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Audit says Kansas computer system security lacking
July 23, 2014
The state’s current level of computer security could leave Kansas residents’ sensitive personal information vulnerable, a recent internal audit of the state’s computer systems concluded.
Report: Kansas wheat harvest 95 percent finished
July 22, 2014
The 2014 Kansas wheat harvest is finally almost over. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 95 percent of the wheat is now in the bin. Usually by this late in the year, all the wheat has been cut.
Roeland Park defeats sexual orientation ordinance
July 22, 2014
Council members in a Kansas City suburb have voted down an effort to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance.
Humane Society continues to improve rate of adoption
July 22, 2014
The Kansas Humane Society euthanized about 4,000 animals last year but an official says the number of animals saved continues to improve.
3rd re-sentencing for man who put kids in dryer
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July 21, 2014
A Hutchinson man convicted of putting two children in a hot clothes dryer as punishment will be resentenced for the third time.
Kansas gets $31.8 million from federal program
July 21, 2014
A U.S. Treasury Department program brought $31.8 million to Kansas last year, and that number could grow in the future.
Task force wants to bring Amtrak back to Emporia
July 21, 2014
A group of Emporia residents is exploring the possibility of returning Amtrak to the northeast Kansas city.
Kansas City Connection: A new bakery, and a matter of records
July 21, 2014
This week, Kansas City Connection recommends a delicious new bakery and a vinyl record store that’s practically a museum.
Driver’s ed teachers worried about waning programs
July 20, 2014
Driver education instructors are alarmed at the declining emphasis on teaching youngsters how to drive at a time when the number of distractions is growing exponentially.
Kansas House race divides anti-abortion community
July 20, 2014
A Republican primary battle between a congressman and his longtime predecessor has deeply divided social conservatives in Wichita, a city that for years has been a flashpoint in the national fight over abortion rights.
Man with concealed gun had to leave Salina theater
July 16, 2014
A man with a legal concealed weapon was asked to leave a Salina movie theater after other customers complained.
Kansas candidate says arrest was ‘mistake’
July 16, 2014
A Kansas House of Representatives candidate says his arrest on suspicion of having an open container of alcohol and traffic violations was a mistake.
Wichita State, engineering firm form partnership
July 16, 2014
Wichita State University says it has formed a partnership with an engineering services company from India that it hopes will eventually create new jobs and avoid big layoffs in the aerospace industry.
Lawmakers worry about teacher fingerprinting
July 15, 2014
A state agency should reconsider fingerprinting 33,000 longtime Kansas public school teachers, a legislative committee recommended.
Koch group makes big ad buy for Kansas congressman
July 15, 2014
A conservative group with ties to billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch is spending big money to thank U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo for his work in Congress amid a bitter race for his seat.
Kansas Republicans back Davis in governor’s race
July 15, 2014
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and more than 100 other Republicans are endorsing the presumed Democratic nominee for governor.
State begins distributing withheld tax refunds
July 14, 2014
The state is now distributing about 20,000 tax refunds that were frozen for two weeks at the end of the last fiscal year.
3 die in traffic accident in south-central Kansas
July 14, 2014
A south-central teenager and two adults have died after collision involving a driver going the wrong way on a state highway.
Kansas couple seeking to resolve theft charges
July 14, 2014
One Kansas parent has reached a deal to avoid trial for stealing thousands of dollars from a Topeka elementary school’s parent-teacher organization, and her husband is working to land a similar agreement.
Kansas City Connection: Cornering the farmers markets
July 14, 2014
The Kansas City area is filled with a wide variety of farmers markets that are well worth a visit. This week I’d like to take a look at some of the most interesting weekend and weekday markets in the area.