Kans. Supreme Court Argue Over Education Cuts

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by Bryan Thompson The Kansas Supreme Court has taken a controversial school finance case under advisement, after listening to arguments in the case for more than three hours. The issue is whether cuts in state funding have caused the state to fall short of its constitutional duty to fund public education.  Kansas Solicitor General Stephen […]

Anderson County Ranch Tops 19 Teams At 27th Annual Morris County Fall Ranch Rodeo

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Despite a sharp shrill in the air, the sun peaked through clouds, and day-earlier showers made for ideal arena conditions as 76 cowboys representing 19 ranches from throughout eastern Kansas gathered for hot competition at the 27th annual Fall Ranch Rodeo in Council Grove. “There were a number of teams who have competed and won […]

Topeka Man Jailed In Jackson Co. After Found Driving Stolen Car

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(Story By: Brian Hagan) A Topeka man is in jail after he was caught behind the wheel of a stolen car while traveling in Jackson County.  According to Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse, 38-year-old Joshua Klingaman was stopped on 150th Road, near Mayetta, by deputies Monday. The 1995 Toyota Camry he was driving had earlier […]

Topeka Area School District Saves $336K

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A Topeka school district saved more than $336,000 since starting an energy conservation program last year. Auburn-Washburn Unified School District 437 board members learned Monday night the district has saved $336,198 since it began the conservation program. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (bit.ly/19eDGaE ) the energy savings were from November 2012 to August 2013. The district […]

Towanda Girl Injured In ATV Accident Dies

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A south-central Kansas teenager has died from injuries she suffered in an ATV accident. Deputies were called to the home Saturday evening after 16-year-old Hevin Thomas of Towanda had fallen from a four-wheeler she was riding on with three other teenagers. Thomas was taken to a Wichita hospital in critical condition with head and back […]

Two Teens, One Adult Arrested In Recent Armed Robberies

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On October 5th,  after an intense investigation, Topeka Police arrested three individuals in connection with three different crimes in Topeka. The crimes connected to these individuals are the carjacking that took place on September 8th in the 1800 block of SW 10th, the robbery to the Pizza Pub on September 9th at 1418 SW Lane, […]

Russell Co. Sheriff Says Bunker Hill Teen Reported Missing

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(Story By: David Elliott, KRSL) On Monday at approximately 9 AM the Russell County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible runaway missing person from Bunker Hill. 17-year-old Cierra Cheyenne Swodeck was last seen in Russell between 11 AM and 1 PM on Sunday, October 6th. Swodeck is 5’6″ and weighs 110 lbs with […]

KSHSAA Sets 2014 State Basketball Sites

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With the addition of class 4A DII the Kansas State High School Activities Association has selected Hartman Arena as the eighth site for the Girls and Boys State Basketball Tournaments March 12-15, 2014. Hartman Arena, also host to the 5A and 6A State Wrestling Tournament, seats 6,750 and is located north of Wichita on I-135. […]

Riding Mower Overturns Killing Silver Lake Man

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A Silver Lake man died after the riding mower he was driving fell on top of him. The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office says 52-year-old Bernie M. Menhusen was reported missing on Monday. He was last seen by family members around 1 p.m. and authorities found him dead at 10:15 p.m. near the 7500 block of […]

Little Blustery

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  It is going to be warm and breezy for the rest of the week with high temperatures topping out in the upper 70s to around 80 degrees.  Southerly winds will be the rule through Friday with gusts today and Thursday at or above 30mph.  By late Friday we will see a chance for scattered […]

UPDATE: Ex-Soldier Sentenced For Killing Kan. Guard Member

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A former Fort Riley soldier has been sentenced to life in prison in the death of a Kansas National Guard member outside a Manhattan motorcycle club. Daniel Parker, of Junction City, apologized before he was sentenced Monday in Riley County District Court for first-degree murder and criminal discharge of a firearm. Parker was accused of […]

