Helping Children Not Fear Police

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If you’re kids are acting up, what do you tell them?  Some parents go as far as telling their children that they could be locked up by Police.  But according to Maj. John Eichkorn with the Kansas Highway Patrol, that may not be the best of ideas. “I think that parent’s intentions are good.  They’re […]

Report: US Farm Equipment Sales Fall In October

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An industry report shows that sales of farm tractors and combines fell in October from the same month a year ago. But Monday’s report from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers also says that U.S. sales of the items in the first 10 months of the year still remain ahead of last year’s pace. Sales of […]

Pratt County Sending Inmates To Other Counties

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For the first time ever, Pratt County is sending inmates to other counties because of overcrowding at its jail. Sheriff Vernon Chinn says he sent four inmates to Ford County recently because the jail was over its capacity of 30 beds. Chinn says the jail has seen a big increase in population this year, ranging […]

KU Prof: Recession Hits Young Particularly Hard

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Another study is finding that the financial crisis is having a lasting effect on young people. The Lawrence Journal-World (bit.ly/HRIed3 ) reports that Terri Friedline of the University of Kansas co-authored a study mapping the patterns in household net worth from 1999 to 2009. The study found that children in households where net worth declined […]

Lawrence Schools Won’t Join International Program

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Lawrence schools will not join an International Baccalaureate Diploma program, which offers advanced courses to high school students. The board decided Monday the cost of the program was too high. But board members said they will continue to look for other advanced-studies programs to benefit college-bound students. The Lawrence Journal-World reports (bit.ly/1a0ucAx ) the IB […]

Official: Sen. Inhofe’s Son Killed In Plane Crash

The U.S. Secretary of Defense has confirmed the death of the son of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma in the weekend crash of a plane that was en route from Salina, Kan., to Tulsa, Okla. Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren says that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel “was informed of Sen. Inhofe’s son’s death.” Perry […]

Cold Sunshine

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 Under sunny skies today high temperatures will only warm into the mid 30s.  Fortunately winds today will be light and northerly.  Under clear skies tonight lows will drop back into the upper teens and lower 20s.  Wednesday will be sunny, warmer and breezy.  Southwest winds will be gusting close to 30mph by afternoon.  Highs tomorrow […]

Mueller Wins Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for Second Straight Week

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Shock Linwood (Baylor), Ryan Mueller (K-State), Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State) and Anthony Fera (Texas) were named Big 12 Football Players of the Week by a panel of media that cover the Conference. Gilbert (co-special teams) was honored for the fourth time in his career. Mueller (defense) and Fera (co-special teams) picked up their second award […]

Kansas Statehouse Renovation Nears Completion

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A giant construction crane towering beside the Kansas Statehouse is coming down next month as a massive renovation of the building nears its end. And Statehouse Architect Barry Greis said Monday the cost of the 13-year project will fall a little short of the $332 million projected by state officials last year. The big crane […]

Streets Lined With Support During Veterans Day Parade

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The streets of Topeka were lined with red, white and blue as the parade honoring those who have served made its way down Kansas Ave. In the first ever Veterans Day Parade in Topeka, this year’s Grand Marshal was Kansas Highway Patrol Superintendent, and retired Marine, Col. Ernest Garcia. “For me today it’s an opportunity […]

Lawrence Couple’s Health, Living Problems Detailed

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Neighbors of a Lawrence man accused of shooting his wife to death say the couple was facing deteriorating health and living conditions. Larry Hopkins is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife, 61-year-old Margaret Hopkins. He is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Douglas County District Court. Neighbors recalled […]

Watch the Topeka Veteran’s Day Parade Here!

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A day to remember, and honor those who have fought and died for us.   On Monday, November 11th, Topeka’s downtown will be turned into a line of honor, to remember those who have served on this Veterans Day. “We’re using the same route as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” said Melissa Jarboe with the […]

Going Backwards

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  Temperatures will lose ground from around noon on today as a sharp cold front passes through Northeast Kansas.  Late morning temperatures should be in the mid to upper 50s.  By evening upper 30 to lower 40s will be the rule.  Along with the cold we will see increasing north winds and a slight chance […]

