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The return of mostly dry, hot weather this weekend has jump started the stalled winter wheat harvest.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 8 percent had been harvested as of Sunday. Normally by this late in the season, about 33 percent of the wheat is in the bin. Last year at this time 21 percent had already been cut.

About 51 percent of the wheat in Kansas is now mature.

Wheat harvest is now in full swing across most of Kansas, with the possible exception of northwest Kansas and the northern tier counties.

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Milk production in Kansas has more than doubled in the past 20 years, and experts say several factors like the expansion of in-state dairies are behind the increase.

Kansas cows produced 3.1 billion pounds of milk in 2014, a 181 percent increase compared to 1994, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. It's also an increase of 6.1 percent compared to the year before.

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A special Kansas legislative committee will consider a complaint from legislators who say a Democrat used "inflammatory" language when she referred to supporters of an education bill as "racist bigots."

The measure would have repealed a law allowing some immigrants who are in the country illegally to pay in-state tuition at Kansas colleges and universities if they meet other requirements.

Nine Republican members of the House Education Committee signed a formal complaint against Kansas City Democratic Rep. Valdenia Winn.

Johnson County, Kansas, Sheriff's Office

KANSAS CITY, Mo.--A Kansas capital murder case involving a white supremacist who is dying of emphysema poses some unusual challenges for a district attorney pursuing the death penalty for the first time.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has been elected by his colleagues in other states and U.S. territories as vice president of their national association.

Schmidt's office says the two-term Republican received the honor during the recent summer meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General in San Diego.

Schmidt previously has served as the group's Midwestern regional chairman, the co-chairman of its consumer protection committee and the vice chairman of its committee on combatting human trafficking.

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Kansas legislators aren't quite done with their work for the year because they inadvertently enacted two conflicting versions of a new law aimed at holding down local property taxes.

House Speaker Ray Merrick's office said Friday that legislators will reconvene June 26 to pass a bill addressing the problem. Spokeswoman Rachel Whitten described it as a technical fix.

Legislators already were scheduled to have a brief adjournment ceremony that day.

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The Kansas Board of Regents has approved 2 percent increases in the base salaries of the top administrators at five state universities.

The board approved the additional compensation Thursday.

Wichita State University President John Bardo's salary will be about $357,000, an increase of about $7,000.

University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will receive a base salary of about $510,000 for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The increase is $10,000.

Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz will see his salary rise about $9,300 to $476,000.

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Employers across Kansas believe students need to be learning more life skills in school, according to the state's new education commissioner.

Randy Watson, who will become education commissioner July 1, said that's what he's been hearing from companies at a Wednesday meeting with employers and educators in Lawrence.

"None of us would say that academic skills aren't important," said Watson, who has been a longtime superintendent for the McPherson school district. "But we're hearing that is just a subset of what makes for a successful employee."


The Kansas Board of Regents is limiting increases in tuition and fees at state universities this fall to 3.6 percent after strictly interpreting a cap imposed by the Legislature.

The board's unanimous decision today came a day after it told universities to revise their proposals on tuition and fees.

Kansas Legislature

A Democratic legislator says Kansas lawmakers need to rewrite campaign finance laws to close what he sees as a loophole involving loans by candidates to their own campaigns.

Democratic Rep. Jim Ward of Wichita called for a review of campaign finance laws Wednesday. His comments came after the U.S. attorney's office in Kansas said it expected no federal criminal charges to be filed from an investigation of loans by Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer to his and Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election campaign.