Mother, Son Enter Guilty Pleas In Alcala Murder

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Monday, Manuel Alcala pleaded guilty in the shooting death of his wife. Ashley Alcala was shot and killed a year ago in the her southeast Topeka home. Alcala’s mother made four related felony pleas in the same case, about 30 minutes before. Manuela Alcala entered guilty pleas for related felonies in the case including obstruction of […]

Horseback Riding Tradition Continues Into Future Generations Making Mommas And Grandmas Happy

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“Grandma sure is proud.” There’s double significance to the comment as history has repeated itself. Grandma made the complimentary comment about her granddaughter more than six decades ago, and now the granddaughter, as a grandma herself, says exactly the same thing about her granddaughters. That’s four generations of horse-engaging family members. “I learned to ride […]

US Supreme Court To Hear Kansas Cases

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The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear several cases that involve Kansas this month. The Kansas Attorney General’s office says Kansas has a role in 11 of 53 cases expected to be heard by the Supreme Court during the upcoming term. Nine of the 11 cases don’t involve Kansas as a direct party, but the […]

MIAA Football Players of the Week

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Missouri Southern’s Jay McDowell was named the MIAA Offensive Athlete of the Week while Pittsburg State’s Tyler Disney was named Defensive Athlete of the Week. Central Oklahom’s Marquez Clark was named the MIAA Special Teams Athlete of the Week. MIAA Offensive Athlete of the Week Jay McDowell, QB, Missouri Southern McDowell helped the Lions to […]

‘The Best In Barbeque’ At Lake Shawnee’s Fifth Annual Smoke On The Water

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 Good old fashion eatin’ is promised Friday and Saturday at Lake Shawnee near Topeka. “It’s the fifth annual Smoke on the Water barbeque contest October 11-12, Lake Shawnee Campground, 3435 SE East Edge Road, Topeka,” announced Josh Sturm, recreation leader at Lake Shawnee. Being sanctioned for the second year by the Kansas City BBQ Society […]

Truck Rolls Killing Only Teen Not Wearing Seatbelt

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The only person not wearing a seat belt died after a pick-up truck carrying four teens wrecked in Butler County. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 16-year-old Caiden Garrison of Augusta was driving a 2004 Dodge pickup truck westbound on US 54, about eight miles east of Augusta, when the vehicle left the roadway and […]

Two-year-old Boy Survives Wreck That Kills Horton Woman

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A two-year-old boy survived a single-vehicle rollover accident that killed a Horton woman on Saturday afternoon. The Kansas Highway Patrol says 37-year-old Rochelle Roach died after the 2002 Ford Explorer she was driving left the roadway on eastbound K-268 highway in Osage County, and entered the ditch on the south side of the highway. Roach […]

Hundreds Of Bras Line Kansas River Bridge

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Drivers across a Kansas River bridge near Lawrence might have some trouble keeping their eyes on the road. The guardrail on the east side of the bridge has been decorated with hundreds of decorated bras. The display is to publicize Breast Cancer Awareness Month and promote Health Care Access, a clinic that provides health care […]

Lack Of Manpower Has Kan. Coroner Falling Behind

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A crushing workload and a lack of funds to hire more help has a Kansas coroner months behind in finishing reports, which is having an impact on the local prosecutor’s office. Shawnee County coroner Don Pojman says he’s often up until 2 or 3 in the morning finishing reports for District Attorney Chad Taylor’s office. […]

KU Athletics Considering Changes To Late Night

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University of Kansas athletic officials are considering changes to Late Night in the Phog after complaints about a lack of crowd control at the event last Friday. The Late Night festivities mark the official beginning of the basketball season and fans typically line up for hours before it starts. Associate athletic director Jim Marchiony says […]

Big 12 Football Players of the Week

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Lache Seastrunk (Baylor), Shaun Lewis (Oklahoma State) and Ben Grogan (Oklahoma State) were named Big 12 Football Players of the Week by a panel of media that cover the Conference. Seastrunk (offense) and Lewis (defense) picked up their second career honor while Grogan (special teams) was recognized for the first time.   Big 12 Offensive […]