Ichabods Rebound From Loss Beat Barry

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 Washburn recorded its highest point total against an NCAA II school since 2010-11 in a 94-67 win Sunday over Barry on the final day of the Nova Southeastern Sharks Tip-Off Classic. The 22nd-ranked Ichabods improved to 1-1 as they averaged 90.5 points in the two games. They’ll will continue their four-game, season opening road trip […]

Emporia State Wins Top Ten Battle

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In an early season game with both regional and national implications,  #5 Emporia State defeated #9 Concordia-St. Paul 71-52 in the Lady Hornets final game at the Division II Tip-Off Classic in Anaheim, Calif. The Lady Hornets jumped out to a 7-2 lead early only to see the Golden Bears take a 13-12 lead with […]

Hornets Take Down Rockhurst

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Playing their third road game in three days, Emporia State outscored Rockhurst 36-25 in the second half on the way to a 74-62 season opening win in Kansas City on Sunday night. The Hornets came out sluggish and trailed 19-9 with 12:46 left in the first half.  The Hawks led 32-25 with 4:09 remaining in […]

Kansas Gets $394K For Renewable Energy

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing incentives for rural Kansas to improve energy efficiency. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (bit.ly/1gBme5d ) the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program is providing about $394,000 in grants for 38 renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects in Kansas. Projects in 21 other states also received funds. Of the 38 Kansas projects, […]

Federal Reserve Commissions KU Artwork

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Students at the University of Kansas are creating a commissioned artwork for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Matthew Burke, a KU associate professor of sculpture, is leading a class called, “Special Topics in Art: The Federal Reserve Commission,” which will be offered each semester through fall 2014. Five students are enrolled this semester. […]

Hearing Set For McConnell, Refueling Tankers

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 The U.S. Air Force is holding a hearing in Wichita to gauge public support for McConnell Air Force Base as it considers sites for a new fleet of refueling tankers. The Wichita Eagle reports (bit.ly/HQb8dn ) the Air Force in May named McConnell as the preferred site for 36 KC-46A tankers to be sited beginning in […]

Kansas Opening Day For Birds Lackluster

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Hunters were mostly disappointed with opening day of the season for upland game birds in central Kansas. Ffarmers, landowners and experts with the state Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism were all predicting a bleak opener Saturday largely because of drought. Greg Salisbury, a game warden from Bennington, also says what few birds are out […]

Westar Works With Topeka District On Science Park

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Westar Energy is working with the Topeka Unified School District to create a science park for students. Westar has been a partner for USD 501 in its endeavor to develop the Kanza Education and Science Park, which Westar and the school district hope will become a destination for science classes around Kansas. Facilities at the […]

Topeka Fire Chiefs Stop Getting OT

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Nine chiefs with the Topeka Fire Department no longer get overtime and call back pay. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the change took effect Saturday and is an attempt to correct the longtime practice of giving battalion chiefs and shift commanders overtime and callback benefits. Federal labor standards exempt them from the extra pay. Last year, […]

Kansas Corn Growers Bringing In Bountiful Harvest

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The latest government forecast anticipates that Kansas farmers will bring in far bigger harvests of corn, sorghum and soybeans than during last year’s drought. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Friday that this year’s corn harvest in Kansas would bring in 520 million bushels. That is 37 percent more corn than a year ago even […]

Small Plane Crash Lands Near Concordia

No injuries were reported after a single-engine plane crash landed shortly after takeoff in northern Kansas. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the aircraft had just taken off from Blosser Municipal Airport in Concordia on Saturday morning when it stalled and crashed while making an emergency landing. The plan missed the runway by less than a […]

Tribes In Kansas Oppose Move By Delaware

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The leader of the Oklahoma-based Delaware Tribe says the tribe could pursue a casino in Kansas, but the tribe also has a broader vision of providing services to Native Americans. In an “open letter to the people of Kansas,” Chief Paula Pechonick said Saturday she wanted to address speculation about the tribe’s plans since it […]

MIAA Football Recap Week 10

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Northwest Missouri wrapped up at least a share of the MIAA Championship as week ten left only them undefeated.  South Dakota Mines 34, Nebraska-Kearney 26 Nebraska-Kearney scored 26 points in the second half, but could not complete the comeback in a non-league loss to South Dakota School of Mines. UNK racked up 254 rushing yards as […]

