaign Signs Alongside State Highways

The Kansas Department of Transportation is warning political candidates that the agency’s crews will remove campaign signs found alongside the state’s highways.

The department notes that Kansas law prohibits campaign signs and billboards on a highway right-of-way. The law allows only guide, warning or regulatory signs in those spaces.

The reminder of the rule comes as campaigning ramps up before the state’s Aug. 5 primary.

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Education
12:36 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

KBOE Preparing To Approve New Teacher Licensing Rules

The Kansas State Board of Education is preparing to approve regulations for implementing a new state law allowing teaching licenses for people with relevant experience but no education degree.

Legislators approved the measure as a way to increase the available pool of teachers in science, math, engineering and technology in secondary schools.

The board has already given the regulations preliminary approval. Final approval at a meeting today is the last step before the law takes effect July 1.

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Health
12:24 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Mosquito Carrying A New Virus Found In Kansas

Credit wikipedia.org

Health officials say mosquitoes that can transmit a new mosquito-borne virus have been found in Kansas, though there haven’t been confirmed cases of the virus among people.

Chikungunya is a new mosquito-borne virus that’s spread quickly in the Caribbean since December.

There haven't been any confirmed cases of the virus in Kansas. But state epidemiologist Charles Hunt says two types of mosquitoes that can transmit the disease have been found in the state. Hunt says the disease isn’t normally fatal, and symptoms can include fever, muscle and joint pain, rash and headaches.

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Politics
12:17 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Kobach Challenger's Daughter Encounters Problems With Voter Registration

The daughter of a primary challenger to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach had her voter registration put on hold temporarily because of a proof-of-citizenship requirement criticized by her father.

Republican Scott Morgan of Lawrence said Monday the Douglas County clerk’s office told his 18-year-old daughter, Grace, that her registration was incomplete because she hadn’t documented proof of her U.S. citizenship.

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Environment
12:02 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Health Officials Work To Assess Gas Leak In Eastern Kansas

Credit John S. Quarterman / Flickr Creative Commons

UPDATE:

The area surrounding a natural gas pipeline in Olpe, KS, which was covered in black, oily residue, is still in the process of being cleaned up.

 

The accident occurred last Thursday as maintenance crews for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline were cleaning the structure, which runs from Texas to Michigan. Natural gas condensate, a black, oily byproduct spewed from the pipeline and onto nearby crops and trees. 

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