Nearing Perfection

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 It will be a sunny and warmer start to the week today as high temperatures return to the lower 70s.  Tuesday will be sunny and rather breezy with winds gusting between 25 and 30mph by afternoon.  Highs tomorrow will be back in the mid to upper 70s.  Wednesday will be sunny with highs in the […]

Man Arrested After Chase Through SW Topeka

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One man is behind bars after he led deputies and officers on a chase through the streets of Topeka. Deputies tried to stop the pickup truck driven by 29-year-old Stephen V. Albright around 8:00pm Sunday night near I-70 and SW Danbury Ln. But Albright wouldn’t stop.  He lead authorities on a 5 minute chase through […]

Harvick wins Kansas from pole

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Kevin Harvick led 138 laps but needed a big break late to win the NASXAR Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway Sunday afternoon.  Harvick, who won the pole position Friday in qualifying, was running second behind Brad Keselowski when Keselowski ran out of gas just before making a scheduled pit stop with around 30 laps […]

Attorney Hopes To Keep Lid On Client’s Confession

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A Kansas attorney is asking a judge to suppress statements his client made when he went into Sedgwick County jail in December and asked to be arrested for killing his wife. Guy Wayne Palmer is charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 16 death of his 61-year-old wife, Debra. The Wichita Eagle (bit.ly/1byY9dW) reports the […]

KU Ponders Major Renovation Of Football Stadium

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Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger has revived plans for a major renovation of the University of Kansas football stadium. The Kansas City Star reports (bit.ly/18xUVTs ) that Zenger acknowledges a Memorial Stadium project would require a massive fundraising effort. No budget or timetable for the renovation has been set. But Zenger says Kansas began the design process […]

School Litigation Saga Returns To Courtroom

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A long-awaited appeal of a ruling requiring the state of Kansas to increase funding for public schools takes center stage Tuesday. The case is aimed at resolving whether policymakers arbitrarily shortchanged students or did the best they could in difficult financial times. The appeal comes from a Shawnee County District Court ruling that held that […]

Chiefs dominate early, late to go 5-0

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The Kansas City Chiefs scored the first 13 points and the last 13 points as they turned back the Tennessee Titans 26-17 Sunday at LP Field in Nashville for the team’s first 5-0 start in 10 years.  They did it mostly with big defensive plays setting up scores, first with Marcus Cooper recovering a muffed […]

OSU Holds on to Beat Wildcats

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J.W. Walsh found Charlie Moore for a 6-yard touchdown pass with 4:16 left in the fourth quarter to help No. 21 Oklahoma State rally for a 33-29 win over Kansas State. Walsh finished 24-of-38 passing for 245 yards for the Cowboys, who narrowly avoided their second straight loss after a defeat at West Virginia last […]

MIAA Football Recap Week Five

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The weather turned a little wet and chilly for many teams as the books close on week five of MIAA Football.  #24 Emporia State 52, Lincoln 14 #24 Emporia State scored the first 45 points of the game as they picked up a victory on the road at Lincoln. ESU rushed for 254 and passed for […]

Sporting KC earns 1-0 road win at Columbus

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Sporting KC moved one step closer to their third consecutive playoff berth with a 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night at Crew Stadium. Sporting KC now sits two points back of the New York Red Bulls in the race for the Supporters’ Shield.  Ike Opara’s 17th-minute goal was enough as Sporting KC improved […]

Washburn Improves to 5-0 with Win Over SBU

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The No.15 Washburn Ichabods improved to 5-0 on the season pounding out nearly 500 yards of offense and a stiff defense win in a 44-21 win at Southwest Baptist. Washburn led from start to finish scoring on their first drive when Mitch Buhler connected with Connor Crimmins on a 10-yard touchdown pass with 11:22 left in the first quarter. […]

