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Community
1:30 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Falling Crude Prices Are Hurting Kansas Oil Producers

Falling crude prices are hitting oil producers especially hard in Kansas. The oil industry in the state is dominated by small, independent operators who depend heavily on the cash flow from producing wells to pay to drill new ones.

The Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association says the low prices are causing many companies to re-evaluate their drilling plans.

Analysts say the growth in new drilling across the country will slow as drillers avoid rock that is either not well understood or known to be unproductive.

Government
1:24 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Banker And Small-Business Owner Appointed To Saline County Commission

Governor Sam Brownback has named a banker and small-business owner to two newly created seats on the Saline County Commission.

On Thursday, the governor announced the appointments of Luci Larson and David Smith to the commission.

Both are from Salina and take office Jan. 12.

Saline County voters in November approved expanding the commission from three to five members. Under Kansas law, the current commissioners were required to draw new districts within a month, and the governor was required to fill the seats. The new commissioners will stand for election in 2016.

Community
12:33 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

KU Fraternity Placed On Probation Following Sexual Assault Investigation

The University of Kansas has ordered two years of probation for the Kappa Sigma fraternity that was the focus of a sexual assault investigation.

Kappa Sigma is barred from having alcohol in its chapter house and must turn over materials to investigators and offer sexual assault prevention training.

KU imposed the sanctions on Wednesday after an investigation into reports that women were sexually assaulted during a gathering at the Kappa Sigma house on September 26th and 27th.

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Arts
1:35 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Nine Pieces Of Art Stolen From Old Town Gallery

Wichita Artist Josh Tripoli says he won't press charges if thieves return nine pieces of art that were stolen from an art gallery in Old Town.

Tripoli says someone stole the art right off the walls at Murillo Studios. He said the work likely was wrapped in a tapestry and then taken out the door.

KWCH-TV reports the total loss is estimated at $2,500.

Health
1:02 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Two New Programs To Provide Court And Dental Services To The Intellectually Disabled

Two new programs in Topeka will provide court and dental services to people with mental illness.

An alternative sentencing court run through the Topeka Municipal Court will allow mentally ill people who committed relatively minor crimes to be released from a jail earlier than scheduled if they comply with a treatment plan.

The program also will offer employment, housing and substance abuse help. Christine Wills with Valeo Behavioral Health Care says the alternative sentencing court will hear its first docket in early January.

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Government
11:19 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Salina Journal Threatens The State Of Kansas With Litigation

The publisher and editor of the Salina Journal, M. Olaf Frandsen, says Kansas can avoid litigation...if the governor's office follows the state's open records laws and releases the name of candidates seeking one of two new seats on the Saline County Commission.

The Salina Journal has requested the names of 13 applicants for one of the two seats twice. Voters added the seats in the November 4th election and expanded the county commission from three to five members.

Both requests - one verbal and the other in writing - were denied.

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Health
11:11 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Insurance Commissioner-Elect Ken Selzer Wants Robust Market, Greater Competition

State insurance commissioner-elect Ken Selzer says creating a more robust market is a top goal of his time in office.

Selzer says greater competition will address problems with the federal health care overhaul.

He is confident that he can attract companies into the state and encourage others already in Kansas to do more business.

Ken Selzer is a Republican and takes office January 12th.

He'll replacing retiring Commissioner Sandy Praeger.

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Government
1:19 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Despite Litigation, Kansas Begins Issuing Gender-Neutral Marriage Forms

Kansas has begun issuing gender-neutral marriage forms, though there's still ongoing litigation over the state's ban on same-sex marriages.

Copies of the new forms were included in a motion that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment filed Wednesday and amended Thursday, seeking to have former Secretary Robert Moser dismissed from the litigation.

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Government
12:48 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Report: Brownback's Budget Plan Is Only A Short-Term Solution

The state legislature's non-partisan research staff released its projections for the state budget on Thrusday.

The projections found that Governor Sam Brownback's plan for eliminating the $279 million dollar hole in the state budget is pushing most of the problem into the state's next fiscal year.

Governor Brownback's plan relies heavily on diverting revenues from other funds to help finance general government programs.

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Environment
12:04 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Is The U.S. Falling Behind On Maintaining Aging Levees, Dams, Ports and Harbors?

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' commander general says the nation is falling behind on maintaining its aging levees, dams, ports and harbors.

Lieutenant General Thomas Bostick spoke on Thursday during the Society of American Military Engineers conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

He says finishing all the projects that have been authorized would cost about $23.5 billion dollars, but the corps' annual budget for the work usually hovers around $1.5 billion. And that doesn't include addressing their maintenance backlog.

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