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Politics
4:45 am
Thu August 21, 2014

State Representative Joe Edwards Of Haysville Dead At 60

A Kansas lawmaker who lost his re-election primary battle earlier this month has died.

Representative Joe Edwards of Haysville died late Tuesday of a suspected heart attack.

The 60-year-old Republican legislator served one term before losing the primary election to John Whitmer.

Kansas Republican Party executive director Clay Barker says Edwards was well liked by his fellow representatives.

Economy
11:13 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Both State Unemployment Rate And Private-Sector Jobs Higher In July

The Kansas Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate and the number of private-sector jobs both edged higher in July.

The agency reported yesterday that seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 4.9 percent in July from 4.8 percent in June.

The report also said the private sector added a seasonally adjusted 900 jobs from June to July.

Government
11:08 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Officials Break Ground For New KS Highway Patrol Headquarters

Governor Brownback and other state and law enforcement officials will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony today for a new Kansas Highway Patrol headquarters.

Kechi, just north of Wichita, will be the future home of both the south-central area patrol and Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

The new facility will replace the current location in Wichita, and it's being paid for with asset forfeiture funds.

Health
11:01 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Lawrence Residents Want Smoking Ban Enforced

Some Lawrence residents say a state law that bans smoking within 10 feet of a public building's entrance is not being enforced by authorities.

Lawrence has a provision in its city smoking ordinance that directs the fire department to enforce a 2010 statewide smoking ban.

The fire department enforces the rule when it receives a complaint, but the city's fire chief says the department seldom receives them.

A Lawrence resident has started an online petition seeking to ban smoking on one of the city's most popular streets through downtown. It has nearly 200 signatures.

Education
1:47 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Kansas Board Of Regents Gives Preliminary Approval To Budget For Projects

The Kansas Board of Regents has given preliminary approval to a $38.6 million budget for specific projects.

However, on Thursday the Regents also rejected a request for almost $24 million to increase funding for post-secondary school to cover inflation.

The board will finalize the recommendations in September and forward it to Gov. Sam Brownback to consider while he devises a budget to present to the Legislature.

Politics
1:41 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Greg Orman To Officially Appear On November Ballot

Olathe businessman Greg Orman is now officially on the November ballot in Kansas as an independent candidate in the U.S. Senate race.

The Kansas Secretary of State's office said on Friday it has certified enough signatures on Orman's campaign petition to qualify him for the general election.

Orman is trying to unseat Republican incumbent Pat Roberts, who is seeking a fourth, six-year term.

The Democratic nominee is Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor.

Orman is the co-founder of a business capital and management services firm.

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Education
10:51 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Lawrence School District To Use National Sex Education Standards

Lawrence's school district will use national sexuality education standards this year, rather than state standards.

Sarah Oatsvall, the district's assistant director of teaching and learning, says the national standards are more comprehensive than state standards approved by the State Board of Education in 2006.

The goal is to improve the students' self-image, promote good behaviors and help students make good decisions, she said.

The national standards include more information about birth control and sexual orientation.

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Transportation
11:42 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Construction Resumes On 37th Street North

Construction work on 37th street north that had previously been postponed has been rescheduled to start on Friday.

37th Street North between Broadway and Hydraulic will be closed.

Thru traffic will detour to 29th Street at Broadway and Hydraulic streets. Local traffic will be allowed to Ohio Street.

The $5.2 million dollar project will widen 37th Street to a three-lane roadway. Construction is also providing area storm drain improvements.

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Health
1:57 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

KanCare Providers Miss Benchmark For Timeliness In Claims Processing In 2013

Health officials say none of the state's KanCare providers met benchmarks for timeliness in claims processing during 2013.

The state set a goal to have all claims without mistakes processed in 20 days and all claims processed in 60 days.

An August report from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said the state's three KanCare providers - Amerigroup, Sunflower Health and United Healthcare - failed to meet that benchmark in any month last year.

Health
12:30 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Kansans Could Lose Health Insurance Over Questions About Citizenship

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says about 1,800 Kansans who chose health insurance through HealthCare.gov could lose their coverage over questions about their citizenship or immigration status.

The department says the 1,800 Kansans had inconsistencies in their citizenship or immigration information when they signed up on the federal health insurance marketplace.

They must send in proof of their legal status by Sept. 5 or they will lose their coverage by the end of September.

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