Hornets Cruise to Win over Lincoln

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The #24 Hornets raced out to a 45-0 lead before settling for a 52-14 victory over Lincoln on Saturday in Jefferson City, Mo. The game started in a heavy downpour before the skies lightened up in the second half. Antonio Brown led Emporia State with a career high 102 yards on 16 carries with four […]

UPDATE: Careless Smoking Blamed For Early Morning Fire

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Fire officials say careless smoking is what caused an early morning fire at the Century Plaza Apartments in the 2200 block of Southeast 28th early this morning. The woman who was found outside the apartment was taken to a local hospital in serious condition and was upgraded to stable condition this morning. Four other residents were […]

Enrollment Drops At Kansas Community Colleges

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A new report says enrollment is down this fall at the 19 community colleges in Kansas. The report for the Kansas Board of Regents says statewide community college enrollments are down 3.82 percent, which is a drop of 3,095 students from last fall. The total number of students at the colleges was 77,829 when classes […]

Inmate Gets 22 More Years For Attacking Guard

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A Wichita man serving a hard-50 prison sentence for murder has received an additional 22 years for trying to kill a Hutchinson Correctional Facility guard in 2010. Dajuan Wilkerson was convicted in August of attempted second-degree murder in the July 2010 attack on former Sgt. William Kendall. Reno County District Judge Timothy Chambers said Friday […]

Kan. Man Killed Outside Truck After Hitting Deer

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A 32-year-old central Kansas man is dead after being hit by another vehicle while standing outside of his SUV after hitting a deer. Boe Keesling’s 2010 Acura SUV was disabled 11 miles southeast of Lyons after he struck the animal around 7:45 p.m. Friday. The Kansas Highway Patrol says an eastbound Chevrolet driven by 33-year-old […]

Kansas Court Expands Post-Conviction DNA Testing

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The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that a state statute limiting post-conviction DNA analysis to cases involving only first-degree murder or rape is unconstitutional. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the court said Friday that the statute violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The decision reverses a Wyandotte County district court ruling that […]

Kansas Says Gay Couples Must File Taxes As Singles

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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 on Friday. It plans to provide a worksheet in its instruction booklet for calculating income, deductions and other data. The agency […]

Men’s Basketball Single-Game Ticket Information Released

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 A limited amount of single-game tickets will be available for the Kansas men’s basketball games during the 2013-14 season. The Jayhawks have 18 home games this season including the New Mexico game, which will be played Saturday, Dec. 14 in the Sprint Center in Kansas City.  The New Mexico game is part of the 2013-14 season ticket […]

Jake’s Takes: College Football Picks Week 6

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It is finally conference play the rest of the way. No more non-conference patsy’s, it is all Big 12 play from here on in. Iowa State and Texas got things kicked off in the Big 12 on Thursday night in controversial fashion.   For those that don’t know what happened here is the short version. […]

Minn. Man Convicted Of Human Trafficking

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A jury in western Kansas has convicted a 27-year-old Minnesota man on charges related to human trafficking. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office says in a release that a Logan County jury on Thursday convicted Preston Sanders, of St. Paul, Minn., of transporting a person under 18 knowing that person would be used for sex. He […]

UPDATE: Kan. Scraps Idea Of Clinton Lake Resort

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The Lawrence city manager’s office says the state has scrapped plans for a resort at Clinton Lake State Park. City Manager David Corliss said that state officials have notified the city that the only bid for a resort at Clinton Lake State Park is no longer being considered. A letter from state officials says the project […]

Topeka Police And Stormont-Vail Unable To Reach Agreement

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Stormont-Vail has decided the Topeka Police Department does not have the ability to provide adequate 24-hour security at the hospital. Officials announced Friday the two sides could not come to an agreement for 24-hour emergency room staffing services. Stormont-Vail HealthCare CEO Randy Peterson said the TPD “would not be able to provide what we need,”. […]

Police Searching For Man Suspected Of Killing 2 In Greenwood County

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UPDATE: On Thursday in eastern Greenwood County, police found the Ford Explorer Welsh was driving. The Greenwood County sheriff’s office has identified those killed in Wednesday night’s shootings as a 54-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman. A 26-year-old woman who was also shot was in stable condition yesterday at a Wichita hospital. The Kansas Bureau […]