Oklahoma State Pummels Kansas

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No. 11 Oklahoma State scored 28 unanswered points in the first half, including a kick return for a touchdown to open the game, while handing Kansas a 42-6 defeat at Boone Pickens Stadium Saturday afternoon. Both teams collected more than 300 yards of total offense and Kansas (2-7, 0-6 Big 12) possessed the ball for […]

580 Coaches Club 11/9/13

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Week 10 of the high school football season marks the first round of the playoffs. Classes 4A, 3A and eight-man began the playoffs on Tuesday night with 6A, 5A and 2-1A wrapping up the first round of post-season play on Friday. Below you can hear from the coaches of Hayden, Holton, Rossville, Silver Lake, Seaman, […]

Washburns Comeback Effort Falls Short

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The No. 15-ranked Washburn Ichabods scored 21 poitns in the final two minutes of the game but it wasn’t enough as the No. 22-ranked Missouri Western Griffons held on for a 34-31 win. Washburn will wrap up the regular season next week in Emporia against the Hornets. Washburn trailed 27-10 with 4:19 to play in […]

Cats win third straight, take down Tech 49-26

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Kansas State football has been looking more and more like the team that won the Big 12 title last season, and Saturday the Wildcats did it against a top 25 team as they knocked off Texas Tech 49-26 in Lubbock, handing the Red Raiders their third straight loss and likely knocking them out of the […]

Hutchinson Branding Defendant Appears In Court

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One of the three Hutchinson High School students charged with branding younger football players has made his first court appearance. A Reno County judge appointed the public defender’s office to represent 18-year-old Kendric Hudson during Friday’s hearing. He is charged with felony aggravated battery and misdemeanor hazing. Hudson is accused of using a heated wire […]

Fire Causes Total Loss To Meriden Business

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A building in Meriden that recently underwent an expansion, was reported on fire early Saturday morning. Fire crews were called to 7127 NE K4 Highway in Jefferson County around 1 a.m. The fire was described as a total loss. WIBW-TV reports that the building was a custom cabinet building.  

Over 138 Dead In Typhoon Onslaught In Philippines

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At least 138 people are confirmed dead in the aftermath of a typhoon that slammed into six central Philippine islands yesterday, but the death toll is expected to climb. The Philippine interior secretary says officials expect “a very high number of fatalities” from one of the strongest typhoons on record. He describes the damage in the […]

Prosecutor Reviewing Kansas School Bus Accident

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A Kansas prosecutor is reviewing whether to file charges against the driver of a school bus that toppled into a fast-moving creek. The Kansas Highway Patrol investigated the October 31st accident at a low-water crossing in rural Butler County. The bus toppled on its side, and ten Kansas children had to scramble through an emergency side […]

Kansas Opens Year with 700th Fieldhouse Win

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A foul call is what finally provided the spark No. 5/6 Kansas needed to defeat Louisiana at Monroe, 80-63, and collect win No. 700 in Allen Fieldhouse Friday night.   After a four-win season a year ago, ULM (0-1) was uninterested in rolling over against Kansas (1-0). The Jayhawks held a double-digit lead only twice […]

Obama: US Must Have Veterans’ Backs

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President Barack Obama is marking Veterans Day by making it his mission to ensure America has the back of its veterans. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says now that more veterans are coming home from wars, the U.S. must serve them as well. He’s promoting programs to hire and educate veterans. Obama says […]

Washburn Defeats Rollins in Season Opener

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The Washburn Ichabods led from start to finish in their season opener in a 65-42 win over Rollins in their first game of the Division II Tip Off Classic. Washburn will take on CSU-San Bernardino tomorrow at 1 p.m. CST. The Ichabods (1-0)  jumped out to a 9-1 lead and never looked back as the […]

All-MIAA Women’s Soccer Team Announced

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Offensive Player of the YearCarly Stanley, Sr., MF, Central Missouri   Defensive Player of the YearCindy Lackey, Sr., D, Central Missouri    Goalkeeper of the YearJordan Woodruff, Fr., Northeastern State    Freshman of the Year Hannah Pyle, F, Central Missouri    Coach of the Year Lewis Theobald, Central Missouri    1st Team Goalkeeper – Jordan Woodruff, Fr., Northeastern State Defender – […]

Royals Named Wilson Defensive Team of the Year

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The Kansas City Royals have been named co-American League Defensive Team of the Year by Wilson Sporting Goods, while outfielder Lorenzo Cain was selected as the Royals’ representative for the Defensive Player of the Year Award.  Kansas City shares the league’s defensive team of the year award with the Baltimore Orioles, which was announced earlier this evening […]

