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State officials say a new power plant for the Kansas Statehouse and nearby office buildings will cost $3.3 million more than previously expected.

The disclosure Tuesday to a legislative committee prompted Republican Rep. Mark Hutton of Wichita to ask Department of Administration officials to re-examine their plans for the new plant.

Department official Mark McGivern said the previous estimate was $13 million and is now $16.3 million.

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UPDATE: WSU officials confirm that the Sedgwick County Coroner preliminary results find that the death  was a suicide.


Officials say a female student was found dead in her room on the Wichita State University campus.

According to university spokesman Joe Kleinsasser, the student was found Monday evening and no foul play is suspected. The student's identity has not been released pending notification of her family.

Discussions about criminal conduct crossing the U.S. border with Mexico were held last week between attorneys general of several states and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.

Schmidt met with Mexico's federal attorney general and a member of the country's Supreme Court, along with other Mexican legal authorities.

Talking points included human trafficking, drug trafficking and other criminal conduct that affects the state of Kansas. The purpose was to identify cooperative efforts in combating such crimes.

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Bison from Wind Cave National Park in western South Dakota are scheduled to be transferred to preserves in the area and to other states to help form new herds or boost existing herds.

The National Park Service says about 70 bison are part of this year's relocation effort. The bison transferred out of South Dakota are going to Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Illinois.

The transfers will take place as part of an agreement between the Park Service and the Nature Conservancy. Wind Cave's bison herd is known for its high levels of genetic purity and diversity.

A Colorado prosecutor says her office does not plan to file any charges against a man who allegedly voted in Kansas after doing so Colorado.

Yuma County District Attorney Brittny Lewton said Friday that Lincoln L. Wilson did not commit perjury or voter fraud because he voted first in Colorado. She says it did not become fraud until he went to Kansas several days later and cast a second ballot, and any perjury and double voting occurred in Kansas.

Lewton says her office conducted an investigation, and sent Kansas its findings.

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Industry and business leaders gathered in Wichita Thursday for a summit on unmanned aerial systems, more commonly known as drones.

Kansas hopes to be an industry leader in the emerging field of drones, building on its reputation as home to the air capital of the world and the state's technology-driven agricultural sector.

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Southern Kansas experienced nearly two dozen earthquakes in the past week, including 10 separate quakes centered in a quarter-section of land five miles southeast of Harper.

U.S. Geological Survey records indicate the cluster of earthquakes occurred between 8:23 p.m. Friday and 5:04 p.m. Sunday in Harper County, with several occurring just 10 to 20 minutes apart.

Kansas has seen its number of incomplete voter registrations decline by nearly 6,700 in less than two weeks as counties follow a directive from Secretary of State Kris Kobach to cull their records.

Kobach's office said Tuesday that the state had about 31,000 incomplete registrations as of Tuesday, compared to about 37,700 when the Republican secretary of state's directive took effect on Oct. 2. The decline is nearly 18 percent.

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Gov. Sam Brownback is having events in four Kansas communities this week to promote corrections programs designed to help offenders return to productive lives after their time behind bars.

The events begin Tuesday morning with a tour and question-and-answer session for reporters at Johnson County's minimum-security residential center for adult offenders in New Century.

The governor plans to travel Wednesday morning to the state's maximum-security prison outside El Dorado to have a news conference about programs designed to prevent inmates from becoming repeat offenders.

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Same-sex couples in Kansas who conceive through artificial insemination will have an easier time obtaining birth certificates for their children.

From the AP:  

Kansas officials say no court order will be needed in the future to process birth certificate applications of children from same-sex couples who conceive by artificial insemination.