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The largest electric company in Kansas has reached an agreement with a consumer advocacy agency and other parties to scale back a proposed increase in the utility's annual rates to $78 million.

Westar Energy Inc. announced Thursday that it had a settlement with the Citizens' Utility Ratepayers Board, the staff of the Kansas Corporation Commission and all other parties in its rate case. Westar had sought a $152 million rate increase.

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A new study published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicates that cattle numbers are up after years of drought. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, that could mean lower beef prices down the line.

William Grootonk

Records released by the state show Kansas faced pointed questions from U.S. officials about its now-abandoned plan for a $25-a-day limit on ATM withdrawals with cash assistance cards.

The state Department for Children and Families on Wednesday released an email from a regional U.S. Department of Health and Human Services official.

The state agency eliminated the cap on ATM withdrawals Tuesday, a day after receiving the email. The HHS official attached a list of questions containing a statement that the limit appeared to violate federal law.

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Kansas legislators are reopening their debate over requiring body cameras for police, and a key Republican says he's determined to resolve issues that kept lawmakers from enacting such a policy.

Local officials and law enforcement groups remained concerned Tuesday about the potential costs and limiting access to the recordings.

Such proposals have been a response to the Aug. 9, 2014, fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old who had scuffled with a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says the final version of a federal rule for cutting carbon emissions from power plants is "twice as bad" for the state as the original version outlined a year ago.

The Republican governor said Monday that changes announced by Democratic President Barack Obama will force Kansas to reconsider how it responds.

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Teenagers in Kansas are among the least likely to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus, according to the Immunize Kansas Coalition.

Only 12 percent of teens in Kansas have received all three doses of the vaccine to protect againsts HPV, which was one of the lowest rates in the country in 2013, said coalition chairman John Eplee. The Topeka Capital-Journal also reports that Kansas teens rank in the bottom quarter for meningococcal meningitis vaccination rates.

J. Schafer, Kansas Public Radio

The University of Kansas has announced that it received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help recruit and support migrant students.

A spokeswoman for the Kansas Department for Children and Families says it will not prevent single adults from serving as foster parents for abused and neglected children. Questions have arisen about the department's plans because it is reviewing foster care policies.

A solar advocacy group has raised concerns about the decision of Kansas regulators to limit the group's input over a large utility's plan to boost rates and change its billing structure.

The Kansas Corporation Commission issued a revised order allowing the Alliance for Solar Choice, which represents solar businesses, to be given partial access to proceedings over Topeka-based Westar Energy's plan to raise rates by $152 million.

Stephen Koranda

Republican legislators blocked a state audit of Kansas' foster care system even though several acknowledged that they have ongoing concerns about how well it protects abused and neglected children.

GOP members of the committee that oversees the work of state auditors were skeptical that the review would provide useful information.