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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.

Government
11:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Kansas Begins To Distribute Withheld Tax Refunds

The state is now distributing tax refunds that were frozen for two weeks at the end of the last fiscal year.

With the new fiscal year beginning July 1, the Kansas Department of Revenue sent just more than 19,000 refunds to the Kansas Department of Administration for payment.

Jeannine Koranda is spokeswoman for the revenue department, she says most Kansans who didn’t get their refunds should have received them by now or will receive them soon.

Government
10:48 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Kansas Judge Rejects Injunction Against Voter Citizenship Law

A Kansas judge has cleared the way for Secretary of State Kris Kobach to use a dual voting system to enforce the state’s proof-of-citizenship for new voters.

On Friday, Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis denied the American Civil Liberties Union’s request for a preliminary injunction to stop Kobach from implementing a new policy.

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Health
12:13 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Two Measles Cases Discovered In Wichita Area

State health officials say two cases of measles in the Wichita area are linked to a recent outbreak in the bistate Kansas City metropolitan area.

The Sedgwick County cases reported Thursday involve an unvaccinated adult and an infant who is too young to be vaccinated. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says the state has now had five cases of measles this year.

Officials did not disclose the relationship between the Wichita-area cases and those in Johnson County, Kansas, and nearby Clay County, Missouri.

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Environment
11:44 am
Fri July 11, 2014

EPA: Clean Water Act Won't Tighten Farm Regulations

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency insists efforts to clarify her agency’s jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act won’t result in tighter farm regulations.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told the Kansas City Agribusiness Council on Thursday that misinformation coming out of Washington has caused confusion about the initiative.

Agriculture groups and farm-state politicians, including Gov. Brownback, have claimed the EPA’s efforts represent a power grab by a government seeking to assert more control over private property.

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