Country Stampede Announces 2014 Line-Up

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The rumble has started, as the Kicker Country Stampede gears up for another exciting year of great music and an overall party not to be missed!  As previously announced headliners Luke Bryan and Eric Church will for sure keep fans on their feet, the addition of today’s hottest hit-makers Chris Young, Joe Nichols, Dustin Lynch, […]

Kansas Flu Season Begins Quietly

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A state health official says flu season has started in Kansas but there isn’t any indication that this year’s outbreak will be any worse than previous years. Charlie Hunt, state epidemiologist for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, says Thursday that the first flu cases were reported in Sedgwick County but no widespread outbreaks […]

Grads Of Dodge City Helicopter Program In Demand

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Graduates of a Dodge City Community College program that trains helicopter pilots are finding they are in high demand. The community college operates outreach campuses in Salina, Arizona and Utah. Students take the academic part of the program in Dodge City and the flight training through Universal Helicopters, based in Arizona. Universal Helicopters hires all […]

KCK Man Found Guilty Of Killing Using Box Cutter

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A Kansas City, Kan., man has been found guilty of killing a man at a hotel with box cutter. A Johnson County jury this week convicted 26-year-old Maurice Orlando Stewart of killing 57-year-old Stephen Cook of California at an Olathe hotel. He was convicted of first-degree murder, aggravated robbery and theft. Olathe police found Cook’s […]

Trial Reset In Kansas ID Theft Case

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A federal judge has delayed the trial of a Canadian man living in south-central Kansas on charges of stealing the identity of an infant brother who died decades ago. U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten on Thursday set a Jan. 28 trial date for 58-year-old Leslie Lyle Camick, of Winfield. The trial had been scheduled […]

Hoisington Opposes New Date For Kansas State Fair

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A proposal to move the Kansas State Fair to Labor Day weekend is getting bad reviews from supporters of traditional fair. Leaders in Hoisington and Barton County are concerned the proposal would overshadow Hoisington’s 117-year-old Labor Day celebration. Hoisington city council members plan to pass a resolution saying they oppose an idea pushed by Gov. […]

KCC Approves Route For High-voltage Line

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The Kansas Corporation Commission has approved a route for a Texas company’s proposed $7 billion high-voltage line that would funnel power from wind farms in southwest Kansas to out-of-state sites. The KCC said in a release Thursday it’s approved Clean Line Energy’s route for the Grain Belt Express direct current line. In Kansas, the transmission […]

Missouri Pet Food Manufacturer Moving To Topeka

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Pet food manufacturer Crosswind plans to move from Parkville, Mo., to Topeka. Crosswind’s president and CEO  told business officials Thursday that the move would create 62 jobs in Topeka. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (bit.ly/HCAbAN ) Crosswind’s pet food division produces foods and treats for generic and name brands. The company plans to spend about $4 […]

A Good Looking Weekend

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 Today will be mostly sunny, breezy and warmer with highs settling into the mid 60s.  Southwest winds will gust to or just above 30mph by afternoon.  It won’t be as breezy Saturday as highs return to the lower 60s.  Under sunny skies Sunday afternoon highs will top out in the upper 50s to around 60. […]

Mo. Mastermind Of Tax Fraud Scheme Pleads Guilty

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A Kansas City man who was the mastermind of a nationwide tax fraud conspiracy that attempted to receive nearly $96 million in illegal refunds has pleaded guilty and will spend 13 years in federal prison under a deal with prosecutors. Gerald Poynter, also known as Brother Jerry Love, was facing 66 charges in a 72-count indictment […]

St. Louis Firm Purchases Okla. Coffee Company

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A St. Louis-based coffee company has announced it is acquiring Henderson Coffee Corp. in Muskogee. Ronnoco Coffee is purchasing the Oklahoma company. Terms of the sale were not released. Ronnoco CEO Scott Meader said in a statement to the Tulsa Word that the purchase is part of his company’s plans to expand through the region. Henderson Coffee […]

Massage Parlor Worker To Plead In Sex Trafficking

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A massage parlor worker has told a federal judge she plans to plead guilty for her role in a sex trafficking scheme linked to Asian massage parlors in Wichita. A document filed Thursday by the lawyer for Xiuqing Tian notifies the court of her plans to plead guilty ahead of a trial scheduled to begin next […]

