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There were three earthquakes centered near the Oklahoma-Kansas border on Monday and Tuesday, one of which was felt in Wichita. The quakes coincide with a recent report from the United States Geological Survey that says parts of Oklahoma, and subsequently Kansas, are as likely to be hit by a damaging earthquake as areas in northern California.

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The biggest wildfire in Kansas history is largely contained, although firefighting efforts could be hindered by more gusty winds.

The Kansas Forest Service says crews will patrol areas Monday hit by the wildfire that has burned at least 620 square miles in Oklahoma and Kansas since last week.

The service says the fire was 90 percent contained Sunday, and 81 percent contained in Barber County, Kansas, where most of the damage has occurred.

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The Kansas Forest Service says a wildfire that crossed into the state from Oklahoma earlier this week is considered the largest in Kansas history and one of the largest ever in the U.S.

The wildfire has burned at least 620 square miles in Oklahoma and Kansas.

The service said officials are looking at the damage in Barber County, Kansas, to determine if it meets the threshold for a FEMA disaster declaration, which would provide public assistance for damaged public infrastructure.

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The Kansas Senate has passed legislation that would require teachers to vote every three years in order to maintain their local union.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the bill passed the chamber with a 22-18 vote after more than two hours of debate Wednesday.

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Update from The AP:

Friday March 25, 10:15 a.m.

A Kansas livestock official says the wildfire that scorched hundreds of square miles in Oklahoma and southern Kansas has displaced cattle and destroyed miles of fencing.

Todd Domer, spokesman for the Kansas Livestock Association, said Friday the most immediate problem for Kansas ranchers affected by the fire in Barber and Comanche counties is locating cattle that escaped when fences burned. He says ranchers are also working to figure out how many cattle may have died.

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A massive wildfire has burned through more than 625 square miles in Oklahoma and Kansas, forcing Governor Sam Brownback to issue a state of disaster emergency.

Hundreds of firefighters were dispatched to areas of southern Kansas to try and contain a wildfire. Government officials say the worst of it is over, with fire crews from Wichita heading home just after 7 in the morning.

There are reports of structural damage here in Medicine Lodge, as well as in Reno County.


Planned Parenthood has begun offering medication abortions at its Wichita clinic. It is the second facility in the city to provide those services since abortion provider George Tiller was gunned down in 2009.

Its spokeswoman, Bonyen Lee-Gilmore, said Wednesday the clinic has been taking appointments and scheduling the procedure. Medication abortions are commonly known as the abortion pill and are done to terminate pregnancies up to about 9 weeks.

Its Wichita clinic began doing them on March 17.

Kansas senators have given first-round approval to a proposal aimed at giving parents of vulnerable children a say in end-of-life treatment.

The so-called "Simon's Law" would require hospitals to obtain written parental or guardian consent for children under 18 years old before issuing a do-not-resuscitate order, or depriving children of food or medicine needed to survive.

The proposal also requires health facilities, nursing homes and physicians to offer patients a written disclosure of policies that are either life-sustaining or nonbeneficial to their situation.

The Kansas Senate has rejected a proposal for encouraging the state to provide long-acting birth control to poor residents after a Republican member likened it to the discredited 20th Century eugenics movement that sought to control who could have children.

Democratic Sen. Marci Francisco of Lawrence offered the proposal Thursday as an amendment to a bill that would permanently block the state from sending federal family planning dollars for non-abortion services to Planned Parenthood. Her amendment failed on a voice vote.

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The seven justices of the Kansas Supreme Court are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit from former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the lawsuit is connected to the 2013 decision to indefinitely suspend Kline's law license over an investigation he led into abortion clinics.