Kan. Court Reverses Permit For New Coal Plant

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The Kansas Supreme Court has reversed a state agency’s decision to issue a permit to construct a new coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas. Friday’s unanimous decision by the justices is a setback for Sunflower Electric Power Corp. in its plans to build a second plant near Holcomb. The justices ruled that the Kansas Department […]

Friday Food Review: The Pad

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For some reason I have never eaten at the Pad on North Topeka Blvd. After I did, I realized I should have tried it long before. People have been eating there for years, and many have their favorites. It’s not your typical fast food burger joint. They offer a lot of the same things fast […]

Gets a Little Bumpy

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 After some passing thundershowers early today we will see an increased chance for thunderstorms late this afternoon through late evening.  Some of the storms will most likely be severe with hail and damaging winds being the primary threats.  Highs today will make the upper 80s.  After the rain and storm chances pass prior to midnight […]

Mitch Holthus on 580 Sports Talk 10/3/13

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Mitch Holthus, the Voice of the Chiefs, joined Jake and Mark on 580 Sports Talk to look back on their Week Four win against the New York Giants and focus on their upcoming game on the road against the Tennessee Titans. They also talk a little about former Kansas State and Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman. […]

Rollover Accident Leaves Woman Trapped Inside

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Around 5:30 Thursday night there was a rollover accident in the parking lot of McDonald’s on 29th and California.  Officers say the woman drove through the drive-thru and then up a tree, flipping the truck in the grass next to the parking lot. She hit a few parked cars in the process. Initially it was […]

Jimmie Tramel on 580 Sports Talk

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Jimmie Tramel, Oklahoma State beat writer for the Tulsa World, joined Jake and Mark on Thursday’s 580 Sports Talk to help preview Saturday’s 2:30 match-up between Kansas State and Oklahoma State in Stillwater. Click below to listen.  

ESU Head Coach Garin Higgins Previews Lincoln Game

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Emporia State will head east for the first time this year as they travel to Jefferson City, Mo. to take on Lincoln. The Hornets are looking to go 5-0 for the second straight year. Lincoln is 1-3 on the year, 0-3 in the MIAA with their win coming against NCAA FCS member Grambling in front […]

UPDATE: Police Shoot, Kill Driver At US Capitol

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Witnesses and officials say a woman driving a car with a young child inside tried to ram through a White House barricade, led police on a chase toward the Capitol, where police shot and killed her. The child was taken from the car to a hospital. Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrence Gainer says he knows […]

Royals Add Dale Sveum to Bench

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The Kansas City Royals today announced they have added Dale Sveum to the 2014 coaching staff.  The former manager of the Chicago Cubs will be in charge of infield instruction while his in-game responsibilities will be determined at a later date.  The Royals also announced that the major league coaching contracts of Chino Cadahia and […]

Reno County Seeks To Try Teen As Adult In Fire

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The Reno County District Attorney is seeking to try as an adult a Hutchinson teenager accused of setting a fire that killed his mother and sister. The Hutchinson News reports (bit.ly/GB7ZOM ) Reno County District Attorney Keith Schroeder on Tuesday filed a motion to try the teen as an adult because the boy is an […]

Kansas NBAF Project Moves Forward Despite Shutdown

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Construction continues on a central utility plant for a new federal biosecurity research lab at Kansas State University despite the partial shutdown of the federal government. Kansas State vice president for research Ron Trewyn said Thursday that work was progressing on the plant, which will provide utilities for the $1.25 billion National Bio- and Agro-defense […]

Kansas Community Corrections Services Director Named

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A veteran Kansas Department of Corrections employee has been named director of the agency’s community corrections services. The appointment of Marie McNeal was announced Wednesday. She will be responsible for administering grants awarded to community corrections agencies. She will also oversee a partnership with agencies that provide community-based supervision to felony offenders. McNeal joined the […]

