Associated Press

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Crime and Courts
11:21 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Wichita Police Warn Residents Of Vehicle Recall Scam

Wichita police are warning residents of a scammer who is claiming to be retrieving recalled vehicles.

Police Lieutenant Dan East says the man walked into a Wichita public schools office and said he was with a local car dealership and had come to pick up a vehicle for a safety recall.

A man also walked into the American Red Cross offices in Wichita with a similar story.

Police say manufacturers will contact vehicle owners directly about recalls.

Politics
11:12 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Republicans Maintain Voter-Registration Advantage

New figures from the Kansas secretary of state’s office show that Republicans have maintained their significant voter-registration advantage since March.

But the preliminary numbers released Wednesday also show a small increase in the number of unaffiliated voters since March 1. The registration deadline for the August 5 primary was Tuesday.

Kansas Voter Breakdown

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Government
11:27 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Pittsburg Biking Trail Project To Receive Federal Funding

A mile-long walking and biking trail in Pittsburg is among 20 projects in Kansas that will share $11.5 million in federal transportation funding.

The project has an estimated cost of $900,000, and will receive $656,000 from the federally funded Transportation Alternatives Program. Troy Graham is the city's director of Planning and Community Services, he says the rest of the money will come from private donors.

Politics
11:26 am
Wed July 16, 2014

American Hospital Association Funds Ads Supporting Sen. Pat Roberts

The American Hospital Association has disclosed spending $212,000 on television advertisements praising Sen. Pat Roberts as he faces Milton Wolf in the Aug. 5 primary.

The association disclosed the spending in a report filed last week with federal regulators, with the bulk of the money buying advertising time. An association spokeswoman did not immediately return telephone and email messages.

Roberts' re-election campaign said the ads began airing statewide last week. The ads say Roberts is a leader on protecting rural health care.

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Politics
11:05 am
Wed July 16, 2014

National Tea Party Group Backs Milton Wolf In Senate Race Against Pat Roberts

A national tea party group is backing challenger Milton Wolf's bid to unseat Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts in the state’s Republican primary.

The Atlanta-based Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund announced Tuesday that it has endorsed Wolf. The group described Wolf as the right conservative candidate to fight Democratic President Barack Obama’s agenda in Washington.

Roberts is seeking his third, six-year term in the Senate. Wolf has made the senator’s longevity in politics an issue, as Roberts began working as a congressional aide in 1967.

Education
1:15 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

State Education Department Asked To Reconsider Fingerprinting Teachers

A Kansas legislative committee is asking the state's education department to reconsider a plan to fingerprint public school teachers.

During a committee meeting Monday, Rep. Jim Ward said he was concerned that the proposal would violate the privacy rights of the 33,000 longtime teachers who would be fingerprinted. He also objected to a plan to require the teachers to pay $50 for the fingerprinting.

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Health
12:18 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Pharmacy Board Recommends Tracking Of Prescription Cough Syrup Ingredient

The Kansas Board of Pharmacy wants an ingredient used in prescription cough syrup to be tracked by the state because it’s being abused.

Debra Billingsley is executive secretary of the board of pharmacy, she told lawmakers Monday that promethazine with codeine syrup is being increasingly abused as a recreational drug, particularly by high school students. She says when it’s mixed with soda or candy the mixture is often called by several slang names, including "purple drank" and "sizzurp."

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Education
12:08 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

A Surge Of Hispanic Births Is Leading To Higher Enrollment In Kansas Public Schools

A new report says increased enrollment in Kansas schools is being driven by births in the Hispanic population.

The report by the Kansas Association of School Boards predicts that within five years, Kansas public school enrollment will reach 500,000 for the first time since 1970.

The report’s author, Ted Carter, says most of the increase is because of births among Hispanics, not migration into the state.

Politics
12:01 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Americans For Prosperity Spends $410K On Ads Thanking Mike Pompeo

A conservative group with ties to billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch is spending big money to thank U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo for his work in Congress amid a bitter race for his seat.

Americans for Prosperity says it’s spending nearly $410,000 for radio and television ads that begin today and run until the day before the Aug. 5th Republican primary.

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Education
11:05 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Construction For KSU's Bulks Solids Innovation Center Begins

Construction is underway in Salina on a new research center devoted to the science of moving and mixing bulk solids such as pellets, granules, powder and grain.

The Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center will be among only a few in the world. It’s a partnership of the city, the university and two Salina-based companies that design and make equipment for handling bulk materials.

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