Woman Whose Son Died In DUI Crash Gets Probation

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A Wichita woman has received probation for a drunken-driving crash that killed her 6-year-old son in January. Prosecutors and defense lawyers all recommended the sentence for 31-year-old Crystal Ross. Ross pleaded guilty earlier to involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence. The charge is punishable by up to 31/2 years in prison. Sedgwick County District Judge Ben […]

UPDATE: Kansas Security Panel Reviews School Safety

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A state official says Kansas schools are becoming better prepared to respond to natural and man-made disasters but will need more resources to keep improving. Bob Hull, director of the Kansas Center for Safe and Prepared Schools, told lawmakers Thursday that shrinking federal grants have limited the state’s ability to help schools prepare for tornadoes or […]

Mitch Holthus on 580 Sports Talk 11/7/13

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Mitch Holthus, the Voice of the Chiefs, joined Jake and Mark on 580 Sports Talk on Thursday to look back on Kansas City’s Week Nine win on the road at Buffalo. They talked about all the criticism they Chiefs are getting, despite their undefeated record. The 9-0 Chiefs are off this week. They play the […]

ESU Football Head Coach Garin Higgins on 580 Sports Talk

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One team will end Saturday with a share of the MIAA Championship after undefeated and #10 Emporia State plays host to undefeated and #2 Northwest Missouri. Northwest Missouri is 9-0 overall, 8-0 in the MIAA, ranked #2 in the nation and are the top ranked team in Super Region 3. Kick-off from Jones Field at […]

Jake’s Takes: College Football Picks Week 11

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Normally Thursday nights are nothing to shout about, but tonight is a dandy of a College football night. Tonight is a two television setup if you have the capability to do so, which in this day and age is pretty simple to do. If you have two TV’s ,the only thing you need is a […]

Champions Classic Renewed Three More Years

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ESPN has announced the State Farm Champions Classic – the neutral site doubleheader series featuring men’s basketball powers Kansas, Duke, Kentucky and Michigan State – will be renewed for three additional years rotating through the cities of Indianapolis (2014), Chicago (2015) and New York City (2016). Kansas will play Kentucky in 2014, Michigan State in […]

Fire Damages Home, One Escapes Injury

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One person was able to escape their home after it caught fire. Around 11:15am, Thursday morning, fire crews found smoke and flames coming from the home in the 1900 block of SW McAlister. One person was inside the home at the time of the fire.  She was able to escape without injury. A fire investigator […]

Shawnee County Commission Approves Layoffs

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15 Shawnee County workers are now without jobs. On Thursday, the commission approved the proposal 2-1 from the human resources department to eliminate the jobs. The biggest hit was to the home health care program, shutting it down. Betty, from Auburn, stood up and expressed her concern at the meeting. “I have lived through a […]

FDA To Ban Artery-clogging Trans Fats

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The FDA is announcing Thursday that it will require the food industry to gradually phase out trans fats, saying they are a threat to people’s health. Commissioner Margaret Hamburg says the move could prevent 20,000 heart attacks a year and 7,000 deaths. Hamburg says that while the amount of trans fats in the country’s diet […]

Kansas NAEP Scores Flat In 2013

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A new report shows Kansas students continued to score above the national averages in tests of math and reading exams, though state gains were mixed. The results Thursday on the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress are viewed as a report card for how well United States students are performing on key subjects. The tests […]

Few Pheasants Available As Season Begins Saturday

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Kansas pheasant hunters aren’t likely to see many of the birds when the season begins this weekend. State wildlife experts say drought during most of the nesting and brooding season, combined with an already low breeding populations, will make it difficult to find birds this season, which begins Saturday. Kurt Hudson, Kansas natural resource officer, […]

Couple Donates $1 Million To Kansas State

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A Texas couple has donated $1 million for Kansas State University’s new College of Business Administration building. The university says Rand Berney and his wife, Patti, of Southlake, Texas, donated the money for the new 140,000-square foot building, which is expected to open in July 2016. Rand Berney is a native of Phillipsburg and graduated […]