Charges: Kansas Man Claimed $3.8 Million Tax Refunds

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A southeast Kansas man is accused of falsely claiming more than $3.8 million in federal tax refunds. An indictment unsealed Wednesday in U.S. District Court charges Jerold D. Fisher, of Arma, with two counts of filing false claims. The indictment was initially returned in May. Prosecutors allege Fisher filed fictitious tax forms claiming an alfalfa […]

Topeka has Trouble Keeping Lawns, Weeds in Check

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Topeka residents appear to be having considerable trouble this year keeping their lawns mowed and weeds controlled in periods of wet weather. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that through September, the city issued nearly a record number of notices this year to property owners who had let grass or weeds grow more than a foot tall. […]

Breezy Today, Rain Friday

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  Under partly cloudy skies today high temperatures will warm into the upper 80s.  Tonight will be mostly clear to partly cloudy with lows in the upper 60s to lower 70s.  Friday will be partly cloudy and warm again with highs in the mid 80s.  By mid to late afternoon showers and thunderstorms will develop […]

Kansas National Guard Drill Canceled Due To Federal Shutdown

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Most Kansas National Guard soldiers and airmen will not be attending their monthly drill this weekend as a result of the current shutdown of the federal government. One exception to this is Company G, 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation, headquartered in Topeka, which is beginning premobilization training. The decision to cancel was made prior to the […]

Chris Level Talks Red Raiders Football on 580 Sports Talk

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Chris Level, sideline reporter for Texas Tech, joined Jake on Wednesday’s 580 Sports Talk to offer some insight into Saturday’s game against Kansas. Click below to hear what he expects to happen on Saturday and get caught up with the Red Raiders program, which is now under the direction of Kliff Kingsbury.    

Greg Sharpe on 580 Sports Talk 10/2/13

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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. They talked about the game between Nebraska and Illinois this weekend as well as how the Big Ten is stacking up. Click below to listen.      

Jake Heaps Speaks with the Media

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Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps spoke with members of the media on Wednesday as he and the Jayhawks prepare to host Texas Tech on Saturday. The KU homecoming game is also the Big 12 opener for Kansas. Click below to hear what Heaps had to say.      

MIAA AND GLVC ENTER STRATEGIC CONFERENCE FOOTBALL SCHEDULING ALLIANCE IN 2014

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The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) and the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) announced jointly Wednesday that the two NCAA Division II conferences have entered into a Strategic Conference Football Scheduling Alliance, which will enable MIAA members Lincoln University and Southwest Baptist University to join the GLVC in the sport of football only.  The proposed […]

Washburn Football Players Preview Game Against SBU

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The No. 15-ranked Washburn Ichabods will look to improve to 5-0 overall and in MIAA play when they travel to Bolivar, Missouri to face Southwest Baptist on Oct. 5. The contest will be the homecoming game for the Bearcats. The Bearcats are 1-3 on the year. Washburn topped Central Oklahoma 28-19 in their last contest. The Bearcats […]

Truck And Trailer Stolen From Tent Rental Business In Topeka

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A truck and trailer worth $80,000 were stolen from a tent rental business in Topeka. Dan Zeller, vice president of Cavender Enterprises, Inc., says an employee made the discovery at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Zeller says the employee found the rear gate blown open and the one-ton truck and trailer missing.  “It appears they cut the […]

Amid Shutdown, Social Security Checks Continue

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Kansans who depend on social security income do not need to worry about getting their monthly checks.  Maren Turner is Director of AARP Kansas says, “Social Security checks will go out as usual which is good news for beneficiaries, but Social Security Administration employees may be furloughed.” Which, Turner says, could impact those who are […]

Kansas Deals With Federal Shutdown

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The federal government shutdown has hit Kansas, where signs have been posted at Farm Service Agency offices around the state saying the offices will reopen once Congress restores federal funding. The federal shutdown began shortly after midnight Monday, when Congress couldn’t reach a budget deal. Funding for the Affordable Care Act is the main contention […]