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Environment
11:09 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Four Temporary Seismic Monitoring Stations Installed In South-Central Kansas

Four temporary seismic monitoring stations have been installed in south-central Kansas and three more will be ready by the end of the month.

Kansas Geological Survey officials say the stations are designed to monitor increased earthquake activity in Harper, Sumner and Barber counties.

They are part of a temporary monitoring network funded by the state in mid-November.

The funding came after Gov. Sam Brownback appointed a task force to study the earthquake activity.

Science
12:17 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

KU Granted $2.1M Contract To Study The Lesser Prairie Chicken

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The University of Kansas has a $2.1 million contract to study the lesser prairie chicken.

The university will work with the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies to track the federally threatened species in hopes of conserving the birds' habitat.

A conservation plan by the association calls for voluntary cooperation from industries in Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Kansas.

Kansas has the largest prairie chicken population of those states.

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Crime and Courts
12:12 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Former Lane-Scott Electric CEO Pleads No Contest In Theft Case

The former CEO of Lane-Scott Electric in western Kansas will be sentenced in February after pleading no contest in a theft case involving nearly $188,000.

Earl Norman Steffens entered the plea last week to felony theft.

He was ordered to pay almost $188,000 in restitution, including $160,000 when he is sentenced February 17.

Prosecutors said he stole from Lane-Scott by filing false documents to claim company bonuses to which he was not entitled.

Education
12:50 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Critics Of Kansas' Science Standards Appeals Ruling

A nonprofit group that believes science standards for Kansas public schools promote atheism has appealed a federal judge's dismissal of its lawsuit.

Citizens for Objective Public Education went to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver yesterday.

They want to overturn U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree's recent decision that rejected their claim that the standards violate the religious freedoms of students and parents.

Crabtree ruled that opponents did not allege specific enough injuries from their adoption last year to allow the lawsuit to proceed.

Crime and Courts
12:19 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

McPherson County Sheriff's Department Seizes 7 Pounds Of Methamphetamine

The McPherson County Sheriff's Department says a traffic stop led to the seizure of about 7 pounds of methamphetamine.

Sheriff Larry Powell says the drugs were found after a vehicle was stopped Monday on Interstate 135 near Moundridge.

Deputies found drug paraphernalia in the pickup and impounded the vehicle. The deputies then found the meth in the truck.

Powell estimated the value of the drugs at $1.75 million dollars.

One person has been arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Health
12:13 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Nearly 40K Kansans Signed Up For Health Care Coverage On Federal Exchange Website

Federal health officials say just over 39,000 Kansans signed up for health care coverage through the federally run exchange in the first month of open enrollment.

Those who signed up at healthcare.gov as of December 15 will have coverage Thursday. People who sign up by Jan. 15 will be covered beginning Feb. 1.

About 57,000 people enrolled in the exchange in Kansas last year. State officials hope more sign up this year.

People can sign up for individual or family coverage until February 15 at www.healthcare.gov.

Crime and Courts
11:35 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Two Men Involved In A Sexual Assault Case At A KU Residence Hall

Prosecutors have dropped charges against two men accused of raping two women in a University of Kansas residence hall during homecoming weekend.

The Douglas County prosecutor's office said in a statement that evidence initially suggested a crime occurred.

However, the office said there was no longer sufficient evidence to proceed after more people were interviewed and cell phone and medical records were reviewed.

One former suspect is from Lawrence and the other from Olathe. Police say one of the men is a KU student.

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Government
11:35 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Sen. Pat Roberts Returns From Kuwait Visit; Sees Progress In Fight Against ISIS

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Kansas Senator Pat Roberts says he saw signs of progress in fighting against Islamic State militants during his weekend trip to Iraq to visit U.S. troops.

Roberts arrived Thursday night in Kuwait to visit U.S. troops.

On Saturday, Roberts went to the Iraqi capital of Baghdad to meet with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and his defense and foreign ministers.

Sunday, he was in the Kurdish city of Erbil in northern Iraq.

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Government
11:21 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Kansas Mulling Over Lawsuit Against Colorado's Legal Pot

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Kansas hasn't decided whether to join a lawsuit filed by other states against Colorado over its legalization of marijuana.

Spokeswoman Jennifer Rapp said Friday that Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has been considering legal action against Colorado for months.

However, Rapp says Schmidt's office is still weighing its options.

Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a lawsuit Thursday with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional. They argue it's a public safety issue.

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Business
1:38 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Westar Energy Ends Fees For The Use Of Credit/Debit Cards

Westar Energy says it's no longer charging a $2.95 fee to customers who use credit or debit cards to pay their monthly bills.

Westar Vice President Jeff Beasley said the utility has a team focusing on finding ways to make it easier for consumers to do business with the company.

The Topeka-based company says earlier this year, it made its website friendly to mobile devices and introduced text and email updates to customers who wanted to know about power outages.

Westar supplies electricity to nearly 700,000 customers.

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