Westar To Purchase Energy From Okla. Wind Farm

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Westar Energy plans to purchase 200 megawatts of electricity from a northern Oklahoma wind farm expected to begin operating in late 2016. The Topeka-based utility announced Wednesday that it had reached purchase agreement with Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy. Westar already has about 700 megawatts of electricity from renewable resources. Apex plans to start building the […]

Kansas Woman Charged With Embezzling From Bank

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A former assistant branch manager has been charged with embezzling $346,000 from the Wichita bank where she worked. The U.S. attorney’s office says 43-year-old Lisa Marie Evans, of Wichita, was indicted Wednesday on one count of embezzlement by a bank employee. The indictment alleges she stole the money between 2011 and 2013 while employed at […]

Nice A While Longer

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 Mild and dry weather will hold through very early next week.  High temperatures will return to the mid 50s today and should settle into the lower 60s for Friday and Saturday.  Upper 50s will be the rule Sunday and Monday before much colder air settles in for the middle of next week.  As colder air […]

George Strait Wins CMA Entertainer Of The Year

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George Strait is the Country Music Association’s entertainer of the year The win Wednesday night was Strait’s third for the CMA’s top honor, but his first since 1990. The 61-year-old Texan is retiring from the road and has been celebrated by his peers as he completes his The Cowboy Rides Away tour. His win capped […]

Lawrence Man Charged In Wife’s Shooting Death

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Police say a Lawrence man charged with fatally shooting his 61-year-old wife did so because of her “ongoing health concerns.” Sixty-seven-year-old Larry Hopkins appeared Wednesday via video from the Douglas County Jail to be charged. He faces one count of first-degree murder in Tuesday’s killing of Margaret Hopkins. District Court Judge James George set bond […]

Kan. Sees Only Slight Change In Revenue Estimates

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Kansas officials have slightly reduced their projections for state revenues during the current fiscal year. But acting Budget Director Jon Hummel said Wednesday the state will still be able to sustain the spending in the budget for both the current fiscal year and the one that begins in July 2014. Fiscal forecasters said the state should […]

Greg Sharpe on 580 Sports Talk 11/6/13

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Greg Sharpe, the voice of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, joined Jake and Mark on Wednesday’s 580 Sports Talk to get caught up with the Huskers football program. Nebraska beat Northwestern 27-24 on Saturday thanks to a Hail Mary on the game’s final play. Sharpe previewed Nebraska’s game on Saturday in the Big House against Michigan. That […]

Tuberculosis Confirmed In Kansas City Suburb

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(Story By: Bryan Thompson) State and local health officials have confirmed a case of tuberculosis in Johnson County. A patient who was treated at Overland Park Regional Medical Center last September has an active case of the airborne disease. Officials say spread of the disease requires very close contact with an infected person, so it’s […]

KS Legislative Committee Preps For School Funding Issues

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(Story By: Stephen Koranda) A special committee of the Kansas Legislature has spent the day learning about how the state funds schools, and hearing details on past lawsuits concerning school spending. The two-day education committee meeting is aimed at prepping lawmakers for what could be lengthy work on the issue of school finance next year. Arkansas […]

Topeka Might Change Policy On Loaded Guns In Cars

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At the request of top law enforcement officials, Topeka leaders are considering changing a decision to allow loaded guns in vehicles. Luther Ganienany Jr., the city’s chief of prosecution, told city leaders Tuesday that motorists would still be allowed to have guns in their cars but the weapons would have to be unloaded and put […]

Tow-Truck Operator Dead After Hit And Run Accident

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A hit and run accident claims the life of a tow-truck operator. The accident happened last night a little before 6 as the tow truck operator — 39 year old Christopher Burton-Scott — was hooking up to a disabled bus in Stafford County, located  in south-central Kansas. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the accident happened […]

Johnson County Teen Dead After Two-Car Crash

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A 17-year-old Johnson County boy is dead after a two-car crash. The Kansas Highway Patrol says Houston D. St. John of Lenexa lost control of his 2006 Pontiac G6 on I-435, spun out, went through the median, before crashing into a 2004 Dodge 1500 pickup  truck. The driver of the truck was not injured, but […]

Kansas Group Pushing To Legalize Marijuana

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A Kansas group is planning to use a billboard campaign to push for legalizing marijuana in the state. Fire It Up Kansas says the ad on a digital billboard near the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane is the first it plans to put up across the state in coming weeks. The ad demands that the […]

