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Crime and Courts
8:38 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Two Men Jailed In Connection With Shooting Death Of Topeka Police Officer

Two men are now jailed in connection with the shooting death of a Topeka police officer.

The Shawnee County Sheriff's Department announced that a 30-year-old Topeka man was arrested early Monday near a home in Linwood. Police said he might have information to help the investigation of the shooting of police Cpl. Jason Harwood on Sunday afternoon.

A suspect in Harwood's shooting turned himself in to authorities in Lawrence Sunday night.

Politics
11:53 am
Mon September 8, 2014

100+ Kansas School Districts Asked About Politicians Invited To Schools

The Kansas Association of School Boards says least 100 Kansas school districts have been asked to provide information about the politicians who have been invited to their school events.

KASB general counsel Donna Whiteman told The Associated Press that the Kansas Open Records Act requests were sent to districts in batches. They came from the Kansas Legislative Research Department, which sometimes makes requests from lawmakers.

Staff is required to keep all requester's information confidential and couldn't even confirm that such requests had been sent.

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Government
11:02 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Senators Moran And Robert Headline Kansas Congressional Delegation Summit

Republican Senators Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts are headlining a summit of the Kansas congressional delegation today in Wichita.

The event is hosted by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and the Wichita Metro Chamber at Hotel at Old Town.

Moran, Roberts and members of the state's U.S. House delegation will offer remarks in the afternoon, then take questions.

Community
9:01 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Junction City Police Will Begin Enforcing Motorist Cellphone Ban

Police in Junction City are alerting drivers: They'll soon be enforcing a new ordinance that limits use of cellphones by motorists.

The city commission approved the law in early June. It bans motorists from talking or listening on a cellphone unless it's a hands-free device.

The police department has held off on enforcing the ban until the city put up signs notifying drivers of the law. The signs are now up, and police will begin enforcing the law Sept. 15.

Health
8:56 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Whooping Cough Outbreak In Pottawatomie County

Pottawatomie County in northeast Kansas is seeing an outbreak of whooping cough cases.

All schools within the Wamego School District have had free vaccination clinics for staff members. A clinic for students was held Wednesday at West Elementary, the hardest hit school in the district Pottawatomie County has had 17 confirmed cases reported. Last year, the county had just one case.

The state has 172 confirmed cases so far this year, compared to 405 cases in all of 2013.

Environment
12:59 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Feds Investigate Jacam Chemical Company Over Illegal Disposal Allegations

Newly unsealed search warrants show federal regulators are investigating allegations that a Kansas chemical manufacturer illegally dumped fluids in a well in violation of safe drinking water laws.

The president of Sterling, Kansas-based Jacam Chemical Company says it was treating a customer's well and is cooperating with the investigation.

Search warrants made public yesterday in federal court show the Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting surveillance on JAYCAM and its subsidiary Jacam Manufacturing 2013 in Lyons since December 2012.

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Education
12:37 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

KSU Experiences Possible Graduate Program Data Leak

Kansas State University officials say personal information from applicants for its graduate program in agronomy might have been exposed on the Internet.

The university says it notified 19 people yesterday who applied for the program between 2010 and 2013 about the possible problem, which did not involve outside hackers.

Information from 56 other applicants was exposed , but the school said that information wasn't likely to result in credit fraud.

Spokesman Jeff Morris says the error happened when student information was being moved into a central management system.

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Agriculture
12:07 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Kansas Farmers Prepare Seed Wheat And Harvest Corn

Some Kansas farmers are busy preparing for fall seeding of their winter wheat crop, while others are harvesting this season's corn crop.

The latest report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service on Tuesday says about 7 percent of the corn crops in Kansas have been cut.

At this time last year none had been cut, but progress this year is closer to the 10 percent average for early September.

The agency rated corn condition as 17 percent poor to very poor, 29 percent fair, 42 percent good and 12 percent excellent.

Community
11:47 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Sedgwick County Zoo Could Lose Elephants

The Sedgwick County Zoo will lose its accreditation to have elephants if its officials can't find a way to upgrade the animals' enclosure.

Yesterday, the Sedgwick County Zoological Society asked county commissioners to pay $5.3 million dollars of the cost of a new elephant barn, which is estimated to cost $10.5 million-dollars. Zoo officials say the commissioners have three weeks to consider the funding before they move to relocate the animals.

The zoo has housed two African elephants, named Stephanie and Cinda, since 1972.

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Community
11:40 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Kansas Sampler Foundation Plans Crowdfunding Site For Rural Communities

The Kansas Sampler Foundation is planning a new crowdfunding site to support projects that help rural communities.

The pilot website, called Kanstarter, is scheduled to be up and running later this month.

Foundation director Marci Penner says projects allowed on the website will have to be good for the community and supported by several generations. She says the projects cannot cover salaries or promote religious or political views.

So far, 24 proposals have been submitted for the pilot project and a committee has narrowed the initial list to four.

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