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Kansas logs first sighting of tropical piratic flycatcher
May 24, 2015
A small bird that’s typically found hundreds of miles away in Mexico and South America apparently made its way to western Kansas, watchers say, giving the Sunflower State a couple of possible firsts in the birding world.
Steady rain swelling Missouri, Kansas streams, rivers
May 24, 2015
Heavy storms across Missouri and Kansas have been pushing streams and rivers out of their banks, and forecasters say more rain is likely this week.
Kansas City Connection: A bakery to satisfy your cookie addiction
May 24, 2015
This week, baked deliciousness from McLain’s Bakery, high-quality coffee at Post Coffee Company and “Fight Club” author Chuck Palahniuk at the Uptown Theater.
Salina Airport Authority Board approves lease for business
May 21, 2015
The Salina Airport Authority Board has approved a lease for airport space for a soil erosion business that could bring 13 full-time jobs to the area by June.
Kansas Senate to consider tax increases to close budget gap
May 21, 2015
The Republican-dominated Kansas Senate is considering a plan to raise taxes to close a projected budget shortfall, with GOP Gov. Sam Brownback saying he isn’t drawing “very clear lines” for lawmakers who are split over reversing one of his major economic initiatives.
House approves bill upping secretary of state’s power
10:00 a.m., May 21, 2015 Updated 12:15 p.m.
The House has approved a bill that would give Kansas’ secretary of state the power to prosecute election fraud.
Kansas House panel working on plan to raise various taxes
May 20, 2015
A Kansas House committee is working on a plan to raise the state’s sales tax and boost income taxes for some business owners to help balance the state budget.
Kansas House to consider stiffening scrap theft penalties
May 20, 2015
Scrap thieves who do more than $5,000 worth of damage when stealing valuable metals would face jail time under a bill before the Kansas House.
State Fair to have designated smoking areas starting in 2016
May 20, 2015
Smokers who attend the Kansas State Fair will be required to use designated smoking areas, beginning in 2016.
Man who escaped from Kansas police custody found in Missouri
May 19, 2015
A man who escaped from custody in Kansas City, Kansas, last week has been found.
Kansas attorney general appoints new civil litigation chief
May 19, 2015
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has picked a former state Bar Association president to lead the division in Schmidt’s office that handles civil lawsuits.
Kansas lawmakers having more discussions about raising taxes
May 19, 2015
Legislative committees are planning more discussions about proposals for raising taxes to erase a state budget shortfall.
Kansas House tax panel to meet seeking to plug budget hole
May 18, 2015
A House committee plans to meet as lawmakers go into overtime seeking an acceptable package of tax increases for closing a state budget shortfall.
Group pushing State Fair to ban or limit smoking
May 18, 2015
The Kansas State Fair is being asked to consider banning smoking throughout the fair grounds.
Kansas lawmakers work with reduced staff for rest of session
May 18, 2015
Kansas legislators will be working with a reduced staff of secretaries and assistants now that their annual session is in overtime.
Kansas legislators struggle to draft tax plan for budget fix
May 17, 2015
Kansas legislators reached what had been set as the last working day of their annual session without passing a plan to raise taxes and close the budget shortfall.
Large, $4.7M bulk solids research plant opens in Salina
May 17, 2015
A new $4.7 million research center in Salina is designed to help industry and businesses find the best methods to handle bulk solids such as sugar, salt and chemicals for manufacturing and production.
Kansas City Connection: Grinders Pizza and Celebration at the Station
May 17, 2015
There are thousands of places outside New York that claim to serve authentic New York-style Pizza, but a truly delicious slice of appropriately soft-yet-crispy pizza isn’t as easy to find as you’d think. But Grinders Pizza, at 417 E. 18th St. in the heart of the Crossroads, is the real thing.
3 Kansas universities part of unmanned aerial system team
May 14, 2015
Kansas’ three largest universities have been selected by the Federal Aviation Administration to be a part of a team that will help integrate unmanned aerial systems into the nation’s airspace.
Kansas abortion foes seek change in law to help with lawsuit
May 14, 2015
Abortion opponents are urging Kansas legislators to rewrite part of a 2011 law that imposed special health and safety regulations on abortion providers, telling state senators Wednesday that the move would eliminate an issue in a lawsuit keeping the rules from being enforced.

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