Brother-In-Law Sentenced In Topeka Woman’s Death

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The brother-in-law of a Topeka woman was sentenced to nearly 15 years in prison for his role in her death. Twenty-year-old Gabino Alcala, of El Paso, Texas, was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years and eight months for the October 2012 death of Ashley Alcala at her home. He was also ordered to pay nearly $40,500 […]

Kansas Officials To Issue New Fiscal Forecast

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Kansas officials are preparing to issue new revenue projections to guide legislators and Gov. Sam Brownback in making budget decisions. Forecasters were scheduled to meet Wednesday to revise earlier projections for the current fiscal year. From July through October, tax collections were $27 million less than anticipated. The forecasters also plan to issue the first […]

Holton Voters Approve Sales Tax Hike

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(Story By: Brian Hagan) Voters in the City of Holton say yes to a one-half percent city wide retailers sales tax. That’s the outcome of the special question decided during Tuesday’s election. The sales tax passed 205 to 68, with a total of 275 votes cast. Of those, two are provisional, meaning there are questions […]

Kansas Committee Holding School Finance Meetings

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A special legislative committee is opening two days of hearings to review the Kansas school finance system and study practices in neighboring states. The meetings Wednesday and Thursday are also expected to include a discussion of staffing changes by school districts and how they compare to changes in neighboring states. Policy analysts are expected to […]

Committee Will Consider Renaming Wichita Airport

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The Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita might someday be named for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Wichita city council members agreed on Tuesday to create an advisory committee to study renaming the city’s airport. The council received petitions last month suggesting that the airport be named after Eisenhower, who grew up in Abilene. KFDI reports (bit.ly/1cQNA2u ) […]

Brighter and Dry

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 Morning clouds will give way to mostly sunny skies this afternoon as high temperatures reach the upper 40s to around 50 degrees.  Northwest winds will be brisk but should gradually diminish later this afternoon.  Under clear skies tonight lows will drop to around 30.  Thursday will be sunny with highs in the mid 50s.  Friday […]

High School Playoffs – Tuesday, November 5

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^Class 4A=^Bi-District= Abilene 27, Goodland 26 Andale 60, Larned 0 Baldwin 19, St. James Academy 0 Buhler 14, Ulysses 7 Chanute 28, Louisburg 14 Coffeyville 47, Frontenac 12 Holton 45, Hesston 0 Independence 33, Columbus 14 KC Piper 28, Jefferson West 24 McPherson 37, Clay Center 7 Mulvane 47, Wichita Collegiate 45 Paola 24, Fort […]

Kansas Takes Care of Tigers to End Exhibition Play

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Freshman guard Wayne Selden, Jr. and sophomore forward Perry Ellis led a balanced attack from the No. 5/6 Kansas offense that undid Fort Hays State in Allen Fieldhouse Tuesday night, 92-75. Kansas needed three minutes to turn a meager one-point advantage into a 16-point ambush in its last unofficial outing before the season kicks off on Friday against Louisiana […]

Ex-Worker Admits Theft From NE Kansas Company

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A woman who fled Kansas before she could be arrested on suspicion of stealing from her employer has pleaded guilty to forgery and theft. Thirty-six-year-old Jaime Warhurst pleaded guilty Tuesday to 48 counts. Prosecutors dropped 24 other counts. Warhurst was accused of stealing more than $34,000 in 2010 and 2011 while working as a payroll account […]

UPDATE: NTSB Report Fails To State Cause For Fatal Crash

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A preliminary federal report on a Kansas plane crash that killed a traveling California pastor and his pilot does not conclude what caused the aircraft to plummet to the ground 10 minutes after take-off. The National Transportation Safety Board report released this week did note that pilots in the area at the time of the Oct. […]

Most Of Tardy Kan. Lawmaker’s Claim Is Rejected

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A Kansas legislative committee has rejected most of a state senator’s request for pay for a meeting he nearly missed by arriving late. The Kansas City Democrat David Haley appealed to the joint claims committee after failing to receive $291 for his salary, expense allowance and mileage for a December 2012 meeting of another panel. The […]

Consumer Alert: Prescription Discount Cards May Not Deliver Promised Savings

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 Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today warned consumers that prescription discount cards which arrived this past week in many Kansas mailboxes may not be what they appear.  In the past week, many Kansas consumers have reported receiving a prescription discount card in the mail, which they did not request. These cards claim to be able […]