state news

Trout fishing in Kansas? Yes, in the winter
January 12, 2015
Think of trout fishing and you aren’t likely to consider Kansas as a destination. But the state offers trout fishing during the winter at several of its waterways.
Kansas rivers, lakes attract eagles in winter
January 12, 2015
Bus tours and educational programs are among the activities that are planned in Kansas to celebrate National Bald Eagle Month.
Kansas will have no women in statewide offices
January 12, 2015
For the first time since 1966, Kansas will have no females in statewide offices, at least until the next election.
Grocery store industry begins new push to allow strong beer, wine, liquor sales
January 11, 2015
Native Kansan David Dillon, the retired CEO and chairman of grocery giant The Kroger Co., has become the leader of the Uncork Kansas coalition, which is seeking legislation to end the longtime Kansas law that limits liquor sales only to licensed liquor stores. By Chad Lawhorn
Kansas lawmakers open session amid budget shortfalls
January 11, 2015
Kansas legislators open a critical annual session Monday that will require them to wade through massive budget shortfalls and deal with a court mandate to boost spending on public schools.
Farm bill meetings set across Kansas as decisions loom
January 8, 2015
Kansas State University is hosting 15 educational meetings across the state as farmers face major decisions by the end of March under the new farm bill.
Bill would raise Kansas’ minimum wage $3 by 2017
January 8, 2015
A Wichita Democrat is sponsoring a bill that would raise Kansas’ minimum wage by $3 over the next three years, and although it’s unlikely to pass in the Republican-dominated Legislature, it could help focus attention on the issue.
11 Kansas hospitals penalized for rates of infections
January 8, 2015
Eleven Kansas hospitals are among more than 700 nationwide that have been penalized for having high rates of infections or patient injuries, leading to a 1 percent reduction in Medicare reimbursements since the current fiscal year began in October.
Latest technology, conservation highlight farm conference
January 7, 2015
A meeting that aims to increase crop production in northwest Kansas and the central High Plains is planned for later this month in Kansas.
Efficiency commission to recommend annual school audits
January 7, 2015
A state panel has recommended that school districts submit to annual financial audits, but it stopped short of endorsing a proposal to limit required teacher negotiation rights.
Privacy law reduces student participation in drug survey
January 7, 2015
New Kansas privacy laws have reduced the number of students participating in an annual survey that measures substance abuse.
Arctic blast likely to cause some winterkill damage to wheat
January 6, 2015
Arctic air pushing into the Midwest is expected to cause winterkill damage to wheat in some areas but will mostly spare Kansas.
Pledge to save more animals hurts Humane Society finances
January 6, 2015
The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City has saved more severely sick or abused animals since it became the official veterinarian of the Kansas City, Kansas, police department’s animal control division, but the effort is hurting the organization’s financial health.
Baldwin superintendent says additional won’t flow immediately from court ruling on education funding
January 6, 2015
Despite last week’s court ruling finding the state’s K-12 education funding constitutionally inadequate, Baldwin USD 348 Superintendent Paul Dorathy doesn’t expect to see additional money coming the district’s way soon.