Dodge City

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A federal lawsuit that's part of a push by advocacy groups claims Dodge City imprisons people who can't afford to pay bond fees.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Kansas City by Washington-based Equal Justice Under Law on behalf of Lawrence J. Martinez. The lawsuit says Dodge City seeks to jail poor residents who "cannot pay an arbitrary amount of money."

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A demonstration project to make mental health care more accessible in southwest Kansas is almost ready to begin.

It’s based on the concept that physical ailments often go hand-in-hand with mental health challenges. Debbie Bruner, who heads Minneola Healthcare, about 20 miles south of Dodge City, says providers there see it every day.

“Especially with your diabetics and your COPDs, where it’s altered their lifestyle, a lot of times you will see depression coincide with that medical condition," Bruner says.

Preservationists are fighting a plan to widen U.S. 50 near Dodge City.

State transportation officials say the four-lane expansion from Dodge City to Cimarron would likely require leveling the "Points of Rock" monument.

It's a steel sculpture of several horsemen sitting on top of a rock outcropping, with the words "Dodge City," and supporters say it's an important landmark along the Santa Fe Trail.

The expansion plans include a 60-foot-wide median between the old and new lanes of the highway, which would take down a big part of the hill where the sculpture stands.

Cargill To Invest Millions In Dodge City Plant

Aug 27, 2013

Cargill Beef says it will spend $48 million to install an automated order distribution system at its Dodge City meatpacking plant.