state news

Kansas teens less likely to be vaccinated against HPV
August 3, 2015
Teenagers in Kansas are among the least likely to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus, according to the Immunize Kansas Coalition.
Billionaire buys Woodlands racing complex, but future fuzzy
August 3, 2015
A billionaire Las Vegas casino owner has purchased The Woodlands racing complex in eastern Kansas, but with a number of unanswered legislative questions and an estimated $50 million in renovations needed, the facility’s future is far from certain.
Lucky breaks with federal funds, pensions help Kansas budget
August 2, 2015
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s latest efforts to prevent a state budget deficit were assisted by a well-timed decision on health care funding from federal officials and better-than-expected news about teacher pensions.
Bat boy, 9, dies after hit in head by swing at baseball game
05:00 p.m., August 2, 2015 Updated 07:49 a.m.
A 9-year-old bat boy has died after he was accidentally hit in the head during a National Baseball Congress World Series game in Kansas.
Canoeists set new record in paddling from Kansas to Missouri
July 30, 2015
Two Texas men have set a new record in a race by canoeing the Missouri River from Kansas City, Kansas, to St. Charles, Missouri, in 34 hours and 34 minutes.
Solar group wants more input into review of Westar plan
July 30, 2015
A solar advocacy group says it doesn’t agree with a decision by Kansas regulators to limit the group’s input over a large utility’s rate plan to boost rates.
Voter ID laws focus of Kansas civil rights committee
July 30, 2015
The Kansas division of a federal civil rights commission will investigate whether voter identification laws have affected turnout around the state.
GOP legislators block audit of Kansas foster care system
July 29, 2015
Republican legislators on Wednesday blocked a state audit of Kansas’ foster care system even though several acknowledged that they have ongoing concerns about how well it protects abused and neglected children.
Kansas fish farms benefiting from wet weather
July 28, 2015
After years of drought, all the recent wet weather in Kansas has been a boon to the state’s fish farmers.
Panel faults Kansas mental health system
July 28, 2015
A special state task force says treatment options for the mentally ill in Kansas are lacking because the state’s two acute care psychiatric hospitals don’t have enough space and smaller mental health facilities are underfunded.
Kansas GOP, Democrats plan early March presidential caucuses
July 28, 2015
Republicans and Democrats in Kansas both hope March 5 caucuses will lure serious contenders for their parties’ 2016 presidential nominations to the state.
2 Topeka nursing homes, Washburn partner on internships
July 27, 2015
Two Topeka nursing homes and Washburn University’s School of Nursing are partners in a pilot program to improve care in nursing facilities.
Police: Woman arrested in battery of police horse in Wichita
July 27, 2015
A 30-year-old woman has been arrested after Wichita police say she assaulted a police horse and two officers.
Study: Many Kansas Turnpike accident hotspots near Lawrence
July 27, 2015
Six of the nine most accident-prone spots along the Kansas Turnpike are in the Lawrence area, according to a study compiled for the Kansas Turnpike Authority.
Renovations at Kansas Aviation Museum nearly complete
July 27, 2015
Visitors to the Kansas Aviation Museum in Wichita are now able to view the museum’s exhibits in air conditioned comfort, thanks to a $1.3 million renovation project that is nearly complete, the museum’s director said.

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