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25 years on, disabilities act has changed lives of millions
July 26, 2015
The Americans with Disabilities Act is monumental in scope, intended to protect people with disabilities from discrimination and enable them to participate fully in the workforce and their communities. Its protections, which now cover an estimated 55 million Americans, extend to five key areas: employment, state and local government facilities and services, public accommodations, telecommunications, and transportation.
Mars Inc. to expand candy-making plant in Kansas
July 16, 2015
Mars Inc. announced plans Wednesday for a $100 million expansion of its candy-making plant in Kansas, a facility that was the company’s first new plant in 35 years.
Douglas County Fair returns July 24 with new theme, kiddie derby
July 14, 2015
The Douglas County Fair may just be one of the summer’s biggest attractions — in recent years, it’s drawn upwards of 25,000 people to the Lawrence fairgrounds — but back in the early 1950s, the fair was just a fledgling operation hosted at Haskell University. Back then, before the fairgrounds were built, 4-H animals were all housed underneath the school’s football stadium. Or, at least, that’s what Margaret Kalb’s mother told her growing up.
Police officer lauded for how he handled shoplifting case
July 12, 2015
A suburban Kansas City police officer said he is amazed by the public response to actions he took this week while responding to a routine shoplifting call at a local retail store.
Mitchell appointed to Kansas’ 18th Judicial District
July 7, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed a Wichita lawyer to serve as a district judge for Kansas’ 18th District Court.
Shooting at Overland Park duplex kills woman, wounds girl
July 7, 2015
A woman was killed and a girl was wounded after someone fired several shots into an Overland Park duplex on the same block where two young men were fatally shot last week.
Flash flood watch issued for Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte Counties
July 6, 2015
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties from 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday evening.
2 dead after shooting in Overland Park
July 1, 2015
Police in Overland Park say two people have died in a shooting.
Police: Man shot out outside Kansas mall knew gunmen
June 29, 2015
Authorities say a man knew the two gunmen who shot at him outside an Overland Park mall.
City budget suggestions cause conflict on Shawnee council
June 29, 2015
New City Council Member Eric Jenkins has proposed some changes to the city’s department structure and budget as the city wraps up its 2016 budget session, which caused some backlash from other members of the council.
Kansas man charged with molestation arrested in California
June 18, 2015
Police say a suburban Kansas City music instructor charged with child molestation has been arrested in California.
Governor signs bill on $25 withdrawal for welfare recipients
June 16, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill that allows the state to change controversial limits on the amount of money welfare recipients could withdraw from ATMs.
Kansas House approves new tax plan after governor’s plea
June 12, 2015
Republican leaders pushed a new plan for raising taxes through the Kansas House early Friday morning, hours after top aides to GOP Gov. Sam Brownback warned them that failing to erase a budget deficit risked funding for universities and invited a downgrading of the state’s bond ratings.
Kansas City reaches deal to create ‘Smart City’ network
June 7, 2015
Kansas City and two companies have reached an agreement to create a $15.7 million set of high-tech services along the 2.2-mile downtown streetcar line that’s expected to be operating next year.
Kansas House passes bill legalizing fantasy sports
May 7, 2015
The Kansas House has passed a bill that would define fantasy sports as a legal activity.

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