Kansas

Commentary
5:00 am
Tue January 28, 2014

An Alternate History For Kansas Day

Credit Wikimedia Commons

One nice thing about teaching Kansas history is that it is easy to draw a state map: just create a rectangle with one corner nibbled off.

This map could have been very different, however.

Our story begins in 1854, with the creation of the massive Territory of Kansas that extended from Missouri to the Continental Divide. With Utah on its western border, territorial Kansas included both Pike’s Peak and Bent’s Fort.

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Government
7:45 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Kansas Says Gay Couples Must File Taxes As Singles

Kansas says same-sex couples must file their state income tax returns as if each person were single - even if they filed as married on their federal returns.

The state revenue department issued the guidance Friday. It plans to provide a worksheet in its instruction booklet for calculating income, deductions and other data.

The agency says the approach adheres to the Kansas Constitution's definition of marriage. It contends the recent U.S. Supreme Court case upheld the rights of states to define and regulate marriage.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Richard Crowson: Kansas Tourism

In 2012 the state of Kansas ranked in the bottom five for tourism, to no one’s surprise hereabouts.

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Community
6:04 am
Sat August 10, 2013

Kansas Coal Miner Featured On New USPS Stamp

This photo of a Kansas coal miner from the ‘40s or ‘50s was donated to the society in 1966 by the Kansas Department of Economic Development.
Credit Kansas Historical Society

Thursday the U.S. Postal Service released a stamp featuring a photo of a coal miner from the Kansas Historical Society’s collections.

The 12-stamp series "Made in America: Building a Nation" honors industrial-era workers just in time for labor day. The vintage, grayscale photos of the series portray men and women of the era at work.

Photographer Lewis Hine took 11 of the photos used in the collection.

The photo of the coal miner from the ‘40s or ‘50s was donated to the society in 1966 by the Kansas Department of Economic Development. It depicts the unidentified miner at work with a handpick and lantern.

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Health
11:10 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Kansas Is Ranked 16th for Child Well-Being, But Things May Not Be As They Appear

Kansas is the 16th best state in the nation, in terms of overall child well-being according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, in this year's KIDS COUNT Data Book. The report covers 16 measures of child health, economic well-being, family and community, and education. But while Kansas is in the top-third overall, the economic picture for kids in Kansas is not so bright.

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Community
8:47 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Kansas Gets C- For Infrastructure

Civil engineers have given Kansas' infrastructure an overall C-minus grade.

The regional chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers released their report card Wednesday.

It's an evaluation of the state's aviation, bridges, roads, dams, drinking water, energy, levees, railroads and schools.

The engineers found the most faults with the state's bridges and dams, rating them a D-minus. They say Kansas has nearly 3,000 structurally deficient bridges.

They awarded the highest grades for the state's roads and schools; both got a C-plus.

Government
6:21 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Kansas Just Missed April Revenue Expectations

State revenue officials say Kansas missed its expected revenue projections for April by less than $5 million dollars.

The monthly report was released Tuesday.

Kansas collected $764,800 dollars in taxes, though it expected just over $769 million for April.

Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan says Kansas collected $25 million dollars more in individual income taxes this April compared to last April.

Tourism
7:25 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Tourism Is Big Business In Kansas, $8 Billion In 2011

Credit jimmywayne / flickr Creative Commons

State officials say travel and tourism in Kansas generated almost $8 billion in 2011. Becky Blake, the state director of tourism, says 32 million people visited Kansas in 2011 -- and each visitor spent about $236.

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Environment
6:29 am
Tue April 16, 2013

New Kansas Park Proposed

The budgets proposed by the Kansas House and Senate include a plan to buy land in northeast Kansas for a new park.

The state parks department says it wants to buy 824 acres in Jefferson County for a park that would be used primarily for hunting and hiking.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the three parcels of land in southern Jefferson County, east of Perry, have an appraised value of $1.2 million.

Health
5:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Which Kansas Counties Are Healthiest?

A map showing the distribution of 2013 health outcomes. Counties in white rank highest in heath outcomes and those in dark green rank the lowest.
Credit Kansas Health Institute

The latest Kansas County Health Rankings have been released and Johnson and Riley counties have the healthiest residents in Kansas again this year.

Wyandotte County and a cluster of counties in southeast Kansas remain among the least healthy. 

Sedgwick County came in at 72 out of 102 counties ranked.

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