state news

Kansas spent nearly $7,800 to rid state building of pests
April 9, 2015
Kansas spent nearly $7,800 on ridding a state office building near the Capitol of pests in December and January, partly because bedbug-sniffing beagles were called in.
Wichita school to establish NASA-inspired space program
April 9, 2015
Officials say a Wichita elementary school will be the first in the nation to launch a NASA-inspired space program.
Long VA waits less of a problem in Kansas than elsewhere
April 9, 2015
Fewer Kansas veterans are experiencing long waits for care at VA hospitals and clinics than their counterparts in many other states, but dozens waited more than 90 days for care and delays actually jumped in the first two months of this year.
Wichita voters approve reducing marijuana penalties
April 8, 2015
Wichita voters have approved an initiative to reduce the penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana for first-time offenders.
U.S. Senate to discuss funding food stamps program with grants
April 8, 2015
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts from Kansas says he will hold hearings on the possibility of funding the federal food stamps program through block grants to the states.
Kansas lifts restrictions in 2 counties related to bird flu
April 8, 2015
Kansas has lifted restrictions on the movement of poultry flocks in two counties imposed after a case of bird flu was confirmed last month.
Middle America braces for strong storms, possible tornadoes
09:21 a.m., April 8, 2015 Updated 10:41 a.m.
A forecaster has warned that the ingredients necessary to “blow up some big storms” would fall into place Wednesday and Thursday and cautioned millions of residents in the middle of the country to be aware of worsening weather.
Kansas Attorney General criticizes federal home health laws
April 7, 2015
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says new federal regulations threaten home health care services in Kansas.
Kansas governor signs nation’s 1st ban on abortion procedure
April 7, 2015
Kansas became the first state Tuesday to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus.
Senator’s bill on Kansas out-of-district students criticized
April 7, 2015
Critics say that a new Kansas bill to protect current out-of-district students in school districts does not address the problem of state budget cuts.
Rural Kansas road to become Home on the Range Highway
April 6, 2015
Kansas is honoring the place where its famous state song was written by designating a nearby road as the Home on the Range Highway.
Chronic wasting disease spreads to 6 more Kansas counties
April 6, 2015
State wildlife officials say chronic wasting disease has spread to six counties in southwest Kansas.
8 years after tornado, Greensburg to have theater again
April 6, 2015
It’s been decades since Greensburg offered people a movie theater. That will change this month when the Twilight Theater opens, about 25 years after it closed and eight years after a tornado destroyed most of the Kiowa County town.
Kansas Board of Education to examine school laws, bonds
April 6, 2015
The Kansas State Board of Education is meeting April 16 to review changes to the state’s education laws including an overhaul in the way schools are funded.